Congress’s impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump might be bad for national unity, but they’re putting a stop to the Democrats’ radical gun control agenda.
California Rep. Nancy Pelosi announced this week that the House will begin official impeachment inquiries, and her investigation will likely distract members of Congress for months while making any kind of bi-partisan legislation nearly impossible, according to a recent report from the Washington Free Beacon.
“Hard to imagine Trump doing a signing ceremony of anything with Speaker Pelosi at his side, and Democrats are the only ones agitating for gun control,” one Senate staffer told the Free Beacon on Wednesday.
A second staffer told the online news outlet that “the impeachment stuff sucks up all the oxygen,” and a third said gun control wouldn’t be a priority at least “for a while.”
As news broke this week of President Trump’s controversial call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and the subsequent release of the whistleblower’s report, the House’s long-awaited hearings on the proposed “assault weapon” ban “flew largely under the radar,” according to Fox News.
The NRA Institute for Legislative Action attempted to speak with members of the so-called “Squad” after the hearings, but mainstream coverage was dwarfed in the shadow of possible impeachment.
Democrats have pushed hard for more restrictive gun control laws after three high-profile mass murders this summer, and their efforts were given a boost by President Trump’s initial support for “strong background checks.”
We cannot let those killed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, die in vain. Likewise for those so seriously wounded. We can never forget them, and those many who came before them. Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2019
Trump has since backed away from his initial statements, but a new report from CBS News this week claims the President asked New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern about how the country’s gun buyback program has been received. Ardern stopped short of saying the President supported such a scheme in the U.S., but she “got the impression he was interested.”
All that work might be for naught now that the Democrats have gone down the road to impeachment. While some lawmakers are hoping the House’s investigation won’t consume all other legislative affairs, the Free Beacon reports that even Senate aides have begun preparations for a long, nasty fight that could last well into next year.