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HOUSTON– Former President Trump traveled to Houston on Friday to offer his support for the National Rifle Association and echo the group’s mission as it faces pushback from gun control advocates following a a deadly school shooting in Texas this week.
Speaking from the George R. Brown Convention Center, Trump addressed members of the NRA and praised the work his administration has done to preserve the Second Amendment during his tenure in the White House.
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Trump’s remarks at the 2022 NRA convention came days after a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two adults dead.
“The existence of evil is one of the best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens and that is why one of the primary missions of the NRA is to train, prepare and equip the men and women responsible Americans with the knowledge and tools they need to defend themselves,” Trump said, noting the NRA’s efforts to improve gun safety measures.
“The NRA has 125,000 certified instructors,” he added. “These are highly trained, very, very capable people. They are training an incredible 1,000,000 Americans to be safer. Gun owners are ready to act when the situation calls…incredible work .”
Trump said his administration had been working to stop the Second Amendment siege and told those at the convention that “those on the left” would soon be coming for guns of all types.
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“Let’s not pretend that those on the left are just talking about limiting a class of weapons or a category of ammunition,” Trump said. “They don’t do that.
“We all know they want a total gun confiscation, we know that would be a first step,” he added. “Once they’ve taken step one, they’ll take step two, step three, step four, and then you’ll have a whole different look at the Second Amendment, which is, by the way, totally beleaguered. But we stopped for four years. We stopped him.
Trump also told NRA members that “schools should be our nation’s toughest target” and stressed the need to address issues related to “broken families” and mental health. He also suggested that some teachers should be able to “hide carry”.
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Speaking at the convention on Friday, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre pushed back against calls for gun control legislation after the Uvalde shooting.
“If we as a nation were able to legislate to remove the evil from the hearts and minds of criminals who commit these heinous acts, we would have done so long ago,” LaPierre said.