Trump reinforces its support for the favorable lobby for firearms
US President Donald Trump walks through the White House garden to board Marine One on May 4, 2018 in Washington
US President Donald Trump on Friday reiterated his firm support for the constitutional amendment that allows Americans to possess firearms, just over a month after a historic march in favor of the most rigid laws.
“This government is here to defend the second amendment (of the Constitution), and we will defend it,” Trump said at the annual convention of the controversial National Rifle Association (NRA) in Dallas, Texas.
Trump’s sentence sparked a standing ovation among the defenders of the right to possess firearms, an ovation that was repeated at various moments in a chaotic moment.
According to Trump, when he arrived at the White House in January 2017, the second amendment to the Constitution “was under threat, but will never be placed under threat as long as I am president.”
In his speech this Friday before the NRA convention, Trump admitted that advisors came to recommend that he not participate in the event.
As he said, those advisers simply replied: “Goodbye, goodbye, I have to get on the plane.”
Trump’s speech – and the enthusiasm of the followers of the NRA – marks an open contrast to the “March for Our Lives”, which at the end of March mobilized millions of people throughout the country in favor of greater control over the sale of firearms.
That march was motivated by the massacre that occurred in February at a high school in the state of Florida, a massacre that barely earned an indirect mention during the president’s speech.
“Our hearts are broken for every person who suffers,” the president said, without making direct reference to that shooting.
However, he insisted on his thesis that an armed population would not be the victim of attacks, and referred explicitly to the attack that took place at the Bataclan theater in Paris in November 2015.
“If an employee (of the theater) or a spectator had a weapon, or anyone present at this hearing was there, he would have pointed the gun in the opposite direction, and the terrorists would have fled (…) it would have been another story” said the American president.
– Elections in the crosshairs –
Trump came to compare the idea of prohibiting weapons to “prohibit trucks, trucks, and maybe even cars,” because they were also used in attacks.
Shortly before Trump’s speech, the vice president, Mike Pence, was at the convention, where he complained that the press gave too much space to the victims of the shootings and very little to “the good people” with weapons.
In his largely improvised speech, Trump spoke on an enormous variety of issues, from the negotiations with North Korea and the positions of the Democratic Party caucus in Congress to the immigration situation.
After the carnage at Parkland, Fla., High school, which left 17 dead, the American public pressured and mobilized in favor of some kind of change in gun legislation.
However, the Republican Party caucus, which controls the two houses of Congress, managed to contain the pressure and blocked any initiative to toughen the legislation on access to firearms.
For Trump and the Republican Party, giving in on that issue represents a political risk that could have a direct impact on the mid-term legislative elections to be held in November of this year.
This Friday, in addition to the convention, the NRA initiated a four-day fair with the exhibition of all types of weapons.
With more than five million members across the country, the NRA is the most powerful lobby for citizens’ rights, established in the second amendment, to own weapons.
This amendment was introduced into the Constitution in 1791, and states that “the right of persons to bear and bear arms shall not be limited.”