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During his rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had a really awkward inquiry regarding former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.
“I know a lot about Pennsylvania, and it’s great,” Trump said to the Pittsburgh crowd, according toABC News. “How’s Joe Paterno. We’re gonna bring that back? Right? How ’bout that whole deal?”
Paterno was implicated in the scandal that involved former coach Jerry Sandusky, who was arrested and charged for molesting young boys. Sandusky was sentenced to prison for 30 to 60 years.
Considering that the former coach died in 2012, it was unclear to some about whether Trump was talking about bringing Paterno back to coach the team again, or if the presidential candidate was asking to bring the coach’s statue back that was removed four years ago.
According to Donald Trump’s spokesperson, however, the businessman meant restoring the Joe Paterno statue.
By Philip Lewis
ThinkProgress filed this report from Pittsburgh, PA at the NRA’s annual convention.
President Obama has repeatedly said, while campaigning for the White House, and as president, that he firmly supports Americans’ right to own guns. As recently as last March, the subject came up during a press conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon because of the large flow of American-made weapons going to drug cartels there. “I believe in the Second Amendment,” Obama said. “It does provide for Americans the right to bear arms for their protection, for their safety, for hunting, for a wide range of uses.”
Yet, the National Rifle Association instructs its members not to believe Obama’s words. Based on interviews ThinkProgress conducted with NRA members at the group’s annual conference in Pittsburgh this weekend, their strategy is working quite well:
ThinkProgress also talked to gun industry CEOs Ronnie Barrett and Pete Brownell, who are both on the NRA’s board of directors (listen to clips of the interviews here and here). Predictably, Barrett and Brownell said they don’t think Obama believes in the Second Amendment, but they couldn’t offer any evidence to support that view.
Even though gun regulations have actually loosened since Obama took office, Brownell wasn’t buying it. “I wouldn’t argue that,” he said. And when asked for specific pieces of legislation that have restricted gun rights, Brownell paused and then simply said, “The NRA has done a great job making America aware of what legislators are trying to do in banning firearms.”
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