Trump commented that it would have been nice if someone had been there to shoot back at the Orlando terrorist. That's absolutely correct: mass shootings tend to happen in gun free zones, and there are states where concealed carry laws permit carry into nightclubs - provided one isn't drinking - which might in this case have let the mass murder be cut short.
However, there were two problems with the way this was handled.
First, Trump talked before gaining a deep enough knowledge of gun rights issues to emphasize the part about "provided one isn't drinking". This enabled the press to twist the words into support for people packing guns while drunk.
Second, the NRA didn't want to touch the issue since they knew how the press would twist it. But, their making a statement that appeared to undermine Trump - whom they have endorsed - just allowed the press to make more hay.
Trump may need to shift to a more conventional campaign strategy. He should want the headlines right now to be about how Obama's attorney general Loretta Lynch is trying to censor Islamic terrorism out of the Orlando shooter's manifesto, rather than about his own comments. Unlike Trump's primary opponents, Obama does plenty of things that would help people to vote against him - or Clinton as his successor - and making the election a referendum on Obama, rather than on Trump, is probably the better strategy.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. I don't mind Rubio in the senate, but DeSantis would have been fine too. And it does go to show how little Rubio's promises are worth.
Thankfully, sanity has returned and all of these "do something that won't fix the problem" proposals have now failed.
Warning if you click through: while the article has good information, it also has a leftist slant. The comment stream is currently pretty good, though.
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