On Wednesday, President Donald Trump held a televised round-table style meeting, featuring a bipartisan group of lawmakers, focused on discussing issues regarding potential gun control measures. During the meeting, Trump suggested that he is open to defying the wishes of the NRA, a move that left many Democrats pleased and some Republicans concerned.
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One of the points that stunned participants occurred when Trump seemed to express support for an assault weapon ban.
Trump was speaking with Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, about her interest in expanding background checks as a means of preventing domestic homicide and violence.
After listening to Klobuchar speak, Trump addressed Republican Senator Pat Toomey, representing Pennsylvania, and asked if the proposal, along with a proposal made by Senator Dianne Feinstein, could be added to the bipartisan bill that was being drawn up by Toomey and Democrat Joe Manchin.
Feinstein’s proposal includes a ban on assault weapons, leaving many Republicans startled when he expressed his support, and Feinstein elated.
“Dianne, if you could add what you have also, I think you can, into the bill,” Trump said as he addressed Toomey.
Feinstein had to struggle to maintain her composure as she pointed to Manchin and asked, “Joe, are you ready?”
“Joe, can you do that?” Trump added. “Can you add some of the things? I’ll help. Can you add what Amy and Dianne have?”
This wasn’t the only controversial point expressed by Trump during the meeting, as he also seemed to suggest he intended to defy the NRA.
“I’m a big fan of the NRA,” said Trump. “These are great people. These are great patriots. They love our country, but that doesn’t mean we have to agree on everything.”
After the meeting, according to the Daily Mail, the NRA called the event “great TV but bad policy that would not keep our children safe.”
Jennifer Baker, a spokeswoman for the NRA, responded to the meeting, saying, “Instead of punishing law-abiding gun owners for the acts of a deranged lunatic, our leaders should pass meaningful reforms that would actually prevent future tragedies.”