Shepard Smith Dings Trump's Gun Control Turnaround At NRA Convention

Shepard Smith Dings Trump's Gun Control Turnaround At NRA Convention

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Trump made the comments - an apparent defense of gun ownership - while addressing the National Rifle Association convention in Dallas. "We can not get complacent". The president says to cheers, "we're all fighting battles but I love fighting these battles".

Donald Trump has defended the use of guns in America by comparing a London hospital to a "war zone" because of knife crime.

Public demands for stricter gun control measures soared after 17 people were shot dead in Parkland, with students mobilizing hundreds of thousands of people in Washington March 24 for a mass display of outrage.

Vice President Mike Pence also spoke in support of gun rights before Trump.

Referring to the nation-wide protest against the existing gun laws, Trump said, "Your Second Amendment rights are under siege, but they will never ever be under siege as long as I am your president".

The survivors' campaign has not led to major changes from the White House or the Republican-led Congress but Mr Trump did briefly declare he would stand up to the powerful gun lobby.

The NRA spent more than $30 million to help elect Trump in the 2016 presidential election, according to the Center of Responsive Politics, and provided a boon of conservative bona fides at a time when Trump's candidacy was met with skepticism by many who doubted his conservative credentials.

It comes after the president temporarily strayed from the group's strong opposition to tougher gun controls following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida - only to rapidly return to the fold. He talked about raising the age for legal purchases of assault-style AR-15s from 18 to 21, banning bump stocks boosting the firepower of AR-15s, and tightening up background checks on gun buyers.

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Leadership Forum on Friday, giving a speech that, at times, sounded more like a political rally than an address to supporters of the Second Amendment.

President Trump speaks to the National Rifle Association in 2017 in Atlanta.

President Donald Trump listened intently to Julia Cordover and other students and victim relatives on February 21 in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, but a White House spokesperson said this week it was necessary for the administration to show strong support for the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms. They say it's as bad a military war zone hospital.

"Of course [Parkland] increased the probability in some states of legislators passing more meaningless legislation", Tom King, an NRA board member from NY, tells NPR.

"The NRA is important in making sure we continue to defend our 2nd amendment rights. They have less power over me".

"Our gun rights are in danger, but I do think that Trump is on our side", a Texas resident clad in an NRA hat, said.

Tonya Duerr, who traveled to the convention with her family from Knoxville, Tennessee, was "concerned, but hopeful" about Trump's rhetoric following the shooting.

More than 70,000 NRA members are expected to attend. After a closed-door meeting with the group's leaders, Trump backed off and the Republican-controlled Congress hasn't approved new gun control bills.

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