In the aftermath of the horrific Texas school shooting, Wayne LaPierre, CEO and executive vice president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), said the organization agreed with President Joe Biden that measures could be taken to combat armed violence in the country. However, he further stated that the NRA disagrees with the President’s view of the Second Amendment right that grants US citizens the right to bear arms. The Second Amendment states: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
“We disagree with President Biden on the Second Amendment, but we share common ground that efforts can be made to reduce the rise of gun violence in the United States,” the President noted. gun rights lobbyist LaPierre at the NRA’s annual convention on Friday. ANI reported. Meanwhile, Democratic governors and lawmakers across the country have called on Congress and their respective legislatures to approve gun control legislation in the wake of the Texas shooting that killed at least 19 college students and two teachers.
What is the American “gun lobby”?
In the United States, the so-called gun lobby is a general term that refers to efforts to influence state and federal gun policy, usually by supporting candidates who have stood committed to opposing gun control legislation. These include direct contributions to legislators, independent advocacy efforts by elected officials, and public opinion campaigns on gun issues. This lobbying is often refined to comply with US election finance laws. Several reports have revealed that major anti-gun control lobbying organizations, the best known of which, the National Rifle Association, have close ties to the multi-billion dollar arms industry in the United States, AlJazeera reported.
The United States has witnessed more than 140 mass shootings so far in 2022
According to data released by the Gun Violence Archive research group on May 23, the United States has witnessed more than 140 mass shootings so far in 2022. The Gun Violence Archive said there were had 144 mass shootings and at least five mass murders. away this year. The organization explained that it collects data daily from around 7,500 sources and that the number of incidents has been reported and verified.