Some of Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters are having a a meltdown after the president made a proposal to ban bump stocks that can turn a semi-automatic weapon to full-automatic along with other modest changes to gun regulations.
According to CBS Miami, guns supporters and organized gun groups are accusing the president of “betrayal” after he belatedly responded to the shooting in Parkland, Florida, that claimed 17 lives.
Saturday morning, Trump retweeted himself from Feb 22, with a statement that read: “I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope!”
“Out in the firearms community there is a great feeling of betrayal and abandonment, because of the support he was given in his campaign for president,” Tony Fabian, president of the Colorado Sports Shooting Association, said in a statement Friday.
Additionally, Gun Owners of America sent out an email urging its 1.5 million members to call the White House and “Tell Trump to OPPOSE All Gun Control!” adding that gun control groups aided by congressional Democrats are working to convince the president he should “support their disastrous gun control efforts.”
“When they feel gun ownership is threatened, then they’re going to respond as if that’s the pre-eminent issue,” explained Michael Hammond, legislative counsel for the Virginia-based group.
Paul Paradis, a Trump supporter who owns a gun store in Colorado Springs, is furious that bump-stocks may be banned.
“Trump can propose anything he wants but it’s got to get through two houses of Congress and the Supreme Court,” Paradis stated.
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