Eric Trump says sports shooting and the outdoors kept him from trouble, helped shape him as a man

Donald Trump’s middle son Eric Trump, 32, was asked by Circa News of his love of hunting and shooting, and his defense of the Second Amendment.

“How do we get millennials more interested in gun ownership and Second Amendment issues?” he was asked at about the 1:40 mark.

Clip via Circa News

“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 answered.

“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. I loved going out fishing with my grandfather as a kid,” he added.

“So the Second Amendment is a big part of my life and I believe in because I think it can do tremendous good,” he added.

He was also asked about his father’s position on refugees from the Middle East, given the heart-wrenching photo of the abused little Syrian boy that was published last week.

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“He was adorable, and the atrocity he had gone through, first of all, it’s not right. It’s not right that people have to live in that condition at all. It also speaks to so many of our failed policies, foreign policy that frankly put Syria in exactly that position,” Trump said.

He placed the blame for the conditions that led to the boy’s extreme abuse on both the Obama and the George W. Bushh administrations.

“We shouldn’t have had the involvement, we’ve destabilized the entire Middle East, and I think maybe that would have happened, but it probably wouldn’t of in terms of the civil wars and the unrest that you are seeing in that country.”

Then he answered the interviewer’s real question — how would his father deal with the situation.

“My father has been a big proponent of safe-zones, build a great safe-zone. Let our partners and our allies over in the Middle East let them contribute to that, let them help us protect that safe zone so little boys like that can’t be hurt and they don’t need to live in those awful, awful conditions,” he explained.

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