NRA strikes back: LaPierre, CPAC, says: “opportunists”, the use of the Florida tragedy for political gain’

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NRA CEO LaPierre: We share a goal of a safe country

NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at the CPAC in the Wake of the Florida shooting.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The leader of the National Rifle Association on Thursday, pushing hard against the current efforts to adopt new gun control measures in the Wake of last week’s school shooting rampage in Florida, accusing the liberals of using the massacre “for political purposes.”

“As usual, the opportunists wasted a second to exploit a tragedy for political purposes,” Wayne LaPierre said the NRA’s executive vice president, here in a fiery speech to conservative activists at the Conservative Political Action conference.

LaPierre railed against “the elites” renewal calls for the restriction of gun ownership in the United States since the Parkland, Fla. Shoot.

“Your target is the elimination of the Second Amendment and our firearms freedoms, so you can eliminate all the individual freedoms,” he said.

LaPierre said, “the elites do not care a bit about the school and the children. If you really cared, what they would do is protect you.”

He also reiterated calls for “trained armed security” in the schools.

“The whole idea of some of our opponents that armed security makes us less safe is completely ridiculous,” he said.

The NRA has come under heavy criticism, as the Florida school massacre, in which students and others, the blowing up of the group for the fight against gun-law changes in the past. The address Thursday, though, left no doubt about where the group stands as a renewed gun control conversation taking shape in Washington and the state capitals across the country in response.

LaPierre announced ‘ s appearance at CPAC, but the time window was not revealed before the time, apparently over safety concerns about gun control protests.

LaPierre’s speech as President of Trump openness signaled to certain gun control efforts, including the idea of raising the minimum age for the acquisition of certain firearms, the Trump publicly endorsed on Thursday morning.

The discussion could be a test for Trump’s loyal base, as many of his followers in the rule against new restrictions have an impact on law-abiding gun owners. But Trump has ignored traditional conservative positions in the past, and could test whether he could sway certain wing of the party.

In front of LaPierre’s speech, though, Trump tweeted his support for the leadership of the organization, including LaPierre and NRA chief lobbyist Chris Cox.

“What many people don’t understand, or don’t want to understand is that Wayne, Chris and the people who work so hard at the @NRA great people and Great American patriots” tweeted Trump. “You love our country and will do the right thing. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

What you don’t understand a lot of people, or don’t understand is that Wayne, Chris and the people who work so hard for the @NRA great people and Great American patriots. You love our country and will do the right thing. MAKE AMERICA Great AGAIN!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018

Trump on Tuesday, state attorney General Jeff Sessions, craft directed new regulations to ban firearm modifiers, including the “bump-stock” in Las Vegas massacre. Trump also said he supports efforts to improve the Federal system in the background.

LaPierre paused during his speech to play a video message in which he outlined several proposals for the prevention of school shootings: the implementation of armed security in every school, which the mental health system, the enforcement of the gun laws and the “by any person is prohibited in the [background check] system.”

The address is assumed to be a terrible sound at times, the not talking is unusual for LaPierre. He warned of the consequences of this “new socialist wave in America”, say the conservatives, you should be “fearful” and “to win back frightened” about the prospect of the Democrats control of Congress or the White house.

“If you seize power, when these so-called European socialists in the house and the Senate take over, and God forbid, they get the White house back, our American freedoms will be lost and our country will change for ever,” he said. “And the first is the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”

LaPierre said he wished had “more, heed my words”, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, he called for more security in the schools. “Stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun,” he said.

“The schools have said, the hardened targets in this country,” LaPierre. “And the evil must be confronted, immediately, with all the necessary force for the protection of our children.”

Alex Pappas is a political reporter at Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.

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