America’s top-gun lobby, the National Rifle Association (NRA), has attacked President Barack Obama’s gun control plans, describing them as an attack on firearms.
The NRA issued a statement on Wednesday saying the president’s proposals only targeted law-abiding gun owners and failed to protect people, especially children, AFP reported.
“Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy,” the NRA statement said.
The group issued its statement on the same day that President Obama unveiled a series of sweeping gun control measures which called for a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, including wider background checks on gun buyers.
Obama also signed 23 executive actions relating to the topic of gun control, which do not require congressional approval.
The NRA dismissed such measures and reiterated that such restrictions were an offence against the right guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.
The statement also noted that keeping children and society safe would be NRA’s top priority.
“The NRA will continue to focus on keeping our children safe and securing our schools, fixing our broken mental health system, and prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law,” it said.
On December 14, 2012, twenty children and six adult victims were fatally shot by a gunman — who later killed himself — at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in the town of Newtown in the US state of Connecticut. Earlier in the day, the assailant killed his mother in another location.
There have been reports that the twenty-year-old killer, Adam Lanza, suffered from a personality disorder, was on the antidepressant Prozac, and was fond of first-person shooter games.
Every year, more than 30,000 people are shot and killed in the United States.
The US averages 87 gun deaths each day as a function of gun violence, with an average of 183 injured, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the Centers for Disease Control.
The year 2012 has been a record setting year for gun sales in the US.
About 4.5 million firearms are sold annually in the US at a cost of 2 to 3 billion dollars.
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