Trump Defends 2A, Calls for Hardening Schools at CNN Town Hall

At a recent town hall hosted by CNN in New Hampshire, former President Donald Trump spent 70 minutes discussing various topics, including his commitment to protecting the Second Amendment and addressing the country’s mental health crisis.

The event demonstrated that Trump remains a formidable figure in American politics, continuing to pose a significant challenge to the Biden administration.

During the town hall, Trump expressed pride in his defense of the Second Amendment and highlighted the importance of addressing mental health issues as the root cause of gun violence.

He argued that better security measures, rather than stricter gun control, are the key to reducing gun violence in the country.

“There’s been nobody that’s protected the 2A, as you know like I have.  I have protected it through thick and thin.  Not easy to do,” said Trump in response to an audience member’s question about how he’d defend the 2A and restore gun rights that have been taken away.

“But we have a very big mental health problem in this country.  And again, it’s not the gun that pulls the trigger, it’s the person that pulls the trigger,” Trump continued. “And we have to protect our Second Amendment.”

CNN moderator Kaitlan Collins interjected and asked 45 what steps he would take and what gun laws he would sign to improve public safety.

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“I would do numerous things. For instance, I would, we would very much harden schools… Many of these teachers are soldiers, ex-soldiers, ex-policemen. They’re people that really understand weapons. Five percent of the teachers would be more than you could ever have if you were gonna hire security guards,” explained Trump.

“But in addition to that, have security guards. And you have to harden your entrances to make schools safe. And you can make other places safe. But it is a big mental health problem in this country more than anything else,” he said.

He also cited the 700 million guns in America as a source of security for many citizens and acknowledged the various uses for guns, including entertainment, hunting, and personal protection.

“Now you need them [guns] for entertainment, you need them for hunting, you need them for a lot of different things. But there are people who if they didn’t have the privilege of having a gun in some form, many of them would not be alive today,” he said.

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In discussing global examples, Trump mentioned Brazil’s loosening of gun laws leading to a decrease in crime rates and contrasted this with cities like Chicago and New York, which have strict gun control policies but high rates of gun violence.

According to Trump, these examples demonstrate that stricter gun control is not the solution to reducing violence in America.

CNN’s decision to give the former president a largely unfiltered prime-time platform backfired in the eyes of many. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) took to Twitter to voice her displeasure with the cable news network.

However, the significance of Trump’s performance at the town hall lies in the opinions of voters rather than politicians or media elites. The key question is what the viewers and voters thought about his remarks and proposals.

So, what’d you think?

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Dutch May 14, 2023, 12:26 am

    I’m pro 2A all the way. Just remember, Trump is the one who enacted the Bump Stock Ban. As far as the 2A goes, he can’t be trusted.

  • Michael McGrew May 12, 2023, 12:13 pm

    As much as I like and respect President Trump I get mixed messages from him regarding the 2A. Comments like “But there are people who if they didn’t have the privilege of having a gun …” IT’S NOT A PRIVILEGE, IT’S A RIGHT. I’ve always been disappointed that he caved to the Left and banned bump stocks. I don’t really care about a piece of plastic, a “range toy”, but it’s the principle behind the ban that I take great exception with. At the time I believe he had to give the Left a “sacrifice” to satisfy him and the bump stock was the least offensive thing he had to offer “according to the NRA” which I also have issues with but that’s for another time. His support of Red Flag Laws and statements to the effect of “We have to take the guns first and THEN go to court”. BS!!! If he wants RFL’s the he should have given a clear outline as to how they work, i.e. how one “clears” their name and how they get their stuff back AFTER A SPECIFIC AMOUNT OF TIME AND AT NO COST!!! So when any politician makes claims that “No on has defended your 2A rights as much as me” we need to ask him “exactly HOW did you protect our 2A rights when you were in office???

    • TUC May 14, 2023, 3:10 pm

      So it’s easy then, vote Biden (the crime family), or Desantis( who is backed and supported by Carl Rove, the Bush crime syndicate, and Paul Ryan – all RINOS or swamp creatures or pedophiles or sexual predators, and all are anti 2A – enough said. It’s your choice – it’s your vote.

  • me too May 12, 2023, 7:14 am

    While Trump is better than any Democrat on this issue, he did criticize the NRA during meetings with people like Sen Feinstein and had to be talked back from gun control by people like Rep. Scalise after Parkwood. He also instructed the ATF to ban bumpstocks. Again, while he is better than any Dem he still needs to be watched.

  • John hard May 12, 2023, 3:29 am

    I’m shocked u didn’t mention how weak his answer was about bump stocks and the new ban on pistol braces. Some people don’t see the important stuff just what they wanna hear. Horribly weak answer, bump stocks aren’t a important issue(bc the NRA said)? Wow were all screwed if u guys don’t even get it.

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