Dear Commons Community,
The Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post which generally is a “rah–rah” tabloid for Donald Trump, is calling on the President to ban all assault weapons. On Saturday, a gunman stormed a Walmart in El Paso and fatally shot 20 people. More than 25 others were injured. The next day, another gunman opened fire in a popular nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine people and injuring at least 27 other people.
Both shooters used assault-style rifles in the massacres, according to officials.
Several countries have banned assault weapons and semi-automatic rifles in the wake of mass shootings on their soil. Weeks after a gunman opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing dozens of people, the country’s Parliament voted to ban most semi-automatic and military-style weapons.
The U.S. has experienced dozens of mass shootings in recent years, yet Congress has passed little meaningful gun control legislation.
″‘Guns don’t kill people, people do,’ says the cliché. But the twisted and the evil can kill a lot more people when handed a murder machine,” the Post’s editorial board wrote. “Mr. President, do something — help America live without fear.”
Very unusual for the New York Post to press the president on any issue that has traditionally been embraced by Republicans.