Donald Trump told a group in Vermont on Thursday evening that there would be “no more gun-free zones” in a Trump presidency. The GOP frontrunner says that on his “first day, it gets signed.” Donald Trump has been a vocal gun rights advocate, noting that he supports the Second Amendment rights of American citizens to bear arms. In a push to expand gun rights even further, Trump told Vermont voters that he would push for gun rights in schools, on college campuses, and military bases.
Politico reports that Donald Trump is pushing for the expansion of gun owner rights throughout America and is promising potential voters that he will do away with gun-free zones on the first day of his presidency. Trump says that students on campuses in gun-free zones are nothing more than “bait” to sickos.
“‘There’s no more gun-free zones’ in a Trump presidency… ‘You know what a gun-free zone is to a sicko? That’s bait. My first day, it gets signed.'”
Hillary said that guns don’t keep you safe. If she really believes that she should demand that her heavily armed bodyguards quickly disarm!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2016
Trump’s call to arms was to all locations, including military bases and schools. The hard-line gun rights stance comes shortly after President Barack Obama made a move to tighten gun regulations across the country. According to CNN, Obama is seeking to expand background checks for all buyers. The move would require small gun sellers to keep records of gun sales and to require background checks on individuals attempting to purchase through small sellers including at gun shows. During Obama’s speech about tightening “gun show loopholes,” he said that thinking about the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting gets him “mad.” As he discussed the shooting, he was seen wiping away tears from his eyes.
Despite his emotional display, gun rights advocates say that Obama is off base by trying to tighten restrictions on gun access and should instead be focusing on enforcing the laws that are already in place. The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre responded to Obama’s concerns by noting that the Obama Administration is doing nothing to enforce the gun laws that are already in place and that Chicago is a prime example of gun laws gone wrong. LaPierre says that 38 states report less than 80 percent of their felony convictions to the felony database, which leaves numerous felons able to purchase weapons.
Donald Trump is taking the gun rights advocacy to a new level by suggesting that communities would be safer if more individuals carried weapons to protect themselves. Trump says that if people had guns of their own in Paris or San Bernardino, the outcome could have been much different.
“We need guns. We need guns whether we like it or not.”
He also stood firm on his stance that we must do a better job of performing background checks on individuals trying to enter our country from the Middle East. He says we “have to do a better job” of protecting this country and he is prepared to do it.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2016
You can watch Donald Trump’s full Vermont speech below. The actual event begins at the 28:38 mark.
What do you think of Donald Trump’s statement that he would do away with gun-free zones on his first day of presidency? What about the NRA’s response to President Obama’s call to tighten gun sales regulations? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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