Everything you need to know about NRA head Wayne LaPierre

  • Everything you need to know about NRA head Wayne LaPierre

Everything you need to know about NRA head Wayne LaPierre

He says opponents of gun rights want to "sweep under the carpet" the failure of school safety, families "and even the unbelievable failure of the FBI" to prevent the shootings.

Teenagers who hid in closets and ran for their lives quickly responded to the shooting by calling for increased gun control, becoming animated with furious activism unseen after previous mass shootings at schools and other public venues. He criticized independent Vermont Sen.

LaPierre attacked Democrats by name including Senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Christopher Murphy and also took a swipe at the Federal Bureau of Investigation for failing to follow up on a tip about the alleged shooter in the Parkland massacre.

LaPierre also hit out at the "breathless national media" which he said was "eager to smear the NRA in the midst of genuine grief".

"If they seize power. our American freedoms could be lost and our country will be changed forever", he said.

'Their goal is to eliminate the Second Amendment and our firearms freedoms so they can eradicate all individual freedoms.

Following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last week, the gun debate is very much back on the table. After fending off questions-and death threats after the show-the guns right advocate arrived at CPAC on Thursday morning to a standing ovation.

At the White House, Trump told local and state school officials he had been in touch with the NRA about his ideas to stem gun violence in schools and said "there's a tremendous feeling that we want to get something done". He argued that was "more" than the Democratic Party or news organizations were doing.

While an appearance by LaPierre was expected during the three-day conference, held just outside of Washington, D.C., at Maryland's National Harbor, he was left off the schedule in light of the recent school shooting, with organizers anxious that his speech would attract protesters.

LePierre tipped his hand that he not only fears the youth leading the fast-moving mobilization against gun violence, but also several strong voices in a new crop and old guard of political leaders that he singled out in his diatribe.

And Rep. Ken Corbet, a conservative Topeka Republican who operates a hunting lodge, said after mass shootings, he would think schools "would like a class like this to offer".

Limiting the size of gun magazines and raising the age limit on buying rifles, including guns like AR-15 style rifles, are both positions that the NRA opposes.

LaPierre and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch are addressing conservatives at CPAC.

The US president has stepped up his calls for teachers to be armed, a day after he floated the proposal at a White House event to hear from survivors of the Florida school shooting. "Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue - I hope!"

"The NRA also agrees that tackling mental health issues must be a key component to any reforms aimed at protecting our schoolchildren", Mortensen said in a statement.

The comment came after Trump suggested on Twitter he wanted to overhaul the background checks system. GREAT DETERRENT! Trump tweeted yesterday.

Just minutes before LaPierre was scheduled to speak, however, Trump defended the NRA.

Just hours later, Mr Trump told a group of Florida officials he was a big believer in the second amendment, the right to bear arms, and was speaking regularly with the NRA, from whom he enjoys "tremendous support".