Trump First President to Speak at NRA Event Since Reagan

Trump First President to Speak at NRA Event Since Reagan
Donald Trump addressing members of the National Rifle Association's during their NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during at their annual meeting in 2016.photo from ibitimes.com

If things go to plan, President Trump will speak in Atlanta this month at the National Rifle Association's annual convention on April 28, making him the first sitting president to address the NRA-ILA Leadership forum since Ronald Reagan in 1983, according to this story from ajc.ocm.

The NRA endorsed trump in May 2016 after he promised to appoint judges who would support gun rights expansions. Recently, Trump’s nomination to the vacant Supreme Court seat, Judge Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed as the new Justice. His politics closely resembles those of his predecessor, the pro-Second Amendment Justice Antonin Scalia.

The NRA event spans from April 27-30 and will include other speakers such as Secretary Ryan Zinke, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

This story from the Washington Times says Shannon Watts, founder of the anti-gun group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America said the Michael Bloomberg-funded group's "volunteers will be in Atlanta" during the NRA's annual meeting, "just as we have been showing up at town halls and in statehouses across the country to stand up for the safety of our families and communities. We will not be silenced."

Trump's visit is scheduled for the last day of federal funding on the current federal budget. The story says that there could be at least a partial government shutdown if Congress doesn't pass a new spending bill by that date.