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President Trump Delivers Remarks at the National Rifle Association Forum


The President: Thank you.
Thank you. (applause) Well, I want to thank
Chris and Wayne. I’m thrilled to be here
in Indiana with the men
and women of the NRA. You are great
American patriots. (applause) Chris Cox, Wayne LaPierre,
Oliver North — I’ve been following Oliver
for a long time. Great guy. Three extraordinary champions
for the Second Amendment. And I’m a champion
for the Second Amendment and so are you.
It’s not going anywhere. (applause) It’s under assault. It’s under assault
but not when we’re here. Not even close. I also want to thank
our tremendous Vice President
and Indiana’s native son. Mike Pence has done
a fantastic job. (applause) And we’re grateful to be joined
by a number of terrific leaders from the Hoosier State:
Governor Eric Holcomb. Where is Eric? You can’t miss Eric.
He’s so big. (applause) Thank you, Eric. Senator Todd Young,
terrific guy. (applause) Thank you, Todd.
Senator Mike Braun. What a job he’s doing. (applause) And Representative Greg Pence —
familiar name. Thank you, Greg. (applause) Jackie Walorski.
Jackie, thank you. (applause) Jim Baird and Jim Banks —
great representatives. Thank you all very much. (applause) Tremendous help. Tremendous. I also want
to recognize Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. What a job he’s been doing.
David, thank you. Thank you. (applause) A great friend of mine,
Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin. (applause) Thank you, Matt. And the House GOP Whip — a man with more courage
than most of us here today. He took some very,
very severe shots — you know that — by a madman.
And he’s stronger and better. I actually told him backstage,
I said, “You’re much more handsome
than you were two years ago.” I don’t know what’s going on. And he is. Steve Scalise.
A lot of courage. Thank you. (applause) Thank you, Steve. Most importantly, I want
to thank all of you, the proud, card-carrying
members of the NRA. (applause) Every day, you stand up
for our God-given rights without exception, without fail,
and without apology. Together, we are fighting
for the timeless values that have built
and sustained our nation. And our nation is greater today
than it has ever been. Stronger, richer. We’re doing
better than ever before. We are great Americans.
You’re doing a great job. (applause) Thank you. Thank you. We believe in the rule of law. And we will always protect
and defend the Constitution
of the United States. (applause) And there are some people
that are running right now; I don’t think they have
that number one on their list. We believe that children should
be taught to love our country, honor our history, and always respect
our great American flag. (applause) And we believe in the right
to self-defense and the right
to protect your family, your community,
and your loved ones. We believe in the wisdom
of our Founders. And we believe in freedom
and liberty and the right to keep
and bear arms. (applause) We know that faith and family,
not government and bureaucracy, are the center
of American life. And above all else,
we know this: In America, we don’t worship
government; we worship God. (applause) Every day of my administration, we are taking power
out of Washington, D.C. and returning it
to the American people, where it belongs. (applause) And you see it now better
than ever, with all of the resignations
of all of the bad apples. They’re bad apples. They tried for a coup;
didn’t work out so well. (applause) And I didn’t need a gun
for that one, did I? (Laughter.) All was taking place at the
highest levels in Washington, D.C. You’ve been watching,
you’ve been seeing. You’ve been looking at things that you wouldn’t have believed
possible in our country. Corruption at the highest
level — a disgrace. Spying, surveillance,
trying for an overthrow. And we caught them.
We caught them. (applause) Who would have thought
in our country? But it’s called what we
all together have done — started two and a half years ago
on that great November 8th. That was a great day.
Remember that day? (applause) Great day. And in a year
and a half, we have one called
“November 3rd.” It’s November 3rd this time.
Get ready to vote. You better.
You better get ready to vote. But it’s all called
“draining the swamp,” and we are doing it faster than
anyone ever thought possible. Very proud of that. (applause) And around the world,
America is respected again because we are finally
putting America first. Been a long time. Our economy is now the hottest
anywhere on the planet Earth. Just this morning,
we learned that the GDP
smashed expectations, with the economy growing
at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the first quarter — always the worst quarter
for whatever reason. 3.2. (applause) And if we kept the same
interest rates and the same quantitative easing that the previous
administration had, that 3.2 would have been
much higher than that. But they hadn’t hit
these numbers in 16 years. We had a tremendous increase
in inventory investment. You know what that means. And — listen to this — a very
big increase in net exports. Isn’t it about time?
Isn’t that nice? (applause) We’ve added almost 6 million
jobs since my election. And if I would have said
that during the campaign, all of those people back there —
we call them the “fake news” — they wouldn’t have believed it.
They’re fake. Audience:  Booo —
The President: They’re fake. Blue-collar jobs recently grew
at the fastest rate in more than three decades. Nearly 5 million Americans have
been lifted off of food stamps since our election. (applause) Wages are rising fast,
and the lowest-paid workers are making the biggest
percentage gains of all. And that’s nice to hear.
It’s about time. (applause) Unemployment recently achieved
its lowest rate in 51 years, and very shortly,
it should be its lowest rate in the history
of our country. (applause) African
American, Asian American,
Hispanic American — have reached the lowest levels
of unemployment in our history. (applause) America’s future
has never been brighter, and yet Democrats
have never been angrier, especially now that
their “collusion delusion” has been exposed to the world
as a complete and total fraud. (applause) It’s been the greatest political
hoax ever in our country. Instead of working with us
to rebuild our infrastructure, lower drug prices —
which, by the way, this year, for the first time in 50 years,
drug prices went down. (applause) They’re going to go down
a lot lower. And instead of working with us
to fix our trade deals — which I’m doing without them — and continue creating millions
and millions of new jobs, which we’re doing at a level
that people have not seen before,
that people don’t even believe, Democrats are obsessed
with hoaxes, delusions, and witch hunts. It’s what they’re obsessed with.
That’s what they want to do. And we can play the game just
as well or better than they do. (applause) Far-left radicals in Congress want to take away your voice,
your jobs, your rights, and they especially want
to take away your guns. You know that. They want
to take away your guns. You better get out there
and vote. You better get out there
and vote. It seems like
it’s a long ways away. It’s not. I was saying to Melania,
our great First Lady, whose birthday it is today.
Happy birthday, Melania! (applause) I remember standing,
two and a half years ago, in the same hallway
where Abraham Lincoln and so many others have stood. My first night
in the White House and I said to Melania —
I said, “This is incredible.” And four years seemed
so long away. And now here we are. We’re getting ready
to start up the campaign again. Start up the campaign again. (applause) I never want to do anything
with MAGA because MAGA country
and MAGA — “Make America Great Again”
has been great, but we’ve really made it great. We’ve made it great.
We’ve brought it back. And we’re thinking about —
slogan: “Keep America Great.” Because you have socialists
and far-left Democrats that want to destroy
everything that we’ve done. Your 401(k)s
are going through the roof. Your stock market,
since the election, has hit a record high. Almost a hundred different
records I’ve broken. Record high. But everyone is like
a genius now. They buy stock
and they’re all up. Everybody is benefitting
and jobs are benefitting. But it can all be taken away when you start putting
the wrong people in office. We’ve cut regulations
more than any President in the history our country.
And that’s in two years. In two years, we did
more to regulation — (applause) — think of that —
than any President in the history of our country. It’s one of the reasons
our jobs are booming; one of the reasons
the economy is booming. We gave you the largest tax cut
in the history of our country. The biggest, ever. (applause) And we got ANWR approved. And we got
the individual mandate, the absolute worst part
of Obamacare, eliminated. Now we’re going for the rest. (applause) And we had it done
except for one vote. You know what I’m talking about.
One vote. In recent days, leading Democrats
have proposed banning new guns and confiscating existing guns
from law-abiding citizens. What they don’t tell you
is the bad guys aren’t giving up their guns. And you’re not going to be
giving up your guns either. (applause) At the same time,
House Democrats recently voted
against notifying ICE — these brave, great, talented,
brilliant patriots — when an illegal alien
attempts to buy a gun, which is a felony. Democrats also support
sanctuary cities that release thousands
of dangerous criminal aliens onto our streets. In fact, they like the criminal
aliens and aliens so much that when we’re forced
to release them into our country because of the horrible
immigration laws that the Democrats
refuse to give us the votes — we need some of
their votes to change — we give them as many
as they can handle. (applause) And they’re not too happy
about it, folks. They’re not too happy. They said, “Who came up
with that idea?” (Laughter.) They said, “Only Trump
could come up with that idea.” (Laughter and applause.) We give them as many
as they can handle. In other words, Democrats want
to disarm law-abiding Americans while allowing criminal aliens
to operate with impunity. But that will never happen
as long as I’m your President. Not even close. (applause) I promise to defend
the Second Amendment rights of every American,
and I always will. I’ll never let you down. (applause) Never let you down.
I haven’t so far, and I won’t. Because as the famous
saying goes, when guns are outlawed,
only outlaws will have guns. Very simple. (applause) The Democrats are also working
hard to block the wall, but we are building the wall.
They’re not happy about it. And we will have over
400 miles of wall built by the end
of next year. (applause) We’re building a lot of wall, and I want to thank
Border Patrol. I want to thank
our great military. And I want to thank
the Army Corps of Engineers. They’ve been incredible. And we are doing something
that I could do very quickly, and we’re doing it
very quickly. But dealing with these people
is very, very difficult, if you haven’t noticed, okay? Any politician would’ve
given up a long time ago. So we’ll have over
400 miles of wall built by the end of next year.
It’s going up rapidly. Rapidly. (applause) We’re also renovating
tremendous stretches of wall. We have wall that’s in bad shape
but it’s structurally sound. And rather than building new,
we renovate it. We make it as good as new,
save a lot of money, and we gain
a lot of territory. So we have a lot
of great things going. A lot of great things going. (applause) Most importantly,
Democrats must change our immigration laws right now. Right now. We can do it in —
I used to say 45 minutes. We can do it in 15 minutes.
It’s very simple. You know the programs;
they’re horrible. The asylum — where rough, tough
MS-13 gang members come in. You don’t want to meet
with these people, but ICE doesn’t mind because
ICE is throwing them out of our country
by the thousands. And the Democrats
want to eliminate ICE. Can you believe that? (applause) Boy, oh, boy. But it’s incredible
what they’ve done. It’s incredible
what we’ve done. But they stand there — asylum —
and they read a statement, “I am afraid for my life. I am afraid to go back
to my country. I want to be an American!” And you look and you see
a toughness that you don’t see. And you just see what happens with the mayor
of Tijuana and others. They say, “These people,
we try and help them, and they start hitting us.
They start punching us.” We don’t want them
in our country, and they’re not getting
into our country. And when they have in the past —
a lot of them have come in — we’re throwing them
the hell out. They’re out.
We’re getting them out. (applause) But we can fix the problem
so easy. And when we fix the problem —
the wall is one thing. And that will have
an incredible impact. But they won’t even be coming up
if we change our old, broken, ridiculous,
weak immigration laws. They won’t even be coming up.
They won’t make the journey. The wall is still good to have.
We need the wall. But all of those people
you see coming up — thousands
and thousands of people — they won’t be coming
because they’re going to say, “There’s no way we can get
into the United States anymore, except by going
through legal channels.” And what we want
is we want people. We need them for all of
the great companies that are coming in. But people have to come
into our country legally and through merit.
Through merit. (applause) One of the gravest threats
to the Second Amendment, and to American freedom itself,
are activist judges. You see it every day.
Every day. They almost always file in
a certain little jurisdiction; I won’t tell you what it is,
but you all know. Every time we get sued
on the ban, which we ended up winning —
you know, we have the ban. We lost in the Ninth Circuit;
we shouldn’t have. We lost in the Ninth Circuit
Court of Appeals, which we shouldn’t have. And we won at the
United States Supreme Court. So we have the ban.
Travel ban. But the reporters —
the other day, some reporter said, “Donald Trump,
who lost the travel ban…” I didn’t lose it. Well, what he meant:
I lost it in the Ninth Circuit. But he didn’t say we won at the
United States Supreme Court. So everybody said, “Oh,
that’s too bad. He lost the…” No, no. We won the travel ban in
the United States Supreme Court. (applause) But they don’t say that. So when we confronted them,
they said, “No, we were referring
to the lower courts.” I said, “What about
the upper court? They ruled. It’s done.” “Well, we weren’t talking
about the Supreme Court. We were saying you lost…” These are very,
very dishonest people, okay? (applause) Audience:   Booo —
The President: Nobody gets it. Why? They’re opposed
to strong military. They’re opposed to all of
the things we’ve done, including making
our nation wealthy, including high GDPs,
including all of the security and all of the law enforcement,
all of the things we’re doing. It’s incredible.
Nobody understands it. Someday, we’re going
to figure it out, and I’ll feel
much better about it. But why are they
opposed to things that truly make
our country great? Why? Nobody gets it.
I don’t get it. The level of dishonesty
and corruption in the media is unbelievable. (applause) But we’re stuck with
activist judges who seek to rewrite
our Constitution to force their own radical views
onto our country. That is why my administration
has led a historic effort to confirm fair and impartial
and mostly conservative judges who will interpret
the Constitution as written. (applause) And I’m very proud to announce that we will soon have
145 federal judges confirmed — a record number — including
two great Supreme Court judges — (applause) — Justice Gorsuch,
Justice Kavanaugh. (applause) Two fantastic justices. In fact, next week, we will
confirm our 100th federal judge. Nobody knows what that means. The percentage is incredible.
Nobody knows what that means. And in the end,
I expect to have the second-highest percentage
of judges confirmed in the history
of the United States — more than any other President,
except one — I’ll never beat this one —
percentage of judges approved. You know who the one is?
Take a guess. George Washington.
He gets 100 percent. (applause) No, he had 100 percent.
He named every one of them. But you know what?
We’ll have more of them. George Washington. But we’re also defending free
speech on our college campuses. (applause) Last month, I signed
an executive order requiring public colleges
and universities to respect the First Amendment rights
of their students, or risk losing tens of billions
of dollars in federal funding. If you don’t want
to hear another voice, you don’t get all of
this tremendous amount — in some cases,
ridiculous amounts of dollars. (applause) And we have shut down
the previous administration’s massive abuse of power known
as Operation Choke Point. (applause) Under this ill-advised program, government bureaucrats
discouraged banks from making loans
to gun retailers — a backdoor attack
on private gun ownership that will never be allowed
to happen on my watch. That’s step one, folks. (applause) Step one. You know what step
two, three, and four is. Step four is:
You don’t have guns. You don’t have any way
to protect yourself. Today, I’m proud to announce
another historic step to protect your
Second Amendment rights. And I didn’t tell Chris
and Wayne and Oliver; I didn’t even
tell them about it. So they’re listening
in this big room someplace, and they’re saying, “I wonder what
he’s going to do.” The good thing with me:
You never know. (Laughter and applause.)
Never know. That’s why
we’re making trade deals that are so good
for our country. So, in the last administration, President Obama signed
the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. And in his waning days
in office, he sent the treaty
to the Senate to begin
the ratification process. This treaty threatened
your subjugate — and you know exactly
what’s going on here — your rights
and your constitutional and international rules and
restrictions and regulations. Under my administration, we will never surrender
American sovereignty to anyone. (applause) We will never allow
foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment
freedom. And that is why my
administration will never ratify the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.
I hope you’re happy. (applause) I’m impressed; I didn’t think
too many of you would really know what it is.
You what it is? A big, big factor. But I see a couple of very happy
faces from the NRA over there. And I am officially
announcing today that the United States
will be revoking the effect of America’s
signature from this badly misguided treatment [agreement].
We’re taking our signature back. (applause) The United Nations will soon
receive a formal notice that America is
rejecting this treaty. (applause) As part of this decision,
I will sign right now, in front of a lot of witnesses —
a lot — (applause) — it’s a lot of witnesses —
a message asking the Senate to discontinue
the treaty ratification process and to return the now-rejected
treaty right back to me, in the Oval Office,
where I will dispose of it. (applause) By taking these actions, we are reaffirming that
American liberty is sacred and that American citizens
live by American laws, not the laws
of foreign countries. Thank you. (applause) [The President
holds up document.] They all want the pen.
Can you believe these people? (Laughter.)
Should I give it to them? Audience:   Yeah! The President: Famous pen. As we protect gun rights
for law-abiding citizens, we are also getting guns out of
the hands of violent criminals. When I took office
two years ago, one of my highest priorities
was to reduce violent crime. In the two years
before my inauguration, the murder rate had increased
by more than 20 percent, and the United States had
experienced the largest increase in violent crime
in over 25 years. For this reason, my administration resurrected
Project Safe Neighborhoods, bringing together prosecutors,
police, sheriffs, and citizens groups to put the most dangerous
offenders behind bars. We funded 200 new violent
crime prosecutors. We charged a record number
of criminal offenders. And last year, we prosecuted
the most violent criminals ever in our history. And now, violent crime
is way down. Murders in America’s
largest cities dropped by 6 percent
between 2017 and 2018. But I do have to ask you: What the hell is
going on in Chicago? What is going on? (applause) We could solve that problem. We would’ve been down
even a lot more. And it’s not a tough problem
to solve. You got to let law enforcement
do what they have to do. They’ll solve the problem
very quickly. Very quickly. (applause) We don’t think enough
about the victims. They’re too worried about
the people that cause the crime. It’s got to stop.
That thought process is no good. The number of police officers
shot and killed in the line of duty last year, I’m so happy to report,
is down 21 percent compared to the year before. (applause) And that was the year
before I took office. One of the reasons is that
we are supplying police with surplus
military equipment, supplies, and gears that
the previous administration refused to give up.
This is surplus. This is extra. We don’t need it.
Great equipment. Sitting in warehouses
all over the country. Billions of dollars of equipment that the military
no longer needs or wants or uses,
but the top of the line. Some of it has never been used —
brand new — from vehicles to, essentially,
supplies of all kind, including bulletproof vests. And rather than having it
sit and draw dust, I had it distributed
all over the country to our police departments. (applause) And that’s why you see these
numbers. It’s a great thing. You know, a lot of being
President is common sense, right? Don’t you think? Right?
Common sense. (applause) Have a good heart,
but it’s common sense. In this administration,
we will always stand with the heroes
of law enforcement. They’re heroes. (applause) They’re brave. They’re great. And they will tell you
they haven’t felt so proud of themselves
for many years, because they were abandoned
by Washington. They were abandoned
by our politicians. And not just the Obama
administration — before that. They felt abandoned. Well, they know
that I love them, and we’re going to protect them
just like they protect us. (applause) Incredible people. Great people. We’ve also taken critical steps
to improve school safety. More than 30 states
now allow teachers that are highly trained — highly trained,
talented people — to carry guns in the classroom
to protect themselves and to protect their students,
who they love. (applause) Who’s better? Who’s better? I’ve been calling for that
for the last two years, and I think we had a big impact.
Some legislations passed, and they don’t have
the few paragraphs, and the legislators actually
go back to governors and say, “We’re not passing it unless
you allow that to happen.” So we’ve come a long way. But who’s better
to protect our students than the teachers
that love them? Through STOP
School Violence grants, we are helping local schools
and police departments to hire more officers,
train more teachers, and address early warning signs
of mental illness. (applause) Every day, citizens
across America exercise their constitutional
right to defend themselves, their families,
and their communities. That’s a constitutional right. (applause) They want to take it away
from you. They will take it away. You let these maniacs
get into office, they will take that right away.
I mean, you see what’s going on. “Let the Boston bomber vote.
He should be voting.” Right?
I don’t think so. “Let terrorists
that are in prison vote.” I don’t think so.
Can you believe it? But this is where some of
these people are coming from. And they’re
the most popular ones. When Bernie Sanders made certain
statements the other day, I said, “Well, that’s the end
of his campaign.” Then, what happened is
everybody agreed with him. (Laughter.)
Or most of them. We know that the only way
to stop a bad guy with a gun
is a good guy with a gun. (applause) Now, I wanted to be a little bit
more original than to use a phrase that you
probably heard a thousand times. But what’s a better phrase
than that? We can’t do better.
How simple is that? Today, I want to give a few
of these brave citizens the chance to share
their stories directly with the American people.
A lot of television back there. Of course, when I start
going after them, you watch those
red lights go off. They don’t want any part of it.
They turn those lights. Then they come back.
They need the ratings. (Laughter and applause.)
They come back. In fact, at a certain point, I think they’ll probably
all endorse me, because would they be dead
without me? Can you imagine? Can you imagine having some
nice, boring person get up here? Well, they wouldn’t be up here. They would be as far away
from you as possible. (applause) April Evans joins us
from Virginia. One night in 2015,
she was home alone with her two-year-old daughter when an intruder broke
into her home violently. April took care of it.
April, please come up. Please, April. (applause) Ms. Evans: My husband is
a police officer and he works night shift.
One night, he was at work, and my daughter
and I were home alone. Someone started banging
so hard on the door it broke in two places.
He demanded that I let him in. I called 911 and I went
to my room to get the gun. I heard a loud crash, and when I came out
to the hallway to see, he was running towards me
with a look in his eyes that I’ll never forget. I shot him twice
and I held him at gunpoint until the police arrived. (applause) This event was something
that changed my life. I’ve never been more afraid
but I’ve been standing strong. And I’ve told my story
again and again, because with each person I told,
they stood a little taller knowing that if I could
protect myself and my family, that they could too. Protecting my family
would not be possible without the right to bear arms. It’s an issue that’s obviously
close to my heart. If these rights
had been taken from us, I may not be
standing here today and I may not have a healthy,
now-six-year-old daughter. I’d like to thank you,
Mr. President, for your unapologetic stance
on our right to bear arms. I truly believe
those rights saved my life and the life of my daughter
that night. (applause) Thank you. The President: Thank you,
April. She was able to defend herself. Also with us is Mark Vaughan, who owns a meat
processing plant in Oklahoma. When an employee
began attacking coworkers with a knife viciously
and violently, Mark drew his gun and
ended the assault immediately, saving countless innocent lives.
Mark, please come up. (applause) Mr. Vaughan: Thank you,
Mr. President. Welcome all. I got a call late one
Thursday afternoon while I sitting at my office. A frantic call from
our customer service group said an attacker
with a knife was victimizing people
in our office. I ran to my vehicle,
ran the 100 yards to the other end of our complex.
It was a very chaotic scene: screaming, crying,
blood everywhere. I immediately entered
the building, ran down a hall — I immediately entered
a building, ran down a hallway, and saw a man attacking
a woman in the neck and head with a large knife. I yelled. He stopped,
paused for a moment, and ran at full speed toward me.
At about 18 feet, I fired three rounds
from my AR-15 Carbine — (applause) — immediately incapacitating
the subject. He was a determined attacker.
Unbeknownst to me, moments before,
he had decapitated a coworker and had targeted several others
in our operation to be attacked that day. I was able to take that action
because I had a gun and I was prepared to use it. These are central missions
of the NRA. And I thank you, NRA,
for that, and everyone here. (applause) We have but one true thing — one true mission
before us today, and that’s to come together
like we never have before to preserve
our foundational freedom to bear arms
in the defense of ourselves, those we love,
those we seek to protect, and most importantly,
our liberty. Lastly, I’d like
to express gratitude. No other President in
our lifetime has stood with us so strongly in defense of our
Second Amendment rights. Thank you, Mr. President. (applause) The President: Thank you, Mark.
I appreciate that. Thank you very much.
Great job. Thank you. Finally, Stephen Willeford
joins us from Sutherland Springs,
Texas — great state of Texas — (applause) — where a mass shooter
opened fire at the First Baptist Church
— you all read about it — in November 2017,
taking many innocent lives. Wonderful,
wonderful people. Stephen heroically
risked his life to bring the horrible
violence to an end. Stephen, please come up
and say a few words. (applause) MR. WILLEFORD:  I would like
to thank, first, the NRA for this opportunity, and then I would like
to thank our President for this opportunity. On November 5th, 2017, I was home because
I normally started — I was going to start
my on-call at the hospital, where I work as an emergency
plumber during on-call and could be called lot. So I stayed home
from church that day because I wanted to get rest.
It wasn’t to happen. My daughter came into my bedroom
and said, “Dad, doesn’t that sound
like gunfire to you?” I ran to my window thinking it was someone
tapping at the window. And she said,
“No, come into the kitchen,” where I immediately said,
“It is gunfire.” My daughter was an NRA
distinguished expert when she was eight years old. (applause) All three of my children —
my other daughter and my son — were NRA distinguished experts by the time
they were eight years old. I was an NRA instructor. I ran to my safe,
and my daughter ran outside — ran out to her car,
got in the car, and ran reconnaissance for me. She ran up to the corner
and came back while I was getting a gun
out of my safe and loading it. And she said, “Dad, there’s
a man in black tactical gear shooting up the church.”
And I said, “Did you call 911?” And she said, “I did.
They’re aware of it.” Right away, they told me police
were coming but I couldn’t wait. I couldn’t wait. Our police department
in Wilson County has some of the best officers
in this world and they were racing
as fast as they could, but my community
couldn’t wait for them. I ran out the door and I told
my daughter to load another magazine for me
because I gave her busy work. I didn’t want her
to be there if I failed. And I didn’t want her to be
there for a target for him. The Holy Spirit took over me
at that moment. And as I ran across the street,
I yelled out. The gunman heard me inside and so did some of the people
from the church. So did my own daughter. He came running out
of the church and started shooting at me.
I put two shots center mass. He stopped shooting at me
and ran to his vehicle. The two shots center mass —
he had class III body armor on — they made no difference. But when he ran and turned
around his door to his vehicle, I put one in his side
and one in his legs. He got in his vehicle. He put two more shots
through the side window. I put one where I perceived
his head to be and shot through the window. He took off and ran away down
the street, and I’m thinking, “Oh, my God, he’s getting away.” I ran out into the street
and took one more shot that went
through his back window, penetrated
the driver’s side seat, and hit him just right of
the left shoulder blade. He continued to run. I met up with a man
that was just parked and watched the whole thing. And everybody in this world
would have just driven on. But this is Texas.
We are known for our sanity. (Laughter and applause.) I found out later his name
is Johnny. And I got in the truck
with Johnny and we gave chase. And at the end, the gunman,
being the coward that he was, took his own life. Inside the church
were more heroes than we can even talk about
in our limited amount of time. But I’m here today
to talk about the fact that I used my own AR-15
to confront a shooter that had dropped fifteen
30-round magazines in my church. He murdered 26 people
and injured 20 more. There were only seven people
that walked out of that church without a gunshot wound. If it were not for our
Second Amendment rights, and the right to carry an AR-15,
the same style gun that he had, then I would have been
outgunned myself. (applause) And if it were not for God
covering me and protecting me, I would not have been
successful that day. I want to thank the NRA
for being relentless in protecting
our Second Amendment rights. And I would like
to thank this President for defending
the Second Amendment. And I would like to say today, he says, “Make America
great again.” And he’s including you. You will make America
great again with him. But he needs you.
He needs your vote. And if you do not get out there
and vote for this man, then it’s on you. Thank you very much to the NRA and thank you
for President Donald Trump. (applause) The President: Wow, what a job.
Thank you. Thank you.
Can’t say it better than that. But I want to thank you all
for your courage, because you’re really
living proof that law-abiding gun owners make a tremendous,
tremendous difference. Tremendous difference. You know, Paris, France,
they say, has the strongest gun laws
in the world. And you remember
those maniacs, when they went
into the nightclub. I use this example.
There are many examples. But they shot one person,
another person, another person,
another person. Hundreds of people dead and
horribly wounded to this day. That was five years ago. If there was one gun
being carried by one person
on the other side, it very well could have been
a whole different result. The shooting went on so long and there wasn’t a thing
you could do about it. “Get over here.” Boom.
“Get over here.” Boom. And then they left.
They were captured later. If there was only one gun. If there were two, three, four,
it wouldn’t have happened. Tiny percentage,
by comparison. But it probably wouldn’t
have happened because the cowards would’ve known there
are people in there having guns. Wouldn’t have happened. So people don’t
really understand the other side of the argument.
I have the debate a lot, and I win the debate
all the time. And the next day, you see
the same person who was so badly defeated in the debate going out
and saying the same thing, even though he or she,
I really believe, know that you can’t justify
their side of the argument. So, gun owners make
our communities safer and they make
our nation stronger. Americans have always
understood this truth, going back to the earliest days
of our nation. Two months before the
American Revolution broke out, with the shot heard
around the world, a group of patriots gathered
along a bridge in Salem, Massachusetts.
In the preceding months, British soldiers had confiscated
muskets in Boston. You know the story well. Gunpowder was seized
in Somerville. And the patriots in Salem
knew that the Redcoats would soon come
for the town’s cannons. But the Americans
were prepared — they already loved our country —
and they were determined to defend their rights
to the death. When hundreds of British
soldiers arrived at the bridge, the Americans stood firm,
blocking their path. When swords were drawn,
they didn’t flinch. When the Redcoats tried
to steal American boats, the patriots sank those boats
and sank them very quickly. When a British soldier
held the tip of his bayonet against a man’s chest,
that man — Joseph Whicher —
tore open his shirt and dared him to do his worst. Soon, the crowd grew larger, as civilians came from miles
around to stand side by side with their great
countrymen against tyranny. In the face of such
unbreakable resolve, the King’s soldiers
had no choice but to admit defeat
and failure and retreat. In the courageous actions
of those early Americans, we see the defiant and
determined spirit of patriotism that has always willed America
to its greatest victories. It is a spirit
that is passed down from generation to generation, from fathers and mothers
to sons and daughters. It is the spirit that lives
in each and every one of you. Our duty, our responsibility,
our sacred charge, is to preserve the freedoms that our ancestors
gave their very lives to secure. Because no matter
how many centuries go by, no matter how much
the world changes, the central drama of human
history remains the same. On one side are those who seek
power, control, and domination. And on the other side are
patriots like those in this hall who stand upright
and plant their feet in eternal defense
of our liberty. And with God as our witness,
we swear today that we will defend our rights, we will safeguard our freedoms,
we will uphold our heritage, we will protect
our Constitution, and we will make America
stronger, prouder, safer, and greater
than ever, ever, ever before! (applause) To all of our incredible friends
at the NRA: Thank you for fighting
the good fight. It is an honor
to fight by your side, and it’s an honor
to be with everyone in this giant hall today. I am with you.
I will never, ever let you down. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless
the United States of America. Thank you. Thank you. (applause)

100 thoughts on “President Trump Delivers Remarks at the National Rifle Association Forum

  1. Happy birthday, First Lady, Melania !! I love you so much!! God keep blessing you and your family!!!
    Thank you, Mr. President Trump, stay faithful to Jesus Christ and He will bless you and us mightily!! Xoxo. P.S. Mr. President, your mother would be very, very proud of you!! Please don't let anyone who think themselves as God enough, to change the constitution!!! P.S.S. My fleshy side says, HELL YEAH!!!, to All your comments and promises!! Xoxo!!! Just being honest. I fear no person or government! God is able!!! Xoxo!! I'm totally in support of President Trump and his righteous anger!!! JS. I love this this channel! President Trumps speeches calm my spirit!! Xoxo Thank you, Mr. President , your administration, your family, and your administrations families! Xoxo

  2. Only 400 miles of wall in four years? There are 1600 miles of wall to go after that. Go faster. Much faster.

    It took six years to build the transcontinental railroad by hand. How long did it take to put a man on the moon?

  3. A better, simpler and older phrase is "It's better to have (X) and not need it, than need (x) and not have it".

  4. What a great speech President Trump … We will Never give up Our Second Amendment!!
    You are the HERO President we've all been waiting for!! #MAGA and Happy Birthday
    to the most Beautiful First Lady America has ever had and the sweetest too!! #TRUMP2020

  5. Сходження Благодатного вогню в храмі Гробу Господнього в Єрусалимі очікують 9 тисяч паломників з усього світу

  6. Trump 2020. MAGA. Vote republicans & support NRA & our second amendment 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  7. “KEEP AMERICA GREAT” is a good slogan Mr President🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  8. “Under my Administration, we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone" Great President ! 🙂
    Nigel Village, England, UK

  9. That's disgusting that I/ we have to be with someone (married, etc) in order to avoid homelessness! They really thought of the black market.

  10. Great job Mr. President but there is MUCH more work to be done concerning the 2A. Protect ammo sales/storage, 3D printing, suppressors should not be regulated… they are for hearing protection/ hunting. Just a few of issues that need to be addressed.

  11. Happy Birthday Melania!!! The best First Lady!!! You are a picture of grace. May God Bless you and give you mighty vision for the future.

  12. You better elect again this great man you US people, your country needs him once again and above all also our western civilization!

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  14. If one looks up the legal definition of ‘ obstruction of justice ‘ in the statement it does not alone mean to/towards fbi but in general not to mention to the public 24/7 prove me wrong , huge part is ‘ Furnishing False Information ‘ , All Left/socialist Main News were LYING >>> FURNISHED FALSE INFORMATION WHEN SAYING THE EVIDENCE IS THERE , TRUMP GUILTY OF COLLUSION/ OBSTRUCTION…AGAIN THIS IS A CRIME !! WHEN THERE IS AN INVESTIGATION GOING ON ANDI CALL FOR CITZEN ARREST AND FOR ALL OF THEM FROM MAXINE AND ALL WHO REPEATEDLY SPOKE THESE WHAT THEY KNEW WERE LIES TO LEMON TO THEIR COUNTERPART / SISTER NEWS STATIONS , THE FBI/CIA ALL INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES AND POLITICIANS WHO OBSTRUCTED JUSTICE DURING THIS FRAME JOB/ HOAX INVESTIGATION SHOULD STAND TRIAL FOR THIS CRIME !

  15. Thank you Mr. President Trump. That's right, criminals won't give up their guns. Us too, will NEVER give up our guns either. We NEED our guns for OUR SAFETY!! God bless u for your lovve our Country and our people. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELANIA, hope you had a beautiful birthday yesterday!! TRUMP 2020!!! God is good.

  16. EPIC day for ALL Americans, thanks you President Trump for nullification of the UN Arms Treaty! 🇺🇸✝️🇺🇸✝️ WWG1WGA

  17. Best President and Vice President America ever had. Thank you President Trump and Vice President Pence for all you both have done for America USA 🇺🇸 and the state of Israel 🇮🇱. Supporting Israel alone God Blesses,I know That the Lord is Pleased. God Bless America USA 🇺🇸 And Israel 🇮🇱 God Bless does who Bless Israel 🇮🇱.

  18. I believe the NRA needs to toughen up. The 2nd Amendment isn't a hunting endorsement, it applies to all arms.

  19. Fuck this asshole liar! The most hated political figure in this country’s history. No one likes him and no one respects him. Fuck him and fuck his Crime Family

  20. when President Trump declares it to be unwise for other governments to make deals with Democrats. That will be the end of the Democrat Party!

  21. With respect to the president, the thumbnail makes him look like John Candy. Please consider changing the thumbnail for a better presentation.

  22. THANK YOU PRESIDENT ❤️ TRUMP for PROTECTING our Bill Of Rights and the Constitution of the UNITED STATES. Please put those DEEP STATE Criminals in JAIL and SHUT down the MSM. MAGA🇺🇸🇺🇸👍👍 TRUMP in 2020🇺🇸🇺🇸

  23. Please sign an Executive order that we have National VOTER ID to stop the Democrats from rigging elections. PUT the TRAITOR activist judges in jail! GOD BLESS you PRESIDENT TRUMP. MAGA👍👍🇺🇸🇺🇸

  24. USA WAKE UP, THE FOLLOWING IS GOING TO MAKE USA POORER in long term:
    CHINA'S BELT & ROAD:
    NO FREE MONEY FROM CHINA (UNLIKE WESTERN COUNTRIES which GIVES FREE MONEY OR WRITE OFF DEBT).
    99% BENEFITS FOR TO CHINA:
    1. THEY COULD SEND THEIR EXPORTS (MANUFACTURED CHINESE GOODS) ON CONTINEOUS BASIS (DUMPING CHINESE GOODS AROUND THE WORLD); 😃CHINA GET RICHER & RICHER
    2. ITS A LOAN THUS ALL THE HOST COUNTRIES PAYS INTEREST + PRINCIPAL ( RETURN ON MONEY/ ANOTHER WAY TO MAKE MONEY by LENDING); 😁CHINA BECOMES MORE RICH
    3. DEBT TRAP FOR LIFE
    4. CHINA USES 90% OF ITS LABOUR ON THESE PROJECTS & USES CHINESE MADE TRAINS,, THUS EMPLOYMENT FOR CHINESE (NOT FOR HOST COUNTRIES NO JOB CREATION FOR THEM)
    5. FOR FUTURE TRAINS PARTS & ACCESSORIES THESE HOST COUNTRY HAVE TO GO TO CHINESE COMPANIES TO PURCHASE GOODS AND SERVICES
    6. CHINA WILL NOT LOOSE ITS COMPANIES (LIKE US DID) SINCE EXPORTS FROM CHINA CAN BE DONE THRU BY BELT & ROAD INITIATIVES

    BENEFITS FOR HOST COUNTRIES (DEBT TRAPPED COUNTRIES):
    1. THEY GET TO KEEP THE CHINESE MADE CONCRETE (INFRASTURURE) & TRAINS
    2. AFTER 20 YRS THOSE TRAINS REDUNDANT

  25. Trump has never fired a gun. Or driven a automobile.
    His sons pay for "Canned Hunts" in Africa.

    The whole Trump syndicate is nothing but half men fakes.

  26. Hello, Mr. President Trump, We desperately want regime change! We sincerely want a pro-American government! We only want a government of free democracy and market economy! We are absolutely opposed to the Moon Jae-in's communist regime! Moon Jae-in's communist regime is starting to oppress us! Please help us!

  27. Hello, Mr. President Trump! Moon Jae-in's communist regime is starting to oppress us! Please set up a U.S. government agency to protect us at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul from the Moon Jae-in's communist regime! Please save my country South Korea from all communist policies of the Moon Jae-in regime! Please grant our wish!

  28. I call Fake News (Main Steam Media), Social Media (Facebook, Reddit, etc.) and Hollywood, Deep Media. Deep Media is a group of like minded individuals who are not in front of the camera but behind it.

  29. The sub-conscience of the people of Chicago has been conquered by the Deep Media. The answer is in the black community in Chicago. The black community will lead the new media in Chicago and call the Deep Media what it is, racist and destructive.

  30. Thank you President TRUMP FOR FIGHTING FOR THE ACTUAL AMERICANS IN OUR COUNTRY AND GOV'T. The rest of them will answer to Lady Justice.

  31. YOU MUST PARDON AND RELEASE JULIAN ASSANGE, MR. PRESIDENT! YOU OWE HIM YOUR PRESIDENCY! IF YOU DO NOT RELEASE HIM I WILL NOT VOTE FOR YOU AGAIN! WHEN WILL THE WAR CRIMES END, WHERE IS THE JUSTICE!? WE CALL OURSELVES CHRISTIANS!?

  32. 'Keeping it real in the "Great Ole USA Thanks POTUS SIR. Thanks for your PATRIOTIC HEART AND SERVICE..Eter ally grateful.All due respect and Glory to God

  33. Its unfortunate that we will probably never see such a great president precede Donald Trump. At least we will have him for a second term

  34. my grandma used to always tell me an old saying she knew: whoever turns himself into a sheep, shall be eaten by the wolf.

  35. Since Trump released 4,000 Felons from prison and Trump LOVES! Russia, having called the USA "stupid and Foolish" standing next to Putin, and Trump Proudly admitted to giving the Russians highly classified information, It seem correct that Trump would support the NRA, The Russian backed group that hired a Russian spy, so they could "gain access" to Republicans in Congress https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-revealed-highly-classified-information-to-the-russians-2017-5?IR=T

  36. “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery”- Thomas Jefferson🇺🇸

    “Any society that will give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both”- Benjamin Franklin🇺🇸

    “A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government”- George Washington🇺🇸

  37. President Donald Trump 2020! God Bless America! MAGA! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  38. PRESIDENT TRUMP 2020, 2024 SIX MORE YRS. DIE DEMS DIE THAT IS RIGHT KILL YOUR OWN PARTY, WHY SHOULD PRESIDENT TRUMP DO IT WHILE THEY ARE DOING A EXCELLENT JOB THEMSELVES OF KILLING THEIR PARTY. SELF DESTRUCT OF THE DEMONRATS FARTS LOVE IT LOL. AND THEY ARE SO STUPID THEY DON'T EVEN REALIZE THEY ARE DESTROYING THEMSELVES FAST TOO, ESPECIALLY AFTER THIS DUMB HOAX NO ONE BELIEVES THEM ANYMORE, AND MAKING ASS HOLES OF THEMSELVES.IMPEACH ALL THE DEMONRAT FARTS NOW. IT IS TIME TO IMPEACH ALL OF THEIR CORRUPT ASSES. IMPEACHMENT FOR THE DEMONRATS. LOCK THEIR SICK ASSES UP NOW. SO SICK AND TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT THIS DOG AND PONY SHOW CIRCUS ACT HOAX. IT IS HILARIOUS AND SUCH BS. IMPEACH THEM ALL NOW. NO COLLUSION NO OBSTRUCTION, GAME OVER. EVIL LOSER DEMONRATS. CLOWNS. GIVE IT UP YOUR PARTY LOST. YOU ARE LOSERS AND PROVED TO BE LOSERS. NOTHING MORE. SWAMP CREATURES SNAKES AND LOW IQ CRY BABIES. THAT IS THE PARTY OF THE DEMONRAT FARTS FOR YOU. LOSERS LOSERS LOSERS. 12 ANGRY CLOWNS. OR SHOULD I SAY THE THREE STOOGES. BULL SHIT, SCHIFF, SENILE OLD FART, NADLER, AND PSYCHOPATHIC, MUELLER. OR SHOULD I SAY DUMBER THAN THE 3 STOOGES. 3 LOSERS 3 IDIOTS.

  39. I believe in self defence and believe I have the right to bear arms. I believe retired soldiers should teach teachers how to defend their students. Who ever stops killers the fastest will save more lives then just sitting and doing nothing!!!

    Thanks Trump for protecting students by allowing teachers to defend them.

    Rights save many lives!!!

  40. We love you Mr. President. Your election ended eight years of worry, yelling at TVs and arguing with idiots. Thank you! May God bless you and your wonderful family and 2020 is going to be a blast!

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  42. NOW We Have
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  43. Donald Trump, see's how important it is to keep and bear bare our arms, now he needs to allow our school teachers to carry guns in the class rooms, damage to students will come to and end.

  44. The unstoppable President of the US. And a great actor, so funny! More than most allegedly funny characters on the media!

  45. Will you now legalize suppressor? You promised that you would. Let's make it happen. Your a great President.

  46. Make sure Trump you actually defend our second amendment!!!!! Stop letting red flag laws pass and start enforcing against states that pass them , if the NRA doesn't start working harder they will loose millions, law enforcement is fine mr president don't forget the people who voted you in !

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