Trump Sides With NRA & Backs Off Call For Background Checks
August 19, 2019
After speaking with the NRA “on numerous occasions” and touting himself as “very good for the NRA,” Trump has now backed down from his calls for strengthening background checks. Trump is beholden to the NRA, so it’s no wonder Americans disapprove of his response to the El Paso and Dayton shootings.
Trump backed off his call yesterday for stronger background checks, saying that we already have enough in place right now.
Trump: “We do have a lot of background checks right now.”
Trump also regurgitated NRA talking points and said that mental health, not guns, are the problem.
Trump: “It’s the people that pull the trigger, not the gun that pulls the trigger so we have a very, very big mental health problem.”
Trump: “I don’t want people to forget that this is a mental health problem. I don’t want them to forget that, because it is. It’s a mental health problem.”
The overwhelming majority of Americans support background checks. And the NRA is more unpopular than ever.
Fox News poll: 90 percent of Americans support universal background checks, including 89 percent of Republicans and 93 percent of gun households
Fox News: “This is the first time the organization [NRA] has had a net negative rating.”
It’s no wonder Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of the aftermath of the El Paso and Dayton shootings.
NBC News: “The ugly: Only 36 percent of Americans say they approve of Trump’s handling of the aftermath of the El Paso and Dayton shootings that killed more than 30 people.”