During his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference - his second as president - President Donald Trump warned his audience not to become complacent because Republicans control all three branches of government in Washington. Because complacency leads to voters staying home, especially during mid-term elections where voter turnout is typically lower.
Instead, voters need to come out this fall and vote for Republican candidates, Trump said. Otherwise, the Democrats will regain control in Washington - and the first thing on their agenda, according to Trump, will be to strip Americans of their second amendment rights.
"Don't be complacent," Trump said. "If they get in, they will repeal your tax cuts, they will put judges in that you wouldn't believe, they'll take away your Second Amendment, which we will never allow to happen."
After teasing the crowd about breaking from his script, Trump asked what they would prefer: Would they rather see Democrats take away their gun rights? Or the Trump tax cuts?
The crowd exploded into cheers over protecting gun rights.
"They'll take away your Second Amendment," Trump said. "Remember that."
Trump, of course, just announced that he would support a ban on bump stocks and raising age restrictions to buy long guns. He also supports more involved background checks.
Trump leads the crowd in a cheer-off. "If you only had a choice of one, which would you rather have? Second amendment or tax cuts?" Crowd roars for the second amendment.— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) February 23, 2018
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The NRA was one of his biggest backers during his presidential campaign. He says he's been in contact with the NRA and that they will support his proposals.
"I can speak for all of the senators and congressmen and congresswomen, all the people in this room that are involved in this decision, that we will act, we will do something," Trump said. "We will act."
Trump has also proposed arming some teachers and offering a bonus to teachers who agree to carry a concealed gun.
"Why do we protect our airports and our banks, our government buildings, but not our schools?," Trump said. "It is time to make our schools a much harder target for attackers. We don't want them in our schools. We don't want them. When we declare our schools to be gun free zones, it just puts our students in far more danger."
Trump added that "there aren't enough tears in the world" to express our sadness over the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.
"There are not enough tears in the world to express our sadness and anguish for her family, and for every family that has lost a precious loved one," Trump said. "No family should ever save and ever have to go in and suffer the way these families have suffered. They have suffered beyond anything that I have ever witnessed."
Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Friday he was banning sales of bump stocks and raising the age limit to buy a rifle.