Trump endorses raising minimum age to 21 for more weapons

Trump endorses raising minimum age to 21 for more weapons

"The shameful politicisation of tragedy, it's a classic strategy right out of the playbook of a poisonous movement", NRA chief Wayne LaPierre told an annual conservative conference in his first public comments since the Parkland tragedy.

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

A cornerstone of LaPierre's speech centered around the fact that the NRA says they've worked to try and fix the country's background check system by encouraging lawmakers to fight to incentivize states to enter records into the National Criminal Background Checks system. LaPierre continued saying, "Their goal is to eliminate the Second Amendment in our firearms freedoms so they can eradicate all individual freedom". It followed a panel where one guest blasted CNN's Wednesday town hall in Parkland on gun violence as a "Trotskyite show trial", as well as a fiery speech by NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, who blasted the Federal Bureau of Investigation for failing to heed warning signs before Parkland and the media for exploiting such tragedies.

"To stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun" he said.

But many conservatives at CPAC said it may be time to take a slightly more moderate approach, something closer to the reforms President Donald Trump has suggested in recent days.

KUSI's Ginger Jeffries has the details.

President Donald Trump is floating a unique two-step move on gun control.

"You should be anxious, you should be frightened", he said to the attendees.

The NRA was an early backer of Trump, and spent $30 million supporting his candidacy, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

LaPierre's speech comes just a day after Florida Republican Sen. The president's proposal came just hours after the NRA affirmed its opposition, calling such a restriction an infringement on gun owners' rights.

House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr., a conservative Kansas City-area Republican, said top GOP leaders are pursuing a more comprehensive plan that could include mental health initiatives.

Loesch repeatedly invoked "red flags" and the need for more committed vigilance against potential shooters, from the gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to other high-profile mass shootings in Charleston, SC, and at Virginia Tech.

But Trump also threw his support behind the National Rifle Association (NRA), a powerful US organization that advocates for gun rights.

"Evil walks among us and God help us if we don't harden our schools and protect our kids", he said. I'm not saying that you love the tragedy, but I am saying that you love the ratings. "They're patriots. The NRA wants to do the right thing".

NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch called out news coverage of the Florida shooting.

"There's an argument to be made that the reason the NRA is so uncompromising is because of that constituency", said Schickler, "If you look at survey data, there are a number of issues where NRA members themselves would be willing to compromise or support modest gun control measures at least but the organization as a whole is opposed it". "We at the NRA are Americans who continue to mourn, and care, and work every day at contributing real solutions to this very real problem".

"I think the Democrats are the party of Lisa Simpson, and Republicans are happily the party of Homer and Bart and Maggie and Marge", the Texas senator said.

"They understand that things like background checks make sense", he contended.

"There's no. middle ground of having that institution where you had trained people that could handle it and do something about it", Mr Trump said.

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