In the wake of the deadly shooting which killed 21 people, Democrats were easy to conclude that such idea of disarming American citizens is the best way to stop a mass shooting.
But not for President Trump, he said otherwise.
On Friday, Trump addressed the National Rifle Association’s annual conference in Houston, slamming Democrats for their positions on gun control and pointing to mental health as the root cause of mass shootings just three days after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school.
President Trump tells the pro-gun lobby that events like the ‘evil’ slaughter of 21 people in elementary school are ‘one of the very best reasons’ to arm citizens
He would follow that statement up by saying “the existence of evil is one of the very best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens”.
Over the last decades, several mass shootings were stopped by men and women who have been licensed carriers, so I can definitely say Trump is right…
Trump at the NRA’s annual convention: “The existence of evil in our world is not a reason to disarm law-abiding citizens—the existence of evil is one of the very best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens.” https://t.co/zOvGAZF5ap
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) May 27, 2022
“The existence of evil is one of the very best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens.”
– President Trump at #NRAconvention
— NRA (@NRA) May 27, 2022
More details of the story from The Washington Examiner:
President Donald Trump is expected to call for more guns and a security bill for schools at the National Rifle Association convention Friday in Houston following the deadly shooting at a Texas elementary school that killed 21 people.
“If the United States has $40 billion dollars to send to Ukraine, we should be able to do whatever it takes to keep our children safe at home,” Trump will say, according to snippets of the prepared remarks. “We spent trillions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and got nothing for it. Before we nation-build the rest of the world, we should be building safe schools for our own children in our own nation.”
He is also expected to say: “The existence of evil in our world is not a reason to DISARM law-abiding citizens — the existence of evil is one of the very best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem also appeared and spoke at the event in Houston.
— Newsmax (@newsmax) May 27, 2022
On other hand, here’s what The Associated Press had to report:
One by one, they took the stage at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention and denounced the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school across the state. And one by one, they insisted that changing U.S. gun laws or further restricting access to firearms was not the answer.
“We must not react to evil and tragedy by abandoning the Constitution or infringing on the rights of our law-abiding citizens,” said Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who was among the Republican leaders who lined up to speak before the gun rights lobbying group Friday as hundreds of protesters angry about gun violence demonstrated outside.
Former President Donald Trump, in his remarks, called for “drastically” changing the nation’s approach to mental health and “a top-to-bottom security overhaul at schools across this country,” while dismissing calls for further firearm restrictions.“The existence of evil in our world is not a reason to disarm law-abiding citizens,” he said. “The existence of evil is one of the very best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens.”
The NRA, a group historically against tightening restrictions on gun access, called the shooting a “horrific and evil crime” in a statement Wednesday, adding that it would “reflect on these events” and “pray for the victims, recognize our patriotic members and pledge to redouble our commitment to making our schools secure.”