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Trump Panders On Guns After NRA Endorsement

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses members of the National Rifle Association's during their NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during their annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., May 20, 2016. REUTERS/John Sommers II

Today, Donald Trump gave a speech at the NRA, the first specifically devoted to his ever-changing views on gun control. Echoing his history of waffling on abortion, Trump took a maximalist position on the issue at hand in order to make the group of people directly in front of him satisfied with his show of ultra-conservatism.

“Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the second amendment,” Trump said unironically. “We’re not going to let that happen. I’ll tell you that. We’re going to preserve it, we’re going to protect it, we’re going to cherish it.” He went on to describe the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. “If we had guns, it wouldn’t have been that way,” he said.

“I’d like to call for Hillary Clinton to put together a list [of potential Supreme Court nominees] also,” Trump said, referring to his unprecedented step of letting the Heritage Foundation suggest a list for his campaign. “Because I’d like to see what that list consists of… It will not be good for the people in this room,” Trump said, before catching himself. “And it won’t be good, by the way, for the people of our country, most importantly.”

Trump had already taken to Twitter before his remarks to attack Hillary Clinton’s opposition to lax gun control regulations.

Trump is a relatively new supporter of the Second Amendment. While Charlton Heston famously raised a rifle over his head and said Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore would take his gun rights away “from my cold, dead hands,” Trump was decidedly less zealous.

“It’s often argued that the American murder rate is high because guns are more available here than in other countries. Democrats want to confiscate all guns, which is a dumb idea because only the law-abiding citizens would turn in their guns and the bad guys would be the only ones left armed. The Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions,” he wrote in his book The America We Deserve. “I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun. With today’s Internet technology we should be able to tell within 72 hours if a potential gun owner has a record.”

When Trump announced that he is a “big Second Amendment guy,” it wasn’t only because he’s allegedly had a change of heart. It’s because he’s pandering to the most extreme elements of his base.

Similarly, Trump took the most extreme position possible on a woman’s right to have an abortion. This year, pressed for an answer by Chris Matthews, Trump said women should be punished for getting abortions. But back in 1999, he said, “I believe it is a personal decision that should be left to the women and their doctors.”
Photo: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses members of the National Rifle Association’s during their NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during their annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., May 20, 2016. REUTERS/John Sommers II



  1. TZToronto May 20, 2016

    Why is it that Democrats who change their position are labelled flip-floppers by the right, but pandering Republicans who change their opinions on issues are hailed as protectors of the Constitution? Republicans should be questioning Trump’s sincerity re: the Second Amendment and should be questioning the viability of his candidacy since he doesn’t seem to be able to remember what his real position is. As my wife’s grandmother used to say, “You don’t have to remember the truth.”

    1. Independent1 May 20, 2016

      I mean, aren’t you aware that everything Trump has said thus far was just a “suggestion”??

      See these excerpts from redstate.com:

      Trump: Everything I Said – “Just a Suggestion”. Call it the ultimate in flip-flops.

      On his daily call into his campaign headquarters (Fox News), the Orange One gave what was probably his most accurate policy statement, yet:

      “Yeah. It was a suggestion. Look, anything I say right now, I’m not the president,” Trump said. “Everything is a suggestion, no matter what you say, it’s a suggestion.”

      For months, while the faithful Branch Trumpidians have drooled and given glassy-eyed allegiance to every word, he was just making suggestions.

      Let that sink in, a bit.

      Make America great again? Just a suggestion.

      Build a wall? Just a suggestion.

      Ban on Muslims? Just a suggestion.


      1. TZToronto May 21, 2016

        Branch Trumpidians. That’s a good one.

        Notice the difference between Trump and Clinton. Trump immediately blames the Egyptair crash on terrorism. Clinton takes a wait-and-see position and gets criticized for it. But here’s the question: If Trump were President today, what would he do about the Egyptair terrorism, if it was terrorism? Who is he going to attack to get revenge? And is it even something the US should get involved in? It makes a lot of sense to see what is learned about the crash before actually doing anything–just as the current President is doing. Clinton is acting so much more presidential than Trump, but the Trumpers see this as weakness. For them, jumping up and down and screaming “terrorism” constitutes doing something, but is there anything to be done?

        1. Thomas Martin May 21, 2016

          The trumpsters along with DT are people with a short fuse and would rather hit first and ask questions later. Scary.

          1. FireBaron May 21, 2016

            Nah. They would rather hit first, then blame someone else for telling them to hit those folks.

    2. Independent1 May 20, 2016

      Have you ever seen a political candidate that was as much of a total joke as Trump??

      And has it ever been more obvious that millions of Americans are totally ignorant about America’s political processes and the danger that they face by supporting and voting for politicians like Trump that are willing to put their lives and financial futures at great risk?

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    3. 788eddie May 21, 2016

      In my experience watching Fox news. it’s almost the opposite; Democratic candidates who change views are accused of “flip-flopping,” whereas Republicans who change positions are “pivoting” to a new position.

      Very interesting.

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  3. Siegfried Heydrich May 21, 2016

    .Drumpf panders. Shocking, I tell you. Alert the media.

  4. angryspittle May 21, 2016

    I don’t understand…I thought Obama already took away all of the guns. That’s what they said 8 years ago isn’t it?

    1. iamproteus May 22, 2016

      Yeah, well. He would have if the cons hadn’t made such a stink about it. Doncha know? Not only that , but just think of all those bad things he didn’t do because they obstructed his every move.
      ( In case there is any question…that’s called sarcasm!)


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