Ricketts speaks at NRA Convention

05 May, 2018, 19:32 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • NRA Executive Director Chris Cox and Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne La Pierre welcome President Donald Trump onstage to deliver remarks at the National Rifle Association Leadership Forum at the Georgia Worl

Addressing the audience at the gun lobby's conference in Dallas, Texas, the president bemoaned the UK's strict laws around firearms and the surge in knife crime and murders in London, by referencing an unidentified "prestigious hospital" which, he said, had victims' blood all over the place.

The US President on Friday told members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) that their gun ownership rights were being threatened by Democrats, but that he would ensure they were protected.

US President Donald Trump is blaming a lack of guns in London and France for violence and terrorism there.

Student survivors of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead are now leading a massive national gun control movement.

He made it clear that NRA members need to vote for conservative Republicans in the mid-term election in order to ensure their second amendment rights remain secure. Under pressure from the NRA's leaders and its allies in Congress and within the White House, he fell back in line and hasn't taken on the gun group.

This is the first time they had the president and vice president at the same time come out to the annual convention for the NRA.

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Trump is visiting the group after he temporarily strayed from its strong anti-gun control message in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, only to later 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.

Trump dispersed other mentions of his Second Amendment advocacy throughout the hour-long speech.

US President Donald Trump has once again sparked controversy with the United Kingdom, after telling an audience at a National Rifle Association (NRA) event that a knife crime surge has turned London into a "military warzone".

"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.

A longtime supporter of the NRA, Trump said during the flight Friday that it was a "truly great organization".

As rank-and-file members gather, board member Tom King says the NRA will once again make the case that firearms aren't the real public safety issue.

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"I think he's doing a better job of making us feel secure in our Second Amendment rights", she said as volunteers handed out pocket copies of the Constitution, pins and stickers in the convention hall.

Trump also attacked the UK's National Health Service in February, claiming it is "going broke and not working".

In a controversial video that went viral, spokeswoman Dana Loesch said the NRA would prevail by using "the clenched fist of truth".

Since then, he and his aides have been strident in their support of the NRA and the Second Amendment.

The president will be joined at the NRA event by Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump also urged the crowd not to become "complacent" heading into the midterm elections as he sought to galvanize the base.

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