Well, that didn’t take long. Within 36 hours after president Trump put his foot in his mouth saying that he supported pre-due process gun confiscation, the National Rifle Association jumped in to set the record straight.
NRA chief lobbyist Chris Cox posted the following on Twitter on the heels of a meeting with Trump at the White House Thursday night, “I had a great meeting tonight with @realDonaldTrump & @VP. We all want safe schools, mental health reform and to keep guns away from dangerous people.”
“POTUS & VPOTUS support the Second Amendment, support strong due process and don’t want gun control,” he added.
I had a great meeting tonight with @realDonaldTrump & @VP. We all want safe schools, mental health reform and to keep guns away from dangerous people. POTUS & VPOTUS support the Second Amendment, support strong due process and don’t want gun control. #NRA #MAGA
— Chris Cox (@ChrisCoxNRA) March 2, 2018
Trump also walked away from the meeting believing it to be a success. “Good (Great) meeting in the Oval Office tonight with the NRA!” tweeted Trump.
Good (Great) meeting in the Oval Office tonight with the NRA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2018
Trump had the gun community in a tizzy when he said, during his gun control get together with lawmakers Wednesday, that we should “take the firearms first and then go to court.”
“A lot of times by the time you go to court, it takes so long to go to court, to get the due process. I like taking the guns early,” explained Trump.
The discussion was in reference to extreme risk protection orders that allow law enforcement and family members to petition a judge to revoke an individual’s 2A rights if they can demonstrate that the individual is a danger to themselves or others.
Trump believed this controversial process to be too cumbersome and time-consuming, especially in the case of the Parkland killer.
“Like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida. He had a lot of firearms. They saw everything,” said Trump. “To go to court would have taken a long time. You could do exactly what you’re saying but take the guns first, go through due process second.”
Clearly, Trump’s comments contravene everything the NRA stands for. It was only a matter of time before Chris and Wayne weighed in on the matter. After all, the gun lobby has said that it is Trump’s “strongest, most unflinching ally.” Not a great look when the horse you backed is saying, while seated at a table next to a smizing Dianne Feinstein, “I like taking guns early.”