On Friday, President Trump spoke at the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) Leadership Forum where he told plainly that pro-gun advocates would never have to worry about the government taking that right away.
“Your Second Amendment rights are under siege, but they will never ever be under siege as long as I am your president,” Trump said.
“We’ve got to get Republicans elected,” Trump added, as Reuters reports. “The one thing that stands between Americans and the elimination of our Second Amendment rights has been conservatives in Congress.”
The statement resonated with those in attendance and was met with a lengthy applause.
Just returned home to the beautiful White House, from Dallas, where the Arena was packed to the rafters with the great fans and supporters of the @NRA. It was so wonderful to be there!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2018
President Donald Trump enthusiastically embraced the National Rifle Association on Friday, vowing not to tighten U.S. firearms laws despite suggesting after a Florida school shooting that he would take on the powerful gun-rights group.
At the NRA’s annual convention in Dallas, Trump called again for arming teachers and increasing school security to head off future mass shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida in February that killed 17 people. Such measures are supported by the NRA.
Trump made no mention of gun-control proposals he tentatively floated in the past, such as raising the age limit for buying rifles. The NRA opposes that and other limits on gun sales as a violation of the right to gun ownership under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
In his speech to the @NRA yesterday, President @realDonaldTrump assured law-abiding gun owners across America that his administration will always have their backs. https://t.co/SvZvs1Zbtw pic.twitter.com/o4XW4Lkxy5
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 5, 2018
And, per the Daily Caller:
Trump referenced Texas fighting for its independence, stating, “They had men all over the place, the [Santa Anna] army was big. This time they were met by dozens of Texans, soldiers, settlers and ordinary citizens, who had rushed to Gonzalez to defend their rights and their freedom as Santa Anna’s men watched from a distance, those brave Texans raised the flag for all to see.”
The flag, Trump explained, had a cannon on it along with four words: “Come and take it.”
The crowd bust into cheers and a standing round of applause when Trump uttered those words. They eventually broke out into a massive “USA” chant.
“Like those early Texans, Americans will never surrender, ever, ever, ever,” Trump added. “We will never ever surrender. We will never give up our freedom. Americans are born free. We will live free and we will die free.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2018
During his speech, Trump also thanked rapper Kanye West for his newly expressed support.
Per Fox News:
President Trump praised Kanye West on Friday, saying that the rapper “must have some power” as the president touted what he said was a surge in poll numbers among African-Americans.
The comments came during the president’s remarks at National Rifle’s Association annual convention in Dallas, more than a week since West, in mid-tweetstorm, said there was “dragon energy” between him and his “brother” Trump.
Trump credited West for a huge jump in polls among Black Americans:
“And by the way, Kanye West must have some power because you probably saw, I doubled my African-American poll numbers,” Trump told the crowd in remarks that also touched on gun rights, job gains and unemployment. “We went from 11 to 22 in one week. Thank you, Kanye. Thank you.”
“When I saw the numbers I said there must be a mistake. How can that happen?” Trump continued. “Even the pollsters thought there must be a mistake.”
Trump’s Friday comments appeared to be in line with findings in a recent Reuters poll, according to The Washington Times. The April 29 poll found that 22 percent of African-American males approved of Trump’s performance in the White House, whereas a week earlier, his rating stood at 11 percent, according to the report.