Here’s what he really said…
“Serious discussions are taking place between House and Senate leadership on meaningful Background Checks,” President Donald Trump wrote on twitter.
“I have also been speaking to the NRA, and others, so that their very strong views can be fully represented and respected. Guns should not be placed in the hands of mentally ill or deranged people. I am the biggest Second Amendment person there is, but we all must work together for the good and safety of our Country. Common sense things can be done that are good for everyone!”
Later, when speaking to reporters, President Trump stated, “We need intelligent background checks.”
He also suggested that Mitch McConnell is “totally onboard,” as “pretty hardline” Republican senators are as well. “And they understand…we don’t want guns in the hands of the wrong people,” Trump stated.
“I think that the Republicans are going to be great at leading the charge, along with the Democrats.” He insisted he had a “great talk” with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer about pushing some form of background checks.
“We’ll see where the NRA will be,” Trump stated. “But we have to have meaningful background checks.”
He went on to say the NRA is full of “great patriots.” I think in the end, Wayne (LaPierre) and the NRA will either be there, or maybe be a little bit more neutral.”
Trump also insisted that he know the NRA is strong against gun control, “and I understand, you know, it’s a slippery slope. They think, you’re pro one thing, and that leads to a lot of bad things.” Nevertheless, Trump insisted that he wants to see “meaningful” background checks.
“We also have to talk about age,” Trump stated. He admitted that that the Dayton shooter had done “things that were really bad” as a juvenile, but his criminal record was expunged at 18. “We’re going to have to get rid of that barrier,” Trump stated.