Even as calls for gun control and rallies against gun violence intensified in the United States, the country's President Donald Trump seems to be little touched.
During a speech in Dallas in Texas on Friday, May 4, Trump reiterated his strong backing for the gun rights and commitment towards the mid-term elections.
Trump, who was speaking at the annual meeting of the National Rifles Association (NRA), at the Dallas's convention centre, said the Second Amendment rights that allow the people of the US to keep arms were "under siege" but he would not allow them to be under siege as long as he remained the president.
"We cannot get complacent. We have to win the mid-terms," he said. Trump had a big support among the gun owners during the 2016 presidential election and he is also banking on them to win the mid-term polls in November this year.
Trump did not mention about the gun violence in Florida in February which loss of 17 lives and was followed by massive 'March for Our Lives' rallies that were led by students and joined by people of eminence but rather played down the role of guns in violence, citing a hospital in London, UK, where violence was carried out with knives since guns were outlawed.
Vice President Mike Pence also spoke in support of gun rights before Trump. He even told the NRA members that they have two friends in the White House who stood for the Second Amendment without any apology.
Trump though had promised regulation of gun laws in the wake of the Florida shooting though nothing concrete came up.
Trump's words in Dallas saw angry reactions from the gun control advocated who accused the president of bending in front of the NRA instead of ensuring people's safety despite repeated pleas.