Trump Warns of Background-Check ‘Slippery Slope’

President Trump appeared to back away from stronger background checks for gun buyers Tuesday, saying “we have to be very careful” about what may be a “slippery slope.”

“A lot of the people that put me where I am are strong believers in the Second Amendment, and I am also,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “They call it the slippery slope. All of a sudden everything gets taken away. We’re not going to let that happen.”

“We have very very strong background checks right now,” the president said. “We’re looking at different [gun-control policies] and I have to tell you it’s a mental problem. I said it 100 times: It’s not the gun that pulls the trigger, it’s the person that pulls the trigger.”

After two back-to-back mass shootings earlier this month that killed 32 people, Trump expressed support for stronger background checks. He has since backed away from that position after reportedly conferring with the National Rifle Association, which opposes expanded background checks.

“We are in very meaningful discussion with the Democrats and I think the Republicans are very unified. We are very strong on our Second Amendment,” Trump said.

 Read more at National Review

Current News

Feeling the Bern: New Hampshire narrowly goes for Sanders

Feeling the Bern: New Hampshire narrowly goes for Sanders

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic Primary, holding...  Read more

Threat to Romney in Senate, not Trump, his proposals 'will be killed'

Threat to Romney in Senate, not Trump, his proposals 'will be killed'

Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney won’t have to look over his shoulder for any White House efforts to punish him for voting to...  Read more

Jussie Smollett is 'indicted by special prosecutor in Chicago'

Jussie Smollett is 'indicted by special prosecutor in Chicago'

Jussie Smollett has been indicted by a special prosecutor in Chicago, nearly a year after the charges against him over...  Read more

Exclusive: Strange Russian Spacecraft Shadowing U.S. Spy Satellite, General Says

Exclusive: Strange Russian Spacecraft Shadowing U.S. Spy Satellite, General Says

A pair of Russian satellites are tailing a multibillion-dollar U.S. spy satellite hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface...  Read more

Bigger than Vindman: Trump scrubs 70 Obama holdovers from NSC

Bigger than Vindman: Trump scrubs 70 Obama holdovers from NSC

President Trump is making good on his promises to “drain the swamp”  Read more

BIDEN CALLS SKEPTICAL NEW HAMPSHIRE VOTER ‘A LYING, DOG-FACED PONY SOLDIER’

BIDEN CALLS SKEPTICAL NEW HAMPSHIRE VOTER ‘A LYING, DOG-FACED PONY SOLDIER’

The dust-up came after the voter asked whether he can rebound from Iowa...  Read more