During a Wednesday press conference, President Donald Trump said he would prefer police "take the guns first" and "go through due process second" to prevent mass shootings like the one that happened on Valentine's Day in Parkland, Florida.
"I like taking the guns early," the president remarked amid lawmakers gathered for an announcement of a bipartisan school safety and gun control bill.
— CNN (@CNN) February 28, 2018
The remarks, naturally, were not missed by Twitter.
"If Obama said this, Fox News might actually implode," the Toronto Star's Washington correspondent Daniel Dale mused. "There would be an actual fire at Fox News."
Trump: "Take the firearms first and then go to court." "I like taking the guns early, like in the crazy man's case.… https://t.co/36cyfxFSfo— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1519851201.0
"Trump just said 'take the guns first and do due process second'... and the sound you heard was Wayne LaPierre's head exploding," the Boston Globe's Michael Cohen joked, referencing the National Rifle Association's executive vice president who he reportedly had lunch with recently.
Trump just said "take the guns first and do due process second" ... and the sound you heard was Wayne LaPierre's head exploding— Michael Cohen (@Michael Cohen)1519851049.0
Check out the best responses below:
"Take the guns first, let due process happen later." ---The president of the United States. (At home, Wayne LaPie… https://t.co/C4Nr2JddXr— Jon Ralston (@Jon Ralston)1519851070.0
Trump: Take the guns first. Due process second. @Deplorable_Its_A_Magazine_Not_A_Clip: Sounds good.— matt christman (@matt christman)1519851271.0
NRA's Dana Loesch promptly stopped livetweeting the Trump/Congress meeting after Trump said "I like taking the guns… https://t.co/uKjdeoF8AL— Dennis Mersereau (@Dennis Mersereau)1519852835.0
2008: Obama's gonna take the guns 2009: Obama's gonna take the guns 2010: Obama's gonna take the guns 2011: Obama's… https://t.co/pTVq7q4mvQ— e🌐j (@e🌐j)1519852493.0
@floozyesq Trump is in the DSA now— Ryan Boyd (@Ryan Boyd)1519853026.0
EVERY MAGA GUY NOW: Please take the guns daddy trump, please confiscate the guns, and then kiss me. https://t.co/mNbAuYQFJY— chris person (@chris person)1519852797.0
@austin_walker Also hey, kinda fucking silly that after right-wing pundits cried for 8 years about Obama wanting to… https://t.co/IlZoUNSDm6— deviled eggnogg (@deviled eggnogg)1519853657.0
NRA: “Obama will take your guns! He wants to eat the second amendment for breakfast!” Trump: “Take guns first.” N… https://t.co/FQvaKUhTFC— Jenna WEAR A MASK Quigley (@Jenna WEAR A MASK Quigley)1519853165.0
Obviously it’s meaningless because Trump will have dinner with Paul Ryan or Wayne LaPierre and decide to expand fir… https://t.co/A1uRwYFMUs— Dr. Himbo Fisher (@Dr. Himbo Fisher)1519853708.0
I actually can't envision this hypothetical— Simon Maloy (@Simon Maloy)1519851507.0