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Ivanka Pushing Gun Control Measures Behind The Scenes

First Daughter and advisor to the president Ivanka Trump — who is known to have the ear of the president — is quietly speaking to Congress to help craft passable gun control measures, according to Axios.

Aside from her inside dealings, Ivanka has publicly pushed “red flag” laws and stricter background checks.

“Ivanka Trump spoke last Wednesday to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), while he was vacationing in Hawaii, to get an update on the bipartisan background checks bill he proposed with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.),” Axios reports. “The measure, which was initially introduced in 2013 after the Sandy Hook shooting, would expand background checks to nearly all commercial firearm sales.”

An aide for the West Virginia Democrat told the outlet that Ivanka “called Manchin and said she was trying to get a sense of what bills are out there. She had him explain how they drafted the bill, where it stands and what changes needed to be made in order for it to pass.”

Ivanka “has trusted relationships on both sides of the aisle and she is working in concert with the White House policy and legislative teams,” a White House official told Axios.

In the wake of the El Paso and Dayton shootings, Ivanka took to social media to voice her support for gun control measures, while stressing that she is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, a common refrain of most gun control proponents.

In an Instagram story, for example, the president’s daughter urged Congress to “enact Red Flag laws/Extreme Risk Protection Orders in every state, increase resources dedicated to mental health support nationwide and close background check loopholes. … You can strongly support and defend the 2nd Amendment while calling for these common sense, and long-overdue reforms.”

Similarly, in a tweet posted last Sunday, Ivanka wrote, “Congress should enact Red Flag laws/ Extreme Risk Protection Orders in EVERY state and increase resources dedicated to mental health support.”

However, there is no evidence that red flag laws are effective and opponents warn that they would violate due process rights. According to National Review, data from 1970 through 2017 shows that red flag laws “had no significant effect on murder, suicide, mass-public-shooting fatalities, robbery, aggravated assault, or burglary. These laws do not save lives.”

As Dana Loesch wrote at The Federalist, the measures are “an abrogation of due process to invert the order of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ to ‘somewhat guilty until proven innocent.'” The Daily Wire’s Josh Hammer added (emphasis added) that advocates for such laws “argue that the burden of proof must still fall on the party petitioning to confiscate the respondent’s firearms — but the procedural reality is that the petitioner is still the first mover and, after that initial move, the onus shifts to the respondent to demonstrate his innocence. That is hardly an exemplary means by which to dispense with a cherished constitutional liberty, and it is made even more egregious in the context of ’emergency’ ex parte (i.e., one-party) proceedings — which GVRO advocates concede will be a reality.”

As for stricter background checks, according to CNN, they would not have stopped the two mass shootings that have animated Ivanka to quietly press her agenda on Congress.

“Would strengthening or expanding background checks have prevented the alleged shooters from purchasing firearms?” CNN posed. The network’s fact-check admitted that this was “doubtful”:

There is no indication that the shooting in Dayton, Ohio, would have been prevented by proposed universal background checks or legislation to bolster the federal background check system. The alleged El Paso, Texas, shooter purchased his firearm legally and there is no evidence that he had a criminal history that a background check would’ve caught.

For Republicans and conservatives who oppose crackdowns on the Second Amendment, Ivanka’s involvement will be cause for concern. First, she has the ear of the president, that much is indisputable. Ivanka told The New York Times in May 2017 about conversations with her father: “I’ll go to the mat on certain issues and I may still lose those. But maybe along the way I’ve modified a position just slightly. And that’s just great.” The Times report added: “Mr. Trump summons Ms. Trump to the Oval Office to ask her questions and hear her ideas. (She calls him ‘Dad,’ not ‘Mr. President.’) If he asks his daughter about an unfamiliar subject more than twice, she will often do research so she can develop a view. Sometimes she seeks out Mr. Trump, telling other staff members, ‘I need 10 minutes alone with my father.'”

Additionally, according to Eric Trump, President Donald Trump’s second son, it was Ivanka who “influenced” the president to act in Syria: “Donald Trump’s decision to bomb Syria was influenced by his daughter, Ivanka, being ‘heartbroken and outraged’ at the country’s alleged chemical weapons attack, one of the president’s sons told a British newspaper,” NBC News noted in April 2017.

A version of this story appears on the Daily Wire website.

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40 Comments
  • Andy says:

    Back off sweetie!

  • Backgammon says:

    Ivanka may know business but she knows squat about guns and gun law. She should stick to that!

    • Madeleine says:

      Ivanka is a Business woman but her brothers are hunters. Her Dad believes in the 2nd Amendment. Don’t believe every printed word. I think her concern is people with mental problems. Big problem is common core schooling and Silicon Valley are producing many little monsters who think killing is game

  • Brian says:

    Red flag laws are NOT the answer. With no due process and no accountability for reporting the possibility for misuse is “huge”. Enforce what is on the book and take guns away from gang members and criminals. If she wants to make or influence laws let her run for office so she can defend her position.

    • GRA says:

      We simply cannot allow these red flag laws to be passed. If they pass we will lose the entire Constitution in a matter of time.

  • William Conley says:

    Why is Joe mansion vacationing in Hawaii the dude’s done Jack shit for West Virginia living in Ohio and visiting there often, and having friends that live there I see firsthand how “hard” he worked for that vacation in Hawaii.

  • Pete Dudenhefer says:

    she best talk to daddy-cuz we aint going for it

  • Ed says:

    Gun control will not stop squat. Criminals, crazies, and the leftist loons will continue to use them and continue to shoot-up what ever next they decide to do. But passing laws make it appear the politicians are doing something. They’re not because the problem isn’t guns, it’s the loons who are using them to kill. Until we address the mental issues of killing we will not solve anything.

    • Ed says:

      Isn’t this unbelievable. Police officers being shot in Philadelpia. Tell me if the perpetrators would not have guns with the gov’t passing tighter gun laws. As I said above the criminals, crazies, and the leftist loons will still have guns. And just today Elizabeth Warren fanning the flames of hate in Ferguson against the police. No respect, no fear, and encouragement from the left and RATS wanting to be president.

  • Joan Arnold says:

    How about back ground checks in exchange for no abortions after 4 months?

  • Jesse says:

    Any change to due process when creating another gun control law is unconstitutional and illegal. Stop the nonsense and deal with mental health. Stop punishing the legal gun owners who protect our country and don’t commit crimes. They are not the criminals.

  • Sarge says:

    How many people would report every cop and anyone they do not like as a danger to themselves and others to get their guns taken away?

  • Radone says:

    No red flag laws. The states should not have any power because they will abuse the power like they do everything else. The constitution clearly states we have the right to bear arms. It does not say but t only if……..
    Stop the damn media from plastering the gunmans picture all over the screen and quit giving them all of the airtime so they feel important and star like. Take away all the violent video games and they he parents need to start parenting. Ivanka I luv you honey but do not whisper in daddy’s ear to push for anything other than strong background checks. If he does anything else he will lose the election. Go out and listen to his supporters. This is new thing you don’t screw with. And the Dems couldn’t give a damn about those lives lost if they did they would not kill babies.

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    TheJaVanka leftist tag team is unelected and unqualified. Get them both out of MY administration!

    Nepotism displayed so far by Prez. Trump is disgusting!

  • Jeffrey says:

    President is written with a capital P

  • Evangeline says:

    I think people are taking this wrong. She’s not going behind his back, she and our president are trying to do something to stop all these shooting without taking away our rights/guns. Something has to be done and I think back ground check for sanity is a must! And to the guy who commented above me, they won’t just go by somebody saying your crazy. It would have to be medically documented that you have psychiatric issue that make you a danger to have a gun.

    • Gladys says:

      You are SO wrong. This is already happening in some states. Red Flag law with bring out anyone who doesnt like guns and they will be saying their neighbors are a danger. These laws have no due process of punishment for false accusations.

    • Alice says:

      No red flag laws! Veterans with PTS have been diagnosed by some medical quack. This would place the veteran in jeopardy. Many medical quacks too quickly diagnose seniors and others with psychiatric issues. Too, the demise of all men and empires are women (Ivanka at work will destroy her father).

  • CCSRAS says:

    It will make us feel better to actually do something, but I believe the violence is really the product of evil taking hold of people who are unstable mentally and who can’t handle the constant barrage of violent movies, video games and music that they are fed by the media.

    • Gladys Flournoy says:

      Red Flag laws are not doing something. They will pit neighbor against neighbor and relative against relative. There is no due process or penalty for those that report for spite or what ever reason they have without foundation

    • GRA says:

      Feel better? Sure as hell won’t. We’ve lost enough of our 2nd. Amendment rights already.

  • Diana says:

    Hey get you and your husband out of the White House you are just a daughter and your husband even less stay the hell our of our Rights and Our Constitution as Written done with you being in our government you were not elected your Dad was so leave, and your Dad better stop his slide to the socialist side immediately

  • Linda says:

    No Ivanka If you want your father re-elected leave the gun laws alone!!! Stick to helping Women in business. Thank you.

  • Terry Mengle says:

    Donald, I know you love your daughter, but she was NOT ELECTED to represent Americans. We already have a Congress determining our futures without really representing our wishes. Do not let her opinion overrule our Constitution. You have our esteem, but do not trash it!!!

  • Billy Jeff says:

    Don’t do it.

  • Zynn says:

    Nobody elected that democrat.

  • Joe says:

    Red flag laws can help. If a parent or friend sees somebody going off the deep end mentally and buying an assault weapon, maybe a cop coming by might help prevent a mass shooting. Parents or friends need a way to help besides giving advice to a crazy person that they won’t take anyway. Now, make it crime to report someone unnecessarily and have civil options against the reporter for abuse of the red flag law. Kids today are growing up playing violent video games and listening to gangsta rap. They need some supervision.

  • MIKE. says:

    FATHER SURE GOING TO LOSE ALOT OF VOTES, IM NOT SAYING PEOPLE WILL VOTE LEFT, THEY JUST WON’T VOTE. SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED, YOU IDIOTS NEED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND LEARN SOMETHING.

  • GRA says:

    I’ve long suspected she was bending his ear to some liberal bullshit. If she ever values a career in politics she better knock her nonsense off. Keep her damn mouth shut or her father may not even be re-elected. He’s pissed the pro-gun crowd enough already by stabbing them in the back over those evil damn bumpstocks.

  • stevor says:

    well, she is married to BIG ZIONIST jared and the zionists want to disarm the world, so it makes sense

  • Comrade Putinski says:

    The problem for the intelligent and educated is this: the criminals, the gang members DON’T BUY weapons in a store, and don’t subject themselves to any background check! So, how these background checks will help? NOTHING! The law abiding citizen will suffer because this is what the left wants! How about addressing serious problems of gangs, MS-13, criminals released by Obama, illegal criminals? How do you reduce and eliminate street gang fight every week in Chicago, Detroit, New York, etc. where innocent people die every week! Nothing like this will help! Go after gangs, and drugs, most coming through the border with Mexico! This is were the real problems come! What they try to do is only to make the politicians feel good, but the true purpose is confiscating the weapons for the soon to come the Demonratic Dictatorship!

  • Madeleine says:

    Gun control is not the answer, Except children should not have access to guns under 21. Violent video games should be banned as well as Hollywood violence on the big screen. Put God back where HE belongs, in the hearts and minds of children in their formative years and banish common core schooling and professors and teachers who are corrupting young minds. In my youth, schools were very strict, we honoured God, authority and diligence. Family life was sacred and no one decried the colour of ones skin or gender! Demrats are nuts and evil

  • Joe says:

    I do not trust Ivanka nor her Husband Jared! They are both liberals, Jared is known for having ties with Soros. They problem is POTUS Trump will listen to his daughter. They can claim to be Pro 2nd Amend, but doing the right thing is another story when it comes to Ivanka and Jared, and even Trump himself, especially when it comes to his daughter.

  • Dragonfly43 says:

    Red Flag laws will put people in danger. Anyone can state you are a danger because they don’t like you , you get your gun taken away, and then it costs thousands of dollars to hire an attorney to get your gun back. A stalker can do it or a vindictive ex. People better wake up and become aware of this!

  • Kevin says:

    I wouldn’t put much faith in a “news” story that has no date or byline attached to it. I call these articles “Shit News.”

  • jim says:

    Find a solution to ending mental illness and start up stop and frisk of known gang affiliates roaming our neighborhood’s!

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