Wayne LaPierre, CEO and Executive of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

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NRA: Gun rights "granted by God to all Americans"

"To stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun."

February 22, 2018 - 12:53 pm

The FBI, media and gun control advocates are to blame for the Parkland high school massacre last week, according to the NRA's CEO Wayne LaPierre.

The National Rifle Association had not commented on the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School until today, when LaPierre and the NRA's communication director spoke at a Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. The CPAC meeting is the largest gathering of political conservatives of the year. LaPierre wasn't on the official schedule, but took to the podium during the 10am hour.

"Each and every member of the NRA mourns the loss of the innocent," LaPierre said. "We share a goal of safe schools, safe neighborhoods, and a safe country."

But he blamed the media and the political left for latching onto the shooting to push their agenda, saying, "their goal is to elmininate the Second Amendment and our firearm freedoms."

The right to bear arms is not "bestowed by man, but granted by God to all Americans as our American birthright," LaPierre told the crowd.

Speaking to President Trump's idea to arm teachers and school security guards, LaPierre said it was "ridiculous" to say that armed guards make people less safe. "If armed security makes us less safe, then lets go ahead and remove it from everywhere. Remove it from the White House, remove it from Capitol Hill, and remove it from all of Hollywood."

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Matched with LaPierre's comments, the NRA released an ad Thursday morning, saying that "mainstream media love mass shootings."

LaPierre returned to his comment after the Sandy Hook shooting that killed 20 children and 6 adults:

"To stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun."

Trump, who met with Parkland students at the White House yesterday, tweeted his support for the NRA this morning before the speech.

Angry students and survivors of the shooting have monopolized the post-massacre shooting coverage. Students' protests have taken on a life of their own as high schoolers around the country have started protesting and calling for tighter gun control measures.

19 year old Nikolas Kruz was charged in the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. He allegedly used an assault rifle, an AR-15, which has become the gun of choice in several mass shootings in the US. He bought the gun legally in Florida. Kruz had been kicked out of the high school for behavioral issues.  An anonymous tip to the FBI about Kruz's frame of mind and concern that he might be a danger was not followed up by the FBI.  14 students and 3 educators were killed in the Valentine's Day shooting.