WH: Trump Backs Strengthened Background Checks

Politico reports:

President Donald Trump supports laws to strengthen the background check system for gun purchases in the wake of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting that killed 17, the White House announced on Monday.

“The President spoke to Senator [John] Cornyn on Friday about the bi-partisan bill he and Sen. [Chris] Murphy introduced to improve Federal Compliance with Criminal Background check Legislation,” press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. “While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system.”

The Cornyn-Murphy bill, introduced in November, would seek to improve reporting to the background check system by both the federal government and states.

Remember the ban on bump stocks that was going to happen after Las Vegas?

  • bkmn

    …right up until Congress is able to pass one, then he will be against it.

    • Chucktech

      I’m not so sure. Not because this illegitimate fraud is really for or against any gun control measure, he just doesn’t bother to educate himself on its merits or is too incurious to offer anything approaching an informed opinion, so he’ll sign whatever his Republican controlled Congress puts in front of him. As long as he can sign it on prime-time color TV and they spell his name right, he’s good with it.

    • Devon Rodriguez

      Trump’s new budget proposal for next fiscal year reduced money for gun background checks.

      As usual, Trump is late to the party and left his checkbook home.


      • Chucktech

        Thing is, A: Trump has not Clue One what’s in “his” budget proposal, and B: That budget will go precisely nowhere.

    • JCF

      Yeah, you know if a bipartisan agreement is reached (Big IF!), Drumpf will threaten a veto. You KNOW it’s coming…

  • Nic Peterson

    A slight change in the direction of the wind. Then back to business as usual.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      aka: misdirection of the wind, foxnews passes gas, bengazi, hillary’s emails, “mocollusion” (non-freudian slip), fbi’s fault, insert yer own here __________________.

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    Stephen miller must be out of the loop. When the latte nazi finds out, he will convince trumpturd to derail it. Cause the wall, or daca, or deplorable base or something

  • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

    Pointless window dressing.

    Improving reporting is not the same as universal background checks. And for those who didn’t know…

    Firearm sales and background check records are critical tools law enforcement can use to solve crimes involving guns and identify corrupt gun sellers and purchasers. While federal law requires licensed gun dealers to maintain sales records, it also requires the FBI to destroy approved background check records, hampering law enforcement efforts.


    • j.martindale

      I was about to write, small potatoes. Universal background checks and assault weapons ban, minimum.

  • Chris H.

    And didn’t he just include a cut of millions for the background check system?

    “The White House budget plan would strip 16% from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, Schumer said — cutting its budget from $73 million to $61 million.”

    • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

      And where will people get the mental health care they need? Not from Obamacare which Trump is working so hard to kill. And not from Medicaid which has to be slashed to insure billionaires get a tax cut.

  • Tatonka

    Let’s see if anyone notices that tougher background checks would have done exactly nothing to stop the Parkland shooting, or any of the other numerous mass murders conducted using legally acquired assault weapons.

    Edit: Legally acquired AR-15s were used in Parkland, Sandy Hook, Orlando, Los Vegas, and San Bernadino, just to name a few that I checked off the top of my head.

    • Chucktech

      Probably not. So you’re saying don’t bother employing tougher background checks?

      • Tatonka

        Ugh, of course not. I’m saying that that should have been done a long time ago, and that it’s fraudulent to float this as a response to a shooting that took place with a legally acquired gun. It doesn’t go nearly far enough.

        This is the equivalent of a drunk driver saying, yeah, I really should have gotten those brakes checked before speeding the wrong way down the interstate.

    • Bad Tom

      We must ban the sales of military style assault weapons, to anyone, of any age.

    • SoCalGal20

      A background check could have stopped (maybe?) the TX church shooter. OTOH he probably would have just bought the gun in a way that got around the background check.

  • b-b-but Jr’s emails!

    The WH says…..we don’t believe it came from Trump,

    Hell, even when Trump says it we start an egg timer to monitor the time before his position change.

    • Gretchen

      Thank you. I’m totally making egg salad for lunch. Your egg timer comment triggered a sudden craving.

  • Bullshit.
    Fucking Bullshit.
    and if anyone belives them, well…
    You Deserve this idiot in chief.

    • Chucktech

      Lots of deserving deplorables in Flyoverville…

  • For everyone but himself.

  • DreadPikathulhu

    This will last long enough for his deplorable base to find out about it.

  • glass

    Why would anyone believe anything that con man says. Liar, liar, hair on fire.

  • SFBruce

    Little Donnie said he was willing to “take the heat” that would come from his support of a bipartisan immigration reform bill, until he took a little heat and got scared. If someone convinces Donnie his base won’t like this (and there are many who won’t), that vague support we heard from the White House will disappear.

    • Bad Tom

      His meltdown on that issue took two days.

    • JCF

      OT: SFB, really like your El Cap avatar!

  • OdieDenCO

    Actions, donny not words. whip out that big old executive pen and issues a couple of Executive Orders. just think of the photo ops

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • whollyfool

      I can’t even blame this on onions

    • Harveyrabbit

      $104,048 of $5,000 goal

      Raised by 3,358 people in 3 days

      • Bad Tom

        A good sign.

        Still, I hope his family have excellent insurance, because if not, 100 grand won’t touch his hospital bills.

        • Chucktech


        • JCF

          It’s almost $200K now. Keep it going!

      • Chucktech

        $5000 goal?? Why only $5000?? His medical bills surely soared past $5000 in the first 10 minutes after he was admitted. They surely soared past $104,048 by now.

        • OdieDenCO


    • JCF

      Specifically, elsewhere it was reported that Borges used his body to hold the door closed, as the gunpunk shot through the door. Hero.

  • jimbo65

    SAYING it and DOING something about it are two different things. Continue with your march you brave kids.

    • Bj Lincoln


  • Bambino

    Pay no mind. This is not a breaking news but a diffusion of a potential revolution against corrupted politicians who are in deep with the NRA.

  • clay

    “The President spoke to Senator [John] Cornyn on Friday about the bi-partisan bill he and Sen. [Chris] Murphy introduced to improve Federal Compliance with Criminal Background check Legislation,” press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

    In other words, relying on Congress to do what he could accomplish with an Executive Order, and what might already be in compliance with Federal Law.

    • Joe in PA

      Plausible deniability (or something)…. 🙁

    • Tatonka

      Watch for him to link that bill to border wall appropriations or some other political deal breaker so he can blame Democrats for tanking background checks.

    • Buford

      Moot anyway… gun purchases at shows and thru private individuals aren’t subject to background checks. This proposal is barely better than nothing.

      • R W C

        Losers like lovely little loopholes!

  • Makoto

    Trump also said he’d sign a DACA bill, even if he didn’t agree with it.
    Then said he wouldn’t.

    So, yeah, I trust this about as much as I do anything that comes out of Huckabee’s mouth.

    • Buford

      Even worse… when cameras were present, Trump bravely declared, “I’ll take the heat” by signing bipartisan immigration bills that his base might not like. We all know what happened next.

    • ted-

      Someone, go grab a sock to put it in her.

  • another_steve

    One can only imagine the flurry of phone calls going on at the moment between the NRA, the White House and Republican monsters in Congress.

    • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

      Hey Steve, your future houseboy has changed his financial disclosure form yet again. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/exclusive-kushner-quietly-made-more-fixes-to-his-financial-disclosures-may-have-more-to-come

      • zhera

        Oh FFS! Now it’s getting ridiculous.

        • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

          Supposedly about 30 of the 130 people who have not received security clearance are ‘unclearable’. I wonder if Kushie is one of them.

      • another_steve

        Jared will follow three rules in my household:

        (1) He’ll get rid of the shiksa bitch who entrapped him solely on account of the quality of his baby-making sperm;

        (2) He’ll liquidate 100 percent of his holdings and transfer the proceeds to me; and

        (3) He’ll remain silent. I’ve heard his speaking voice and it horrifies me.

        If he doesn’t comply with these rules, he won’t get food or water.

    • Bambino

      Either the NRA is calling in the chit or more money changes hands.

  • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

    Interesting think piece on The Intercept:

    “Why don’t all of America’s Muslims just join the NRA? Yep, all of them. Every. Single. One. Of. Them. Think about it. There are anywhere between 3 million and 7 million Muslims in the United States. There are only around 5 million members of the NRA. A mass membership drive by Muslim-Americans could effectively give them control of the organization.”


    What delicious irony if Muslims, being ‘otherized’ by Trump & Fox and blamed for terrorism could actually be the saviors of reducing domestic gun related terrorism.

    • clay

      No, it would not. The NRA isn’t actually controlled by its members, but by its donors.

    • joe ho

      The real power of the NRA is not its money. It’s the fact that NRA voters are totally reliable highly motivated single issue voters.

      They vote in every single election and overlook gross imperfections in their candidates. Unlike liberal voters who are undisciplined and sabotage their own best interests if their feelings have been hurt.

    • Ben in Oakland

      Muslims are no more under central authority tHan gay people are.

  • Paula

    The background checks need to be more rigorous. Raise the age to buy weapons or ammo to 21.

    • zhera

      Tax the ammo into oblivion.

      • Chucktech

        THIS. Make ammo cost $10 per round. Then allow ammosexuals to take their AR-15 penis extenders to licensed and regulated gun ranges where they can legally fire free ammo until they cum in their camo’s.

        • canoebum

          Do you have any idea how many reloaders there are in this country? Reloading ammo is as popular among regular shooters as fresh powder is to downhill skiers. I am in favor of a Federal excise tax on centerfire ammunition, but if you make it too high, the underground trade in ammunition will skyrocket. The Las shooter bought 700 rounds of tracer ammunition, illegally, from a reloader.

          • Chucktech

            As a matter of fact, I DO know there are tons o’ gun nut “reloaders.” You think this putz in Parkland FL does that? Don’t you think $10 a round might have given him (and the Sandy Hook weirdo and others) just a little pause?

          • canoebum

            He found weed. He could have found untaxed ammo as well.

          • R W C

            Sounds like you know more about ammo than weed!

          • Chucktech

            Of course he found weed, he’s a teenager. So what? My point is make it difficult, if not ruinously expensive, to get ammo.

          • R W C

            Let’s continue to evaluate the changes recently proposed to the Burearu of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. It seems to me there could be a solution which could pass as compromise too.

            Under the Trump administration’s plan, the Treasury Department would inherit the authority to investigate tobacco and alcohol smuggling. The A.T.F. would need a new name. One possibility: the Bureau of Arson, Explosives and Firearms, or A.E.F.

            The move would resolve a bureaucratic split that has existed for years. Treasury collects the taxes on cigarettes and liquor, but A.T.F. investigates efforts to evade those taxes.

    • Bad Tom

      At the very, very least.

  • zhera

    Ban assault weapons. Seriously, how can anyone justify private citizens having ASSAULT WEAPONS?

    • JCF

      But they do. Disgusting local (to me) story:


      “Cameron Park fundraiser raffles off an AR-15 after Florida shooting.”

      This quote!!!!!

      “Ellie Wooten, another [local community] board member, said she attended the crab feed and was aware of the AR-15 raffle but didn’t have an opinion on it. “I really didn’t think too much about it,” Wooten said. “I’m a life member of the NRA (National Rifle Association). I know what is bringing it all on, the school shooting in Florida. Some people relate to that.””

      “Some people relate to” 17 CHILDREN (&teachers) GUNNED DOWN??? And you don’t? WTF is *wrong* w/ you???


  • OdieDenCO

    then reinstate Obama’s EO against gun ownership for the mentally ill. but we know that will never happen and this is just another lie! Fail

  • Gerry Fisher

    OK, use your bully pulpit effectively to get a bill on your desk. But you’d have to get off the golf course, get off Twitter, be smart, piss off a major donor, care about something other than yourself, and do a lot of work. I won’t hold my breath.

  • Ninja0980

    Said the same with DACA as well.

  • Bronxboy47

    No one seems to be commenting on this guy’s obvious mongoloid (Down Syndrome) features.

    • zhera

      Maybe because they’re not there?

      • Bronxboy47


        Really? I’d say a mild case. Maybe “obvious” is a bit much, and it’s not terribly pronounced, but it is certainly a possibility. I certainly see a hint of it.

      • canoebum

        More like a bad haircut. Still, the shop owner should have made some hard inquiries into why this kid needed to buy an AR-15. What guns clubs did he belong to? For how long? Did he have any references to attest to his competence to own such a weapon? What level of gun safety training had he had? Who was going to instruct him on the appropriate storage of the firearm?

        • Chucktech

          What, and blow a gun sale??

          But yeah, totally. Jesus, should go without saying.

  • olandp

    Did he call in from the golf course?

    • kanehau


  • Scout

    I went to that Kambree’s twitter and found that she had retweeted this. I am going to need to stay away from her twitter page, that’s for sure:


  • AdamTh

    Too little, too late…. and Donnie will change his mind before any bill ever comes up for a vote.

    • R W C

      Or it will have some egregious rider for a border wall attached.

  • Bad Tom

    Yeah, Trump backs strengthened background checks NOW. Just wait until he talks to Wayne LaPierre again. Then Trump will understand why they are bad again. Until the next mass shooting.

  • i just don’t trust rethugs to craft a useful bill of any kind. period. guns, the economy, civil rights… you know that inside every bill their masters hand them and they euphemistically call “stronger schools bill” or “help for the old bill” or whatever, there is grift, discrimination, and fucking over those who need help the most. this one won’t be any different.

  • AdamTh

    BTW…. Don’t forget the White House security scandal!!! or the domestic abuse allegations…

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Oh look, a little bit of Background Check Kabuki Theater to placate the masses…problem for them is, it seems the masses are in no mood for theatrics anymore. Besides, does anyone really think it would have teeth? And let’s not forget there are other pressing issues, Russia, WH Security, wife beating staff, etc. This is but a bit of stage makeup, some rouge and powder to try and cover up so much more. Don’t be fooled.

  • Bluto

    Assuming this passes, & that’s a YOOGE assumption of ridiculous biblical proportions, then this is the very least they can do. Whoopie.

  • JWC

    He can give in only what Wayne LaPierre will allow

  • dcurlee

    This is the same man that allowed mental health persons allowed to buy guns. He’s nothing but trash pandering as usual

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • JCF

      To be fair, we should do this for anyone, male or female, who wants a gun. [Or AT LEAST any semi-automatic weapon!]

  • Jim Maloney

    Has he changed his mind yet? That’s the pattern.

  • justme

    “President Donald Trump supports laws to strengthen the background check system for gun purchases in the wake of the Parkland,”

    It’s the VERY least he can do!!! and still keep his base happy

  • He doesn’t mean it.

    Donald always finds some way to destroy everything within range of his pudgy little hands.

    • E.J.

      Didn’t he cut funding for the people who do background checks in his last budget.

  • Buford

    This is useless as long as firearm purchases at gun shows and thru private sellers do not require background checks at all.

  • Mike Knife
  • gaycuckhubby

    Keep the pressure on. It seems like a hopeless case, but sometimes Pressure Works

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    Trump should be ignored on this. Everything that Insane Clown Pu$$y Grabber says and does is for his personal aggrandizement. And he has no principles – he’ll go whichever way the wind is blowing on an issue. That fucker lies so much and changes his mind so often that he has zero credibility. Today he’s for strengthened background checks. But check back tonight or tomorrow – he could very well have a completely different stance. Ten-to-one, he’s gonna get a phone call from Wayne Lapierre about this, and he’ll change his mind.

    The real power lies with Congress. They’re the ones who write legislation. And they’re the ones who should be pressured over their enslavement to the NRA. And it’s not just Republicans who are enslaved to the NRA – there are some Democrats also. The biggest NRA money “getter” in Georgia is a Democrat. The Washington Post has a list of every member of Congress who’s taken NRA money since 2008. You can look up your own state. Put a badge of shame on them for bowing down to the NRA.

  • boobert

    Sure, Jan! Watch what he says at cpac.

    • TexasBoy

      They’ll probably raffle off an AR-15, and the winner will be a 6 year old kid.

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    For how many minutes? I mean, we all know he will back anything until it is proved that it will not make him money, then fuck it

  • TexasBoy

    Banning assault class weapons would be more effective, and like less expensive.

  • coram nobis

    No doubt the proposal will disappear in committee. Anyway, it was the least he could do.

  • anne marie in philly

    NO HE DOESN’T. put a bill on his desk and he will veto it.

  • nipper

    WH words mean nothing

  • Mike

    Call BS on this, kids. Background checks are bullshit. Adam Lanza’s mother bought the irrational cache of guns she kept in her house. Her son, the young murderer, didn’t buy a single gun himself. No background check would have made any difference to those the lives of those schoolchildren.

    Just expressing the desire to purchase an assault weapon is a sign of mental illness and should disqualify a person from owning any kind of gun.

  • -M-

    Remember the ban on bump stocks that was going to happen after Las Vegas?


    Plus, better reporting and required background checks are good, but hardly sufficient. In this case a freaking teenager bought an AR-15 legally. And under Florida law that was easier for him to do than buying a handgun.

  • Ann Kah

    Another “too little, too late” event.

  • Nate

    It’s crazy easy to buy a gun here, I bought a AR-15 over the weekend, took less than 30 minutes.