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Revisiting Predictions on President Trump’s Impact on Public Education IV: Guns and Net Neutrality

December 2, 2017

A year ago I wrote several posts on Donald Trump’s forthcoming presidency. Today I take a look at how Mr. Trump’s stand on two issues is playing out as compared to predictions I offered in 2016… and I am not happy to report that my predictions are coming true.

Last November 15 I wrote a post with the title  “My First Day There’s No More Gun-Free Zones”, a title derived from a pledge Mr. Trump repeatedly made on the campaign trail. To date, Mr. Trump has not kept this pledge, in large measure because he cannot undo legislation by executive order. But, as Politifact’s Gabrielle Healy reported in April, that does not mean the issue is dead:

There has been some interest on the congressional level.

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., introduced a bill, the Safe Students Act, in the House to repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990, on Jan. 3.

On Jan. 12, the House referred the bill to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, and there’s been no further developments on the bill since then.

Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., also introduced a bill, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, that would allow gun owners to conceal and carry weapons in any public spaces that allow guns, regardless of their state residency.

A provision of that bill could undo part of the current law that creates gun-free zones in schools because it would exempt concealed carry permit holders from that law, according to The Trace.

And while one would hope that recent slaughters by gunmen and school shootings might compel the legislature to rethink these ideas, I would not be surprised to find something like this embedded as a rider in, say, a budget bill. Neither Mr. Trump nor the NRA is likely to forget this pledge, which Politifact deemed to be “In The Works” in April.

As for Net Neutrality, in a November 24, 2016 post titled “Trump Just Put Net Neutrality on Death Row” I endorsed the prediction made by open internet advocates that the two appointments he made to the FCC would doom net neutrality. As we learned a few days before Thanksgiving of this year, that prediction has come true. The only hope now is for the courts to intervene.

So we now have lots of guns for everyone and fast internet for those who can afford it. I don’t see either of these as making our country great again… but I might be wrong.

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