The White House Is Now Saying Trump Is Open To Passing Gun Background Check Legislation

The White House Is Now Saying Trump Is Open To Passing Gun Background Check Legislation
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders disclosed in a statement that the President had spoken with No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn on Friday about legislation Cornyn introduced last year. The senator has proposed expediting updates of the criminal databases used in instant background checks, as well as penalizing federal workers who fail to update these databases regularly.

Secretary Sanders said:

While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the president is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system.

Following the outcry from Americans in response to the most recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the president took to Twitter, directing blame at everyone from the FBI and its investigation of Russian election interference to Democrats to lack of mental health awareness to survivors of the shooting themselves. Yet Trump has made little mention of gun control—until today. While the White House did not endorse the legislation, their willingness to consider a revamp of the current background check system is a sudden reversal. 

To be clear, Trump isn't exactly going out on a limb.

Senator John Cornyn, who introduced the legislation in November of last year with seven other senators (including three other republicans), has a widely pro-gun voting record and voted against limits on high-capacity magazines and lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. He holds an NRA "A" rating. 

The NRA itself has backed the Cornyn's proposed legislation.

Trump last year rolled back an Obama-era regulation making it more difficult for those with documented mental health issues to obtain guns.

Many people are understandably skeptical of this new position:

While gun control advocates consider the legislation an important first step, the bill is hardly revolutionary:

The nation waits to see if this is an attempt to assuage the recent surge of activism from soon-to-be-voters emerging in the shooting's aftermath, or if this might just lead to the first major move toward bipartisan gun control reform in recent history. However, as being an American in the 21st century has repeatedly shown, we don't have much time before a mass shooting takes the lives of even more citizens. The country can't afford to wait.