President Trump did what a U.S. president hasn’t done since Reagan in 1983. He attended an National Rifle Association (NRA) convention.
Politically, aligning oneself with the NRA is bad for optics. I mean, not for gun owners of course. From their perspective, it’s awesome that the President spoke at an NRA convention, supports the NRA and who was endorsed by the NRA.
But to everyone else, it looks bad. Even Republican presidents before Obama (and after Reagan) shied away from the gun rights organization.
The NRA as well as every other pro-gun group have been stigmatized by the left and the media. They blame the evil ‘gun lobby’ for every crime involving a gun, and every mass shooting, particularly those that take place at schools.
Trump was in Atlanta for the convention. NBC News reported:
“The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end,” Trump told the members of the National Rifle Association, assuring them that they now “have a true friend and champion in the White House.”
“I will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms,” Trump said. “Never ever.”
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called the speech to the NRA’s leadership forum, which comes on the 99th day of Trump’s presidency, a “good way to end an incredible week.”
The influential lobbying group endorsed Trump early on during the Republican 2016 primaries — a backing he often reminded his crowds about during his long shot bid for office. He drew cheers from supporters amid frequent promises to “save” the Second Amendment, which he said was under siege from opponents, like Hillary Clinton.
During one August campaign rally in North Carolina, Trump raised eyebrows when he suggested that “Second Amendment people” could do something if Clinton were elected and got to pick anti-guns rights Supreme Court justices.
“By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”
The campaign defended the comments then as a reference to the gun rights group’s lobbying power.
The gun lobby gets a bad rap from liberals. They look at them as spawn of Satan. They point to how they’ve contributed financially to politicians’ run for public office and their reelection campaigns.
In truth, this is how lobbying works. Liberals are elected and reelected by lobbyists as well. Very often, all one has to do to ascertain why a certain law was passed is to follow the money. The money trail often leads back to lobbyists who represent special interest groups.
Does the gun lobby have a vested interest in keeping as many guns as possible legal so they can continue selling as many guns as they can to maximize their profits? Maybe. But ‘bearing arms’ is a Constitutional right. So, regardless of whether or not the gun lobby is purely after profit, the products they’re selling are protected by the Bill of Rights, which specifically notes that that right ‘shall not be infringed.’
Lobbying groups that bribe politicians and stand to gain from laws that are unconstitutional are a different story.
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