NRA boss Wayne LaPierre says anti-gun lobby 'hate freedom'

Anita Tucker
February 23, 2018

But it was clear when NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch was introduced as the first big-name speaker, that LaPierre's appearance would soon follow.

"The NRA does care", Mr LaPierre insisted. That's like saying, 'Here I am, take me, ' " Trump said. "They hate the NRA, they hate the Second Amendment, they hate individual freedom". And yet, some people want all of us to disarm.

"How inspiring to see it again in so many smart, fearless students standing up for their right to be safe; marching and organizing to remake the world as it should be", Barack Obama went on to tweet, before adding, "We've been waiting for you".

"If you look at what happened in California, they didn't have guns, and they were slaughtered", Trump said. "If that's true, and just think about this, if that's true, armed security makes us less safe, let's just go ahead and remove it from everywhere".

"We must immediately harden our schools".

During the 2016 presidential election, the NRA spent almost $20 million attacking Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton, and spent $11 million in support of Trump, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

The group that met with Trump at the White Houseincluded Republican Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart and Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky, who Trump thanked for her work helping the students.

Trump has spent the past two days listening to ideas about how to stem gun violence at schools after last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Police reported the incident happened in a boy's restroom, and the rest of the students and staff have been deemed safe. Also, the district is taking into consideration students who want to remain at their current schools.

LaPierre, who was not listed on CPAC's official schedule, accused Democrats of making gun control a political issue in order to achieve their ultimate goal to "eradicate all individual freedoms".

"Every time you see a horrific crime, people in the media and Democratic politicians always try to leap on it to advance their agenda", which is to try to "strip the Second Amendment rights from law-abiding citizens", Cruz said.

Trump tweeted that people "don't understand" or "don't want to understand" that NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and executive director Chris Cox are "Great People and Great American Patriots".

The US Congress has always been deadlocked on the gun debate, accomplishing nothing despite a spate of mass shootings and polls showing that Americans support stricter gun laws by a two-to-one margin. He also said he would push for an end to the sale of bump stocks, which allow rifles to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute.

"We always stand for our flag and our national anthem as well", Mr. Pence said, an apparent reference to last year's NFL protests.

It remains unclear, however, whether other GOP senators in rural America far from Florida are feeling the heat Rubio faces in his home state.

And anything the Senate passes would have to make it through the Republican-led House, home to Republican lawmakers more beholden to Trump's base than some of their counterparts in the Senate.

The coming struggle will match the zeal of the Florida school kids against the entrenched forces of the NRA and congressional delay. She's also specifically defended AR-15s, the semi-automatic rifles frequently used in mass shootings.

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