Donald Trump to attend NRA conference after Texas shooting

Former President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would address a National Rifle Association convention in Houston despite the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday.

“America right now needs real solutions and real leadership, not politicians and partisanship. Therefore, I will keep my long-standing promise to speak at the NRA conference in Texas and deliver an important address to America,” Trump said in a statement.

“In the meantime, we all continue to pray for the victims, their families and for our entire nation – we are all in this together!”

Authorities say that 18-year-old Salvador Ramos shot dead his grandmother Tuesday before he arrived at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, about 80 miles west of San Antonio, with two AR-15-style semi-automatic rifles he was after his 18th

Guns are reportedly banned in Trump’s NRA speech, which also follows the May 14 killing of 10 people at a Buffalo grocery store. The 18-year-old suspect in that crime, Payton Gendron, also used a legally purchased AR-15-style rifle after posting a white supremacist manifesto online.

President Biden on Tuesday night urged Congress to pass new gun control laws and blasted the “gun lobby” for marketing what he called assault weapons. AR-15 style rifles were banned under the Federal Assault Weapons Ban from 1994 to 2004.

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Former President Donald Trump said in a post on his Truth Social platform that America needs “real solutions.”
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Successful federal legislation is unlikely, however, as Senate rules require 60 votes for most bills. Democrats control just 50 seats, and centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WVa.) reiterated Tuesday night that he opposes changing the 60-vote threshold.

“The filibuster is the only thing keeping us from total insanity,” Manchin told reporters.

It’s unclear what Trump plans to say at the NRA conference, but as president in 2018, he angered gun rights advocates by expressing his willingness to act in response to the killing of 17 people at a Parkland, Fla., high school. to pass reforms by the age of 19 -old Nikolas Cruz, who used a legally purchased AR-15 rifle.

Trump advocated raising the age limit from 18 to 21 for purchasing AR-15 rifles, as well as background checks for private gun sales and reforms to allow police to “take the guns first and then go through due process” to reduce risk reduce emanating from mentally ill people.

A law enforcement worker lights a candle in front of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
A law enforcement worker lights a candle in front of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 25, 2022.
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“I like to take up arms early,” Trump said at the time. “Like the case of this weirdo that just happened in Florida. He had many firearms; they have seen everything. Going to court would have taken a long time. You could do exactly as you say, but take up arms first and then go through due process.”


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Later that year, the Trump administration banned “bump stocks,” which speed up the firing rate of semi-automatic rifles, in response to that tool’s role in the 2017 killing of 60 people at a Las Vegas concert.

Democrats in Congress rallied to pass new gun laws in response to schooling at the Uvalde School.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) noted on Wednesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to confirm ATF director nominee Steven Dettelbach that she supports legislation raising the age limit for AR-15s. She noted that 18- to 21-year-old adults cannot legally buy beer.

Some Senate Democrats have criticized the inaction of Congress. Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), whose wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords, survived a 2011 mass shooting that killed six people, said Wednesday, “It’s freakin’ crazy not to do anything about it.” shot 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner with a legally purchased Glock semi-automatic pistol.

Republicans, however, have expressed distrust of new gun ownership restrictions.

“I am ready to say that I am very sorry that it happened. But guns aren’t the problem, okay? People are the problem,” Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) told reporters. “That’s where it starts. And we’ve always had guns. And we will continue to have guns.”

Congress last made a serious attempt in 2013 after the massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who was using his mother’s legally purchased guns, including an AR-15-style rifle enact gun control legislation.

A compromise proposal by Manchin and Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-Pa.) would have required state background checks on most private gun transfers, with one exception for gifts among family and friends, but it fell short with 54 senators — six just below the 60-vote hurdle .

https://nypost.com/2022/05/25/donald-trump-will-attend-nra-convention-after-texas-shooting/ Donald Trump to attend NRA conference after Texas shooting

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