NRA boss offers same solutions to school shootings as Donald Trump

"It's not a safety issue, it's a political issue", LaPierre said.

"Legislative proposals that prevent law-abiding adults aged 18-20 years old from acquiring rifles and shotguns effectively prohibits them for purchasing any firearm, thus depriving them of their constitutional right to self-protection", Jennifer Baker, a spokeswoman for the group, said in a statement.

"I think "safety drills, ' which help in these types of situations, would be more appropriate", he added".

"As usual, the opportunists waited not one second to exploit tragedy for political gain", LaPierre said during CPAC, the annual gathering of conservative activists and Republican leaders in National Harbor, Md. You guys love it. "Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media in the back [of the room]".

"The United States of America doesn't stand with murderous dictatorships, we stand up to murderous dictatorships", Pence told the crowd at CPAC. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.; Sen.

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"We at the NRA are Americans who continue to mourn, and care, and work every day to contribute real solutions to this practical problem", he said.

"I hear a lot of quiet in this room, and I sense your anxiety", LaPierre said, turning to the political consequences of the debate.

"You should be anxious".

His comments echoed those made by Trump last night - and again this afternoon, claiming that making schools gun-free zones leaves them open to attack, and that teachers must be given weapons.

Ms Bondi said Florida would bring in a system of gun violence restraining orders so law enforcement officers can take away guns of people in custody for mental health reasons.

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"In every community in America ... they all must come together to implement the very best strategy to harden their schools, including effective, trained, armed security that will absolutely protect every innocent child in this country", said LaPierre. I don't want to tell my son, 'You're going to have to participate in an active shooter drill.' I'd much rather have a hardened school. "It should not be easier for a madman to shoot up a school than a bank or a jewelry story or some Hollywood gala".

Speaking to reporters afterward, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, one of the participants, said there is a need for more protection of students in schools.

He also doubled down on the NRA's longstanding position that armed Americans were the first line of defense in confronting deadly attacks, saying: "To stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun".

"The answer to the question is that people buy into my agenda, and I do support the second amendment", Rubio said.

Outside the conference hall, secret service wearing kevlar wielded semi-automatic rifles. I think it's insane.

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On the other are the students from the Florida high school who hid in closets as carnage was unleashed, and whose campaign, so far uncorrupted by tortured partisanship, is a powerful new force in American politics.