While President Trump has called for measures such as strengthening background checks when purchasing firearms and providing special firearms training to teachers, he has yet to propose a single measure for reducing the number of firearms in circulation, despite the surge of public opinion strongly calling for stricter gun control measures as a result of the recent mass shooting in Florida.
On the other hand, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, through his non-profit organization Everytown for Gun Safety, is conducting his own lobbying campaign using his personal fortune. Establishments such as Starbucks and Target have also begun prohibiting customers from bringing firearms into their premises. The gun control movement has begun solidifying its influence as well.
Due to America’s past as a former British colony, gun ownership has become a traditional American value. While the NRA advocates stronger gun control laws for convicted felons, it has continued to lobby Republican and Democrat politicians alike, making it unlikely that gun control laws will ever be legislated in the future.
Despite the Obama administration signed an executive order aimed at firearm distributors, the number of gun-related crimes in the United States continued to soar unabated. The disarmament of civilians is crucial in promoting gun control, which necessitates a thorough re-assessment of the Constitution’s 2nd Amendment: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”.
As the number of mass shootings increases, the public clamor for stricter gun control laws continues to grow. As these tragic events continue to occur, how long can President Trump, – who at an NRA convention proclaimed: “I am going to come through for you” – continue to maintain his pro-gun stance?