Here’s an important thing for the media to notice about Donald Trump’s relationship with the NRA, though after you read the comparison in this NPR story you’ll wonder about one word in the headline: Trump appears to read from the NRA's script hours after a Wayne LaPierre speech.
"Can we protect so much with armed security, while we drop our kids off at school, that are so-called gun-free zones, that are wide-open targets for any crazy madman bent on evil to come there first? There first? In every community, PTAs, teachers' unions, local law enforcement, moms and dads – they all must come together to implement the very best strategy to harden their schools, including effective trained, armed security that will absolutely protect every innocent child in this country. That has to happen now. Evil walks among us, and God help us if we do not harden our schools and protect our kids. ...
"We have to harden our schools, not soften them. A gun-free zone to a killer or somebody who wants to be a killer, that's like going in for the ice cream. That's like 'here I am, take me.' We have to get smart on gun-free zones. When they see 'this is a gun-free zone,' that means that nobody has a gun except them, nobody's going to be shooting bullets in the other direction. And they see that, it's such a beautiful target. They live for gun-free zones.
Harden schools, gun-free zone, harden schools, gun-free zone. So the question to be asked of that headline writer is this: appears? Trump appears to read from the NRA’s script? Short of physically reading from a piece of paper labeled “NRA script,” it’s hard to see how much more obvious that could be. And by the way:
… he may have given away the reason he and the NRA seem to be using similar, and sometimes the exact same, language.
"I've spoken to them often in the last two days," Trump acknowledged, "and they want to do the right thing."
Yes, the NRA wants to do the Trump-approved “right thing,” says Trump, even as he offers up official NRA talking points as if they were his own thoughts.
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