Donald Trump sure knows how to make liberals furious, but this time, he may have outdone himself.
At a campaign rally in Burlington, Vermont, last week — on the same day that President Barack Obama would take to the stage for his ill-conceived gun violence town hall on CNN — Trump announced to a cheering audience he would end gun-free zones on his first day as president.
“I will get rid of gun-free zones on schools. You have to,” Trump told the crowd Thursday night, no doubt infuriating liberals by the millions. “And on military bases, my first day it gets signed, OK? My first day. There’s no more gun-free zones.”
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According to The Hill, Trump went through a list of recent terrorist attacks, including the December attack in San Bernardino, California. He then said that if there were “good guys” present who had been legally carrying, “it would be a whole different story.”
“Now, you know what a gun-free zone is to a sicko? That’s bait,” Trump added.
“A gun-free zone … That ends immediately. We’re going back to sanity in this country,” Trump said to cheers.
Trump hasn’t been the first politician to propose the end of gun-free zones. In the wake of several shooting attacks, the danger of gun-free zones has been pointed out by conservatives, and Trump himself has made the case before.
After the July 2015 Chattanooga shootings — in which Marine recruiters, who were highly trained in firearms, were not allowed to carry their weapons on military property — many pundits believed gun-free zones on military property contributed to the deaths of five servicemen.
In the December attack in San Bernardino, California, it was also noted that terrorists Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook had time to reload their weapons — something that would have been unlikely had there been a concealed carrier present at the Inland Regional Center that day.
As for the future of gun-free zones, take a look at the crowds at two events happening simultaneously. In one, Donald Trump was wildly cheered when he announced gun-free zones would be a thing of the past if he became president. In the other, Barack Obama struggled mightily to convince anyone why he should have more power over them and their firearms.
Liberals may be furious, but Americans are cheering — and they’ll be cheering even more when a Republican president actually does it.
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