VP Pence, NRA's LaPierre address gun violence at CPAC

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23 February, 2018

He also argued for teachers, parents, and communities to work toward increasing school security to prevent the next attack.

Summing up the opposition of many lawmakers, Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal called the idea of arming teachers "toxic lunacy - an NRA-backed distraction from common sense action".

Outside the conference hall, secret service wearing kevlar wielded semi-automatic rifles.

NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, US, February 22, 2018. "You're not standing up for them until you say, 'I want less weapons'".

In Florida, meanwhile, funerals continued. "They want to sweep under the carpet the failure of school security".

Over the course of the next 20 minutes, Cruz had killed 17 people, while injuring many others. Schools must be the most hardened targets in this country. "I mean, if it bleeds it leads, right?"

The massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day was the 18th school shooting in the USA this year.

'We were all horrified by another awful tragedy at an American school, ' LaPierre began.

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

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"If you look at what happened in California, they didn't have guns, and they were slaughtered", Trump said. "Crying white mothers are ratings gold". "Nobody had guns. Nobody", Trump said at the time at a campaign rally.

LaPierre said, "Their goal is to eliminate the Second Amendment and our firearms freedoms, so they can eradicate all individual freedoms".

Trump reiterated his support for raising the age limit on gun purchases to 21 and vowed to push "comprehensive background checks" in a tweet Thursday morning. "If they seize power ... our American freedoms could be lost and our country will be changed forever", he said. "I stand by it 100 percent and every attempt to intimidate me or shut me down is only going to make me talk louder", she said.

In Congress, a bill being drafted by Sens.

On Tuesday, Sanders also said age restrictions for buying rifles like the AR-15 are "on the table".

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

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 unsafe people from getting access to guns.

In keeping with his combative character and perhaps with an eye to the views of Americans away from the liberal coastal belts, Trump believes that offense - in the form of more guns - is the key to keeping kids safe, rather than measures like banning assault weapons. In a statement Wednesday, NEA president Lily Eskelsen GarcĂ­a said, "Educators need to be focused on teaching our students".

Last summer, the Center for American Progress put out a report advocating for state laws "that require or incentivize gun owners to store guns securely to help protect against theft".


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