Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon warned President Donald Trump that if he were to throw support behind gun control, even in the wake of the largest mass shooting in the country’s history, it would “be the end of everything,” according to report by Axios.
On Sunday night, Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old millionaire, rained gunfire on a crowd of over 20,000 people attending a country concert. Paddock shot from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and left 59 people dead and over 520 injured. The police found him dead in his room from suspected suicide.
During a White House speech, the attack was described as “pure evil” but Trump, who is a strong supporter of the second amendment, avoided talking about gun control.
Bannon insisted that the president’s base supporters would be furious if Trump suggests any type of restrictions on firearms. He also said that “as hard as it is to believe,” Trump’s base would respond more negatively to gun restrictions than to an immigration amnesty bill.
Although Trump criticized the Republican who “walk the NRA line” in his book, ‘The America We Deserve,” he has rolled backed several restrictions on gun control since taking office.
During a speech in April to the National Rifle Association (who donated over $30 million to his campaign) Trump said, “The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.”