FILE -- In this Aug. 15, 2012 file photo, three variations of the AR-15 assault rifle are displayed at the California Department of Justice in Sacramento, Calif. While the guns look similar, the bottom version is illegal in California because of its quick reload capabilities. Omar Mateen used an AR-15 that he purchased legally when he killed 49 people in an Orlando nightclub over the weekend President Barack Obama and other gun control advocates have repeatedly called for reinstating a federal ban on semi-automatic assault weapons that expired in 2004, but have been thwarted by Republicans in Congress. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)

After Sunday’s Las Vegas Tragedy, How Likely Is Trump to Consider New Gun Control Laws?

A new report from Axios approaches the renewed debate of gun control, that emerges every time there is a mass shooting in our nation (all while ignoring the catastrophic levels of gun crime that occur each month in the city of Chicago, with its stringent gun laws).

Specifically, how will President Trump respond to the horror that emerged from Las Vegas on Sunday night, when a madman opened fire on a crowd of concert goers, killing 59 and injuring over 500 more?

Trump was endorsed by the National Rifle Association before the election, and has promoted himself as a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, to the delight of his base.

That being said, he’s also the same president who, now that he’s in office and faced with the difficulties of the job, has rolled on several issues important to the GOP (and his base). The debt ceiling, DACA, and the wall have all taken a different hue.

Trump ran afoul of Republicans last month when he chose to work with uber-Democrats, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on the Dreamers act, even letting Nancy Pelosi dictate a statement through his precious Twitter feed.

The ensuing media love, some fear, may have become intoxicating for the president, who has, so far, had an acrimonious relationship with the press, to say the least. Still, his ego craves adoration, so if he can get that by bending on a few key Republican platforms, then maybe it’s worth it.

That’s the concern, as the usual players stepped up to call for action, rather than prayers after Sunday’s tragedy.

While some are skeptical, Trump’s allies and advocates cling to the hope that he has bent all he intends to, in regards to Democrat demands.

When asked his opinion, longtime Trump pal and walking pustule, Roger Stone stated, “Base would go insane and he knows it.”


The Axios article goes on to give the reaction of Steve Bannon, Trump’s brain and CEO of Breitbart:

I asked Steve Bannon whether he could imagine Trump pivoting to the left on guns after the Las Vegas massacre. “Impossible: will be the end of everything,” Bannon texted. When asked whether Trump’s base would react worse to this than they would if he supported an immigration amnesty bill, Bannon replied: “as hard as it is to believe actually worse.”

Again, maybe.

It was said before the election that Trump could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any of his support. So far, he hasn’t shot anyone, but he’s rolled, with only ripples of angst from his base.

There are myriad reasons for Trump to avoid stumbling into the minefield of gun control, not the least of which is both his base’s firm Second Amendment beliefs, the NRA’s support of Trump, and the fact that there’s a family element. Trump’s older sons, Eric and Donald Jr. are hunters and gun enthusiasts.

Then again, the pressure from the media and his new friends, Chuck and Nancy, is going to be intense.

According to an Axios source:

“On top of the immense political pressure, the visuals Trump will see, hundreds of severely injured young people, could provoke him to act,” this source said. “The rational route to take would be to let the investigation play out to see if any new laws could’ve prevented this. I’m 100 percent Second Amendment but … people who had their brains blown out is enough to make anyone with a heart consider anything to prevent this.”

Trump will have to tread a razor-thin line on this one, and he’s not been known for subtlety.

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