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.