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First Daughter and advisor to the president Ivanka Trump — who is known to have the ear of the president — is quietly speaking to Congress to help craft passable gun control measures, according to Axios.
Aside from her inside dealings, Ivanka has publicly pushed “red flag” laws and stricter background checks.
“Ivanka Trump spoke last Wednesday to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), while he was vacationing in Hawaii, to get an update on the bipartisan background checks bill he proposed with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.),” Axios reports. “The measure, which was initially introduced in 2013 after the Sandy Hook shooting, would expand background checks to nearly all commercial firearm sales.”
An aide for the West Virginia Democrat told the outlet that Ivanka “called Manchin and said she was trying to get a sense of what bills are out there. She had him explain how they drafted the bill, where it stands and what changes needed to be made in order for it to pass.”
Ivanka “has trusted relationships on both sides of the aisle and she is working in concert with the White House policy and legislative teams,” a White House official told Axios.
In the wake of the El Paso and Dayton shootings, Ivanka took to social media to voice her support for gun control measures, while stressing that she is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, a common refrain of most gun control proponents.
In an Instagram story, for example, the president’s daughter urged Congress to “enact Red Flag laws/Extreme Risk Protection Orders in every state, increase resources dedicated to mental health support nationwide and close background check loopholes. … You can strongly support and defend the 2nd Amendment while calling for these common sense, and long-overdue reforms.”
Similarly, in a tweet posted last Sunday, Ivanka wrote, “Congress should enact Red Flag laws/ Extreme Risk Protection Orders in EVERY state and increase resources dedicated to mental health support.”
Congress should enact Red Flag laws/ Extreme Risk Protection Orders in EVERY state and increase resources dedicated to mental health support. https://t.co/YWgccND8dH
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 4, 2019
However, there is no evidence that red flag laws are effective and opponents warn that they would violate due process rights. According to National Review, data from 1970 through 2017 shows that red flag laws “had no significant effect on murder, suicide, mass-public-shooting fatalities, robbery, aggravated assault, or burglary. These laws do not save lives.”