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Trump Says NRA’s ‘Strong Views’ On Background Checks Are Being Heard

Whitney Tipton on August 9, 2019

President Donald Trump said Friday he is making sure the NRA’s “strong views” on background checks are being represented in legislative discussions.

Trump sent out an early tweet to say the NRA‘s views are being considered during ongoing discussions with House and Senate leadership on gun background checks, but reiterated that guns should not be in the wrong hands.

“Guns should not be placed in the hands of mentally ill or deranged people,” Trump said in the tweet.

The gun-rights group has been consulting with Trump since shortly after the mass shootings last weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that killed 31 people, according to The Hill.

Trump addressed the nation Monday, when he called for gun reforms including early warning gun confiscation and mental health background considerations to block access to firearms.

The NRA initially released remarks supporting Trump, but issued a longer statement by tweet Thursday to clarify issues they have with Trump’s proposals, including questions about background checks.

“It is not enough anymore to simply say that ‘we need more background checks,’” they said.

“Considering both suspects in El Paso and Dayton passed them, that is rhetoric for billionaire activists and campaign rallies – not a call for constructive progress,” the statement added.

Trump’s tweet Friday may help reassure the pro-gun part of his voting base that their views are being heard, since some had responded unfavorably to address Monday.

“I am the biggest Second Amendment person there is, but we all must work together for the good and safety of our Country,” Trump’s tweet concluded.

 

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