REMINDER: Trump Put the Gun Lobby Ahead of the Safety of Our Communities
May 11, 2023
Donald Trump is beholden to the NRA and has always put the gun lobby ahead of the safety of our communities, schools, and children. He spent four years coddling the NRA and opposing commonsense gun safety laws.
Trump caved to the NRA in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and backed off of promises to take action.
New York Times: “Conceding to N.R.A., Trump Abandons Brief Gun Control Promise”
New York Magazine: “President Trump met with survivors of the Parkland school shooting and attempted to convey a sincere intention to act …What happened next was predictable. Trump met with the head of the NRA. He stopped talking about the issue he was going to solve.”
Reuters: “Under pressure from gun rights groups, President Donald Trump backed away on Monday from raising the minimum age for gun purchases from 18 to 21, one of several measures he had supported after the latest U.S. school shooting.”
Donald Trump spent four years in office pandering to the NRA, parroting their talking points, and proudly praising the gun lobby.
New York Magazine: “After Taunting Republicans for Being Afraid of NRA, Trump Gives In to NRA”
Politico: “A few hours after hailing leaders at the National Rifle Association as ‘Great American Patriots,’ President Donald Trump borrowed frequent talking points from the gun lobby group during a discussion on school safety Thursday.”
Trump: “And there’s no bigger fan of the Second Amendment than me, and there’s no bigger fan of the NRA. And these guys are great patriots. They’re great people.”
While in office, Trump repeatedly opposed bipartisan efforts to expand background checks and pass other commonsense gun safety laws.
Trump: “I do not support expanding background checks. The current background checks do not work… They make it more difficult for law abiding citizens to acquire firearms while consistently failing to stop criminals from getting guns.”
The Hill: “The White House on Monday issued a statement warning that President Trump would veto proposed legislation to enhance background checks for gun purchases if it passes the House and Senate.”
CNN: “Donald Trump said Tuesday he supports allowing Americans to legally buy and own assault weapons. ‘You have to be because the bad guys are going to have them anyway,’ Trump told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on ‘New Day.’ ‘What happens when the bad guys have the assault weapons and you don’t in a confrontation?’”
NBC News: “Trump made it easier for the mentally ill to get guns when he rolled back Obama regulation”
And don’t forget: Trump shamelessly spoke at the NRA convention last year just days after the devastating school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Politico: “Former President Donald Trump on Friday addressed the National Rifle Association’s annual conference in Houston… three days after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school. At the outset of his nearly hourlong address to a supportive crowd, Trump took a shot at the speakers who decided to not attend the convention in the wake of Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.”