Didn’t the NRA endorse Trump?
Yes, they did, so it will be interesting to get their take on this.
At a press conference with Donald Trump on Wednesday in Mexico City, President Enrique Peña Nieto said: “Every year, thousands of weapons and millions of US dollars in cash enter illegally into Mexico from the north, strengthening the cartels and other criminal organizations that create violence in Mexico.”
The National Rifle Association (NRA), one of Trump’s key conservative backers, has long rejected such claims, arguing that guns sold by American dealers and smuggled across the border are not a major driver of crime in Mexico.
Okay, if you count Obama and Eric Holder’s disastrous and corrupt Fast and Furious gun running operation, Nieto may have a point, but I don’t think that’s what he was referring to. The problems he mentioned have been going on for much longer, and presumably, the failed Fast and Furious operation was meant to try and track those cartels.
Unfortunately, Holder is an idiot.
With that understanding, the NRA and proponents of the Second Amendment should be watching like a hawk to see the man that earned their endorsement, and how he responds.
They didn’t have to wait long.
On Wednesday, however, in a largely conciliatory speech in Mexico City that preceded a more aggressive address on immigration at home in Arizona, Trump did not question Peña Nieto’s comment about guns. Instead, the Republican presidential candidate echoed the Mexican president’s longtime talking points.
“No one wins in either country when human smugglers and drug traffickers prey on innocent people, when cartels commit acts of violence, when illegal weapons and cash flow from the United States into Mexico,” Trump said.
This was very likely not what the NRA or those who hold a strong view of preserving our Second Amendment rights wanted to hear from the man they so heartily endorsed just several months ago.
Before the NRA’s endorsement, at its annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, some of the group’s members said they questioned whether Trump’s support for gun rights was genuine, and said they were concerned he might compromise on the issue if it proved politically expedient. Several prominent gun rights advocates, including some closely allied to the NRA, have spoken out against Trump.
Yeah… sometimes you really need to go with your gut. This is one of those situations where those who had doubts likely hate to be proven right, but they were.
For their part, the NRA have yet to make a comment on this latest left slant by their candidate. At this point, it’s highly likely that they’re hunkered down somewhere, desperately hoping this will blow over and that somebody with Trump’s ear is schooling him on what he said, in the meantime.