On Thursday night, as President Obama scoffed at the notion of gun rights for Americans and advocated the power of legislation to protect America, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump promised a far different action.
“I will get rid of gun-free zones on schools, and — you have to — and on military bases,” Trump said during a Vermont rally. “My first day, it gets signed, okay? My first day. There’s no more gun-free zones.”
“You know what a gun free zone is to sickos? That’s bait!” Trump told the crowd. At a Republican debate in October, Trump had said, “I think gun free zones are a catastrophe, they’re a feeding frenzy for sick people.”
Trump’s Thursday comments on guns represented the polar opposite of the restraints Obama urges on the right to bear arms.
Referencing the recent attacks in San Bernardino, California, and Paris, Trump said both incidents might have been averted by an armed citizenry.
“They walk into a number of places in France, and they say, ‘Get over.’ Boom. ‘Get over.’ Boom. ‘Get over.’ Boom. Nobody had a gun on the other side,” Trump said. If the victims there were armed, he said, “It’s a whole different outcome. It’s a whole different deal.”
He added: “You’ll have bad stuff happening, but at least we’re shooting back. And we’re going down shooting.”
Trump has spoken out before about the need to ensure all personnel at military facilities — not just military police — are armed.
“They will be able to defend themselves against terrorists. Our brave soldiers should not be at risk because of policy created by civilian leadership. Political correctness has no place in this debate,” he said.
Trump has repeatedly said that in addition to gun rights being protected by the Second Amendment, gun control is a failed policy.
“Gun control does not reduce crime. It has consistently failed to stop violence. Americans are entitled to protect their families, their property and themselves. In fact, in right-to-carry states the violent crime rate is 24 percent lower than the rest of the United States and the murder rate is 28 percent lower. This should not be up for debate,” he said.
The speech in Burlington, Vermont, also stirred opinions in both sides of the issue — as Trump usually does. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe Friday, Trump was clearly being taken skeptically by the liberals, but host Joe Scarborough took his side.
“I think gun-free zones are the stupidest idea,” Scarborough said, to the evident disgust of co-host Mika Brzezinski.
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h/t: The Right Scoop