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I don’t doubt that President Trump’s heart is in the right place in terms of wanting to make students safer. I’m equally certain that there isn’t a snowball’s prayer in hell of getting what he said he wants in terms of taking guns first, then giving the perp due process afterwards.

I’m confident that he’ll lose that fight and he’ll lose it badly. It won’t be part of any final bill that Congress passes. Period. To recap, during yesterday’s bipartisan meeting on eliminating school shootings, President Trump said “I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida … to go to court would have taken a long time. Take the guns first, go through due process second.”

That sounds like a stream-of-consciousness-type statement. Once someone explains that the courts would rule that unconstitutional in a minute, he’ll snap out of dealmaker mode. People have already figured out that President Trump isn’t a great policymaker. He’s a dealmaker, not a policy wonk.

Democrats shouldn’t think that there will be an assault weapons ban. If they insist on that, they’ll lose the PR battle. Further, if President Trump insists on including a provision that people can’t buy a rifle until they’re 21, he’ll find that he’s bitten off more than he can chew.

Banning a 20-year-old single mother from buying a handgun or rifle is a PR and policy nightmare. How do you sell a policy that prevents a single mother from protecting her children? That’s a can’t-win situation.

I’m thankful that President Trump met with Congress to share ideas. I’m confidant that many of the things they talked about won’t be part of a final bill. Some of the ideas, frankly, sound good initially but sound stupid if you think them through.