The President did not “order [a] ban on bump stocks” today (Washington Examiner). He did not “move to ban ‘bump stocks'” (CNN Politics). Nor did he “take executive action to ban bump stocks” (USA Today). He did not “say he signed [a] memo to ban bump stocks” (Bloomberg). In fact he directed Attorney General Sessions to propose regulations on bump stocks, in other words he ordered up a commission to study the issue, with no deadline for action. Maybe it will come to something, but very likely not. For some reason, headline writers from CNN to Bloomberg to USA Today–as mainstream as it gets–are still giving President Trump more than the benefit of the doubt. They are jumping far beyond what he actually announced, which is not helpful to anyone hoping for actual changes in laws. The misleading headlines might even be unfair to NRA executives hoping for a good night’s sleep, because the president, as far as I can tell, gave them no real reason to toss and turn.
Update: Shame on the NY Times, which now has this as their top website headline: “Trump Calls For Ban on Bump Stocks.” The news story itself makes clear that he did not do that.