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NRA CEO Gives First Speech Since Florida School Shooting

NRA CEO Gives First Speech Since Florida School Shooting NRA CEO Gives First Speech Since Florida School Shooting
Melinda Barton | 25 February, 2018, 11:17

He called that "a very negative thing" and said he wouldn't want his own son participating.

He said, "They hide behind labels like Democrat, left-wing and progressive to make their socialist agenda more palatable, and that is terrifying". Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

"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". "Socialism feeds off of manipulated victims".

"You should be anxious and you should be frightened" about the potential of another Democratic takeover of the House, Senate and White House", he said.

"Our American freedoms could be lost, and our country will be changed forever", he said at the gathering at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. "They hate the Second Amendment".

In the wake of the Florida school shooting, the debate over whether teachers should carry guns in class has intensified.

Teachers were told they could return to the school on Friday to collect belongings from classrooms that have been off-limits since the slayings more than a week earlier. LaPierre said "elites" want to "eradicate all individual freedoms". He argued that was "more" than the Democratic Party or news organizations were doing.

"We must immediately harden our schools", he said.

LaPierre's speech comes just a day after Florida Republican Sen.

However, the NRA has resisted the idea Trump has floated for raising the minimum age for purchasing rifles and shotguns.

Trump needed prompt cards to remind himself to say "I hear you" to survivors of the Florida school shooting.

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While gun laws vary widely by state, most federal gun control measures would require Congress to act.

Trump wrote that he is committed to pushing for comprehensive background checks and limiting the age of those buying assault-style weapons.

Trump repeated his support for tightening background checks for gun buyers, with an emphasis on mental health, and lifting the age limit to buy some kinds of guns.

Now under federal law, anyone 18 or over can buy a gun from a private, unlicensed seller, although a handful of states have set the minimum age at 21. Trump suggested on Thursday he wanted some action, tweeting, "Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue - I hope!"

"If Wayne LaPierre is attacking you, you know you're doing something right", Cuomo said in a statement. "The last time he showed support for sensible gun reform - no fly, no buy - he quickly dropped his support once the NRA opposed it", the senator said.

Turning to this year's elections, Trump told conservative activists at CPAC that Republicans must not be complacent in the fall midterms, warning of awful consequences if Democrats take control of Congress. After posting several tweets, the president went on to praise the controversial NRA, writing, " Wayne, Chris and the folks who work so hard at the NRA are Great People and Great American Patriots. They love this country.

Toward the end of his remarks, LaPierre pledged the NRA will be "louder and stronger" than ever before.

"He certainly did a poor job, there's no question about that", Trump said. "We are always talking about a resistance armed with the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights".

Vice President Mike Pence also took the stage to call the Florida massacre "evil in our time".