Trump Speaks at NRA Convention Days After Uvalde Massacre

Donald Trump kicked off his appearance at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting on Friday with an awkward start read out the names of the 21 murdered with an AR-15 rifle in Uvalde a few days earlier. The NRA played a recording of a bell as the former president struggled to say the victims’ names.

The speech didn’t get any less offensive from then on.

Trump joined Republican lawmakers and conservative pundits beat up Democrats to the “Virtue Cycling” in the wake of the massacre, blaming everything but guns for the shooting and proposing a number of impractical solutions to America’s epidemic of mass shootings. The list of solutions, of course, didn’t include gun reform, which Trump claimed had done nothing to stop the gunman in Uvalde — despite the gunman buying two assault rifles just after his 18th birthday earlier this month.

Trump proposed making classroom doors lockable from the inside to reduce school shootings. But that may not be enough, as Texas Department of Public Safety director Steven McCraw said in a news conference on Friday that the gunman locked himself in adjacent classrooms before opening fire on children.

Trump went through many of the other corrections conservatives have released this week, including “drastically changing our mental health consent” and everything needed to “toughen our schools.” He then said, to loud applause, that teachers should carry guns. “There is no more inviting sign for a mass murderer than a sign declaring a gun free zone,” he said to more applause.

Speaking of teachers, Trump blamed some of the blame on school administrators for “making excuses” and “not being upfront and quick about addressing bad behavior.”

Trump went on to argue that if Congress can send money to Ukraine to stave off the Russian invasion, “we should be able to do whatever it takes to protect our children.” His message, as always, boiled down to his loss to President Biden in 2020. He bemoaned what happened to Ukraine, saying it never would have happened if the election hadn’t been “rigged”. He offered a particularly grim vision of what America might look like should he retake the White House in 2024. “If I ever run for President and win . . . I would fight violent crime like never before.” he saidand noted how he dispatched federal forces to break up Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the summer of 2020.

It should come as no surprise that Trump’s speech at the NRA’s annual meeting, despite the enormity of what happened Tuesday in Uvalde, wasn’t much different from any of his other speeches. He spent a few minutes sulking over the week’s news – in this case 21 people, including 19 children, were slaughtered – before getting angry about the 2020 election.

He even danced a little at the end.

At least “Macho Man” wasn’t running.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/donald-trump-speech-nra-convention-1360038/ Trump Speaks at NRA Convention Days After Uvalde Massacre

Emma James

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