Former President Donald Trump gave the keynote address to the National Rifle Association’s annual convention on Friday, which is being held in Houston, and he put the current White House occupant on notice over the massacre that occurred Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas.
Trump, who refused to cancel his speech like other political leaders did, called out President Joe Biden and members of Congress who recently signed off on a $40 billion aid package to Ukraine while American schools remain soft targets for mass murderers.
“If the United States has $40 billion to send to Ukraine, we should be able to do whatever it takes to keep our children safe at home,” Trump said, in reference to the Tuesday massacre in which an 18-year-old gunman walked into Robb Elementary School and shot 19 4th graders and two adult teachers to death.
“We spent trillions in Iraq, trillions in Afghanistan, and got nothing. Before we nation-build the rest of the world, we should be building safe schools for our own children in our own nation. Right?” he added.
Trump On Putting America 1st During Speech
"If the U.S. has $40 billion to send to Ukraine, we should be able to do whatever it takes to keep our children safe at home."
"Before we nation build the rest of the world, we should be building safe schools for our own children"
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸
Trump noted: “The monster who committed this crime is pure evil, pure cruelty, pure hatred, absolute pure hatred, and while those he slaughtered are now with God in heaven, he will be eternally damned to burn in the fires of hell.
“Sadly before the sun had even set on the horrible day of tragedy, we witnessed a now-familiar parade of cynical politicians seeking to exploit the tears of sobbing families to increase their own power and take away our constitutional rights,” he continued.
“When Joe Biden blamed the gun lobby, he was talking about Americans like you. Let’s not pretend that those on the left are just talking about limiting one class of gun or one category of ammunition we all know they want total gun confiscation,” the former president added.
“The existence of evil is one of the very best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens. No law can cure the effects of a broken home. There’s no substitute for a strong mom and a great dad,” he said.
“Each precious young soul that was taken is an incomprehensible loss, literally not comprehensible, stolen from us by a malice that no words can describe, sickness. The monster who committed this crime is pure evil, pure cruelty, pure hatred, absolute pure hatred. And while those he slaughtered are now with God in heaven, he will be eternally damned to burn in the fires of hell,” the former president said.
“As we mourn for so many beautiful victims, I know that everyone here joins me in praying for the families who are suddenly missing the brightest light in their lives. We see their agony, we ask God to ease their suffering and to heal their pain and together we grieve side by side as one great American family,” he said.
He also blamed Democrats for using the tragedy for politics and called for more security at schools.
“While we don’t yet know enough about this week’s killing, we know there are many things we must do,” the president said. “We need to drastically change our approach to mental health. There are always so many warning signs. Almost all of these disfigured minds share the same profile.”
“Teachers, parents, school officials, and community members need to be recognizing and addressing these alarm bells promptly and very, very aggressively,” he said.. “And our school discipline systems, instead of making excuses and continually turning a blind eye, need to confront bad behavior head on and quickly. And clearly we need to make it far easier to confine the violent and mentally deranged into mental institutions.”