NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, US, February 22, 2018. The group's leadership joined lock-step on school security improvements, but drew a red line on new restrictions on gun ownership. They don't care if their laws work or not.
He also reiterated calls for "trained armed security" in schools.
Indeed, it is not clear that the GOP-controlled Congress, which is in recess, will take up or act on a variety of legislative proposals that have been made to address gun violence.
He has signaled he favors raising the age at which someone can buy semiautomatic rifles from 18 to 21, wants expanded background checks and is ready to prohibit bump fire stocks, which can make semiautomatic weapons fire rounds more rapidly. LaPierre continued. "Can we answer that question honestly knowing that we surround and protect so much with armed security while we drop our kids off at school that are so-called gun-free zones that are wide open targets for any insane madman bent on evil to come there first?" Yet Trump has flouted traditional conservative positions in the past, and could be testing whether he could sway certain wings of the party.
In a later tweet, Trump praised NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre and executive director Chris Cox, whose organization has advocated not overreacting to last week's shooting.
"They're good people", said Trump, who also praised the organization more broadly.
His appearance comes a day after teen survivors rallied for tougher gun laws and told lawmakers things will change when they are able to vote.
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"It is not our job to make sure people are safe", said Loesh, adding that her "condemnation was for the FBI" and that "the government has proven it can not keep you safe".
"As the president said, no child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school", Mr. Pence said. LaPierre used the opportunity to critique other facets of government and society - everything from leaks in the intelligence community to alleged bias in the media to universities that he said were spearheading a socialist revolution by emphasizing the teachings of Karl Marx.
"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.
LaPierre, speaking at the annual gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference, portrayed the NRA as the true protector of the country's schoolchildren and offered free training to those who want to bear arms to protect schools.
"I'm proud that the NRA notices the fact that I've been standing up, as has Senator Blumenthal, to the gun industry to try to make our schools safer", Murphy said.
He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in US schools. Schools must be the most hardened targets in this country. "And evil must be confronted immediately with all necessary force to protect our kids".
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