(CNSNews.com) - In the midst of genuine grief over the latest school shooting, "the breathless national media is eager to smear the NRA," the NRA's executive vice president and CEO told a conservative conference in suburban Washington on Thursday.
“As millions of Americans search for meaningful solutions, what do we find?” Wayne LaPierre asked. “ (Sen.) Chris Murphy, (Rep.) Nancy Pelosi and more, cheered on by the national media, eager to blame the NRA and calling for even more government control.
“They hate the NRA. They hate the Second Amendment. They hate individual freedom.”
LaPierre said the "elites" -- those he described as “European-style socialists” -- don't care about America's school children.
If they truly cared, they would protect them. For them, it's not a safety issue. It's a political issue. They care more about control and more of it. Their goal is to eliminate the Second Amendment and our firearms freedoms so they can eradicate all individual freedoms.”LaPierre said the liberal elites want more restrictions on law-abiding Americans:
Think about that. Their solution is to make you all of you less free. They want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of school security, the failure of family, the failure of American's mental health system, and even the unbelievable failure of the FBI.
They fantasize about more laws stopping what other laws fail to stop.
He noted that “so many existing laws” were ignored in the most recent school shooting.
Their laws don't stop illegal criminals from crossing our borders every single day. Their laws don't stop the scourge of gang violence and drug crime that savages Baltimore, Chicago and every major American community.
Their laws haven't stopped the plague of opioids, the Chinese fentanyl from Mexico that floods American streets and kills victims every single day in this country.
No wonder law abiding Americans all over this country revere their Second Amendment freedom to protect themselves more than ever.
The NRA cares
Liberals "don't care if their laws work or not,” LaPierre said. “They just want to get more laws to get more control over people. But the NRA-- the NRA does care.”
LaPierre said the NRA mourns those killed by evil people with guns and works every day to contribute "real practical action" to truly protect schoolchildren.
He noted that jewelry stores, banks, airports, NBA and NFL games, office buildings, and movie stars and politicians 'are "all more protected than our children at school."
He said schools must be "hardened" immediately, because they are "wide open targets for any crazy madman bent on evil."
The NRA advocates "effective, trained, armed security" inside schools to protect children.
LaPierre said the argument that armed security doesn't make us more safe is ridiculous. Ok, he said, in that case, let's remove armed security from the White House, Capitol Hill and Hollywood.
He noted that the NRA offers "professional consultations" on school security to all American schools, free for the asking.
That’s more than anybody at the Democratic National Committee or NBC News or the Washington Post is offering, he added.