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NRA accuses gun-control advocates of exploiting Florida shooting

23 February 2018, 03:33 | Sheila Mcguire

NRA accuses gun-control advocates of exploiting Florida shooting

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Trump, during a roundtable discussion on school shootings with state and local officials at the White House, said he had spoken to officials from the NRA, calling them "good people" and "patriots" who are "ready to do things".

He then moved on to play to the crowd by blasting the "intellectual elites [who] think they're smarter than we are", continuing, "They think they're better than we are - they truly believe it, and you know it".

In Florida, meanwhile, funerals continued. He also appeared open to other proposals to "harden" schools, such as fortifying walls and limiting entry points.

"I am not going to be silenced by attacks from the NRA or anyone else - and neither will my Senate colleagues or the students from Stoneman Douglas".

"For them it is not a safety issue, it is a political issue".

In Florida, Republican Sen. Yet none of that would have been enough to stop the alleged shooter, who had no criminal record, from passing background checks and obtain guns.

The survivors called for new gun restrictions in a rally Wednesday in Tallahassee, the Florida capital; in postings on social media and appearances on news shows; and again Wednesday night at a town hall hosted by CNN and attended by lawmakers and Dana Loesch, an NRA spokeswoman.

Cruz, 19, killed 14 students and three school workers during last week's massacre in Parkland, Fl.

"To protect our children at school, we recommend a trained professional with a gun".

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

"Many in legacy media love mass shootings", Loesch told the audience at CPAC, one of the largest annual gatherings of conservatives.

"If you look at what happened in California, they didn't have guns, and they were slaughtered", Trump said. "That's sheer madness", LaPierre said at the time. "Their goal is to eliminate the Second Amendment, and our firearms freedoms".

Trump said during Friday's listening session that he thought the NRA would support raising the age to 21.

"They want to sweep under the carpet the failure of school security, failure of the family, failure of America's mental health system". They love this country.

"I don't think I'll be going up against them", he said of the politically influential group.

Wayne LaPierre's speech was nothing new for him, or for the NRA. Authorities say he was armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 assault-style rifle.

In the end, Trump did not stray too far from conservative Republican orthodoxy.

Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said he was skeptical the president would follow though. His books include 2002's "Shooting Straight: Telling the Truth About Guns in America" and 2006's "The Global War on Your Guns".

Pence said people are "too often unable or unwilling to meet our fellow citizens where they are, do what the president did yesterday, just ... listen with one another in a spirit of humility and respect".

As the debate over gun violence intensifies, the claims and counterclaims can be confusing and hard to sort through.

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