National Rifle Association chiefs lash out at gun control supporters
NRA leader Wayne LaPierre singled out Democrats’ House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Connecticut senator Chris Murphy.
Leaders of the National Rifle Association are accusing supporters of gun control of exploiting the mass school shooting in Florida to promote an anti-gun agenda.
NRA leader Wayne LaPierre spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). He said Democrats like House minority leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Connecticut senator Chris Murphy are eager to blame the NRA and are calling “for even more government control”.
"Some people think the NRA should just stick to its #2A agenda and not talk about all of our freedoms. But real freedom requires the protection of all of our rights. And a #2A isn’t worth its own words in a country where all individual freedoms are destroyed."- Wayne LaPierre— NRA (@NRA) February 22, 2018
"I call on every citizen who loves this country and treasures its freedom to— NRA (@NRA) February 22, 2018
stand and unflinchingly defend the Second Amendment, the one freedom
that protects us all." - Wayne LaPierre @CPAC 👏 👏 👏
He said opponents of gun rights want to “sweep under the carpet” the failure of school safety, families “and even the unbelievable failure of the FBI” to prevent the shootings.
Mr LaPierre and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch are addressing conservatives at CPAC.
Ms Loesch said many in the media “love mass shootings”, adding, “crying white mothers are ratings gold”.
US President Donald Trump tweeted his backing of the NRA.
Mr Trump said on Twitter: “What many people don’t understand, or don’t want to understand, is that Wayne, Chris and the folks who work so hard at the @NRA are Great People and Great American Patriots. They love our Country and will do the right thing. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
The president, a strong supporter of gun rights, is publicly weighing some gun control measures in the wake of last week’s school shooting that left 17 dead.
What many people don’t understand, or don’t want to understand, is that Wayne, Chris and the folks who work so hard at the @NRA are Great People and Great American Patriots. They love our Country and will do the right thing. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
He has expressed interest in strengthening background checks, banning “bump stock”-style devices and raising the minimum age to 21 for possessing more weapons than at present.