NRA chief just attacked “opportunists” exploiting Florida. A survivor’s response is perfect


The country’s most unhinged conspiracy theorists, bloodthirsty gun nuts, and virulent racists descended on National Harbor, Maryland yesterday for the start of the four-day-long Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

What was once the premiere event of the Republican calendar has mutated into a despicable carnival sideshow during the Trump era. Everyone from Pizzagate enthusiasts to far-right French lunatics have been invited this year to spew their filth in front of frothing audiences.

Earlier today, the head of the National Rifle Association Wayne LaPierre took to the stage at CPAC to defend his gun fetishist organization against the not-unfair attacks it’s been weathering in the wake of the tragic mass shooting last week at Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida.

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Seventeen people were killed and fifteen wounded when a young man entered the school and opened fire with an AR-15 style rifle. Rather than focus on ways to prevent the future mass murder of children, LaPierre was more concerned with protecting his precious guns. He slammed “opportunists” for exploiting the tragedy for political purposes.

In reality, the people speaking out against guns are simply interested in saving lives. The students who survived the Stoneman George massacre have been particularly vocal. Now, one such student has responded to LaPierre’s vile attack. Cary Novell appeared on CNN and gave an articulate, moving defense of herself and her fellow survivors. She pointed out they’re only trying to save lives, they’re not “opportunists.”



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Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.