The National Rifle Association (NRA) made one thing very clear, they will not be intimidated. On Wednesday the NRA defended themselves as thousands of student across the country walked out of schools protesting gun violence and calling for new gun control legislation.
The NRA tweeted a picture of an AR-15 style rifle, the same gun used in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last month that killed 17 students and faculty in Parkland, Fla., with the caption: “I’ll control my own guns, thank you.”
— NRA (@NRA) March 14, 2018
The tweet was posted in the midst of the planned nationwide student protests happening one month after the February 14th massacre. Students were walking out and demanding that lawmakers pass new gun laws to make their schools safer.
A NRA spokesperson sent out a second tweet with a video that says passing new gun control measures would blame “good, honest people for the acts of murderers.”
“Passing new gun control laws won’t protect our kids, because criminals willing to commit murder will never obey the law,” the spokesman says.
“Let’s work together to secure our schools and stop school violence. We protect our banks, our sports stadiums and our government buildings better than we protect our schools. That must change,” the message adds.
The NRA has opposed new gun control laws and has called for a focus on different solutions.
The Trump administration released a school safety plan on Sunday that included calling on Congress to strengthen background checks and provide grant money for school districts to train armed school personnel.
The plan omitted major gun control measures that Trump had previously indicated he would support, like raising the age required to purchase a rifle and universal background checks.
Credit: The Hill