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The Note: Trump Can’t Avoid Talking About Guns After Vegas Shooting

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The following is an excerpt from VERONICA STRACQUALURSI RACHEL WENZLAFF | October 3, 2017 | abcnews.go.com |

The White House is seeking to close out discussion on gun control after Las Vegas in the now-predictable way. “There’s a time and place for a political debate,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, making clear that the president thinks this is neither of those things. But why not have policymakers debate policy while everyone is thinking about the issues? (And does anyone think President Trump would show the same reticence if the killer was, say, an undocumented immigrant, or a refugee from a majority-Muslim country?) Few would argue that Washington is likely to actually *make* new policy, given the NRA’s presumed – if not recently proven – mastery of Congress, and Trump’s likely veto. Still, if new gun laws, such as making it easier to buy silencers, are worthy of debate, the argument that the issue is permanently closed fades away. Democrats may not want to take this on while the party struggles with its yawning cultural gap, but there are signs that this time might be different. To see Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden join this fray along with a generation of younger Democratic leaders is to remember the emotional and political scars of Sandy Hook. Gun control is a rare issue that could let the opposition to Trump break through the presidential news and noise machine. The gubernatorial race in Virginia – only a month away, in the state where the NRA is headquartered – could be an interesting test case. Plus, you can’t change a national discussion you never have.

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