Trump clarifies statement on Orlando after NRA distances itself
The National Rifle Association has been pulling away from remarks made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who responded Monday by clarifying his position about an aspect of last week’s Orlando shooting he said could have minimized the number of casualties there.
Trump said at a rally Friday that if the 49 people killed at Pulse nightclub were armed, “that would have been a beautiful sight.”
Wayne La Pierre, NRA executive vice president, told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that no one “should have firearms where people are drinking.”
The gun lobby’s other top executive, Chris Cox, was also on the media circuit to distance his organization from Trump’s comment.
“No one thinks that people should go into a nightclub drinking and carrying firearms,” he said. “That defies common sense. It also defies the law.”