Published: Wed, May 03, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

I'm your true friend: Trump tells gun owners

I'm your true friend: Trump tells gun owners

"Pocahontas is at it again", Trump wrote in May 2016.

Leading up to his taking the stage, the NRA played a video with snippets of various celebrities and political pundits poo-pooing the chances of Trump being elected president interspersed with Election Night newscasts as state after state came in for Trump.

"The Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right that belongs to all law-abiding Americans", read Donald Trump's official campaign policy position on the right to bear arms.

"The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end", he vowed.

"For too long Washington has gone after law abiding gun owners while making life easier for criminals, drug dealers, traffickers and gang members - MS-13. No longer will government be trying to undermine your rights and your freedoms as Americans".

Sky's US Correspondent, Cordelia Lynch, said Mr Trump's speech was created to get hard-line conservatives on his side.

In 1983, Reagan excited NRA members gathered in Phoenix, Arizona during his re-election campaign. This is remarkable progress in a very short period of time.

The NRA endorsed Trump after he promised to do away with then-President Barack Obama's efforts to strengthen background checks.

The professor noted that the wish list was not very long "because the NRA has been so successful over the last 40 years in American politics that it's already accomplished nearly everything on the list of its agenda items".

Playing to the political interests of the crowd at a convention hall in downtown Atlanta, Trump outlined a series of actions he's taken that he said were created to protect gun rights, such as nominating Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "You know, she's running against someone who's going to raise your taxes to the sky, destroy your health care and he's for open borders - lots of crime - and he's not even able to vote in the district that he's running in, other than that, I think he's doing a fantastic job". He seized in particular on questions about her heritage, which surfaced during her 2012 Senate race challenging incumbent Sen.

Not surprisingly, NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker called Murphy's tweets "appalling" and exploitative of the victims.

"We can't be complacent", he said. But Michalowski said it's premature to get complacent with gun sales having tapered off since the election and "there's always a group out there that opposes the Second Amendment and what it stands for".

As the first 100 days of President Trump's presidency comes to a close, the Trump administration and Congress have yet to deliver on any of the big legislative agenda items Republicans have talked about for years.

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