One week after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz went on a killing rampage at his former high school in Parkland, Florida with his legally purchased AR-15 rifle, the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre will speak at the American Conservative Union’s CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference). The NRA is a “presenting sponsor” of CPAC 2018.
Other speakers include Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Senator Ted Cruz, among other Republican politicians who receive donations from the NRA. The CPAC will take place February 21-24 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor, Maryland. All four men spoke at CPAC last year.
Also speaking will be anti-LGBT French fascist Marion Le Pen who will appear on the main stage immediately after Mike Pence. Marion’s grandfather, Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the National Front, is perhaps Europe’s most notorious living fascist, having been convicted multiple times for inciting racial hatred and denying the Holocaust.
One day after New York City’s The Daily News, the fourth most widely circulated daily newspaper in America has jumped on the anti-gun bandwagon. Yesterday the newspaper infuriated right wing with the headline “God Isn’t Fixing This” mocking the false prayers and condolences that GOP politicians have made after the recent epidemic of mass shootings. Today The Daily News went one step further and listed NRA President Wayne “Jihadi” LaPierre in a front page photo panel of infamous terrorists.
While many most will probably dismiss this as just a way to sell more papers – Ratcheting up the rhetoric for gun control is what we need to match the rhetoric that the NRA uses. And Back2Stonewall.com applauds The Daily News for doing so.
“Thank you for inviting me here today. This is an important conversation for our children, for our communities, for Democrats and Republicans. Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something. It will be hard, but the time is now. You must act. Be bold, be courageous. Americans are counting on you. Thank you.”
Meanwhile National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre testified that the government is already failing to prosecute people who illegally apply to purchase a gun, therefore it’s pointless to impose background checks on people who buy guns at gun shows and they should stop.