NRA CEO Gives First Speech Since Florida School Shooting

Frederick Owens
February 24, 2018

The head of the biggest gun lobby in the U.S. has accused Democrats of pushing a "socialist" agenda to deprive gun owners of their weapons, in an uncompromising speech just a week after 17 people died in the Florida school shooting.

The NRA is the gun-rights group that lobbies against firearm regulations nationwide. It may be 10 per cent, it may be 40 per cent.

"I don't think I'll be going up against them", Trump said.

He declared "gun free" schools a "magnet" for mass shooters and proposed bonuses for teachers who are willing to carry concealed firearms. In an early morning tweet, Mr. Trump said he wanted to clarify his views on arming teachers. The idea of arming teachers with guns just beggars belief!

These ideas face challenges from the right.

Limiting the size of gun magazines and raising the age limit on buying rifles, including guns like AR-15 style rifles, are both positions that the NRA opposes.

Trump sounded confident of his ability to get the NRA onside.

"It's not at all certain that Congress is going to go with these", Wallace said of Trump's proposal, noting the lack of Congressional response after Sandy Hook in 2012. Of course, the main question is how powerful the upcoming country-wide demonstrations by American students is likely to be with a Congress that has clearly been more oriented toward the perceived needs of the NRA than those of its youth.

"Think of it in terms of immigration", Trump said, before reciting the verses for the cheering audience.

"I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health". Rubio expressed support for all three on live TV as survivors of the Florida school shooting grilled him. And so law-abiding Bahamians should be equally interested in Americans banning the sale of guns, now the major source of our problems - as well as theirs. Furthermore, Vice News is surprised that Americans are wary and distrustful of handing over even more government power to infringe upon Constitutional rights.

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That opposition was evident just outside Washington on Thursday.

"It's a classic strategy right out of the playbook of a poisonous movement", he told an annual conservative conference outside Washington, hitting out at what he called "socialists" on the political left and at the "so-called national news media".

Spokeswoman Dana Loesch pointed to the journalists in back of the room.

The head of the National Rifle Association on Thursday described Democrats as "elites" who don't care about school children's safety - and said news media love tragedy because "crying white mothers are ratings gold".

"I refuse to leave this stage until I say one more time that we must immediately harden our schools".

In his speech, LaPierre, the CEO of the National Rifle Association, accused "opportunists" of using the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which killed 17 people, to "exploit tragedy for political gain".

The NRA's cause received a significant boost when Trump - in his second meeting at the White House on school safety in as many days - floated a plan to respond to the Parkland carnage by putting more guns in schools.

At another nationally televised town hall attended by thousands of Florida students, Sen. He also assailed the Federal Bureau of Investigation for failing to follow up on warnings about the school shooter.

Schools that host the training programs for law enforcement officers in their community are invited, post-training, to apply for a grant from the NRA to fund the security improvements their officers recommend. Then he rattled off businesses and people - from jewelry stores to Hollywood actors - who pay for security, calling for Americans to "harden our schools" in the same way.

"The NRA is ready to do things".

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