Vice President Pence at NRA Convention CSPAN May 5, 2018 7:30am-8:02am EDT
>> hello, nra. [applause] >> thank you, chris, for that kind introduction. chris knows me well enough to know the introduction i prefer is a little bit shorter. i am a christian, a conservative and a republican, in that order. and i am a card-carrying member of the nra. [applause] >> 52 wayne lapierre, governor abbott, distant was to members of congress, my fellow americans who have come from near and far, it is great to be back at the 147th annual meeting of the national rifle association. thank you all. and i am especially proud to be here with a friend of mine, a
great champion of our most cherished liberties and a man i can tell you who can't wait to get out here, the 45th president of the united states of america, donald trump. [applause] >> last year, donald trump spoke to this very gathering, the first president to do so in 34 years. he told you then you have a true friend in the white house and i'm here as his vice president to tell you that you have two friends in the white house. [applause] >> donald trump and i both stand without apology for the second amendment and in this administration the right of the
people to keep and bear arms will not be infringed. [applause] >> that right is one of our first and most support and freedoms, our founders won our independence with the power of their ideas. are pioneers won the west and expanded the frontiers of freedom with their daring, their courage and their springfield, winchesters and colts. from generation to generation our forebears have thought our nation's wars and defend our way of life with the skills they learned on the rifle range for in a deer stand or at the you of a father and father back
home. in our own day there is no greater champion of the tradition of responsible gun ownership and you, the men and women of the national rifle association. the national rifle association is forged in freedom. for 150 years the nra has valiantly defend the constitution and all our god-given liberties. in its early years the nra helped train our fellow citizens in gun safety and marksmanship, a tradition that continues even as his organization has gone on to become one of the principal defenders of our second amendment rights. more than 5 million americans are proud members of the nra and the work you do is essential to preserving our freedoms at every level of the american government. give yourselves a round of applause. [applause]
>> donald trump and i came to say thanks, thank you for all you do to defend liberty. thank you for electing a president and the congress that are making america great again. [applause] >> because of your support on election day and every day since you can only describe this administration one way. 15 months of promises made and promises kept and we are just getting started. [applause] >> donald trump promised to rebuild the military restore the arsenal of democracy. one month ago donald trump signed into law the largest
investment in our national defense since the days of ronald reagan. [applause] >> our president promised to enforce our laws and secure our borders. we have taken on sanctuary cities. we are ending to end catch and release and close the dangerous immigration loopholes in our laws. the pres. signed into law the biggest funding increase for border security in a decade and ordered the national guard. under this pres.'s leadership we doubled the arrest of vicious gang members, ms 13, and thanks to the leadership of donald trump congress approved funding for the first 100 miles of the border wall. [applause] >> i will make you a promise. when it comes to that big border wall, we are going to
build it all. [applause] >> this president has also stood for the god-given liberties enshrined in our constitution and i have to tell you i couldn't be more proud to serve alongside a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life. [applause] >> to protect all our inalienable rights, donald trump promised to appoint strong conservatives to the federal courts at every level and we have been busy at it. in the last year we set a record for the most court of appeals judges confirmed in a single year in american history and that doesn't even count justice neil gore such on the supreme court of the united states. [applause]
>> when it comes to security at home our president and i promised to stand with those who stand on the thin blue line of law enforcement. so we have. as we all know, the men and women of law enforcement risk their lives every day to serve and protect our families, neighbors and communities and that is why under donald trump's leadership we made new resources available to law enforcement at every level and we will continue to give all the heroes of law enforcement the training, tools and respects that they deserve as they protect our families in communities across this nation. [applause]
>> the american people always remember the heroes of the dallas police department who fell in the line of duty two years ago in the attack that claimed the lives of 5 officers. sadly just last week another brutal attack of violence struck the city leaving one dallas police officer dead and injuring another officer and a security guard. i know i speak for everyone here when i say we are praying for the family of the officers and the swift recovery of scott painter and officer almeda. they are heroes and they are in our hearts and in our prayers. [applause]
>> we live in challenging times. as we all know it hasn't just been our law enforcement community that faced mindless violence of late. we live in a time where mass shootings have claimed hundreds of lives in public settings, shocking the conscience of the nation. and isis inspired attack on the pulse mike in orlando. the worst mass shooting in modern history and the recent attack on marjorie stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida. these and too many acts of violence shattered family that left our nation searching for answers. we mourn with those who mourn and grieve with those who grieve and also resolve to confront this menace with all our strength and we are doing
just that under the leadership of this president. [applause] >> and i promise you under donald trump's leadership we will not rest and we will not rest until we end this evil in our time. in recent days after these tragedies, america has seen donald trump's leadership on full display, he hosted a listening session at the white house with students, teachers and parents still grieving from the shooting in parkland, florida. we listened to their stories, we heard all sides of the debate. i will never forget it. as the president said in his words, it is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference, we must actually make that difference and so we has. [applause]
>> just over one month ago donald trump signed the stop school violence act with the strong support of the parents of sandy hook, promise and the nra. we are providing more than $2 billion to help local governments to ensure the security of their schools and the safety of our students, it represents the single largest investment in school safety in american history [applause] >> donald trump also signed critical legislation to fix the national instant background check system to keep deadly weapons away from those who should never have them in the first place and we are pursuing new resources to ensure those struggling with serious mental illness have access to the treatments they need.
[applause] >> with the pres.'s leadership we joined the nra to call on states to give families and law enforcement the tools they need to start mass shootings before they happen because we know we can protect public safety and do process at the same time. and donald trump and leaders across america to follow the example of states like indiana, and school personnel on a voluntary basis to carry concealed weapons because the quickest way to stop the bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. [applause]
>> this is real leadership, men and women, these are real results that will give law enforcement, families and our schools new resources and tools to protect our students and ensure public safety and i promise you, we will continue to bring american solutions to bear on this crisis, we will end this evil and protect our liberties at the same time. that is the american way. [applause] >> the american people deserve to know what we have done and what we are doing. because quite frankly, most in the media won't talk about it.
and we all know why. most of the national media is working on agenda very different than most of us in this room. the media too often ignores what our president is a comforting and also won't tell the whole story about firearms in america. think about it. they focus on the tragedies and the heartbreak and they should. but too often many in the national media all but ignore what happens when well-trained, law-abiding gun owners save lives. it is the truth. the reality is throughout american history it has been proven time and time again firearms in the hands of
law-abiding citizens make our communities more safe, not less. [applause] >> let me tell you a few stories you don't hear much about in the national media but prove the point. like the off-duty marine in atlanta, in 2009 who was attending a party and overtaken by two would be murderers. after the attacker separated the men and women, sean barner got a concealed firearm in his back that, and preventing a terrible tragedy. or the buyouts outside philadelphia barbershop in 2015, gunfire inside, he rushed in, shot the attacker in the chest, the philadelphia police
captain said, quote, you saved a lot of people in there and he did. or how about the uber driver in chicago the same year, we saw him and opened fire on a crowd of people friday night, pulled out his concealed weapon, engaged the shooter, hit the attacker multiple times and save the lives of people on that street he never even met. or the story from down the road in arlington, texas where one year ago yesterday, a crazed man entered the bar, killed the manager, was prepared to kill countless others when he was stopped cold by another patron who took his wife to dinner that night and had a firearm at his side.
[applause] >> the truth is these are the stories we don't hear much about yet they are the stories america most needs to hear. i want to call on the national media, start telling the whole story to the american people about firearms in this country. [applause] >> it is time the national media gave our many heroes as much attention as they give to our a few villains which we should be a nation that recognizes people who save lives much more than the people who take them.
[applause] >> the greatest honor of my life to serve as your vice president, truly is. and i thank you. the last two years have been filled with sights and sounds this small town boy could never have imagined. our most inspiring moment came in the wake of one of our nation's darkest days, when we spend time with some extraordinary americans, not far from here in a place called sutherland springs, texas. [applause]
>> we all know the story, you just heard it again, sunday morning in november when it arranged man entered the sanctuary and first baptist church, murdered 26 believers including tween 9 children, injured 20 more. a few days after the attack the pres. sent us to that small town to pray and the comfort and stand and it was our great honor. we grieve with those who grieve and we pray but as the good book says we did not grieve like those who have no hope because the faith of those families and the heroes minted that day gave us hope.
[applause] >> spin time with each of the grieving families. just before memorial service, shattered by the evil of sunday morning, saw the pain of unspeakable laws in their eyes but as i told the pastor yesterday at the white house, karen and i were so inspired by the faith in christ that radiated out of every one of those families. it wasn't just the faith of the families of the fallen. and we met for the first time
in sutherland springs outside the church, as you learned on that fateful morning, he ran toward the danger. and with another man pursued that on a high-speed chase. they were indescribable, what was clear later and could have been worse. the murder had ammunition in arms that would've claimed more lives but for the courage in the nra instructor and the newest recipient of the defender of freedom award. stephen, it is an honor to share the stage with you today.
[applause] >> the second amendment is a shield for the rights of every american and a shield for the most vulnerable, the great equalizer that gives every american the power to defend themselves and their families against any evil in their midst and for the sake of our freedom and the security of our nation, donald trump and i will always stand for the right to keep and
bear arms. [applause] >> as we close let me encourage you to remember our freedom always needs to offended. as my second favorite president, ronald reagan, once said, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. make no mistake about it, this is a pivotal year in the life of our nation. and this year i want to challenge all of you, all the men and women of the national rifle association here and across the country, stay in the fight, exercise all of your fundamental rights, live out the citizenship in a way that
made the nra one of the most potent forces for good in the united states of america and this year. [applause] >> carry freedom forward, support men and women in public office and support our liberties and talk to your coworkers, neighbors, friends and family that worship and at work. talk to them about the progress we have made together. and all that we can do in the days ahead. tell our story. tell what donald trump has meant to this nation in restoring our strength at home and abroad. remind them that we cut their taxes so they can keep more of what they earned. remind them that we are restoring american strength at
home and abroad, standing with law enforcement and all the god-given liberties enshrined in the constitution, go out and tell them. sell them we've got the government working for them, not the other way around. go tell them that the forgotten men and women of america are forgotten no more. you go tell them and tell them this year. [applause] >> there is one thing more i might urge you to do. in this time of too much division in these united states, too much anger and even violence. i want to encourage you if you
are so inclined, bowel head and bend the knee in the days ahead and pray for america. [applause] >> when you pray, when you pray, pray with confidence, i will always believe those words recorded millennia ago that americans have clung to throughout history every bit as true today as they have ever been. in these divided times, if his people who are called by his name will humble themselves and pray, he will do like he has always done, the long and storied history of this land, he will hear from heaven and he will heal this land. this one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and
justice for all. [applause] >> i need to get out of your way because your next speaker is about ready to come out. i want to thank you for the honor of addressing you. i leave here with renewed confidence with the support of all the freedom loving americans gathered here and across the country, continued conservative leadership in congress of the united states, with donald trump in the white house and with god's help.
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