President Trump stunned conservatives during a meeting on school safety and gun violence Wednesday when he called for confiscating guns from certain individuals deemed to be dangerous, even if it violates their due process rights.
“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,” Trump said.
“Take the guns first, go through due process second,” Trump said.
The president was responding to remarks by Vice President Pence, in which Pence said that families and local law enforcement should have more tools to “collect not only the firearms but any weapons.”
“Allow due process so no one’s rights are trampled, but the ability to go to court, obtain an order and then collect not only the firearms but any weapons,” Pence said.
“Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court,” Trump responded.
The Hill added:
Trump met with lawmakers on Wednesday to discuss gun laws and school safety in the aftermath of a Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead.
The suspected shooter, Nikolas Cruz, was able to legally purchase the AR-15 reportedly used in the shooting despite numerous calls to law enforcement about his unstable behavior.
President Trump tells Senators he thinks police should have taken guns away from Nikolas Cruz, whether they had the right or not, “I don't want mentally ill people to be having guns.” pic.twitter.com/wU6L8ERlas
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) February 28, 2018