Group Says More Gun Laws Wouldn't Stop School Shooting

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - The Illinois State Rifle Association says the school shooting in Red Lake, Minn., is no reason to attack law-abiding citizens' right to own firearms.

ISRA said it is particularly offended by an editorial in the Chicago Tribune that urged elected officials to respond to the shooting with stiffer gun control legislation.

"The Tribune even goes as far as race baiting," ISRA said - "accusing the public of indifference to Red Lake because the victims are Native Americans rather than White suburbanites."

ISRA called the Tribune editorial a cynical example of the "desperate measures being taken by the gun control movement to bolster its faltering agenda."

The Second Amendment group said it has more faith in the American people than gun control advocates do: While most Americans are horrified by the shooting, "we know that the American people are smart enough to understand that the events surrounding this crime would not have been affected at all by any gun control ever passed or ever proposed."

ISRA points to the facts of the case - a disturbed young who killed his police officer grandfather and stole his grandfather's guns, bulletproof vest and police cruiser.

"Feel-good gun control measures would not have interrupted his murderous quest," ISRA said.

"If there is indeed a public policy response to Red Lake, it should be aimed at identifying, isolating, and rehabilitating individuals who would cause unprovoked harm to their fellow citizens.

"Responding to Red Lake by imposing new controls on law-abiding citizens would serve only to distract attention from the root causes behind someone's decision to kill."

The ISRA describes itself as Illinois' leading advocate of safe, lawful, and responsible firearms ownership.

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