A message from Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the NRA: For over 150 years, the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) has been the Nation's leading voice in the call for …
A message from Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the NRA: For over 150 years, the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) has been the Nation's leading voice in the call for responsible, law abiding gun ownership and firearms education and training. With 5 million members, we promote Second Amendment freedoms and stand with you in opposition to the unlawful use of any firearm.
Our members, employees and supporters are parents, friends, and neighbors. We grieve with the people of Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, and find it heart-wrenching that anyone is capable of the evil that fell upon these communities. We join our nation in the fight to confront this crime epidemic.
The actions we promote include programs to protect our children and all other innocent victims of violent crimes. They do not encompass infringing upon the rights of the law abiding to own firearms. We must do better than that.
The facts tell us the violence in our nation is not due to the age of law abiding gun owners or their ability to lawfully access firearms. These incidents are due to the acts of deranged individuals. Any suggestions to the contrary is a disservice to those who have suffered the consequences of gun violence, or the promise we hold for a safer, more secure future.
The NRA calls for an immediate Federal program that funds safety measures at every school in America. Our schools must be safe and secure. There is no reason not to enact such legislation right now. We know enhanced safety and security can help protect our children.
We call for an infusion of resources to address mental health. We need actionable plans to identify and verify those who are threats to themselves and their communities. All too often there are warning signs from these evil monsters that commit gun violence and murder. We see this time and time again. Our nation faces an acute shortage of psychiatric bed capacity. It is impossible to truly address the needs of those who may be a threat without active treatment and rehabilitation.
We join the nationwide call to provide law enforcement with increased resources and support, so they are able to protect us all. These brave men and women deserve advanced training, financial resources, equipment, and manpower to do their jobs.
We must get tough on gun crime. We must arrest and prosecute criminals. There can be no exceptions.
The NRA stands to protect the second amendments freedom of law-abiding Americans. We implore all lawmakers to embark upon a plan that protects our schools, confronts the crime epidemic, and respects the freedoms of law-abiding citizens.
Now is the time to take action for our children, citizens, and the collective vision we have for a safer, more secure America.
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