Donald Trump has sought to strongly align himself with the NRA after last week’s terror attack in Orlando, Florida, but the presidential hopeful and the gun rights organization that endorsed him don’t totally agree on some key points, and Trump’s position on gun issues have been somewhat fluid over the years.
Trump recently attempted to echo the “good guy with a gun” argument, saying, in his typically colorful way, that the horror attack at the Pulse nightclub would have been mitigated by armed patrons, if they’d been allowed to carry, according to this aol.com story.
“If some of those wonderful people had guns strapped right here, right to their waist or right to their ankle, and this son of a b@%$ comes out and starts shooting and one of the people in that room happened to have it and goes boom, boom. You know what, that would’ve been a beautiful, beautiful sight, folks,” Trump said after the attack.
Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president and CEO of the NRA, said on CBS’ Face the Nation that Trumps comments are a bit off base.
“I don’t think you should have firearms where people are drinking, but I’ll tell you this: Everybody, every American needs to start having a security plan,” LaPierre said.
“No one thinks people should go into a nightclub drinking and carrying firearms. That defies common sense. It also defies the law,” said NRA lobbyist Christ Cox.
Laws about carrying while intoxicated or in the presence of alcohol vary by state. The story says eight states ban loaded guns in any establishment that serves alcohol.
Trump has been using the battle over gun rights to bolster his candidacy, according to this CNN story, which posits Trump has fashioned an idea that he’s the only thing standing between the American public and a Hillary Clinton gun confiscation.
The problem is, it’s a complicated issue that requires definite stances are particular aspects, something Trump hasn’t excelled at during a campaign of personal attacks and lofty promises to the public.
After LaPierre’s response to Trump’s comment about the nightclub patrons being armed, he revised his stance via Twitter:
In 2000, Trump said he supported the 1994 federal assault weapons ban, which was allowed to expire in 2004, in his book “The America we Deserve.”
“I generally oppose gun control,” he wrote, “but I support the ban on assault weapons and support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase gun. With today’s Internet technology we should be able to tell within 72 hours if a potential gun owner has a record.”
Little more than three months into his 2016 presidential campaign trump wrote the following in a policy paper, according to the story.
“Gun and magazine bans are a total failure,” he said. “That’s been proven every time it’s been tried. Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like ‘assault weapons’, ‘military-style weapons’ and ‘high capacity magazines’ to confuse people. What they’re really talking about are popular semi-automatic rifles and standard magazines that are owned by tens of millions of Americans.”
The CNN article also outlines flip-flops on Trump’s part regarding guns in schools and the use of the terror watch list to ban people from buying firearms.