Former President Donald Trump called for more safety in American schools during his speech to the National Rifle Association on Friday.
“If the United States has $40 billion to send to Ukraine, we should be able to do whatever it takes to keep our children safe at home,” Trump said, offering several security proposals for make schools safer, including armed police or security guards.
The former president directly addressed the politically charged nature of the event, after a deranged 18-year-old shot and killed 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
“Unlike some, I didn’t disappoint you by not showing up,” Trump said after speaking at the NRA convention with a roar of approval. Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) canceled his NRA appearance, instead sending video while he visited the Uvalde community.
Trump began his speech by holding a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting, reading their names in audio form from a bell rung in the conference room.
“The monster who committed this crime is pure evil, pure cruelty, pure hatred, pure absolute hatred, and while those whom he slew are now with God in paradise, he will be eternally condemned to burn in the fires of hell,” he said.
The former president condemned Democrats for immediately demanding more gun control after the shooting.
“Sadly, even before the sun set on the horrific day of the tragedy, we witnessed a now familiar parade of cynical politicians seeking to exploit the tears of sobbing families to increase their own power and take away our rights. constitutional,” Trump said.
He condemned “repugnant” Democrats for trying to blame the shooting on the shooter and legal gun owners.
“When Joe Biden blamed the gun lobby, he was talking about Americans like you,” Trump said.
He also condemned calls for gun control.
“Let’s not pretend that those on the left are just talking about limiting a class of weapons or a category of ammunition… we all know they want total confiscation of weapons,” he said.
The former president said the mass shootings were just proof that the country’s citizens needed to protect themselves.
“The existence of evil is one of the best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens,” he said.
Trump also called for a cultural change in the United States.
“No law can heal the effects of a broken home. There is no substitute for a strong mother and a great father.