President Trump took to Twitter on Sunday after the London terror attack, and questioned why the United States was “not having a gun debate right now?”
Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That’s because they used knives and a truck!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
Well, he might get his wish.
Dan Gross of the Brady Campaign, a major gun violence prevention group, is willing to take him on.
“The president indicated over the weekend he wants to have a gun debate, so name the time and place,” Gross wrote in a statement. “I’d be more than happy to help him understand why gun violence is the most pressing public health epidemic in our country — the toll it takes on families, our economy, and our national security. So, the president is right, we should have a substance-based policy debate on gun violence and the solutions to address it, and I’d be happy to meet him any time, anywhere.”
Think Trump is man enough to accept the challenge?
Trump’s comment was strikingly parallel with a similar point made on Fox before his remarks. Perhaps Trump was watching T.V. before he tweeted it out. This wouldn’t be the first time.
“Notice we’re not having a gun debate right now, the host said, because they didn’t kill with guns. They killed with knives. They killed with an ideology.”
Perhaps the best response to Trump’s comment came from Rep Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a gunshot wound to the head. She is one of the nation’s strongest advocates for gun control legislation.
“Mr. President, every day we are having a gun debate because every day 90 people in our country die from gun violence. Many of them are kids,” Giffords said on Twitter.
Mr. President, every day we are having a gun debate because every day 90 people in our country die from gun violence. Many of them are kids. https://t.co/Pv6z2ILKl1
— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) June 4, 2017
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