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.

Vegas Concertgoers Tell of Warnings: “You’re All Going to Die!”

Some attendees at the Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas where Stephen Paddock gunned down concertgoers, killing at least 58 and wounding more than 500, reported receiving dire warnings on their way into the show.

A woman, identified as short and Hispanic, told people at the venue that they were going to die. One witness, who was at the venue for her 21st birthday, recounted what she saw:

“She had been messing with a lady in front of her and telling her she was going to die, that we were all going to die,” the witness told local news about the woman, who had pushed her way to the front of the venue.

“They escorted her out to make her stop messing around with all the other people, but none of us knew it was going to be serious.”

Authorities escorted the woman out of the venue.

There’s no known motive for the shooting. Keep praying for everyone involved.

BREAKING: 50 Dead and 200 Wounded at concert in Las Vegas

At least twenty people, including several policemen, were killed last night by an unidentified gunman wielding a fully automatic weapon at a Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas.

The cowardly assassin sprayed bullets into the unsuspecting crowd from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.

Warning — the video below is very difficult to watch, and (understandably) strong language can be heard.

These innocent people were slaughtered like sheep. The police are trying to locate a woman named Marilou Daniel, believed to have information about the suspect and the attack.

[UPDATE: the gunman has now been identified as a 64-year-old white male resident of Las Vegas named Stephen Paddock.

One Overriding Fact About Vegas Massacre: Now 50+ Dead

The facts are chilling. Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man, firing from a high-story window at the Mandalay Bay Hotel killed more than 50 and wounded at least 100 who were attending an outdoor country music festival.

This is now the deadliest shooting on U.S. soil to date.

There are many terrible facts that go along with this. Given we only have a name, and the fact that the killer was “known to local police,” we can assume that this was not an act of international terrorism. It was, however, an act of terror.

Before everyone starts to politicize this, let’s remember one overriding fact: people are grieving and shocked.

Second, if you bring up gun control here, you are a political hack. The gun didn’t commit this savagery, people did. He could have killed these people in many ways, and there have been similar slaughters in places where guns aren’t as common as the U.S. So before you make this some anti-gun rallying call, stop and think about what happened.

From the New York Times and other reports:

  • The shooting started at about 10 p.m., with the first reports to police at 10:08 p.m.
  • The rapid gunfire was heavy enough to be described as “automatic” – but we don’t know if it was a fully automatic or semi-automatic weapon at this point.
  • SWAT teams were pinned down by gunfire.
  • At least two of the dead are off-duty police officers; two other officers were injured, one critically.
  • One “suspect” — assumed to be the killer, or one of them, is “down” and confirmed dead.
  • The killer has not been identified by police.
  • Another “companion,” named Marilou Danley, described as an Asian woman, 4-foot-11 tall, is being sought by police.
  • From video, the shooting appeared to have 9 seconds of rapid-fire, followed by 37 seconds of silence, then two more bursts of gunfire, shorter than the first.
  • About 40,000 fans attended the concert, and most went screaming in panic after the initial gunfire.
  • The airport was briefly closed to arrivals after fleeing people ran across Las Vegas Boulevard and onto airport property (even runways).
  • Much of the Las Vegas Strip has been closed and the Mandalay Bay hotel has been placed on lockdown.
  • CNN described the suspect as a “local resident.”
  • CNBC has identified the shooter as Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, NV
  • Jason Aldean, the country singer at the festival while the shooting occurred, expressed “shock and disbelief.”


NEW: NFL’s Raiders Will Become The Latest Fake Thing in Las Vegas

Oakland is a mean, raw, and nasty place, and it’s always had a mean, raw and nasty football team. The two have always gone together. But the NFL isn’t about fans, or history, or traditions anymore. It’s about money, and money, and money.

The Raiders are moving to Las Vegas, and the NFL owners have given their green, dollar-sign-embossed approval to the move. Shame on them all.

Owners of the NFL’s teams, meeting Monday at a Phoenix resort for the annual league meeting, voted 31-1 to ratify the Raiders’ proposed relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas in a move that once would have been practically unthinkable given the league’s longstanding public opposition to sports gambling.

Those 31 billionaires don’t care about fan base. There are far more fans in the San Francisco Bay area than in tiny Las Vegas (1.2 million to 600,000, respectively). Las Vegas is also the nation’s only legal sports-betting market, and is fueled almost entirely by tourists spending cash on gambling and liquor and shows.

Now they can spend it on football (but they won’t).

The issue was never about fans anyway. It was about fancy new stadiums and tax breaks and special financing for billionaires. I’ve had it with catering to the NFL’s robber barons and their extortionist tactics.

  • Arlington, Texas spent an obscene amount of money building AT&T Stadium for the Cowboys, who didn’t need a new stadium. But the city has reaped a tax boon at the expense of travelers, and a usurious 5 percent car rental tax for every visitor.
  • Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank (who owns Home Depot) arm-twisted $200 million of a projected $1.5 billion to build Mercedes-Benz Stadium, to replace the Georgia Dome. There was nothing wrong with the Georgia Dome, but the NFL has to keep up its image–and its skybox prices.
  • The erstwhile San Diego Chargers have sold out their 2017 season in Stubhub Center, which seats less than half the 80,000-seat capacity of Qualcomm Stadium. So much for fan loyalty.

The whole reason the Raiders sought to move away from Oakland is because they couldn’t get a new stadium deal.

The owners’ approval of the move is contingent on the Raiders getting a lease agreement and a stadium developer in Las Vegas, according to a person familiar with the details of the resolution approved Monday. The franchise is to remain in Oakland while a $1.9 billion stadium for the Raiders and UNLV’s football team is under construction. But then the Raiders are headed to Vegas for the 2019 or 2020 season.

Every few years, NFL teams (with the exception of the Green Bay Packers, whose devotion to Lambeau Field will never wane), get the itch to build ever-more-extravagant stadiums with luxury levels, insanely-priced season tickets, and very little room for cash-strapped fans who simply want to tailgate, catch the game, and drive home.

If their owners would pay more attention to winning Super Bowls (like Robert Kraft, who paid 100 percent of the cost to construct Gillette Stadium in 2002) instead of wrenching deals for Shangri-La palaces devoted to the sport of money, maybe the fans would be better served.

Let the toughest, meanest, and nastiest Raiders play in sun-drenched Las Vegas, among the slot machines, bright neon, and fake city skylines. The new, money-worshipping, fake NFL will fit right in.

RNC, Please Don’t

Peruse any of the various stories about the Republican National Committee considering Las Vegas for the 2016 convention and the stories will read as if the GOP is going open handed to its sugar daddy, Sheldon Adelson.

Already, Republicans across the nation are tripping over themselves in the rush to bask in Mr. Adelson’s presence and pledge their undying loyalty to him. Many of these Republicans are willing to ban online gambling to further Mr. Adelson’s business interests. He owns casinos.

It is embarrassing. A party that is trying to show it represents Main Street, not Wall Street, and the middle class, not the American aristocracy, should not put itself in a position where all the news stories suggest they want a convention in Vegas to placate a donor.

That is not the only reason the Republicans would be pretty stupid to go to Vegas for their 2016 convention. At every opportunity the left has decided to fight the GOP by using amateur and professional acquired video of embarrassing moments. Along with moments that could be viewed as hypocrisy, the left and its friends in the media will run story after story about wild and crazy nights in Vegas at the RNC. Good Christian delegates getting drunk, gambling, stuffing dollar bills in strippers’ g-strings, etc. will be the toast of not just MSNBC, but the front page of the New York Times, ABC, CBS, NBC, the Huffington Post, and more.

On top of that, the stories about the GOP bowing before Sheldon Adelson, kissing his ring, and Wall Street fat cats flying into high dollar games with politicos will spoil the story the GOP wants.

In short, the Republican National Committee and its 2016 nominee will have an already difficult time shaping the narrative and crafting the message they want coming out of the 2016 convention. The odds go up that their difficulties will be exponentially magnified if the 2016 convention is in Vegas.

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FreedomFest 2012

FreedomFest bills itself as the world’s largest gathering of free minds. It will be happening July 11th to the 14th in Las Vegas, NV. I’ll be speaking that Saturday.

Not sure what FreedomFest really is? Check this out. If you want to attend or are curious, you can check out the agenda right here.

As a RedState reader, if you sign up in June (you’ve got two weeks) — you will get an American eagle silver dollar, FreedomFest’s symbol of sound money and liberty.

You can go here to register.