President Trump Promised to Protect Second Amendment While Speaking at NRA Convention

Speaking on a wide list of topics reminiscent of a 2016 Trump rally, the President touched on immigration, North Korea and Kanye West - riffs that fired up the arena of NRA members, some of his strongest supporters during the election. "The rights given to us by God, including the right to self-defense".

The event is also drawing protests, including by those who lost loved ones to gun violence. "So, as to whether or not the NRA meeting changed his views, that's kind of up to speculation".

Kristin Brown, of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said Trump had offered mixed messages since the Parkland shooting.

Since the massacre in Parkland, Trump has made clear he would not back a ban on assault rifles, a key demand of the student protesters.

Despite the venue, Trump's talk of guns was limited as he dived into politics several times, starting with the endorsements for some of Texas' statewide officials who were in attendance. After that, Trump spoke for 25 minutes about an array of topics from the Russian Federation investigation, in which he praised a Virginia judge who had argued Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is operating with the sole aim of turning Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort against him, to the singer Kanye West, who he credited with raising his approval rating among African Americans.

"Full endorsement for this man - Ted Cruz", Trump said, looking out for the US senator. Trump has garnered 22 percent from this slice of America, up from 11 percent.

"All we hear about is this phony Russian Federation witch-hunt", Trump said to a booing crowd before distancing himself from Manafort, who is facing criminal bank fraud and other charges.

"Nobody has guns in Paris, nobody, and we all remember more than 130 people plus tremendous numbers of people that were horribly wounded", said Trump, referring to a 2015 terrorist attack.

One such gun owner was celebrated as the NRA program got underway Friday: Stephen Willeford, who helped take down the gunman in the Sutherland Springs church massacre past year.

It's something to remember when we all go to the polls this November.

President Trump's comments come after he suggested in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, in which 17 people were killed, that he would take on the powerful gun-rights group. "Best president yet", said Florida accountant Richard Brinkman, 62, who watched Trump's speech.

In a meeting with lawmakers, Trump even mocked Republican lawmakers over the power of the gun lobby, telling one GOP senator he was "afraid of the NRA". "Until we talk about the core issues, getting people jobs, getting the criminals off the streets, stopping the drug trade, we are going to be a unsafe country".

She says the NRA is necessary to protect the Second Amendment. "'Bye bye, I gotta get on the plane'".

He then ended his speech by quoting the Gonzalez flag.

"He's like Trump and he's very supportive and Christian-based which is strong for us families and prayer", said Texan Melody Strother. "Come over right here, increase", Trump stated dramatically. "Americans were born free, we live free, and we will die free".

  • Leroy Wright