Rep. Chris Jacobs (R-NY), who is set for a GOP primary battle in August, told reporters he would get behind gun control efforts in Congress including an assault weapons ban and setting 21 as the minimum age to buy guns, WKBW reported.
A majority of Americans favor an assault weapons ban, with 67% of people surveyed
in a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll saying theyíd support one.
Itís good that at least one member of Congress will break with the NRA. I will say, an assault weapons ban wouldnít prevent many of the 40,000 gun fatalities, though. But maybe from it some other sensible measures will be actually discussed.
In terms of how hopeless it is, read this:https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/27/us/trump-gun-control.html
Despite being a buffoon, Iíve consistently thought that Trump legitimately hates war. Reading the above, it seems like he legitimately hates guns, too, or at least mass shootings with guns. But, thatís our politics, right? Thereís no room for personal beliefs, itís what will fire up the base and bring in that cash.
But I digress. Back in 2018, there was hope. If Trump had come out publicly, who knows what would have happened. I donít know what it will take. A Dem President with a Senate willing to end the filibuster? A GOP President in his second term who doesnít care about reelection?
All that said, is it next month that the Supreme Court rules on NYís gun statute? Depending on how narrowly that gets written, it could make guns even more prevalent.