There are not many reasons to write anything positive about the National Rifle Association, however, leave it to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to give us one.
Following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history last week, Trump issued an insanely stupid and dangerous statement opining that if Pulse nightclub’s patrons were armed, the shooter would not have been able to kill as many people.
If some of those wonderful people had guns strapped right here, right to their waist, or right to their ankle, and this son of a bitch comes out and starts shooting, and one of the people in that room happened to have it and goes boom! boom! You know what, that would have been a beautiful, beautiful sight, folks,” Trump said in Arizona.
Trump said the same thing following the Paris attacks:
Do you really think that if there were people in the crowd, who were armed and trained, things would have turned out the same way?’
‘I don’t think so. They would have killed the terrorists. It makes sense,’ he said.
While Trump’s comments garnered him plenty of populist cheers from his legion of zombie supporters, his friends at the NRA could not bring themselves to co-sign his remarks. NRA’s chief lobbyist shot down Trump’s suggestion but also tried to “clarify” the billionaire’s idiotic remarks:
No one thinks that people should go into a nightclub drinking and carrying firearms. That defies commonsense. It also defies the law,” Chris Cox said on ABC’s This Week.
“It’s not what we’re talking about here,” he said. “What Donald Trump has said is what the American people know is commonsense, that if somebody had been there to stop this faster, fewer people would have died. That’s not controversial. That’s common sense.
It’s nice to see the NRA’s years of practice in bending logic and reason paying off when it comes to spinning for Trump.
Being made to look like his position was even more insane than the NRA’s was apparently too much, even for Trump. This morning, the Republican candidate did what he always did when he faced a humiliation. He corrected it by denying he ever said the other thing in the first place, despite it being a blatant lie.
When I said that if, within the Orlando club, you had some people with guns, I was obviously talking about additional guards or employees
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2016
Oddly enough, Trump happens to support a common-sense safety measure that the NRA opposes. Trump supports banning people on a terrorist watch list from buying guns, while the NRA stands in opposition to that proposal.
Leave it to the NRA to find a way to erase any credibility they’ve earned from being right on one issue, by advocating even more destructive policies.
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