For those skeptical of Donald Trump’s conservative credentials, this confirms your cynicism (from WMUR-TV):
President Trump promised to be “very strong on background checks” during a listening session with parents, teachers and students affected by school shootings. Then on Thursday he tweeted his support for comprehensive background checks.
“I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope!”
This proves, for those who should have known better, that Trump’s political beliefs are based on who’s in charge and what’s popular. With Republicans in charge in Congress, Trump does conservative things. When the public (wrongly) wants more gun control, Trump accommodates them.
The hiccup here (besides what Congress will pass, which is a bigger question than what Trump says he wants) is that Trump’s hardcore supporters, Trump’s principal audience, are not fans of more gun control. So that is odd. But politicians gotta be political.