Signs are emerging that companies and investors are starting to push back against the gun industry and its main lobbying group, the National Rifle Association (NRA), in the wake of last week's Florida high school shooting.
He was less concerned about LaPierre attacking him and other Democratic leaders and more anxious about what he is "doing to this country" and how NRA leaders are endangering individuals-especially children.
Next, when it was LaPierre's turn to rant at CPAC, he brought out every exhausted clichéd buzzword in the ultra-conservatives' playbook to attack anything other than the NRA's extremist positions on the Second Amendment.
Peterson resigned after being suspended without pay.
Cpl. Michael Johnson of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, a participant in that first training, said it provided him with "new resources" that would help him protect the students and children in his local community. He was quoted by the Miami Herald.
LAPIERRE: They care more about control and more of it. People like to blame them, and they do have power and all of that, but they want to do things. "But the NRA, the NRA does care".
Mr LaPierre accused Democrats of trying to smear the NRA. Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive.
Speaking shortly after Mr LaPierre, Mr Pence told the conference "the safety of our nation's schools and our students" is a top priority for the Trump administration.
"We share a goal, of safe schools", he said.
Head of NRA Isn't Backing Down on Guns
"They want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of school security", LaPierre said, a week after 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida. President Barack Obama said on Monday his new executive actions to tighten gun rules were "well within" his legal authority and consistent with the USA right to bear arms, a warning to opponents who are likely to challenge them in court.
"Passing a law that makes it illegal for a 20-year-old to purchase a shotgun for hunting or adult single mother from purchasing the most effective self-defense rifle on the market punishes law-abiding citizens for the evil acts of criminals", she said.
"It sounds like they're scared of these kids", Jaclyn Schildkraut, an expert on mass shootings at the State University of NY at Oswego, told me. "We give them a little bit of a bonus".
The president has vowed over the past several days to bolster background checks, raise the gun buying age to 21 and end the sale of a device - called a bump stock - that can turn guns into automatic weapons. "Adding more guns to schools may create an illusion of safety, but in reality it would make our classrooms less safe", said Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers union.
When politicians don't want significant change following the slaughter of schoolchildren in an age of mass shootings, concerns about respect aren't taken seriously.
Trump says the group will also discuss opening mental institutions.
"Many in the legacy media love mass-shootings". The president and lawmakers are now struggling to respond to public demands for action, mindful of the clout gun-rights enthusiasts hold in the Republican party, which controls the White House and both chambers of Congress.
"It's a classic strategy right out of the playbook of a poisonous movement", he told an annual conservative conference outside Washington, hitting out at what he called "socialists" on the political left, and at the "so-called national news media".
When it comes to policy proposals, turning schools into "hard targets" with armed teachers and airtight security is the preferred option.
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