Prez defends NRA, links United Kingdom stabbings to lack of guns

07 May, 2018, 06:22 | Author: Kevin Carter
  • Why Trump at the NRA convention deserves a gun-free zone but the rest of us don't

The massacre that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 seemed to mark a turning point in America's long-running gun debate, sparking a youth-led movement for tighter gun controls.

"We are going to have to outlaw immediately all vans and all trucks, which are now the new form of death for the maniac terrorist", Trump said during his speech. "Your Second Amendment rights are under siege, but they will never ever be under siege as long as I am your president". At that meeting, he chided Republican Senator Pat Toomey for "being afraid of the NRA".

The study as pretty simple: It recorded the emergency room and hospital visits between 2007 and 2015 in three periods: in the days corresponding to the NRA convention, and control dates in the three weeks before and after the convention. His gun comments were woven into a campaign-style speech that touched on the Russian Federation probe, the 2016 campaign, his efforts in North Korea and Iran and his fight against illegal immigration.

The French government issued its strongest criticism of Trump since he took office, at a time when President Emmanuel Macron has been reinforcing bilateral ties following a state visit. "'Bye, bye, gotta get on the plane'". You know, the NRA used to boast itself as being an average joe coalition of Americans who are trying to protect their Second Amendment rights, and now you will see that they are getting a lot of kickbacks from gun manufacturers.

Since Parkland, Trump has largely moved his rhetoric back in line with the NRA, which endorsed him in his 2016 presidential election campaign and gave him its financial backing.

"It's kind of hypocritical of him to go there after saying so many politicians bow to the NRA and are owned by them", Hogg said.

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"Thanks for showing us that your heart and wallet are in the same place-- not with the kids of Parkland", he said.

"Law-abiding gun owners want to keep firearms out of the hands of those who pose a danger to themselves and to others", Trump said Friday.

But after expressing interest in increasing the minimum age to purchase an assault weapon to 21, Trump later declared there was "not much political support" for that.

While state lawmakers in Florida adopted a higher age limit for gun buyers, action at the federal level was shunted to a new school safety commission, which has no deadline to report.

"Nobody has guns in Paris and we all remember more than 130 people, plus tremendous numbers of people that were horribly, horribly wounded".

Indeed, on Saturday morning, Parkland shooting survivor Cameron Kasky called President Donald Trump a "professional liar" after his speech.

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