Gun owners embrace Trump's message in Dallas – CNN

Trump came equipped with reassurances and a commitment to protecting gun owners’ Second Amendment rights. “Thanks to your activism and dedication, you have an administration fighting to protect your Second Amendment and we will protect your Second Amendment,” he said to a pumped-up crowd in a Dallas arena. “Your Second Amendment rights are under siege, but they will never ever be under siege as long as I am your President.” And at a time when gun control legislation is at the forefront of the national conversation, gun owners at the annual meeting said they are relieved to have Trump in the White House. “Our gun rights are in danger, but I do think that Trump is on our side,” Jan Ehmann, a Fort Worth, Texas, resident clad in an NRA hat, said as she waited in line for the speech with her husband, Pat. Following the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in February that killed 17 people, the White House heard the calls for change. Trump held an emotional listening session with those affected by gun violence, many of whom implored him to act. And in a separate meeting with lawmakers, Trump outlined some specifics: potentially expanding background checks, taking guns away from the mentally ill and raising the minimum age for purchase. He eventually backed off some of those policies, offering proposals for school safety funding and improvements in reporting to the background check system, measures supported by the NRA.

If Trump’s initial reaction to Parkland was cause for concern for any of the members, they weren’t surprised — that’s just part of his process. “I think some of that is reacting to the pressure of the moment. He gets a lot of input from the people around him. And that’s one

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