President Donald Trump left the White House Friday to travel to Indianapolis, Indiana for the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention. The President delivered a speech before the attendees that raised eyebrows and criticism.
One area of contention is Trump’s use of the mass shooting in Paris, France to advocate for fewer sensible gun control laws, like universal background checks. Repeating the NRA rhetoric of the “good guy with a gun,” Trump claimed if only the “other side” in the Paris mass shooting had one gun, things would have turned out differently.
But the exploitation of the Paris tragedy was not the most disturbing part for many. It was the choice by President Trump to act out the gesture of shooting with his hand while relaying his version of events in France.
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Trump’s argument for loosening gun laws in America is a mass shooting in France that happened in 2015.
“If there was one gun being carried by one person from the other side, it very well could have been a whole different result,” he says. pic.twitter.com/O25NsPhuH3
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 26, 2019
— к (@ilikefugazi) April 26, 2019
Despite law enforcement stating when they arrive at a scene of a shooting, the “good guy with a gun” is a “second gunman” that they do not have time to suss out, the NRA brings up this rhetoric after almost every mass shooting. The exception being when the victims have been Black or Muslim.
TRUMP: “We know that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” pic.twitter.com/cTJgvosuhq
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 26, 2019
People wondered why Trump had to go back to 2015 and to Paris, France when numerous mass shootings occur annually in the United States. Many of the domestic mass shootings involved people who legally purchased or owned guns under existing lenient gun laws in the United States.
Dit he mention the Las Vegas shooting?
— myreille (@myreiIIe) April 26, 2019
If that was genuinely the case, why aren’t there less mass shootings in the US?
— Sue C (@kincar) April 26, 2019
Strange he forgets about Las Vegas.
— Beth Bryson (@maddezmom) April 26, 2019
He conveniently forgets things. You know, always in the moment for the benefit of the audience in front of him.
— The octopus said… (@Pulpolover) April 26, 2019
A whole different story like Las Vegas was in 2017! Oh, wait….
— JemW (@teacheconomics) April 26, 2019
— Peter Gedge (@pegdeg) April 26, 2019
They also called out the President’s favorite validation for his claims: many people say, many debates had, many experts…
He wins the debate that he doesn’t even have?
2x today he’s made up a conversation that never happened w people who don’t exist
— Matt lowe (@MattLoweDesigns) April 26, 2019
Others called out flaws in the logic of one or more people consuming alcohol while carrying weapons being able to act quickly and efficiently in a crisis.
He thinks one gun, wielded by someone totally caught off guard and who might have been drinking in a dark nightclub, would have stopped multiple gunmen shooting at multiple locations?
— Chloe D (@chloedeeee) April 26, 2019
There were also suicide bombers in the Paris attacks. Does Trump think everyone should strap on a bomb, just in case? By his logic, a good guy with a bomb will stop a bad guy with a bomb.
— Oreo (@OreoBuffy5) April 26, 2019
Wait, is he really advocating for people to bring guns into nightclubs..?
— The Dumpster Fire (@TheDFShow) April 26, 2019
Yeah, they’d have more than likely shot more innocent people if they even engaged with the shooter. Most don’t engage because in an active shooting police would be unable to tell the difference from the “good guy” and “bad guy”. It’s fucking stupid.
— DudeAbides (@LacesOut_Ace) April 26, 2019
Kinda like we hear about a 2012 crime that couldn’t have been stopped by any law, but could have been stopped by armed staff… EVERY FUCKING DAY?#gunsense #guncontrol #GunControlNow #GunReformNow #GunReform #2A #RKBA
— Lilburner (@GiantPrepper) April 26, 2019
Yeah so I can get shot by another good guy who is panicking.
— Firecracker (@Firecracker_Ang) April 26, 2019
Uh yeah more ppl would have gotten shot
— This Snowflake’s on Fire (@TracyGarland) April 26, 2019
The NRA is one of the largest gun rights lobbies in the United States, donating millions to mostly Republican candidates and campaigning to block laws for universal background checks and making it illegal for those convicted of domestic abuse or stalking to own a firearm. The organization recently faced backlash after ties to Russian operatives and funding were revealed.