Gun control talks put on back burner as Trump attacks entertainment


Will Sieracki, Reporter

     Wow, more controversy surrounding the Trump administration. Shocker. Following the Parkland massacre, Donald Trump and his supporter base have said things that seem intentionally provocative, calling for teachers to be armed in all schools. However, contradicting his previous comments about gun control, Trump has suggested an increase in age for buying a gun, banning bump stocks and other aftermarket additions, and changing so the United States would have a universal background check system.  While all of this is nice (or not, depending on who you ask,) with Donald Trump no one is ever sure whether he actually means what he says or if he’s just grandstanding and playing politics. Some people buy his new stance, some don’t. The ones that buy it are mainly Trump’s supporters, and some of them claim that they’re not going to support Trump any longer. There has to be some sort of irony in people just now stopping their support for the President, right?


     Anyway, this new reversal of stances is surprising and isn’t surprising at the same time. On one hand, President Trump has flipped on several issues that he campaigned on during the 2016 election cycle, such as reducing the national debt by cutting spending. Switching stances on political issues isn’t a foreign concept to this administration. But one of the parts of the backbone of the previous Trump campaign was that he was going to protect people’s 2nd Amendment rights, and that guns should never be taken away from people. Not standing his metaphorical ground on this is odd, to say the least.


     But the problem that lies with the President supporting gun control and mental health reform, which, at this point, the two go together when publicly discussed, is that he’s trying to make violent video games and movies the scapegoat for the mass shooting problem America has. It’s an absolute sign that he honestly, truly has no idea what he says when words come out of his mouth. The President’s actual quote: “I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts. And you go one further step and that’s the movies…maybe they have to put a rating system for that.” Yes, right. What America needs is a rating system for all of these multimedia forms; it’s not like the ESRB or the MPAA exist or anything.


     What’s currently going on is a shame. The real issues of mental health reform and gun control might never be given legitimate discussion under this administration. This can’t get any worse, can it? (Knock on wood.)