Donald Trump just claimed that he would have run into a Florida high school to prevent a gunman from carrying out this month’s mass shooting.
“I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon,” Trump told a gathering of governors at the White House.
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Trump was doubling down on his criticism of an armed sheriff’s deputy who did not confront the shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed earlier this month.
Trump also told the governors he ate lunch last weekend with leaders of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
“Don’t worry about the NRA,” Trump told the governors. ”They’re on our side.”
Trump said that some people in the room of governors — most of those on hand were Republicans — are “so scared” of the NRA and that “sometimes” you have to fight them.
The president has proposed raising the age of purchase for all guns from 18 to 21 — a proposal that the NRA opposes. That proposal has picked up steam in recent days among Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Trump has also called for expanding background checks, although it’s unclear if he hopes to go further than an NRA-backed bill that aims to incentivize agencies to utilize the current background checks system. The president is also looking to ban bump stocks, which can be affixed to semi-automatic weapons to make them fire more rapidly.
“I don’t care if Congress doesn’t [act on bump stocks],” Trump said Monday. “We’re getting rid of it.”
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 26, 2018