By Nicholas BagleyNational Review OnlinePublished April 01, 2017 3:24 pmUpdated April 03, 2017 10:20 amPresident Donald Trump may have said the following in a speech to the National Rifle Association last week: “We have a lot of good people here, but the truth is, they want a very different America.
They want a country where they can be themselves, where they don’t have to worry about the government telling them what to do.”
The President may have also said the phrase “You can be who you are and what you love” is a powerful statement.
The NRA’s statement was made in response to Trump’s declaration in his speech to their annual meeting, “America is the land of the free and home of the brave.”
In his speech, Trump said, “They want a place where people can express their opinions, where people don’t be afraid to voice their ideas, and where people aren’t afraid to defend their beliefs.”
The NRA and the White House have been working to roll back restrictions on gun ownership and freedom of speech since the 2016 election.
But many in the gun-rights movement and in the media have criticized Trump’s statement.
In response, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said, “”The President is right when he says we have a free and open society, but we are a nation of cowards and we are the least-free-speech-loving nation in the history of the world.
I have never understood the media’s response to that, and I never will.
They will continue to demonize Trump and his supporters until he wins the White Senate in 2020.
Trump must learn from the NRA and their colleagues, and he must learn that they are the most courageous, patriotic people on the planet.
He should join them.
“The NRA has come under fire from the Left for its anti-gun stance, including from Bernie Sanders.
In a 2016 interview with ABC News, Sanders said,I think we’ve got to take a hard look at the fact that we’re going to be a much more dangerous society if we continue to have an NRA that is the most pro-gun of all the major parties in the country.
And I don’t think that’s a fair characterization of the NRA.
And the NRA, like most other gun-control groups, supports common-sense gun safety measures, including mandatory background checks and strict limits on ammunition magazines.
But the group has criticized the president for not addressing gun violence in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting and other high-profile mass shootings.”
But if the president wants to spend his time on something other than trying to stop violence, that’s not going to work. “
This is a big problem, and it’s going to get better.
But if the president wants to spend his time on something other than trying to stop violence, that’s not going to work.
The American people are sick and tired of being lied to, and that’s what we need to be doing.”
The president has not yet said if he plans to make good on his threat to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement.
He has said that he plans on keeping the United Nations climate talks in Paris and has said he will honor the Paris Agreement’s commitment to keeping the planet from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
In June, he said he would not withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
On Monday, the NRA issued a statement calling the Paris deal “the single greatest accomplishment of the Obama Administration” and “the foundation of our nation’s success as a global leader.”
The statement continued:”It is a critical issue, because we are witnessing a climate crisis that threatens to destroy the planet for generations to come.
We cannot afford to have a repeat of what happened to the planet during the Second World War, when the U.S. lost 80% of its ozone layer.
If we fail to stop this catastrophe, the world is facing the prospect of a catastrophic, dangerous and irreversible rise in temperatures.
The Paris agreement will prevent this disaster, and the president must stand up to this threat and do more to protect our planet.
The president is right to reject any political solutions that would limit the impact of climate change, and we urge him to do just that.”
In the NRA’s speech, the president said, We know that America’s safety is at stake.
The future of our children depends on it.
The United States must act to reverse global warming before it is too late.
The National Rifle Institute’s statement, however, was not the first time the group issued a condemnation of Trump.
In December, the organization said that the “most powerful political, financial and military power in the world” was “on the verge of destroying” the United Kingdom.
That month, NRA Chairman Wayne LaManno said in a press conference that “the time is right for the United states to do the right thing.”