Trump Backs NRA Endorsement, Calls for Voter Turnout Among Gun Owners

Trump's campaign intensifies amid controversial NRA endorsement.

by Nouman Rasool
Trump Backs NRA Endorsement, Calls for Voter Turnout Among Gun Owners
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Former President Donald Trump cemented his relationship with the National Rifle Association on Saturday, as the influential gun rights group formally backed his 2024 White House bid during its annual convention in Dallas.

That announcement—which came almost literally hours before Trump was set to give the keynote address at the NRA Annual Meeting—firmly reasserts he is the most powerful figure in the conservative gun rights community.

On gun rights, he gave a dystopian view of how the country would go in re-electing President Joe Biden. There would be death and destruction such as had never been seen with regard to loosening Second Amendment rights. The nearly two-hour-long speech did not only focus on gun rights but also immigration and crime increases, while repeating his same, debunked conspiracy theories about fraud in the 2020 election.

Amidst his presidential campaign efforts, Trump unveiled the “Gun Owners for Trump” coalition, a group comprising 50 Olympic athletes and key figures in the gun industry, signaling robust support for his candidacy.

This move came just hours before he took the stage, aiming to galvanize a base that remains fervently loyal.

Rhetorical Digressions Critiqued

Trump’s discourse also touched on various topics ranging from historical figures to international politics and personal grievances, highlighting his characteristic rhetorical style marked by frequent digressions.

John Feinblatt, president of the gun control advocacy group Everytown For Gun Safety, criticized Trump for his rambling and the continual push against gun safety measures, emphasizing the risk posed by his potential re-election to the advancements in gun control under the Biden administration.

Moreover, Trump criticized the campaign of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is running as an independent candidate, noting its potential to siphon votes from both major parties. An NBC News poll indicated that Kennedy’s candidacy could indeed reshape the electoral landscape, particularly harming Trump's standing against Biden.

The NRA, despite facing legal and financial challenges, continues to wield considerable influence in conservative circles. However, the organization has seen a decline in membership and financial contributions in recent years, raising questions about its future impact on American politics and gun rights advocacy.