NRA's Wayne LaPierre says gun control advocates 'hate individual freedom'

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He encouraged students, who have advocated for gun control measures in the wake of the shooting at their school, to make their impact felt at the voting booth. "They want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of school security, the failure of the family, the failure of America's school systems and even the unbelievable failure of the Federal Bureau of Investigation". "What they want is more restrictions on the law abiding".

"Chris Murphy, Nancy Pelosi, and more, cheered on by the national media, eager to blame the NRA and call for even more government control".

"Socialism is a movement that loves a smear". Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren and other high-profile Democrats, whom he accused of backing European style socialism as well creating new victimized groups and hurling insults at conservatives.

"Their goal is to eliminate the Second Amendment and our firearms freedom so they can eradicate all individual freedoms", he added.

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". 'Our banks, our airports, our National Basketball Association games, our NFL games, our office buildings, our movie stars, our politicians, they're all more protected than our children at school'.

"These intellectual elites think they're smarter than we are", said LaPierre.

In a series of tweets Thursday, Trump also reiterated his suggestion that some teachers be armed, calling it a "great deterrent".

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Speaking on behalf of the NRA, Loesch said, "We will not be gaslighted into thinking we're responsible for a tragedy we had nothing to do with".

He ended his speech by repeating the notorious mantra he had issued after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012: "To stop a bad guy with a gun it takes a good guy with a gun".

"I refuse to leave this stage until I say one more time that we must immediately harden our schools every day", LaPierre said.

LaPierre also accused Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., of not working with them enough to address mental health and to put such checks into the database system to prevent risky people from getting access to guns.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump hosted students and parents at the White House for a raw, televised listening session.

"They love our Country and will do the right thing", Trump tweeted.

LaPierre also said that the NRA had helped build the current background check system.

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