NRA Endorses Trump, Who Once Swiped at GOPers Who ‘Walk the NRA Line’


The NRA officially endorsed a candidate today who, just four years ago, tweeted praise of President Obama‘s remarks after the Sandy Hook shooting, in which the president said, “We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”

That candidate is Donald Trump:

One of the things he said in his speech to the NRA this afternoon was that he wants to get rid of gun-free zones. Well…:

And it’s worth highlighting, on the day of this big endorsement, how Trump’s position on guns has shifted over the years. In his 2000 book The America We Deserve, Trump railed against the idea of Democrats wanting to confiscate all guns, but also said this:

The Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions… I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun. With today’s internet technology we should be able to tell within 72 hours if a potential gun owner has a record.

And BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski highlighted an old interview from Trump where he said, in 1999, in an ideal world people wouldn’t have guns:

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