WASHINGTON: Gun lovers of America wheeled out a buffet of causes on Friday for the epidemic of mass shootings in the USA: Social media bullying, violent video video games, damaged households, single dad and mom, declining church attendance, opioid disaster, psychological sickness, unguarded faculties, open doorways… The whole lot else besides the surfeit of accessible weapons in a rustic with an absurdly permissive gun tradition. After standing in token silence to mourn 21 victims of the newest faculty capturing in Uvalde, Texas, 1000’s of attendees on the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation conference in Houston celebrated their love of weapons, raucously cheering the founding precept of the organisation echoed by keynote speaker Donald Trump: “Because the age-old saying goes, the one approach to cease a nasty man with a gun is an effective man with a gun.” The truth that 19 “good guys” stood by doing nothing outdoors a classroom whereas a nasty man massacred youngsters inside on Tuesday was misplaced on a conference that outright rejected gun reform measures even in an hour of nationwide tragedy. “Everyone knows they need complete gun confiscation, know that this could be a primary step. As soon as they get step one, they’ll take the second step, the third, the fourth, and you then’ll have a complete totally different have a look at the Second Modification,” Trump informed the delegates. Attendees feasted on acres upon acres of the newest weapons on the conference after ignoring tons of of protestors massed outdoors, some carrying placards studying “Disgrace” and “Shield Youngsters Not Weapons.” Audio system argued for stronger safety measures corresponding to hardening faculties, arming academics, locking school rooms, placing in bulletproof doorways, single-entry level to colleges, guarded by armed police or skilled navy veterans, amongst measures to contained faculty capturing — not gun management. Whether or not the identical measures can apply to church buildings, malls, supermarkets, film theaters, universities and many others — all websites of mass shootings — was not clear. “Legal guidelines will not change evil. Evil doesn’t obey legal guidelines,” one delegate mentioned, echoing a well-known argument made by gun lovers. Blaming “social ills” propagated by Democrats, liberals, media, communists, Marxists and different political enemies for the mass shootings, the gun crowd argued for what they mentioned was a “constitutional proper” of People to defend themselves. “We, the NRA, won’t ever, ever cease combating for the suitable of the harmless and the law-abiding to defend themselves in opposition to the evil legal factor that plagues our society as a result of we all know there could be no freedom, no safety, no security with out the suitable of the law-abiding to bear arms for self-defense,” NRA CEO Wayne Lapierre mentioned. Audio system, together with Trump and his surrogates like Texas Senator Ted Cruz, cherry-picked statistics to unload on Democrat-run cities corresponding to Chicago, which they described as a hell-hole, to argue that robust legal guidelines do not curb gun violence. Whereas Chicago does have excessive gun crime, on a per capita inhabitants foundation, it ranks under many Republican-run cities. Trump went as far as to obliquely defend the police within the George Floyd homicide, saying, “The exact same Democrat politicians who stoked riots over a single police-involved killing two years in the past are numb to the mounting dying toll of their very own radical insurance policies.” The essential gun-lover argument repeated in a number of methods by means of the day was the identical: Gun management measures do not work; extra weapons and extra safety is the reply to gun violence.