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Why Trump’s Visit to the NRA Matters So Much for Conservatives

President Trump Friday became the first president since Ronald Reagan to address the NRA. Neither of the two Bushes made their way over there, let alone Clinton or Obama.

This means something. It goes straight to why a lot of conservatives cast their lot with Trump. They weren’t completely sure he was a conservative, but they suspected he might be and knew he wasn’t afraid. The reason this made him a better choice than more consistent conservatives, many figured, is that those others would in the end just cave to the Washington establishment and political correctness, like most politicians do.

Trump represented a chance to elect someone who would stand strong. That he went straight to the NRA meeting his first year in office suggests that this thinking was correct.

It takes guts to endure the wrath of those who hate the NRA. Trump has steel in him. And being a conservative president — and remaining a conservative president — requires a constitution comprised of just such an alloy.

From the White House transcript of Trump’s remarks:

We have news that you’ve been waiting for for a long time: The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end. (Applause.) You have a true friend and champion in the White House. No longer will federal agencies be coming after law-abiding gun owners. (Applause.) No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and your freedoms as Americans. Instead, we will work with you, by your side. We will work with the NRA to promote responsible gun ownership, to protect our wonderful hunters and their access to the very beautiful outdoors. You met my son — I can tell you, both sons, they love the outdoors. Frankly, I think they love the outdoors more than they love, by a long shot, Fifth Avenue. But that’s okay. And we want to ensure you of the sacred right of self-defense for all of our citizens.

The NRA’s Despicable Use of the Obama Girls

The National Rifle Association gave a disgusting performance the other day with its ad that used President Obama’s daughters to make its point in favor of putting armed guards in schools.

In case you haven’t seen it, the NRA accuses Obama of being a hypocrite for allowing armed guards for his daughters at their school but opposing them in schools nationwide:

Not only is it abhorrent to unnecessarily bring these innocent children into the debate, it doesn’t make any sense.

I think it may be a good idea to put armed guards in schools. With the proliferation of violent video games that inure children to violence, these attacks are going to get more frequent.

But the arguments against putting armed guards in schools have to do with whether it makes things more dangerous to put a gun in a school than not to, and whether the policy is affordable.

Sasha and Malia are protected by trained Secret Service agents because they in particular are potential targets, whereas the chances of anything happening at any one school somewhere in the nation are extremely low.

That said, the Obamas themselves have invited this kind of irresponsible focus on their kids by constantly highlighting them for political purposes. Obama refers to them in remarks, they appear in official White House photos, and a picture of the family was even used during the campaign to promote the president and raise money.

This is because the White House knows that a source of Obama’s political strength is his likability as a dad. The White House made a cold and irresponsible decision to use the Obama children.

The Clintons and the Bushes made it clear that their kids were off limits, and they didn’t talk about them or use them for political ends. And I don’t remember their children incurring any of the kinds of nonsense perpetrated by the NRA.

Hopefully, with the election past them, the Obamas will keep their children off the stage.