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National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the National Rifle Association are accusing gun control advocates of exploiting the deadly Florida school shooting, striking a defiant tone amid a renewed debate over guns and school safety.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, in his first public comments since the shooting in Parkland, Florida, said Thursday that NRA members mourn for the Florida victims, but at the same time he issued a searing indictment of gun control proponents for attempting to “exploit tragedy for political gain.”

“They hate the NRA. They hate the Second Amendment. They hate individual freedom,” LaPierre said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland, near the nation’s capital.

LaPierre addressed the conservative activists shortly before President Donald Trump held a listening session with state and local leaders on gun safety at the White House.

The president said he had spoken to NRA leaders and expressed optimism that the nation’s most prominent gun-owners organization would support his calls for raising the federal minimum age for buying or possessing certain weapons, enhancing background checks, addressing mental illness and banning the sale of bump stock devices.

NRA leaders did not address whether the federal government should raise the minimum age for young adults to buy weapons. A day earlier, the organization issued a statement saying it opposes raising the age limit.

“Evil walks among us and God help us if we don’t harden our schools and protect our kids,” LaPierre said. “The whole idea from some of our opponents that armed security makes us less safe is completely ridiculous.”

LaPierre said Democrats such as House minority leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut were eagerly blaming the NRA. He also assailed the FBI for failing to follow up on warnings about the school shooter.

“Their solution is to make you, all of you, less free,” LaPierre said of gun control advocates. “They want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of school security, the failure of family, the failure of America’s mental health system, and even the unbelievable failure of the FBI.”

The longtime face of the NRA was preceded on stage by the group’s spokeswoman, Dana Loesch, a prominent conservative radio host. She accused media outlets of focusing heavily on school shootings involving white and affluent neighborhoods instead of those occurring in inner cities.

“Many in legacy media love mass shootings, you guys love it,” Loesch said. “Now I’m not saying that you love the tragedy but I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold.”

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7 thoughts on “NRA Strikes A Defiant Tone, Critizes Gun Control Advocates

  1. Monique Kline on said:

    “They hate the NRA. They hate the Second Amendment. They hate individual freedom”
    ________________________________

    You know what control advocates really hate? Losing our “individual freedom” to NOT GET SHOT.

  2. Passing Through!! on said:

    They hate the NRA. They hate the Second Amendment. They hate individual freedom,” LaPierre
    ********
    Typical defiant, arrogant, anglo-saxon, supremacist white male. Never apologize, say I’m sorry or take responsibility for anything. This hypocrite stood on stage and blamed the media, politics, and the FBI while his organization puts blood money in the back pocket of politicians who push and lobby laws that work in the NRA’s interest and keep his bank account fat. NO ONE or any citizen should have access to or be allowed to carry a military/machine assault weapon. Gun control doesn’t mean take your guns away it simply means keeping them out of the hands of the wrong people. You can buy an AR-15 at 18 but have to be 21 to buy a hand gun WTF!

    • He called out everyone except his mama. I agree with Responsibility. You’d think that Wayne LaPierre was running the country since the Repubs have to consult with, and get his permission BEFORE anything can be done to stop the slaughter of american people.

      • Passing Through!! on said:

        He called out everyone except his mama.
        +++++
        LOL! His mama and Jesus. But not one word as to what the NRA would do to address gun control or try and work with law makers. And as for the DUMMIES and IDIOTS saying the media loves mass shootings, so does the NRA because mass shootings make people paranoid and go out and buy more guns. No one can say one group is benefiting more than the other.

  3. ResponsibilityInControl on said:

    The NRA is not a part of any Government Branch, yet republicans and trump feel the need to consult them before making any type of policy change. Nothing regarding gun laws will ever change until the NRA has been removed from political discussions and policy development. And I support the second amendment, but not kids being killed.

  4. americanize on said:

    Nothing will change about gun laws,I mean nothing background checks,high powered weapons,you will still be able to get them.When a white identity extremist mows down a bunch of people at random,this is good for the gun makers that the NRA works for.So with that being said,to my black brothers and sisters,armed yourselves get training and the proper documents so you can carry your weapon when you leave ur home.And if you want to buy a AR 15 go right ahead,because in this climate we live in today,anything can jump off.Lock an load.

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