Just a few months after telling Republican lawmakers they shouldn’t be afraid of the NRA, and he would protect them, President Trump denounced gun control at the NRA’s annual convention Friday in Dallas. After the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Trump promised to support a ban on assault weapons, raising the minimum age to purchase a gun, and promised to fix the background checks system. That lasted only a brief few days.
On Friday afternoon, Trump talked about terror attacks, including the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando. He also grotesquely described the actions of a mass shooter.
But then the President mocked the idea of gun control, citing terrorists using trucks, vans, and cars to mow down pedestrians (video below).
“It seems that if we’re going to outlaw guns, like so many people want to do – Democrats – then we are going to have to outlaw immediately all vans and all trucks, which are now the new form of death for the maniac terrorists,” he said, somewhat sarcastically. “How about cars? Let’s not sell any more cars.”
Pres. Trump: If people want to outlaw guns, “we are going to have to outlaw, immediately, all vans and all trucks, which are now the new form of death for the maniac terrorists.” https://t.co/4NIyHexb23 pic.twitter.com/RZJ6mR7c75
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) May 4, 2018
Trump then said there’s a hospital in London that is like a “war zone,” because of knife stabbings.
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NRA Blasts Waffle House Hero for Not Having a Gun: He Didn’t ‘Permanently’ Stop Shooter
The NRA is attacking James Shaw, Jr., the unarmed man who put his own life at risk by charging a mass shooter at a Tennessee Waffle House Sunday morning. Travis Reinking, the suspect believed to have shot and killed four people, and wounded at least four others, is in custody and has been charged.
NRA TV host Grant Stinchfield in the video below says Shaw failed to do his job as an American because he wasn’t armed. Stinchfield claims that if only Shaw had been a good guy with a gun instead of just a “good guy with guts,” the shooter would have been stopped “permanently.”
It’s not enough in the NRA’s world to be a hero. You have to be a hero with a gun.
“What amazes me is people have been tweeting at me, these folks on the left, somehow saying this proves that you don’t need a good guy with a gun because James — if anything, it proves to me that he had more guts, and he was braver without the gun,” Stinchfield said, as Media Matters reports.
“But clearly if someone was there with a gun, we wouldn’t be having a manhunt right now. It doesn’t take away from the fact that a gun could have been useful in this situation.”
The police, whose job it is to catch murder suspects, did.
“Anybody, whether it was Mr. Shaw, whether it was somebody else, if they had a gun, we wouldn’t be having a manhunt right now. OK? It takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun. Yes, a good guy with guts stopped a bad guy with a gun momentarily, but he didn’t stop him permanently. And this guy is still on the loose.”
Well, not any more.
‘I’m Not Going to Be a Gabby Giffords’: Congressman Brandishes .38-Caliber Smith & Wesson at Constituents’ Meeting
A conservative Republican congressman from South Carolina admitted pulling out a pistol during a “coffee with constituents” event in Rock Hill, the Post and Courier reported Friday.
Congressman Ralph Norman (R-SC) won a June 2017 special election for the seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney when he joined Donald Trump’s administration.
Rep. Norman brandished the .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun at a diner, and left it on the table for several minutes.
“I’m not going to be a Gabby Giffords,” Rep. Norman claimed. “I don’t mind dying, but whoever shoots me better shoot well or I’m shooting back.”
Rep. Giffords was conducting her first “Congress on Your Corner” event when Jared Lee Loughner attempted to assassinate her.
“I had looked forward to a respectful dialogue with my representative about common-sense gun violence prevention policies,” said Lori Freemon, a volunteer with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Instead, I felt unsafe when he insisted on showing us his loaded gun and keeping it out on the table for much of our conversation.”
“I’m tired of these liberals jumping on the guns themselves as if they are the cause of the problem,” Rep. Norman said. “Guns are not the problem.”
Trump Sends ‘Thoughts and Prayers’
President Donald Trump is sending “thoughts and prayers” immediately after a shooting at YouTube’s California headquarters that left the suspect dead and several injured. None other than the suspect, a woman who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, are believed dead.
“Was just briefed on the shooting at YouTube’s HQ in San Bruno, California. Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved. Thank you to our phenomenal Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders that are currently on the scene,” Trump tweeted.
Was just briefed on the shooting at YouTube’s HQ in San Bruno, California. Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved. Thank you to our phenomenal Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders that are currently on the scene.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2018
President Trump has refused to enact additional gun control laws. He recently directed the Dept. of Justice to find a way to ban bump stocks.
The Parkland students and gun control activists have denounced “thoughts and prayers” as insufficient.
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