NRA head lashes out at gun control advocates: 'They hate individual freedom'

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump

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. And many teachers took to social media to say they're infuriated by the idea.

"We share a goal of safe schools, safe neighborhoods, and a safe country", LaPierre added. He endorsed more stringent background checks for gun buyers, and ordered his Justice Department to work toward banning rapid-fire "bump stock" devices.

The school plans an orientation on Sunday for teachers and students, and to restart classes on Wednesday. And a sheriff's deputy who had been on duty at the school but never went inside to confront the shooter resigned after being suspended without pay.

Trump said the suspect in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed, was mentally ill and that neighbors and classmates knew he had behavior issues.

Trump raised the suggestion during a meeting with victims of the latest high school shooting on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time).

"Because they've just, on this particular issue, have been taken no action in recent years, and so I just feel like what happened to us was totally preventable", she said. Evil walks among us, and God help us if we do not harden our schools and protect our kids.

"I think there is a better solution if we logically pass legislation that is what I call gun safety, not gun control", said Hernando County School Board member Susan Duval.

The president made clear Thursday that he believes additional security in schools is a key to halting America's mass-shooting scourge.

"I will not accept the old, exhausted political notion that we don't have enough time to get anything done", Scott said. "They want 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". "Now I'm not saying that you love the tragedy, but I am saying that you love the ratings".

He added: "If these so-called European socialists take over the House and the Senate and god forbid they win the White House again our American freedoms will be lost forever, and the first to go will be the second amendment to the U.S. constitution".

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"I'm saying that the problems we are facing here today can not be solved by gun laws alone", Rubio said, adding he supported legislation to raise the minimum age to purchase a gun, ban bump stocks and change the background check system. Already several United States companies have cut ties with the NRA amid calls for a boycott of businesses linked to the gun lobby. "We hope that people who are not educators, but yet have the responsibility of creating change in our schools will see that arming teachers with guns is not the answer", she continued.

Wayne LaPierre, were the main speakers in the second day of CPAC.

"I want my schools protected just like I want my banks protected", he said.

"We've had enough. We want more".

She added: "I'm also thinking of young women" who may need a rifle for self-protection. "I'm also a father, and a grandfather, and a Governor", Scott said.

"My friends and I have been playing video games our whole lives, and seen, of course, violent movies", Samuel Zeif told CNN, "but never have we ever felt driven or provoked by those action in those games to do something as disgusting as this".

But gun owners are a militant lot.

While some might argue that people in schools during a shooting should wait for police, Hansen said that might take too long.

President Donald Trump is telling conservative activists that he's proven he's one of them.

The NRA was an early supporter of Trump's campaign, and it remains unclear how far the president will go to cross them.

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