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Strategy or betrayal? Trump says: ‘Take the guns first, go through due process second’

President Donald Trump was elected partially because of his stated support for the Second Amendment. While campaigning, he repeatedly promised Americans that their right to self-defense and protection against government tyranny would be considered sacred in his administration.

In the wake of the Parkland, FL shooting, however, Trump appears to be coming out of “left” field. In a stunning set of comments this week, he expressed support for taking some Americans’ “guns first, go through due process second.”

A Disturbing Statement

Trump’s comments came during a discussion with Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers about school safety and gun violence.

Pence stated that the government would need to “allow due process so no one’s rights are trampled,” but then go to court and seek to take firearms and “any weapons” from those who are “potentially dangerous.”

Trump, however, had a different idea. He told Pence and the assembled group that he would rather “take the guns first, go through due process second.”

“I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida … to go to court would have taken a long time,” he told the group.

Trump even asked Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to add an assault weapons ban to the Manchin-Toomey background check bill, as well as trying to piece together other parts of anti-gun legislation into one monstrosity–and leading some to wonder if he understands the process at all, or if he’s playing a game with the Democrats.

What is Trump Doing?

The reactions to the president’s statements came from all parts of the spectrum. Liberal-leaning writers snarked that “Trump is openly advocating taking people’s guns without due process, in case you wanted to tell your paranoid relatives they’ve been afraid of the wrong people.”

Conservative authors Susan Wright and Caleb Howe called it the moment that Trump “revealed his true nature,” saying “now is when we roll our eyes.” Financial sites even started planning for a possible gun grab—and what that would mean for investors in gun-related stocks.

Others, however, think Trump is flipping the script against Democrats—again. By pushing the Democrats to put a bill on the table that can actually save lives, they say, Trump will expose the left as shills who not only don’t really care about school safety but are really after one thing—taking guns from all Americans.

If that’s true, then Trump’s off-the-cuff remarks have a purpose in forcing the left to admit that it’s not as easy as just taking all the guns.

If he’s simply flipping his own perspective on the matter or revealing what he’s always really thought, then the GOP is going to have a very hard time in November—and 2020.