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Trump Backs NRA in Gun Rights Pitch After Texas School Shootings

  • Says ‘evil’ is reason to let law-abiding Americans have arms
  • Days after shooter killed 19 children, two teachers in Texas
Donald Trump speaks during the NRA annual convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, on May 27.
Donald Trump speaks during the NRA annual convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, on May 27.Photographer: Brandon Bell/Getty Images 
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Former President Donald Trump rejected tighter gun control after a Texas school shooter killed 19 children and two teachers, telling a National Rifle Association meeting that solutions include mental-health care and training teachers to carry concealed weapons. 

“The existence of evil in our world is not a reason to disarm law-abiding citizens who know how to use their weapon,” Trump said in a speech in Houston. “The existence of evil is one of the very best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens.”