Today, President Trump became the first president since Ronald Reagan to speak to the National Rifle Association. His message was simple: The Obama era is over and gun owners now have a “true friend” in the White House. From NBC News:
“The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end,” Trump told the members of the National Rifle Association, assuring them that they now “have a true friend and champion in the White House.”
“I will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms,” Trump said. “Never ever.”
After a minute’s long rehash of his election victory, Trump said, “You came through for me and I am going to come through for you.” “No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and freedoms as Americans,” Trump said.
As you may know, the Obama administration was actually a tremendous boon to the gun industry. President Obama was called the Gun-salesman-in-chief by some. From Forbes:
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for firearms manufacturers, reported that the total economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry in the U.S. increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $49.3 billion in 2015. The NSSF also reported that, in that same time period, the total number of full-time jobs related to gun making in the U.S. rose from about 166,000 to almost 288,000.
That growth was based partly on concern that the Obama administration would restrict Second Amendment rights. But now that there is a “true friend” of the NRA in the Oval Office, gun sales (based on FBI background checks) appear to be slumping.
In addition to his discussion of the Second Amendment and gun rights, President Trump also renewed his promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico. “We will build the wall no matter how low this number gets or how high this gets,” Trump said. He was apparently referring to polling which shows the wall is not especially popular. Trump had requested initial funding for the wall in a bill to keep the government running past today but Democrats labeled it a poison pill and demanded the funding be dropped.