LaPierre blamed law-enforcement agencies for lax policing and legislators for lax laws that could have prevented mass shootings, like the one at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, last week, and an outcry to ban certain firearms, especially military-grade assault weapons like the AR-15 used in the school shooting. Two speakers from the NRA railed against gun control and against the news media for allegedly creating a phoney debate in the wake of last week's massacre.
"A "gun free" school is a magnet for bad people. That's like, 'Here I am, take me'".
Trump declined an invitation to speak to the students and parents.
Trump says on Twitter Thursday: "What many people don't understand, or don't want to understand, is that Wayne, Chris and the folks who work so hard at the @NRA are Great People and Great American Patriots".
"I call right now today to every citizen who loves this country and treasures this freedom to stand and unflinchingly defend the second amendment", finished LaPierre to another standing ovation.
Butacross town, the NRA was giving next to no ground.
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WASHINGTON -The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, saying Democratic elites are politicising the latest mass school shooting in the United States to try to erode constitutionally guaranteed gun rights. "The first to go will be the Second Amendment". "That's number one...none of us from the organization that I am here representing support people who are insane, who are a danger to themselves and others, getting their hands on a firearm", Loesch said.
"The NRA is ready to do things", he added.
The President met Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, Indiana attorney general Curtis Hill and Parkland mayor Christine Hunschofsky at the White House.
LaPierre said also failing the system are those wanting to "sweep right under the carpet" the failure of "school security, the failure of family, the failure of America's mental health system and even the unbelievable failure of the Federal Bureau of Investigation". It may be 10 percent, it may be 40 percent. Stating clearly that he did not want all teachers to have guns, Trump said teachers with firearms experience should be able to have concealed weapons. It showed him seeking a balance between satisfying those who have urged him to press for some gun curbs, and not alienating the powerful NRA gun lobby.
"We'll make the safety of our nation's schools and students our top national priority", Pence told an enthusiastic crowd.
But Trump cut off Education Commissioner Stewart when she mentioned there is no requirement for active shooter drills. They're very close to me.
"I want to like you". I don't like it. I think it's insane.