Washington, DC — On Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham made comments about President Trump’s determination to pass Red Flag laws.
He said, “I think there’s a determination by the president to act this time to create a grant program at the federal level to help local law enforcement to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. … I’ve never seen the president this determined, quite frankly. I think he’s determined to do two things: to make sure that people who are suffering mental health problems, who are dangerous and — to themselves and others, that we act before they use the gun, and that we enhance background checks in a way that makes common sense. I think there’s bipartisan support for this.”
Now, we’re going to take this comment with a grain of salt, because we know that Lindsey Graham never saw a compromise he didn’t like, so hopefully this is projection of his own thinking.
But Trump’s statements about Red Flag laws just last week lend some support to Graham’s statement.
If Graham is right, this is bad news for gun owners, and will likely turn into bad news for Trump when election time rolls around next year.
Red Flags aren’t a small issue to gun owners, and unlike the bump stock ban that only affected a few gun owners, Red Flag laws are something that tens of millions of gun owners are passionate about and will consider a hill to die on.
We hope Trump and his staff recognize that while Lindsey Graham and others may praise him for his stance, gun owners consider this a deep cut, a stab in the back.
And they will not forget it.