During his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump yelled, at an NRA gathering, “The Second Amendment is on the ballot in November. The only way to save our Second Amendment is to vote for a person that you all know named Donald Trump.”
Trump totally hates it when his critics attack him verbally.
Which is why we have noted, many times in these pages, that he wants to do away with the First Amendment, and replace it with the Second Amendment.
Assault weapons are readily available here in the land of the free and the home of the brave. The National Rifle Association, led by Wayne LaPierre, is dominated by manufacturers of guns and assault weapons, and the NRA notoriously gives megabucks to Republican political candidates, and watches their every vote.
After the most recent massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, students themselves have bravely stood up against the powerful gun lobby, demanding changes.
Trump is talking with Texas’ senior senator, John Cornyn, in the wake of the Sutherland, Texas, church shooting last year. The two Republicans seem to have (finally!) figured out that they have it in their power to curb the gun lobby, though modestly.
Trump's press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, just said that her boss supports improved background checks (https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/19/politics/trump-background-checks-florida/index.html).
But now LaPierre is fighting back, according to our ace associate solitary reporter, Susanna Sherman.
“Susanna,” LaPierre began, “it is the God-given right of every red-blooded American to have as many assault weapons as he or she wants, and they can do whatever they want to do with them.”
“Before he was a presidential candidate, Donald Trump supported the gun control nuts."
“So now that Trump is showing his true colors, the time has come for us freedom-loving Americans to take him down.”
“There’s a guy out there in Colorado named Dudley Brown, who runs Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, which is even more pro-gun than we are here in the NRA.”
“There’s also a Republican pol in Colorado named Tom Tancredo, who is even more anti-immigrant than Trump. Tancredo has run for governor of Colorado three times and he even ran for president in 2008 on an anti-immigrant platform. Tancredo ran against Colorado’s Democrat governor, John Hickenlooper, in 2014 by attacking Hickenlooper’s efforts to pass gun-control legislation.”
“We brave American citizens here at the NRA are going to primary Donald Trump in 2020, probably with Dudley Brown, or, if Dudley isn't willing to do it, then with Tancredo.”
A spokesman for Tancredo just told us via back channels that Tancredo, who bailed on his run for governor in 2018 because he couldn’t raise enough money, is salivating at the opportunity to occupy the White House. The spokesman said that Tancredo will say whatever the NRA wants him to say as long as they fund his presidential campaign.