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Now Trump PRAISES the NRA as ‘great patriots’ who will do the right thing after saying he does want some new gun controls

  President Donald Trump gave emphatic support for the NRA Thursday, just hours after tweeting support for a pair of gun control measures.
‘What many people don’t understand, or don’t want to understand, is that Wayne, Chris and the folks who work so hard at the @NRA are Great People and Great American Patriots. They love our Country and will do the right thing. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!’ Trump tweeted.
He was referencing Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the powerful gun lobby, and Chris Cox, the executive director.
Trump didn’t elaborate on what it would mean for them to ‘do the right thing.’
Less than two hours before, Trump tweeted that he would be ‘strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks!’
The NRA has yet to issue a position on Trump’s call for a ban on bump stocks, where are used to make a semi-automatic weapon fire like an automatic. The Las Vegas shooter used the device.
LaPierre told CPAC Thursday the group would seek ‘real solutions’ to safety problems, and rejected new efforts to restrict guns. He called gun-free zones ‘wide open targets’ – a position echoed by Trump.
Trump didn’t amplify his comment on raising the age to 21, but he was likely referring to regulations that many states have on long guns including rifles. Many states also have 18 year age limits on handgun purchases.
Trump was the top recipient of NRA campaign contributions during the 2016 presidential election. The group spent $11 million on behalf of his campaign, and another $20 million against rival Hillary Clinton.
At the top of its web site Thursday, the NRA said LaPierre in an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program that Lapierre ‘let Dianne Feinstein, Chuck Schumer and their anti-gun minions know that the NRA will not tolerate their use of a tragedy in their war against the Second Amendment.’
Feinstein is the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and Schumer is the Senate Minority Leader.
The FBI is reportedly investigating whether Russian banker Alexander Torshin illegally funneled money to the NRA to help Trump.
Trump on Thursday defended his controversial proposal to have teachers be able to arm themselves using concealed carry permits to protect schools saying it would be a ‘GREAT DETERRENT’ to potential shooters.
He then endorsed a proposal to raise the minimum age for certain gun purchases to 21 – and urged Congress to pass legislation that mirrors his demand.
‘I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue - I hope!’ Trump wrote.
Bump stocks allow a semi-automatic weapon to operate more like a fully automatic weapon, and were used in the Las Vegas shooting.
Trump directed his attorney general on Tuesday to do what he needs to do to ban the weapon-enhancing accessories.
At a listening session with parents, teachers and students affected by gun violence at the White House yesterday Trump said his administration would ‘go very strongly to age’ restrictions on firearms purchases and ‘go very strongly to the mental health aspect’ of massacres like the ones at Parkland and Sandy Hook.
Trump also floated a proposal to arm teachers that had previously been advanced by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The posture faced immediate criticism from his own party, prompting Trump to launch a full-throated defense of his remarks this morning - even going so far as to say school shootings would end as a result. He claimed the force of ‘highly-trained’ teachers would be able to ‘fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions,’ neutralizing an attacker minutes before police officers would be able to arrive on the scene in the event on an incident.
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