NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre says anti-gun lobby 'hate freedom'

Friday, 23 Feb, 2018

The National Rifle Association usually maintains a large presence at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual political confab that draws thousands of conservative activists from across the country. "Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media in the back".

At the White House, Trump told local and state school officials he had been in touch with the NRA about his ideas to stem gun violence in schools and said "there's a tremendous feeling that we want to get something done". "Do we really love our money and our celebrities more than we love our children?"

"If they seize power... our American freedoms could be lost and our country will be changed forever", he continued.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday pushed his call to arm teachers following last week's school massacre in Florida, saying it would be limited to those with military or special training but "would solve the problem instantly".

"Knowing that we surround and protect so much with armed security, while we drop our kids off at school that are so-called gun-free zones that are wide open targets for any insane madman bent on evil to come there first".

Still, Trump reiterated support for tougher background checks, ending the sale of bump stocks and raising the minimum age of buyers for semi-automatic rifles to 21 - a measure the NRA explicitly rejected earlier this week.

LaPierre, who served as a conservative lobbyist and an NRA staff member before ascending to the top job, is a gun-rights hardliner: He advocates for gun ownership with as few restrictions as possible and believes that attempts to restrict access to firearms qualify as government tyranny. La Pierre blamed "the opportunists" who sought to turn tragedies like the Parkland shooting into a referendum on Second Amendment.

Many student survivors of the shooting have started a campaign for gun control that targets the NRA, including demands that Florida Republican Sen.

Previously, he expressed support for strengthening mental health treatment and background checks for gun purchases.

Pence praised the tax cuts passed by Congress and supported by President Donald Trump that, among other things, slashed corporate rates and went into effect January 1.

Wayne LaPierre slammed critics of the gun lobby and accused them of exploiting last week's school shooting in Florida for political advantage.

LaPierre said the organization is "engaging in new programming to make our message just as accessible as NBC, The New York Times and the rest of the so-called national news media".

"A "gun free" school is a magnet for bad people", he said.

LaPierre said also failing the system are those wanting 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation".

Trump added: "Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this". He suggested it would be hard to hire enough security guards to properly protect a school, but allowing some teachers to carry concealed handguns could help solve the problem.

The White House said Trump does not want to ban sales of an entire class of firearms despite mounting pressure to put assault weapons such as the one used in the Florida shooting out of civilian reach.