Trump tells NRA supporters he's got their backs

Arturo Kim
May 5, 2018

President Donald Trump ditched his script, doubling down on his administration's fervent support for the second amendment and pushing for a strong Republican midterm election turnout during the National Rifle Association (NRA) Leadership Forum Friday.

It was the first time in the 147-year history of the organization's annual meeting that both a sitting president and vice president spoke, NRA officials said.

During a speech at the National Rifle Association convention in Dallas, Texas on Friday (I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried), Trump chalked up his apparent 11 percent rise in popularity among African-American men to Kanye's support, Billboard reports. He stoked their fears, reassured them of his love and made it clear that there is no better protection than a good guy with a gun.

"Before I left today a couple of people came up to me - good political people - and they said, 'You know going to the NRA convention and speaking today that'll be very controversial".

After 17 were killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, Trump proposed stricter gun-control measures including an openness to raising the age to buy rifles to 21. "We can not get complacent". According to their Facebook event, their goal is to speak out against the NRA during this time and march for more gun control regulation.

He faulted media outlets for not telling "the whole story about firearms in America" and the role of "firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens" making communities safer. The "people in this hall have never taken our freedom for granted", Trump told the NRA audience in Dallas, saying they recognized the "sacred rights given to us by God including the right to self-defense".

"Our heart breaks for every American that has suffered the horrors of the school shootings", the president said at the NRA convention in Dallas, Texas.

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Kris Brown, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said it was noteworthy that Trump "stayed silent about the real policy issues on the table". Boom. If you were in those rooms, one of those people and the survivors said it just lasted forever. As Vice President Mike Pence stepped up to the podium, the crowd roared in support. President Trump ends his speech with "We will always protect your Second Amendment". "I want to see what they're doing to grow our organization".

On Thursday the group Faith Forward Dallas held a prayer vigil to mark the deaths of Texans killed by gun violence past year. He further stated that the second amendment is a "right that will not be infringed".

Then, after a wordless appearance onstage by the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., it was the president's turn.

He says "gun-free zone signs" are inviting to school shooters.

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