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Take guns 'early' without going to court first

03 March 2018

"I like taking the guns early, like in this insane man's case that just took place in Florida", Trump said at a White House roundtable discussion with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on school safety and gun policy reform. Trump said he would support the decision to "take the guns first" before "go (ing) through due process second", also adding "I like taking the guns early". The remarks stood out because conservative groups have long stirred up followers by claiming that their Democrat rivals would disarm America without due process. "We're not ditching any Constitutional protections simply because the last person the President talked to today doesn't like them", Sasse said.

"Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court", Trump replied, much to the delight of the woman sitting next to him, Democratic Sen.

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"Now, I mean, how honest do you want to be?"

And with that, Colbert said with a smile, Trump finally is, in fact, doing something Obama never did. Carlson pondered. "Imagine if Barack Obama had said that? Some would be muttering secession". Like in this insane man's case that just took place in Florida.

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Trump's comments were particularly surprising given their context, spoken just after Vice President Mike Pence called for lawmakers to remember gun owners' due process rights.

Trump explained that's because they did not have a lot of "presidential backup" back then. "Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?"

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"Those rights are what makes us citizens and not mere subjects of the powerful", he noted. "The president needs to be reminded of that-maybe we all do once in a while".

Take guns 'early' without going to court first