What I want is a President who will say,
(best if read in the voice of a throaty rancher, or Wilfred Brimley)
“OK, NRA, the numbers and the American people say that gun violence is a problem in our country. Those numbers simply must come down, and I don’t care how they do.
You get to go first. You come up with what you think the problem is, and how we ought to go about fixing it. If you say it’s mental illness and that we aren’t doing enough identify the sick, get them the help they need, or block them from obtaining weapons, then we’ll draft legislation that says just that, just like you want it worded. We’ll pass it, put the federal dollars behind it, and see if you’re right.
If you’re not, then the gun control people get a crack at it. We’ll see what they think should happen. We’ll draft and pass the law (because you’re going to stay out of it,) and we’ll see if they are right. And if they’re not, we go back to you. And we will proceed in this way until we no longer agree that gun violence is a problem.
I’m taking this to the American people tonight, letting them know about our plan, and committing to updating our progress at every press conference, so you’re in it whether you like it or not.
If you don’t give me anything by the end of the year, I’m calling you out on it every day in public until you do. And if you still refuse to play ball, I’m publically shaming you, and the gun control crowd gets to go first.”
Where is that President?