Trump's 'Favorite Paper' Calls for Gun Control

'New York Post' says it's time, but others on the right disagree it would help
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2018 8:56 AM CST
Students place flowers on a stage during a vigil at Pine Trails Park for the victims of the Wednesday shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

(Newser) – The massacre in Parkland, Florida, remains topic No. 1 on the opinion pages, with much attention being paid to Friday's cover of the New York Post, which is, as Maggie Haberman of the New York Times tweeted, Trump's "favorite paper." The large headline: "Mr. President, Please Act." The accompanying editorial calls for "common-sense legislation," including raising the legal age to buy firearms to 21. Samples of the conversation:

  • Trump's thinking: Jonathan Swan of Axios reports that the president privately said, "We have to do something" after the shooting. But what that means beyond meetings with police, governors, etc., remains unclear. "There's no way—especially not in an election year—that Trump is going to alienate the Republican base by backflipping on the Second Amendment," writes Swan. "He instinctively knows his voters would never forgive him."

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