Scott Taylor's A rating from the NRA probably explains why he opposes a policy that 97 percent of people support.

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, Republicans are having a hard time explaining their opposition to gun policies that almost every American supports.

That difficulty was on stark display Monday morning on CNN when Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA), who boasts of an “A” rating from the NRA, was asked to explain why he opposes background checks on all gun sales.

For nearly four minutes, “New Day” host Chris Cuomo tried to get Taylor to explain why he opposes universal background checks — and completely stumped him.

After Taylor spent a few minutes saying that he’s not “supportive of universal background checks,” Cuomo flatly asked him “Why?”

“I’m not supportive of it,” Taylor replied.

“But why?”

Even after several attempts to get an answer, Taylor did not provide one answer.

Even 97 percent of Republicans support universal background checks.

But, unfortunately for all Americans, the measures being considered by Trump and the Republicans do not include universal background checks, or any of the other policies that overwhelming majorities of Americans support.

Trump and the Republicans are trying to quell the massive movement against gun violence by through talk of arming teachers. Trump has also begun to repeat the head fake that Republicans pulled on bump stocks in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, ordering a regulatory review that has already been ruled out by the ATF rather than supporting a legislative ban.

Unfortunately for Trump and the Republicans, people no longer seem to be satisfied with double-talk and inaction. Support for gun control is at an all-time high, interest in the subject has not waned, and an army of young people are speaking out. Republicans would be wise to listen.

 


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