Trump heads to NRA Friday in Atlanta with loyal support

Then-candidate Donald Trump, flanked by NRA’s Chris Cox and Wayne LaPierre. (Screen capture, YouTube, NRA News)

When President Donald Trump speaks Friday at the National Rifle Association’s annual meetings and exhibition, he’ll arrive with poll results that infuriate the political left.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday revealed that 96 percent of those who voted for the president back in November stand by their decision, according to Newsmax.

The same poll shows that 43 percent would vote for Trump and only 40 percent would vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton. That puts into serious doubt that Trump is largely unpopular with the public.

Monday’s Rasmussen survey shows Trump up in the daily presidential tracking poll, with 51 percent of likely voters approving of his job performance. It’s his highest level since early march, Rasmussen said.

The WaPo/ABC poll also shows that 46 percent think Trump is handling tensions with North Korea “about right” while 37 percent think he is too aggressive. Forty-four percent believe the president is keeping his campaign promises. While 41 percent disagree.

Fifty-six percent think he has not accomplished much during his first 100 days in office, while 42 percent think he has.

By the time Trump gets to Atlanta, the so-called “mainstream press” will have had five days to hammer away at the NRA, which has already begun with an editorial in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This one also took a shot at the firearms industry and the Second Amendment Foundation, a separate organization that has launched an effort called “Black Robes Matter” to remind gun owners about the importance of placing pro-rights judges on the federal courts.

There’s another negative opinion piece in the New York Times about the NRA’s National Firearms Museum exhibit about “Hollywood guns.”

It has become something of a tradition for the news media to highlight the gun issue during the week leading up to the NRA convention, typically in a negative light. Expect more stories about “gun violence,” national concealed carry reciprocity, legalizing silencers (the proposed National Hearing Protection Act), and other gun-related issues.

What you may not see are stories that question gun law failures. An update on last week’s shootout between Seattle police and an armed robbery suspect in the Seattle Times has revealed that the suspect killed Thursday by police gunfire was 19. That means he was illegally carrying the revolver recovered from the crime scene.

That gun allegedly had been purchased by his sister, age 17, for $550. The transaction could not possibly have involved a background check, as required under Washington State’s I-594, pushed into law by wealthy elitists in 2014 on the promise it would keep guns out of the wrong hands.

It is not the first time that a gun control law has failed. Yet there has been no effort by the press to expose this continuing problem.

Indeed, in all but a few rare exceptions, killers responsible for high-profile shooting incidents in recent years have passed background checks. Does the press ever discuss this?

Trump will arrive in Atlanta having kept his word on an issue that certainly helped garner the “gun vote” last November. He has appointed a conservative justice to the U.S. Supreme Court who reportedly shares the originalist philosophy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Freshman Justice Neil Gorsuch may have an opportunity to weigh in on a Second Amendment issue somewhere over the horizon, perhaps sooner than later.


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