Many times over the course of the Donald’s first year, we’ve been happy to praise him and kiss the ring on the tiny Vienna sausage he calls a finger. This isn’t one of those times. According to the Trump Administration, they’re seeking to put the kibosh on bump stocks without going through the House and Senate.
The Trump administration on Saturday began the process to ban bump stocks through regulatory action.
“The Department of Justice has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a notice of a proposed regulation to clarify that the National Firearms and Gun Control Act defines ‘machinegun’ to include bump stock type devices,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted a notice of a regulation regarding the definition of “machinegun” in the National Firearms Act and Gun Control Act and proposing to include “bump stock type devices, and that federal law accordingly prohibits the possession, sale, or manufacture of such devices.”
Well, this hardly sounds like the guy who once said “the assault on the Second Amendment is over.” Trump will claim those types of devices are already illegal and this is just a “rephrasing” of current regulations. “Honestly, who needs a bump stock anyway? It’s not like you can hunt with it.” We’ve heard that sort of talk before.
I can’t see what Trump expects to gain from flip-flopping on executive orders and the glorious Second Amendment. He might think he’ll pick up a couple progressive votes, but that’s not gonna happen. Trump could pass a bill allowing abortions up to 18 years of age. Along with mandatory viewings of RuPaul’s Drag Race for preschoolers. The left would still brand him an un-mustachioed, apricot-hued Hitler clone.
Face it MAGA people, this isn’t another round of 8-D zero-gravity Australian rules Parcheesi. It’s just an unfortunate case of Trump’s administration giving a big middle finger to his pro-gun base. Not your best move by far, Trumples.