Many pro-gun supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump — a man who was down with the federal “assault weapons” ban and currently loves him some “No Fly, No Buy” legislation — take heart from the fact that his son Eric is a yuge Second Amendment guy. That he is. circa.com:
A prize trophy hunter once targeted for criticism by animal activists, he is an unabashed supporter of Second Amendment gun rights and credits his love of sports shooting from keeping him as a teen from falling prey to the ills that can afflict other young rich kids.
“People often ask me, ‘Eric, I see so many people of your generation, and so many people that you went to school with that went a very, very different track than you in life.’ They got caught with substance abuse problems, they got caught with drug problems, they went to rehab and I certainly saw that in various peers of mine,” he said.
“I often tell people I credit a lot of that to the shooting sports. I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed competing in trap and skeet shooting. They were things that grounded me.
Feel better now? Oh, if the hunting a leopard thing sticks in your craw, Donald J. disavowed his son’s hunting back in the day. Kinda. “My sons love hunting. They’re hunters and they’ve become good at it,” Trump told TMZ in 2012. “I am not a believer in hunting and I’m surprised they like it.”