- Donald Trump in a gun store.
- Purchase or political strategy?
- Debate about its real intention.
Former President Donald Trump visited a gun store in South Carolina on Monday, a move interpreted by many as part of his ongoing election campaign.
He expressed interest in purchasing a semi-automatic pistol but did not ultimately complete the transaction.
Trump campaign spokesman, Steven Cheung, shared a video on X (formerly known as Twitter) showcasing Trump examining the firearm.
In the footage, the former President can be heard stating, «I want to buy one,» as reported by Efe.
Trump video deleted
In the post, Cheung claimed that Trump had acquired a Glock model semi-automatic pistol.
This particular weapon is utilized by security forces in over fifty countries globally.
However, Cheung later removed the message from the X platform.
In a subsequent interview with CNN, Cheung clarified that the former president had not, in fact, purchased the weapon.
Video shows Trump like never before
Trump, currently seen as a frontrunner for the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential elections, has consistently courted controversy throughout his political career.
He has even been accused of employing misinformation as a tactic to garner media attention, as reported by Efe.
The 58-second video shared by his spokesperson captures Trump inside «Palmetto State Armory», a gun store located in Summerville, South Carolina.
In the footage, the former president is seen admiring a firearm that someone beside him holds. He is audibly impressed, exclaiming, «Wow!»
Buying a gun may be illegal for Trump
While pointing at the firearm, Trump remarks, “I have to buy one. I want to buy one.»
The individual holding the gun offers a brief response, to which Trump reiterates, «No, I want to buy one.»
However, procuring a firearm might be illegal for individuals facing criminal charges, a situation that includes Trump.
Trump is currently entangled in four criminal cases: one in Georgia concerning alleged election interference and another in Washington D.C. related to the 2021 assault on the Capitol.
He faces other charges
As well as cases in Florida for alleged mishandling of classified materials and in New York over payments made to a porn actress to allegedly silence her during the 2016 campaign.
Both during his time as President and currently as a candidate in the Republican primaries, Trump has consistently portrayed himself as a staunch defender of gun rights and an advocate for the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.
This amendment guarantees the right of Americans to keep and bear arms.
In his 2016 election bid, Trump secured the official endorsement of the influential National Rifle Association (NRA).
What does the NRA do?
This organization financially supports the campaigns of presidential candidates and congressional members to deter the introduction and passage of stricter gun control laws.
In stark contrast to Trump’s stance, the current U.S. President, Joe Biden, views the nation as grappling with an «epidemic» of gun violence.
Just last week, he established the federal government’s inaugural office dedicated to addressing shootings and other forms of gun violence.
Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), highlight a sobering reality in the United States.
The favorite of Republican Hispanics
In 2021, more Americans succumbed to firearm-related injuries than in any other recorded year.
Specifically, 48,830 individuals lost their lives, as reported by Efe.
In spite of facing four legal proceedings, former President Donald Trump remains the preferred choice among Hispanic Republican voters in the party’s primary race.
This is according to a survey conducted by BSP Research on behalf of Univision News.