The National Rifle Association “applauded” Trump’s action

“So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!” – Trump tweet 2-15-18

Trump Signs Bill Revoking Obama-Era Gun Checks for People With Mental Illnesses 

President Donald Trump quietly signed a bill into law Tuesday rolling back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun.

The rule, which was finalized in December, added people receiving Social Security checks for mental illnesses and people deemed unfit to handle their own financial affairs to the national background check database.

Had the rule fully taken effect, the Obama administration predicted it would have added about 75,000 names to that database.

President Barack Obama recommended the now-nullified regulation in a 2013 memo following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 first graders and six others dead. The measure sought to block some people with severe mental health problems from buying guns.

The original rule was hotly contested by gun rights advocates who said it infringed on Americans’ Second Amendment rights. Gun control advocates, however, praised the rule for curbing the availability of firearms to those who may not use them with the right intentions.

Both the House and Senate last week passed the new bill, H.J. Res 40, revoking the Obama-era regulation.

Trump signed the bill into law without a photo op or fanfare. The president welcomed cameras into the oval office Tuesday for the signing of other executive orders and bills. News that the president signed the bill was tucked at the bottom of a White House email alerting press to other legislation signed by the president.

The National Rifle Association “applauded” Trump’s action. Chris Cox, NRA-ILA executive director, said the move “marks a new era for law-abiding gun owners, as we now have a president who respects and supports our arms.”

Everytown For Gun Safety President John Feinblatt said he expected more gun control rollbacks from the Trump administration. In a statement to NBC News, he called the action “just the first item on the gun lobby’s wish list” and accused the National Rifle Association of “pushing more guns, for more people, in more places.”

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., a leading gun control advocate in Congress, called out Republicans over the move.

“Republicans always say we don’t need new gun laws, we just need to enforce the laws already on the books. But the bill signed into law today undermines enforcement of existing laws that Congress passed to make sure the background check system had complete information,” he said in an emailed statement.

The National Rifle Association spends a huge sum of money to defend their perception of the 2nd Amendment. It is opposed to every form of gun regulation, including restrictions on owning assault weapons, retention of databases of gun purchases, background checks on purchasers at gun shows and changes in the registration of firearms.

In 2016, the NRA placed a multi-million dollar bet on Donald Trump and six Republican Senate candidates. NRA, CEO Wayne LaPierre even stated “The NRA stood with Donald Trump during the darkest days of that campaign. We never wavered.” The organization poured $50.2 million into the 2016 campaigns and lost only one race, an open seat in Nevada, vacated by the Democratic Minority Leader, Harry Reid. That race cost the NRA roughly $2.5 million. In North Carolina, the NRA spent $6.2 million on the incumbent Republican Sen. Richard Burr, the most it has ever invested in a down-ballot race.

A wall, a travel ban or kicking undocumented people out of this country wouldn’t have prevented “the Florida shooter” from attaining a AR-15 and slaughtering 17 people most of them children at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Trump, the NRA, Republicans, Conservatives and the Al-right made sure that wouldn’t happen.

“The eight year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end. You have a true friend and champion in the White House. No longer will federal agencies be coming after law-abiding gun owners. No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and your freedoms as Americans.” – Trump speech in Atlanta to roughly 10,000 NRA members.   

The New York Times Opinion: Thoughts and Prays and N.R.A. Funding

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14 Responses to The National Rifle Association “applauded” Trump’s action

  1. Suze says:

    Trump is complicit in the murder of those children and teachers. so is each and every lawmaker that approved the reversal of the ban on the assault-style long guns, ie AR15, etc.
    Every citizen that screams 2nd amendment while supporting the NRA and failing to be responsible about ownership is complicit. Everyone that voted to reverse the mental health/gun ownership ban is complicit.
    We need to change the focus to how many people need to die..how much blood do you need on your hands before you will speak AND ACT about gun control? We need to vote out each and every lawmaker who refuses to make our country safer with rational laws.

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  2. Nan says:

    First … it matters not WHAT the measure/law/regulation is or what it does or how it might benefit this country … so long as it’s attached to Obama, tRump has decreed it has to go!

    This man is going to literally be the death of hundreds before he leaves office. Take that as far-reaching as you wish.

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  3. We pride ourselves on our freedoms, yet we remain tied to the NRA by our navel strings.

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  4. Scottie says:

    I learned today that the major funding for the NRA is not the members as I thought, but the gun manufacturers themselves. The people have been sold a bill of goods by the big companies that produce and profit from the very guns people are told they need. One thing sells stuff better than sex and that is fear. Remember the call waiting adverts from so long ago. A young girl on a dark street in a bad area calls home to get a ride and the phone is busy…she is so scared. Moms and dads bought more phone services. Today the people in the US are constantly fed a diet of fear and lies which produce more fear. I remember the stupid claims the military exercises in Texas were going to be really rounding of of people, taking their guns, and putting them in camps made from old walmart buildings. The fear is daily from the White house and this administration which calls everyone who is non-white and male a threat. I just read this headline on the Joe. My. God. web site. Fox News Host Greg Gutfeld: Kids Are “Soft Targets” For Terrorists And Should Be Taught Hand-To-Hand Combat . So more fear. People afraid cling to what they think will make them safe. Hey guns are the big equalizer right? I may not be tough, I may be small, or fat, I may be out of shape, but boy people will fear me, respect me if I get a big enough gun, Right? Plus I could be the hero if I carry my gun every where and someshit goes down. I will shoot the bad guy and get the sex right, be on TV and people will love me. Every study shows this is incorrect. But hey who reads studies. Hugs

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    • I read a guys tweet the other day, a retired combat Marine, that said we don’t have a gun problem we have an American male problem. Trump isn’t help them either, being such a “tough” guy himself. My guess is Trump is a pussy. All bark. Couldn’t punch his way out of a wet paper bag.

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  5. SRiLeyLc says:

    Honestly I am not a gun owner but I am also not anti gun. If someone wants to kill someone they are going to do so with or without a gun. Guns do not kill people. People kill people take a look at my newest post and please be honest with your thoughts and leave a comment for others https://crazybeautifulblogs.wordpress.com/2018/04/03/gunsguns-more-guns-2/

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    • I am not anti-gun I am anti-what the hell do you need seven AR-15’s for? And sorry, this country has moved beyond guns don’t, people do or if you take only the criminals will have them slogans. Kids are being killed and a slogan isn’t going to solve that. I am tired of kids getting killed. I am tired of the NRA and I am tired of the politicians doing nothing.

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      • SRiLeyLc says:

        I agree with the politicians doing nothing but its not a sloagan as much as it is a reality people really kill people. As for kids being killed its just sick and sad. Definately not something that should be happening but i think it all starts with society as a whole looking at the bigger picture. We can control laws on guns and any other weapon we can think of but half the time there are so many children just left flapping in the wind because parents either cant be there because of finances or they just flat out suck. People are not open to the realities of life in general they are ignorant to children and teens needs. The kids suffer because of lack of understanding ans support and then because of judgement and ridicule they turn into monsters but make no mistake the kids that kill other kids are just kids themselves. Sad misguided unsupported children that people have left to fall beyond help. And instead of being open to their feelings they are shamed and pushed to the side because they are different. Theirs a much bigger picture to whats going on in the world. Check out my other blogs noted at the bottom of this post to see where Im coming from. I respect your comment though. And I also believe that AR15s for should not be available to the general public but at the same time if a war ever comes to us and one day it very well might everyone will be singing a different tune. So its all in the eyes of the beholder.

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      • SRiLeyLc says:

        Thank you for your comment and view point hope to hear more of your thoughts over time enjoy your night

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