AR-15 Gun Owners of America CEO Chris Waltz defended the rifle that has been used in several mass shootings such as the most recent South Florida school shooting.
“The AR-15 rifle is America’s rifle,” Chris Waltz said to FOX Business’ Charles Payne on “Varney & Co.”
“They are used responsibly by folks throughout the nation,” Waltz said. “It’s not the weapon that was used it was the person behind the weapon.”
While the National Rifle Association (NRA) has been quiet, as they usually are after a mass shooting, the Gun Owners of America (GOA), one of the nation’s most prominent defenders of the 2nd Amendment lobby, released a statement in response to the Florida shooting.
“This tragedy breaks everyone’s heart at Gun Owners of America, and we send our sincere thoughts and prayers to everyone affected,” Executive Director of Gun Owners of America (GOA) Erich Pratt said in a statement released on Thursday. “It is disturbing to see a coward attack students who are so treasured by friends and loved ones.”
“However, it is disgusting to see media pundits and politicians calling for gun control as the knee-jerk reaction to this tragedy,” Pratt continued. “The fact is this tragedy happened in a gun free zone, where sadly over 98 percent of the public mass shootings occur.”
The GOA instead calls on Congress to expand 2nd Amendment rights to reduce crime and reduce mass shootings.”
“GOA calls on Congress to immediately pass the ‘Safe Students Act,’ legislation introduced by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), to repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act,” she continued. “Which enable evil doers by leaving teachers, school administrators, and parents unable to protect students. In fact, 81 percent of police officers support arming teachers to stop school shootings.”
The AR-15 and their variants are manufactured by the Connecticut-based Colt’s Manufacturing Company.
The semiautomatic rifle was used in Newtown in 2012, San Bernardino in 2015, Orlando in 2016; Las Vegas, 2017, and Sutherland Springs in 2017.