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NRA offers sympathy to Uvalde shooting victims

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The National Rifle Association on Wednesday said its “deepest sympathies” are with the families and victims of the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school massacre — the newest in a series of mass shootings that gun-control advocates have blamed on loose firearm laws.

The NRA’s comment got here a day after an 18-year-old gunman armed with an AR-15-style long rifle killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School.

It also got here two days before the powerful gun rights advocacy group, which has greater than 5 million members, is on account of begin its annual convention in Houston, Texas, a less-than-five-hour drive away from Uvalde.

“Our deepest sympathies are with the families and victims involved on this horrific and evil crime,” the NRA said in its statement Wednesday.

“On behalf of our members, we salute the courage of college officials, first responders and others who offered their support and services,” the group said.

“Although an investigation is underway and facts are still emerging, we recognize this was the act of a lone, deranged criminal. As we gather in Houston, we are going to reflect on these events, pray for the victims, recognize our patriotic members, and pledge to redouble our commitment to creating our schools secure,” the NRA continued.

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Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to attend the convention. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, together with plenty of other distinguished Republicans, are also set to attend the event.

Earlier Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., criticized Republican senators for not bucking the NRA by voting for gun restrictions.

“The opposite side is all too able to bow in obeisance to the NRA,” Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor.

In a Tuesday address wherein he pushed for tighter gun restrictions, President Joe Biden said that “we as a nation need to ask, ‘When in God’s name are we going to get up to the gun lobby?'” He further criticized the industry on Wednesday.

“It’s just sick that gun manufacturers have spent twenty years aggressively marketing assault weapons which make them a few of the biggest profits,” the president said in a tweeted statement.

On Tuesday night, Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat who was serving as a House member in the course of the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in his district that left 20 children dead, anticipated the NRA suggesting that a “deranged” gunman was the only real consider the Texas slayings.

“Now we have mass shooting after mass shooting and, you understand, spare me the bullshit about mental illness,” Murphy told reporters.

“We haven’t any more mental illness than another country on this planet,” he said.

Murphy earlier addressed his Republican colleagues on the Senate floor with a matter about their refusal to vote for tougher gun restrictions.

“Why do you spend all this time running for the USA Senate, why do you undergo all the trouble of getting this job, of putting yourself in position of authority in case your answer because the slaughter increases, as our youngsters run for his or her lives, we do nothing?” Murphy asked.

The NRA is a significant donor to Republican senators.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in 2019 listed the amount of cash donated by the gun group to 50 senators who had accepted probably the most contributions. It was topped by Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who had received greater than $13.6 million from the NRA.

In second place, with nearly half as much in NRA donations, was Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., at $6.9 million.

The Brady Campaign is called after James Brady. He was serving as White House press secretary under President Ronald Reagan when each Brady and Reagan were shot in March 1981 outside the Washington Hilton Hotel in an assassination attempt by John Hinckley Jr.

Brady became an advocate for gun control laws after the shooting. He died in 2014 at age 73, from what was officially ruled a homicide, in consequence of the gunshot wound he suffered 33 years earlier.

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