Trump Appears to Be Pulling Back on Enhancing Gun Background Checks, Warns of a ‘Slippery Slope’

President Donald Trump seems to be pressing the breaks when it comes to implementing tougher background checks.

The president told reporters at the White House on Tuesday that he believes there are already “very strong background checks” and expanding them would be a “slippery slope” when it comes to the Second Amendment.

“We have very, very strong background checks right now,” Trump said, adding that they’re “looking at different” options and he believes gun violence is a “mental problem.”

“I’ve said it a hundred times it’s not the gun that pulls the trigger, it’s the person that pulls the trigger,” he said.

The president continued to point out a “slippery slope”:

“The Democrats, I believe, I think they’d give up the Second Amendment. A lot of the people who put me where I am are strong believers in the Second Amendment. And I am also. … You know they call it the slippery slope. And all of a sudden everything gets taken away. We’re not going to let that happen”

Trump’s remarks make it appear that he is pulling away from his previous statement that “we need intelligent background checks,” following the two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

He also previously sounded upbeat on the fact that he was “convinced” that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would toughen background checks, amid pressure from congressional Democrats for McConnell to call congress members back from August recess to bring up gun control legislation for a vote.

See Trump’s comments below:

Trump has already been met with criticism for appearing to step back from his stance on enhancing background checks.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) told NBC News “Meet the Press” early Wednesday that only with the president’s leadership will they be able to get gun control legislation passed. He went on to blast Trump for “walking back from an opportunity for real leadership on this issue.”

Additionally, 2020 Democratic hopeful Cory Booker (D-N.J.) put the blame on Trump, claiming he’s “not accepting responsibility for a crisis. In fact, he’s contributing to it, and that’s unacceptable,” he told CNN on Wednesday.

McConnell previously expressed support to have “bipartisan discussions” once Congress returns from August recess, but it’s unclear how or if Trump’s latest comments will impact those discussions on gun control legislation.


  1. I inherited all but three of the guns I have. No background check for the inherited, most of which are antiques. When I bought those three new ones over the period of a decade and a 1/2, I was checked thru the database. Background checks only go so far. I realize no one is going to pull off a mass shooting with a flintlock, but no one sane would do something so horrific anyway.
    The laws are bizarre. I was background checked when I bought a Bushmaster out of state, in my original home state, an obviously high capacity weapon, but I would not have been allowed to purchase a five-shot .22 pistol or a two-shot derringer.
    Stolen guns abound on the black market. Definitely no background checks there.
    Most mal-used guns are handguns, used for suicide or homocide. The Gang-bangers almost never use a so-called assault weapon.
    It is a conundrum, but politicos use specious arguments to attempt to appeal to voters on the basis of preventing violence. Laws do not stop evil-doers or there would be no crime.

  2. Flip flop…. I’m kidding. Generally, i don’t have too much an issue with a pivot if a candidate explains why and it isn’t done all the time (the second is where the president loses me). Though the reasons are not usually positive..

    So with this change – he either doesn’t know what he is talking about regarding guns and he needed someone to explain it or he actually believe background checks are too light but doesn’t want to lose money and votes from those who disagree.

  3. Most informed Americans already know we have a working background check system in place and working as designed. Naturally, ANY system of paperwork designed by a politician will NEVER be able to identify those who lie in order to purchase a gun or get a Concealed Weapons License. And NO amount of paperwork (Laws) would have stopped the last mass murderers or prevent the next murders from taking place. As long as there are guns, machetes, hammers, butter knives, pickup trucks and fertilizer available (and instructions online about how to build a bomb), there WILL BE more nutjobs looking for their 15 minutes of television time and only their name in the newspaper; hopefully in the obituary column.

    The NRA, GOA, USCCA, NAGR and every law-abiding gun owner will continue to be blamed by the low/no-IQ crowd as being the cause of every mass murder. They will continue to spew the scripted comments from their jack booted “leaders” about the NRA selling guns in the NRA store or online; which of course exposes their stupidity, lack of common sense and distance from any reality.

    The President is correct. America does NOT need any more unenforced paperwork. Chicago has the strictest laws and the most murders EVERY weekend. America needs Law Enforcement and a Judicial System willing to do their job to ENFORCE those Laws already on the books.

  4. King Donald The Loser isn’t confused here.

    At least not after he gets that call from LaPierre reminding him of who controls him. All those millions donated to his 2016 campaign need some sort of continuous ROI. The gift that keeps on giving.

    The King has backpedaled on gun issues before. He will do it again because he is bought.

    BTW, it was predicted that our King would do this and he didn’t disappoint.

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