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The 5 Most Shocking Moments of Trump’s Gun Violence Meeting

For the second time of his presidency, Donald Trump held an on-camera, all-things-go meeting with members of Congress on a divisive issue. He offered no shortage of big moments.

By NTK Staff | 03.01.2018 @9:00am
The 5 Most Shocking Moments of Trump’s Gun Violence Meeting

For the second time in his presidency, Donald Trump let the cameras roll for a long, at times contentious, meeting with members of Congress on a divisive issue.

The first time was on immigration, when Trump endorsed several potential legislative fixes to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As of now, a few months later, no legislative fix has passed a single chamber of Congress.

On Wednesday, though, Trump held a far more interesting discussion on a far more divisive issue: gun violence. Here are the five moments that surprised the NTK Network team the most.

TRUMP ENDORSED TOOMEY-MANCHIN

President Trump appeared to endorse the revived effort of Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) to strengthen background checks. The senators’ first effort, in 2013 and after the Sandy Hook shooting, was opposed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and failed in the Senate.

…AND AN ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN?

In addition to appearing to endorse Toomey-Manchin, Trump said senators should add an assault weapons ban to the effort. How big a moment was it? Liberal Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) appeared elated by Trump’s comments.

TRUMP’S BROADSIDES AT TOOMEY

Despite supporting Toomey-Manchin, Trump also threw an elbow at Toomey, a conservative senator who supports Trump. On live, national television, Trump told Toomey, “You’re afraid of the NRA.”

…AND AT SCALISE

Trump also pushed back on a friend and ally, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), over Scalise’s comments on the House GOP’s effort to pass concealed carry reciprocity. “You’ll never get this passed if you add concealed carry to this,” Trump said, siding with Democrats on the issue.

DUE PROCESS

In comment sure to make gun rights advocates shudder, Trump said of people who may pose a risk to others, “Take the guns first. Go through due process second.”

At least one GOP senator, Ben Sasse (R-NE), pushed back strongly on these Trump comments, writing “We’re not ditching any Constitutional protections simply because the last person the President talked to today doesn’t like them.”

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