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Kurtz: the media and the mood has changed on gun control?
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the growing media and political shifts on gun control as Parkland, Florida shooting survivors speak.
Donald Trump, the President, pushes Congress to do something could possession of weapons, even if these steps are not sufficient.
Perhaps only a Republican President and an elected with the full support of the NRA—would have to be positioned to such steps.
But rather than inviting s Trump move in your direction, gun control advocates are, first, the dismissal of his efforts as insufficient.
For a quarter of a century, practically every effort that has fallen on the regulation of the sale of arms to the victims of Washington to a standstill. Since the Congress, Bill Clinton had the assault weapon ban to be running in the 1990s, the Problem was seen as politically radioactive, not only from Republicans, but from the fashion Democrats rates as well.
Even after the rampage in Newtown, even with Barack Obama and Joe mounting Biden a sustained push for some gun control measures, Congress did nothing. There was no way that the Republicans were going to give Obama a small concession to the Problem.
Then last year came from Las Vegas massacre, and an outcry of indignation about the shooter – use of bump-increase shares, the speed of his attack. But there is nothing happening.
To the Florida school shooting, and the cruel spectacle of the children, the shot, and seems to have brought the Problem to a possible turning point.
If the conservative, pro-Trump, the New York Post is running these banner headlines such as “MR. PRESIDENT, PLEASE ACT,” and ” yesterday “HOPE FOR GUN CONTROL”—with a photo of a Florida protest of the students-it is clear that the national mood to change.
Even Pat Robertson, the one-time GOP presidential candidate, said on his “700 Club”: “I am a gun owner. I’ve hunted with. I have shot skeet,” said Robertson. “But for God’s sake, I don’t think the population needs to have automatic weapons.”
Trump has ordered the justice Ministry to speed up an existing check and ban rules bump-share. He also has signaled to open the dispute to stricter background checks and the raising of the age limit for the purchase of such weapons, like an AR-15 assault rifle, in a Park landscape.
This comes from a President who embraces the Second Amendment during the campaign and said the group supports him financially: “the NRA I can say with pride, I will never, ever, ever let you down.”
Of course, after yesterday’s gut-wrenching session with students, teachers and parents that went through the mass shootings, Trump also said that the arming of the people in the schools could be a part of the solution-an approach favored by the NRA.
A Quinnipiac poll said yesterday that 97 percent (!) of Americans favor universal background checks for gun purchases. Around 66 percent in favor of stricter gun laws, and 67 per cent in favour of a ban on assault weapons.
There is a partisan divide, with only 34 percent of Republicans support stricter gun laws, but 43 percent back an assault ban weapons.
Washington’s paralysis on these issues speaks more than the clout of the NRA. Many legislators are afraid of the alienation of gun owners, the passionate, and highly motivated voters.
Now it is true that the NRA is not against some of these measures, such as the regulation bump-share (even if you don’t want legislative action on the matter).
But Trump has a Nixon-goes-to-China possibility. He detoxify could be the Problem for many Republicans, together bring enough to share with liberal Democrats in passing legislation to go modest.
It is also possible that, like immigration, this Problem is drawn, in the partiality, and the moment will pass.
Trump has come to the Republican party in his image, drawing considerable criticism from those who do not like him or his policies. But what if in the Wake of the Florida tragedy, he moved the party towards a more centralist and popular location?
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.