It is the second year running that Trump has addressed the gun-toting, hat-waving jamboree, but the first time since the school massacre in Parkland, Florida. He blogs about firearms and the Second Amendment. "They say it's as bad as a military war zone hospital".
The US President reiterated his call at the National Rifle Associationconvention insisting mass shootings occur in places where guns are banned. The crowd responded by cheering and shouting USA! USA!
Kasky brought up the shady corporations that were set up for the NRA that allowed them to accept funding from Russian donors that ultimately got funneled into the 2016 election into Trump.
"It seems that if we're going to outlaw guns like so many people want to do... you know what I'm going to say, we are going to have to outlaw immediately all vans and all trucks, which are now the new form of death for the maniac terrorists, right?" Pence then spoke of the horrific gun violence that Dallas has suffered. He eventually endorsed an NRA proposal to arm teachers, a step the group said would help prevent mass school shootings. "We must make that difference".
Despite the venue, Trump's talk of guns was limited as he dived into politics several times, starting with the endorsements for some of Texas' statewide officials who were in attendance.
Yet Pence flashed some combativeness as well, challenging the media to tell the "whole story to the American people about firearms in this country". The group said he was the best presidential candidate on gun policy in the last century.
"Freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction."
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence responded to Trump's focus on mental health, tweeting that "Mental health is a scapegoat".
While addressing the NRA convention in Dallas Friday, the president said 3.2 million jobs have been created since he was elected. Semi-automatic assault rifles are sold widely in the United States, which has the world's highest per capita gun ownership rates. NRA Youth Programs and partners - Royal Rangers, Boy Scots of America, National High School Rodeo youth, and the USA Shooting team will all be in attendence with programs planned throughout the day.
President Trump addressed the NRA crowd and stated that, as American citizens, they deserve a government that shows them the love and respect that they deserve by finally putting America first.
"We can not get complacent", Trump said again.
Sky News is reporting that Trump made a gun gesture with his fingers and shouted "boom".
Using a gathering of the thousands at the National Rifle Association as his platform, he dubbed an unknown London hospital "a war zone for frightful stabbing wounds".