Pro-gun rights voters take heart from the fact that Donald Trump’s son Eric loves him some firearms. Gun control advocates hate anything Trump in general, and Eric’s pro-gun stance in specific. So when nymag.com’s Yashar Ali discovered that young master Eric was looking to trade hunting rifles on a popular website. With His Father’s Campaign in Chaos, Eric Trump Was Looking to Trade Guns on the Internet was the result. And it goes a little something like this . . .
Eric Trump made news this week by saying that former Klu Klux Klan leader David Duke “deserves a bullet,” and then, after the remark was met with dismay, promising that he would be “laying low” for awhile.
But Eric Trump often talks about guns and shooting, even when other thoughts would seem likely to take precedence. Take, for example, the week of July 11. It began with his father’s campaign in chaos and the nation gripped by sadness and racial strife. The previous several days had brought the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, two African-American men who were gunned down by cops (Sterling was unarmed and Castile had a permit to carry a weapon). Then five police officers were killed by a lone shooter at the conclusion of a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas.
At Trump Tower, the presumptive Republican nominee still seemed scarcely to have a campaign at all. The Republican National Convention was just days away in Cleveland and team Trump had no apparent plan in place for it. The threat of political violence already hung heavily over the event.
With all this going on, at 1:48 a.m. on Monday, July 11, Eric Trump, 32, was apparently posting a message at Long Range Hunting, a popular hunting website where he has had an account since 2010. The post asked whether anyone was interested in trading guns: “Want to trade my Remington 40X in 22-250. The gun is a lazer (sic) and shoots small little groups using 50gr V-Max bullets and 37.0 gr H-380. Im looking for a new Ruger Precision Rifle, Accuracy International AE MIII Folder (ill add cash)….”
How dare Eric Trump engage in a lawful commercial transaction involving firearms when police had just “gunned-down” not one but two African-Americans! I mean, we should presume he’d do it lawfully, right? Scribe Yashar Ali not so much.
What’s missing from Trump’s post is any indication of how the trade or sale would take place. The state of New York has very strict gun laws and requires, with few exceptions, that any trade or sale of firearms take place through a federally licensed firearm dealer. This would require Trump to physically go to a firearms dealer and complete paperwork prior to relinquishing the Remington rifle and filling out an additional form before taking possession of the Ruger Precision Rifle. Background checks would be required for both Trump and the recipient of the Remington. These rules would apply to Trump even if he were trading the rifle with someone in a state with lax gun safety laws, like Arizona or Texas.
Isn’t it funny how gun control advocates reckon those who take the Second Amendment as writ are “lax.” It’s funny in the same sense that they will do anything to paint gun owners as criminals or, at the least, potential criminals. This is me laughing.