President Trump told a group of governors at the White House Monday that the NRA wants to "do something" to prevent mass shootings. He said he discussed background checks with NRA chief Wayne LaPierre during a weekend lunch.
"I said, fellas, we gotta do something," the president said he told the leaders of the NRA. "It is too long now, we've got to do something."
"We're going to do very strong background checks," he said. "If we see a sicko, I don't want him having a gun."
"There was a time when anybody could have, even if they were sick," the president added. "I said fellas, we can't do it anymore. There is no bigger fan of the Second Amendment than me, and of the NRA, and these guys are great patriots. They're great people, and they want to do something. They've gotta do something. And they're going to do it, I think, quickly. We don't want sick people having the right to have a gun."
He called for giving police "immediate access for taking the guns away" from "sickos."
"Don't worry about the NRA," he said after a smattering of applause. "They're on our side."
"Half of you are so afraid of the NRA," he joked to the assemblage of mostly Republican governors. "They're nothing to be afraid of. And you know what, if they're not with you, you have to fight them once in a while."
"They are doing what they think is right," he noted about the NRA's defense of the Second Amendment. "But sometimes we're going to have to be very tough and fight them. We need strong background checks."