Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Business | By Pearl Harrison

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence Make History in Dallas

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence Make History in Dallas

President Donald Trump sought to reassure National Rifle Association members at their 2018 annual meeting Friday that their Second Amendment rights are safe in the midst of a national conversation on gun law reform. "They say it's as bad as a military war zone hospital".

"They don't have guns - they have knives. They have knives and instead there's blood all over the floors of this hospital", he said. "My problem is with the NRA and how they are the gun lobby that has bought off our government and therefore threatened our democracy and our safety as American people, and our children's safety". Trump did not elaborate on how the Second Amendment was under siege.

The massacre that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 seemed to mark a turning point in America's long-running gun debate, sparking a youth-led movement for tighter gun controls.

The study as pretty simple: It recorded the emergency room and hospital visits between 2007 and 2015 in three periods: in the days corresponding to the NRA convention, and control dates in the three weeks before and after the convention.

He temporarily strayed from the group's strong opposition to tougher gun controls after the school shooting - only to rapidly return to the fold. Previous year was the first time a sitting president had addressed the group since Ronald Reagan did so in 1983.

In response, Parkland survivor Cameron Kasky ridiculed Trump's argument as one that a 12-year-old might make on Twitter.

"There is more we can all do to combat this violence, but to suggest guns are part of the solution is ridiculous". The protesters will include parents of those killed in Parkland and other shootings.

This will be Trump's fourth speech to the powerful NRA and, with control of the U.S. Congress up for grabs in November's midterm elections and campaigns under way, it is expected to include familiar warnings meant to excite the Republican voter base.

The group's convention in Texas will attract a strongly pro-Trump crowd, officials said, giving the president room to take some swipes at his opponents, review his record in office and complain about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of possible collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.

The White House ultimately proposed providing some school personnel with "rigorous" firearms training and backed a bill to improve criminal background checks on gun buyers that has since passed, but backpedaled on the idea of increasing the minimum age to buy certain firearms - a policy Trump had initially said he would support.

Trump has long enjoyed strong backing from the NRA, which spent about US$30 million ($40 million) supporting his presidential campaign.

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