President Donald Trump told an enthusiastic audience in Atlanta Friday that, “no longer will federal agencies be coming after law abiding gun owners.”
“No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and your freedoms as Americans,” Trump said, as noted by CBS News.
The crowd of several thousand National Rifle Association members roared enthusiastically. It was the first time in more than 30 years that a sitting president had spoken to the gun rights organization.
Trump, preceded to the stage by singer Lee Greenwood’s rousing performance of his trademark song “God Bless The USA,” used his visit to thank the NRA for helping with his November victory.
He reminded the audience about election night on Nov. 8, when state after state was called in his favor, upsetting the pundits and derailing the predictions of politicians, celebrities and Democrat strategists. Trump said he heard “hundreds of times” that “there was no path to 270 (electoral votes).”
“We ended up with 306,” he quipped, “so they were right.”
Trump promised to work with NRA leadership to protect the outdoors, and he noted that one of the first things that happened in his administration was a reversal of a last-minute Barack Obama order to ban the use of lead ammunition on federal lands.
He also said that the right of self-defense for “all Americans” will be protected under his administration.
And Trump also brought cheers when he repeated his promise that “We’re going to build a wall” to cut down on illegal immigration. He said already there has been a 73 percent decline in illegal immigration since he took office.
Vowing to take direct action to get dangerous gang members out of the country, he also noted that under the previous administration, radical Islamic terrorists were allowed to come in “through the front door.”
“That’s not going to happen anymore,” the president said.
Trump suggested that his cabinet appointments are proof that there has been a definite change in the national direction.
And he promised to “Make America great again.”
Before Trump spoke, the audience heard from NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and NRA chief lobbyist Chris Cox. They set the tone for the afternoon’s event by criticizing the national media and crediting gun owners for Trump’s stunning triumph.