During his speech at the annual NRA convention in Houston, former President Donald Trump stood up for gun rights, saying that the American people need the Second Amendment to protect against the “existence of evil.”
In his speech on Friday in front of the National Rifle Association conference, the former president argued that Democrats need to set aside their “far-left political agenda” and stop “blaming” their enemies because the focus should be on saving and protecting American children.
While most politicians just stop there, only offering meaningless platitudes, Trump instead went one step further, offering solutions. The former president called for schools to become “the single harshest target in our country” through allowing teachers to carry concealed firearms, and advocated for ending the policy that made schools “gun-free zones.”
“There’s no sign more inviting to a mass killer than a sign that declares a gun-free zone,” Trump said. “The most dangerous place. I know it sounds good and it really does, doesn’t it sound wonderful? But it’s not. And statistically it’s a total disaster. A gun-free zone, they look at that sign and they say ‘that’s where I’m going.’”
“We cannot have that because if somebody goes into that building, all of those innocent people will be taken out, will be killed, will be tortured. Bad things will happen, [we] have to get rid of it,” he continued.
“As the age-old saying goes, ‘the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,’” Trump added.
Another solution the former president proposed was to have an expertly trained member of the NRA at the school to protect the innocent from an armed bad guy. He then went on to criticize Democrats for wanting “complete gun confiscation” and placing the Second Amendment “under siege.”
“This would be a first step,” Trump said. “Once they get the first step, they’ll take the second step, the third, the fourth and then we’ll have a whole different look at the Second Amendment which is, by the way, totally under siege. But we stopped it for four years and we’ve got to stop it. But even if every decent and honest American gave up their guns, the criminals would never give up theirs and they never will. They’re never going to give up theirs.”
“The fact is there will always be sick and demonic souls who wish to harm the innocent and see malice and triumph over good,” he added. “But the existence of evil in our world is not a reason to disarm law-abiding citizens who know how to use their weapon and protect a lot of people. The existence of evil is one of the very best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens.”
Trump also pointed to the NRA’s mission to train and equip one million Americans for defending themselves, protecting “the vulnerable,” and “safeguarding the innocent.”
For evidence of the fact that guns actually save lives, a fact that the left likes to ignore, the former president cited FBI data which found that armed individuals took out four active shooters in the last year, saving “countless innocent lives.”
“Last year, there were four active shooters who were taken out by an armed civilian bravely exercising their Second Amendment rights,” Trump said. “Saving countless [of] innocent lives. That is what the Second Amendment is all about.”