President Trump's Dangerous Positions on Gun Violence
Washington DC—This is what Americans for Responsible Solutions had to say about Trump's speech to the NRA:
Today, President Trump will mark the first 100 days of his presidency by speaking at the NRA’s annual meeting, the first president in 34 years to do so. In return for the NRA’s $30 million backing during his campaign, the Trump Administration is already at work scaling back reasonable firearm regulations currently on the books, making our country less
While we’ve yet to get a sense of the subjects he’ll discuss in his remarks this afternoon, we do know that on the campaign trail, the stance Trump took on gun violence was as reckless as it was dangerous. Though the vast majority of Americans—including the majority of gun owners—believe we should work together to take commonsense steps to prevent gun violence, the policies and positions championed by Trump are extreme and pose very real threats public safety:
- Even though 33,000 American die each year from gun violence, candidate Trump spoke out in opposition of background checks for gun sales that occur online or at gun shows. In fact, Trump went as far as saying the government should not place any kind of limits on the types of firearms people can own. With Trump in the Oval Office, Congress is now considering rolling back an over 80-year-old federal law that prevents dangerous people from buying or transferring gun silencers, which mask muzzle flashes and the sound of gunfire, making it more difficult for law enforcement to locate an active shooter.
- In the aftermath of the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, candidate Trump said that if there had been more people in the bar with guns, Florida “wouldn’t have had the tragedy that you had.” That position is so extreme that even the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre disagreed, saying: “I don't think you should have firearms where people are drinking.” Following the election of Trump, legislation has already been introduced in both the House and Senate that would mandate each state recognize concealed carry permits from every other state. The problem is that standards for issuing permits to allow individuals to carry hidden, loaded firearms in public are dangerously lax in many states. Twelve states do not even require a permit to carry concealed firearms. Forcing states with strong gun laws like Oregon and New Mexico to comply with weak laws from states like Florida and Louisiana will endanger public safety and make it significantly harder for police to enforce gun laws that have been proven to save lives.
- As a candidate, President Trump promised to mandate that every school in America allow guns in classrooms on the first day of his presidency. And for years, one of the NRA’s top priorities in states has been to pass laws that allow firearms inside K–12 schools and permit college students and others to carry guns on campus. These irresponsible laws ignore the truth about gun violence and pose a clear, demonstrable threat to our students, teachers, and communities.
- Almost immediately after taking office, Trump made good on a campaign promise to overturn policies that fixed loopholes in the criminal background checks system. In February, Congress passed and Trump signed legislation, behind closed doors, that eliminated a President Obama–era rule that prevented severely mentally impaired individuals from accessing firearms. And in March, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would make it harder to keep guns out of the hands of veterans experiencing mental health crises by effectively prohibiting the Veterans Administration from sharing those records with the federal background checks system.