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NRA leader blasts Democrats in defiant speech amid gun debate

With increased pressure on politicians and gun lobbyists in the wake of last week’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the head of the National Rifle Association took a defiant stance during his speech Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre claimed gun-control advocates only want to put “more restrictions on the law-abiding” while sweeping “right under the carpet the failure of school society.”

As CNN reported, LaPierre went on to target prominent Democrats he accused of spreading socialism and a smear campaign against the NRA.

“Socialism is a movement that loves a smear,” he said. “Socialism feeds off of manipulated victims.”

Despite his adherence to the powerful lobbying group’s standard positions, the NRA has seen some dissension among some Republican politicians who had heretofore been in virtual lockstep with the organization.

During a town hall event earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who has earned an A+ rating by the NRA, announced he is reconsidering his opinion on issues including an increased minimum age for the purchase of rifles.

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