After coming out and endorsing Trump, the NRA has had to clarify a few of their stances with what happened in Orlando and general gun laws. Check out what they had to say.
The NRA’s top lobbyist said no one should go into a nightclub “drinking and carrying firearms” when asked about Donald Trump’s comments about whether armed club-goers may have prevented the Orlando nightclub shooting, and NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre echoed those remarks in a separate interview.
At a rally on Friday, the presumptive Republican nominee said the massacre would have been prevented if some of the victims had been armed.
“If some of those wonderful people had guns strapped right here — right to their waist or right to their ankle — and one of the people in that room happened to have it and goes ‘boom, boom,’ you know, that would have been a beautiful sight folks,” Trump said.
“What Donald Trump has said is what the American people know as common sense: If somebody had been there to stop this faster, fewer people would have died,” Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said on ABC’s “This Week.”
When pressed, Cox said people drinking alcohol at a nightclub shouldn’t be armed.
“No one thinks that people should go into a nightclub drinking and carrying firearms,” he said. “That defies common sense. It also defies the law.”
On CBS’ “Face the Nation,” LaPierre also said he doesn’t think armed club-goers is a good idea.
“I don’t think you should have firearms where people are drinking,” LaPierre said. “But I will tell you this. Everybody, every American starts to have — needs to start having a security plan. We need to be able to protect ourselves, because they’re coming. And they’re going for vulnerable spots, and this country needs to realize it.”
He later tweeted to “clarify” his statement, saying, “If you’re going to carry, don’t drink.”