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Does Donald Trump want to take your guns?

In the wake of the massacre at an Orlando gay club that left 50 people dead, many Democrats have argued that a so-called “No fly, No buy” law—which would help prevent people on the no-fly list from purchasing firearms—could help prevent future tragedies from occurring. This law is enormously popular with voters, though it has been blocked by Republicans in Congress and the NRA. President Obama expressed frustration that the legislation had not been passed just a couple of weeks before Orlando.

Somewhat surprisingly, Donald Trump expressed support for the legislation on Wednesday morning:

Throughout the campaign, Trump has argued that Hillary Clinton’s support for relatively conservative gun legislation like the “No fly, no buy” law is proof that she wants to abolish the Second Amendment. It’s a slippery slope argument, in which gun rights are slowly eroded by small-scale legislation: First, people on the terrorist watch list can’t buy guns, then people who are convicted of domestic violence can’t buy them, and so on, until no one can buy them. So, if we take Trump’s own rationale to its logical end, by supporting any legislation regulating the ownership of firearms, he is basically calling for the abolition of the Second Amendment.

June 26, 2019

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Welcome to TNR’s coverage of the Democratic debates.

Yes, the debates are upon us, a mere 16 months before voters will cast their ballots to decide whether President Trump should get a second term. In that time, babies will be conceived and born, the earth will orbit the sun and then some, and Democrats will, with any luck, choose a champion from the two dozen candidates running for the nomination. It all begins tonight, with the first of two debates in Miami this week featuring the 20 candidates—ten each round—who qualified to participate by either polling at 1 percent in three surveys or receiving 65,000 individual donations.

The staff of The New Republic will be watching the proceedings, offering running commentary and post-debate analysis, and hopefully answering any questions readers might have. Who’s up, who’s down? Who, if anyone, seems qualified to stall America’s spiraling descent into a fiery wasteland overseen by Trumpian kleptocrats? And who is Eric Swalwell, anyway? Pop by TNR’s Minutes blog at 9 o’clock EST tonight and tomorrow night to find out!