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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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  • Now that's daft if I ever heard it. Accepting total gun confiscation rather than begrudgingly taking a slight infringement with the intent to fight it in court or reverse it on the books is literally insane. An enemy we know would like to take all our guns and possibly do away with us altogether does not beat a friend that compromises a little too often. You sound like a Leftist propagandist pretending to be something you're not.

  • President Trump, Don’t do something dumb to appease the anti gun nuts Sir! It will have a big effect on the next election. Common sense with all thoughts given to what could be the end effects of stupid red flag laws, if not well thought out. I am one of your biggest supporters, I have never done anything bad with a weapon here in the USA. Viet Nam was a different scenario but I don’t talk about that! Punishment of criminals instead of slapping their wrists is what is needed, and reverse the teachings of the bad seeds in our colleges! You have done the common sense things so far Sir, just listen to your heart,
    just like you have been so far!

  • This guy better remember we are already pissed at the GOP. Bump stocks. Red flag confiscation schemes. No passage of the hearing protection act. A lot of REAL gun people are already talking about staying home on election day. An enemy we know is our enemy beats a fake friend that stabs us in the back over and over........

  • WISEUP GUN OWNERS, If we don't come up with solutions on background checks, the Gun owners who supported Trump in 2016, now say they won't support Trump in 2020, why show the Liberals how stupid the people who support the 2nd Ammendment are. If you don't support Trump, and the Republicans, what in the hell do you think is going to happen if the Democratics get control of House, Senate and the White House, in 2020. We will absolutely lose our right to baer arms, end of 2nd Amendment. There has to be solutions.

  • We are going at this all wrong, Why accept the premise that new laws will save us. We need more guns in the hands of decent people hands and n easing of the concealed carry laws. That will stop many of the attacks. An armed society is a polite society.

  • You are correct, the only legal civilian firearm should be either a revolver or a bolt or pump action rifle.

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