President Donald J.Trump has made good on his promise to severely punish individuals who are responsible for mass shootings in the U.S.
Monday, the White House said it has drafted legislation with the help of the Justice Department which would require expedited death penalty trials for perpetrators of large scale killings.
The death penalty language is part of a larger gun control package which will be delivered to Congress when they return from their summer recess on September 9.
Democrat Party presidential candidates have roundly criticized the President for not doing enough to reduce the shooting tragedies. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke has already said he believes that a “gun buyback” program would be a much better deterrent than capital punishment. But a “gun buyback” (read: mandatory confiscation of weapons) is non-practical, and under Attorney General Barr’s direction, federal criminal executions have already resumed after a 16 year hiatus.
Trump’s plan appears poised to have an effect on day one.
The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan gun control bill last spring which is not expected to be voted upon. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had said that “red flag” laws and expanded background checks will be “front and center” when Congress resumes, angering pro-Second Amendment conservatives.