Donald Trump spoke at the NRA’s Leadership Forum in Louisville, KY on Friday, gladly accepting their endorsement for President. In his speech he spent a lot of time exaggerating “heartless Hillary” Clinton’s stance on gun control. But we already covered that set of lies.
Donald Trump was understandably very pro-gun in his speech to the NRA. He proposed eliminating gun-free zones, including schools and the White House. He warned that Clinton wanted to disarm the populace, and release violent criminals from prison, putting women at risk. It is not clear where Trump got these ideas, as Clinton has not vocalized them. The Clinton campaign responded that “along with the vast majority of Americans, Hillary Clinton believes there are common-sense steps we can take at the federal level to keep guns out of the hands of criminals while respecting the Second Amendment.”
Donald Trump has not always been so fervently in favor of guns. In his 2000 book The America We Deserve, he criticized the size and power of the gun lobby in the US, and stated “I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun.”
After the school shootings at Sandy Hook in 2012, President Obama made an emotional speech in support of the victims, and a call to come together as a country to find a solution to our gun problem. Trump responded on Twitter with “President Obama spoke for me and every American in his remarks in #Newtown, Connecticut.”
Trump has not held his own hotels and golf courses to his own standards however, as several of his properties are gun-free zones, even to guests with concealed carry permits. As of 2015 the Trump Tower and Hotel in Chicago is a gun-free zone, as is the Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles and Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk in Honolulu. If Trump feels so strongly about the safety of abolishing gun-free zones, perhaps he should start with his own hotels.