Yes, you heard it here.
As reported by the New York Times,
President Trump on Wednesday repeatedly embraced a series of gun control measures, telling a group of lawmakers at the White House to pursue bills that have been opposed for years by the vast majority of the Republican Party and the National Rifle Association.
In a remarkable televised meeting in the Cabinet Room, the president appeared to stun giddy Democrats and stone-faced Republicans by calling for comprehensive gun control that would expand background checks, keep guns from the mentally ill, secure schools and restrict gun sales from some young adults.
To the surprise of many in the room, Mr. Trump urged the bipartisan lawmakers to start with a bipartisan bill put forward in 2013 by Senators Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, a Democrat, and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania, a Republican. That bill died months after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., after intense Republican opposition.
Mr. Trump repeatedly suggested that the dynamics had changed, in part because of his leadership in the White House, a sentiment that the Democrats in the room readily agreed with as they saw the president supporting their ideas.
Pictures are worth 1,000 words. Here is one of Senator Feinstein that is worth 10,000. (Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times.)
He then topped it off by asking,
“… Toomey and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) if they included raising the age limit for some gun purchases in the gun control bill they co-sponsored.
“We didn’t address that, Mr. President,” Toomey said.
“You know why? Because you’re afraid of the NRA,” Trump replied with a chuckle. “It’s a big issue right now. A lot of people are talking about it.”
Trump also said, “I like taking the guns early … Take the guns first, go through due process second.”
WATCH: President Trump: "I like taking the guns early … Take the guns first, go through due process second." pic.twitter.com/aydEZdAGq0
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 28, 2018
He is also reported to have said that Florida police should have taken away the Stoneman Douglas shooter’s guns “whether they had the right or not.”
Reaction from the Right seems slow coming in. I suspect many are hitting the bourbon early.
Some are trickling in though.
This is an AMAZING point. For Trump, due process is a problem when people think Rob Porter is guilty of beating his ex-wives, but not a problem when government seizes guns from citizens. https://t.co/XdOzM8wkz4
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 28, 2018
The walk-back on the President’s statements tomorrow should be interesting.
In other gun-related news, an armed schoolteacher was arrested after barricading himself in his classroom and shooting out the window. No one was injured by the shot, but students were locked down and one was injured while escaping.
I leave you with this:
Worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles and some wearing bullet crowns, participated in a commitment ceremony today at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, in Newfoundland, Pa. The event led a nearby school to cancel classes for the day. Photos @jacquelinelarma pic.twitter.com/GXzrZeK41z
— AP Images (@AP_Images) February 28, 2018