NRA Chief Blames 'Family, School Security, FBI' for Florida School Shooting

NRA Chief Blames 'Family, School Security, FBI' for Florida School Shooting

Also addressing the issue was Vice President Mike Pence, who vowed President Donald Trump will "make the safety of our nation's schools and our students our top national priority" when he meets with US governors next week in Washington. "But the NRA, the NRA does care". "The privileged and the powerful, they think they deserve to be in charge of every lever and power, but the United States Constitution makes it absolutely clear that they are not in charge".

LaPierre laid blame on lawmakers such as Sen.

In an interview with NPR's David Greene this morning, Schlapp said that inviting LaPierre to speak was "the appropriate thing to do, even at a really tragic time".

"They hate the NRA", he said. "The first to go will be the Second Amendment".

But LaPierre condemned "elites" who seek to take away firearms and Second Amendment freedoms. "And we will keep standing strong until North Korea stops threatening our country, our allies, or until they abandon their nuclear and ballistics once and for all".

"This growing socialist state dreams of manipulating school children", said LaPierre following attacks against conservatives at Berkeley. For them, it's not a safety issue. "It is a political issue".

"Later this week, when the President's meets with the nation's governors in our nation's capital, we will make the safety of our nation's schools and our students our top national priority", Pence said.

That comment apparently did not sit well with some of the attendees, including Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who challenged Loesch on the assertion: "You're not standing up for them until you say, 'I want less weapons, '" Israel said, amid raucous cheering and applause.

The National Rifle Association will participate in CNN's nationally televised town hall Wednesday with students, parents and community members who were affected by last week's school shooting.

National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch told the audience that she thought the confessed school shooter was a monster who should never have been able to get a firearm of any kind.

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

"The influence of these groups comes not from money", he said, "You can ask that question and I can say that people buy into my agenda". But I am saying that you love the ratings.

"You should be anxious and you should be frightened" said LaPierre.

"It would be a disaster for our cause if Nancy Pelosi became speaker of the House again. A gun-free zone to a maniac - because they're all cowards - a gun-free zone is, 'Let's go in and let's attack, because bullets aren't coming back at us'". This movement should know it's a very real threat.

"European socialists", he said, and they're taking over the Democratic Party.

As Mr Trump repeated his call for teachers to be armed, the NRA also appeared to lend its support for the suggestion.

"Schools must be the most hardened targets in this country, and evil must be confronted immediately with all necessary force to protect our kids", Mr. LaPierre said.