In a fiery speech at the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) Annual Meeting 2023, former President Donald Trump spoke about protecting the Second Amendment and pledged to give teachers a tax credit if they take the time to be trained in firearms proficiency for defending their classrooms.
“I promise you this — with me at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue no one will lay a finger on your firearms,” the former president vowed.
President Trump at the @NRA: "I promise you this — with me at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue no one will lay a finger on your firearms."
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) April 14, 2023
Trump, who is running for president in 2024, told attendees of the NRA meeting about his plan to respond to school shootings.
Democrats continue to push for restrictions on law-abiding Americans’ Second Amendment rights, claiming that these unconstitutional acts would prevent mass shootings — despite the fact that many of these shootings occur in Democrat-controlled cities with strong gun control measures.
Republicans, on the other hand, have called for increased security at schools to allow for better protection of children — citing data showing that areas with higher levels of security have less instances of mass shootings.
Following that logic, Trump argued that “even if 5% of teachers” were trained in firearms proficiency, it would largely solve the problem of mass shootings at schools.
“I will also create a new tax credit to reimburse any teacher for the full cost of a concealed-carry firearm and training from highly qualified experts,” Trump said, according to excerpts of prepared remarks provided to Breitbart News.
“If even 5% of teachers were voluntarily armed and trained to stop active shooters, we would achieve effective deterrence and the problem would cease to exist,” he added.
The GOP presidential frontrunner also pointed out during his speech that mass shootings are “not a gun problem” but “a spiritual problem.”
“This is not a gun problem. This is a mental health problem. This is a social problem. This is a cultural problem. This is a spiritual problem,” Trump said.
President Trump at the @NRA on school shootings: "This is not a gun problem. This is a mental health problem. This is a social problem. This is a cultural problem. This is a spiritual problem." pic.twitter.com/F4rvRnJSf5
— MAGA War Room (@MAGAIncWarRoom) April 14, 2023
Trump went on to pledge that his second term agenda would include securing national reciprocity for concealed carry.
“I will ask Congress to send a bill to my desk delivering National Concealed Carry Reciprocity. Just like your driver’s license and marriage license, your Second Amendment must apply across state lines,” he stated.
BREAKING: Donald Trump calls for national concealed carry reciprocity at the NRA Convention: “Just like your driver's license or your marriage license, your Second Amendment must apply across state lines.”
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) April 14, 2023