Donald Trump secures NRA endorsement as US faces one of its deadliest years on record

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Donald Trump has bagged the National Rifle Association’s endorsement, pledging to be a staunch defender of gun rights in a country still fiercely split on firearm regulations.

“We’ve got to get gun owners to vote,” Trump declared at the NRA Convention on May 18. “I think you’re a rebellious bunch. But let’s be rebellious and vote this time.”

Trump warned that the hot-button Second Amendment is hanging in the balance, claiming President Joe Biden is “coming for your guns.”

The US wrapped up the year with a grim tally of 42 mass killings and 217 fatalities, marking one of the bloodiest years to date.

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Donald Trump is seen wiping a tear with a tissue at a podium while speaking at an event in Texas. NRA branding is seen behind him.


Donald Trump is seen wiping a tear with a tissue at a podium while speaking
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The Biden administration has rolled out several measures to tackle gun violence, including a fresh rule designed to plug a gap that’s allowed a flood of firearms to be sold annually by unlicensed sellers skirting background checks.

Biden has called on Congress to outlaw so-called assault weapons and has established the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention under the watchful eye of Vice President Kamala Harris.

“Tonight, Donald Trump confirmed that he will do exactly what the NRA tells him to do – even if it means more death, more shootings, and more suffering,” fired back Biden spokesman Ammar Moussa, reacting to Trump’s remarks.

Yet Trump contends that the Second Amendment is “under siege” asserting that he stands as the “best friend gun owners have ever had in the White House.”

Trump, in his address, took aim at independent presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. branding him “radical left” and “a disaster,” while highlighting that Kennedy had previously labeled the NRA a “terror group.”

“Don’t think about it. Don’t waste your vote,” Trump urged. “He calls you a terrorist group, and I call you the backbone of America.”

Kennedy, in a subsequent Fox News interview, claimed amnesia regarding his 2018 tweet. “I don’t consider them a terror group, and I support the Second Amendment,” he clarified.

Some of Trump’s remarks have drawn fire. Following a school shooting in Iowa, Trump described the event as “very terrible” but suggested that “we have to get over it. We have to move forward.”

During his presidency, Trump vowed to toughen gun regulations. He asserted his opposition to the NRA’s stance on background checks, assuring Parkland mass shooting survivors that he would be “very strong” on enhancing the policy.

However, he later retreated, citing a lack of “not much political support.”

According to the most recent figures from the Gun Violence Archive, the state has experienced 159 mass shootings this year, including 11 mass murders and upwards of 6,200 homicides.

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