Listen with your heart, but don't make policy right now

Friday, February 23, 2018
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Shooting at Parkland, FL, high schoolA conservative political consultant says sound thought and reasoning – not emotion – should prevail when it comes to drafting new policies governing access to guns.

It was a remarkable moment at the White House on Wednesday as survivors of the Florida school shooting met face to face with President Trump.

The emotion was raw and powerful. But the grief of many students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has turned to anger, some of them pressing their elected officials for solutions to the violence that's been plaguing campuses.

At about the same time, students across the country were marching on their state capitols with a more militant tone – the majority of them calling for gun control.

But should their anguish be driving policy decisions? Jeff Crank of Americans for Prosperity says the students have a right to talk and to be heard. But it's not the time to make policy, adds the Colorado-based radio talk-show host.

"That's always the fear after one of these types of emotional events, that we'll make policy, not based on sound thought and reason, but we'll make it on emotion," he offers.

Crank

However, he adds, that's not to say now isn't the time for action. In fact, says Crank, there are lots of things that can be done.

"First of all we have existing laws. This kid [the Florida shooter] was mentally ill. He was not adjudicated as such. He should not have been able to get a firearm," he explains. "And there's no person that I know of who's a gun advocate who says [access to firearms] should be unfettered and that that kid should have had it. He should not have."

Crank adds that as a Second Amendment proponent he's willing to have a reasoned debate on age restrictions and bump stocks and a number of other issues. And while he understands the students' emotions, he says "someone has to be the adult in the room."

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