NRA CEO Gives First Speech Since Florida School Shooting

Pence said that in a meeting with governors at the White House Monday, they and Trump will "make the safety of our nation's schools and our students our top national priority".

But Mr Trump proposed only arming teachers with "military or specialist training experience".

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch and NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre hammered home this same argument during their speeches at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference on Thursday morning.

"I really think the NRA wants to do what's right", Trump said.

In Florida, meanwhile, funerals continued.

Murphy, who was elected to the Senate a month before 20 first-graders and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, has been one of the Senate's strongest supporters of gun control legislation.

He called out rising-star Democratic lawmakers - many of them potential candidates for the 2020 presidential election - by name.

"Schools must be the most hardened targets in this country", LaPierre said.

"I think the only chance to save the Iran deal now is if the European Union can get some kind of side agreement on ballistic missiles but I think Iran is unlikely to be cooperative", McMonigle said. "It is a political issue".

"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".

NRA officials also accused Democrats and media outlets of exploiting the Florida shooting.

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"Many in legacy media love mass shootings, you guys love it", Loesch said.

"Can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA?".

"Their goal is to eliminate the Second Amendment and our firearms freedom so they can eradicate all individual freedoms", he added. "This is a war on women", she insisted, "because the AR-15 is the most popular rifle with women".

Still, President Trump remained confident Thursday the NRA would support his call for raising the assault-weapons age limit.

On the other are the students from the Florida high school who hid in closets as carnage was unleashed, and whose campaign, so far uncorrupted by tortured partisanship, is a powerful new force in American politics. "They hate the NRA, they hate the Second Amendment, they hate individual freedom".

"I don't think I'll be going up against them".

In Congress, a bill being drafted by Sens.

LaPierre also accused Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., of not working with conservatives and activists enough to address mental health as a concern and to put such checks into the database system to prevent risky people from getting access to guns.

LaPierre vocally opposes universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons, and any restrictions on semi-automatic weapons.

According to a Gallup tracking poll, 60 percent of Americans now favor tougher gun sale laws. "I hope this time will be different", Schumer said in a statement, referring to a measure backed by Democrats to prevent people on a terrorism-related "no fly" list from buying guns. The address Thursday, though, left no doubt about where the group stands as a renewed gun control conversation takes shape in Washington and state capitals across the country in response.


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