Fla. shooting sparks pro-gun, anti-gun donations

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Second Amendment (gun + flag)Gun Owners of America isn't intimidated by the pledge of an anti-Second Amendment group to spend nearly a million dollars to defeat pro-gun legislators this fall.

In the wake of last week's murder of 17 people at a Florida high school, the gun confiscation lobby has been ramping up calls for stricter gun controls. A group called "Everytown for Gun Safety," for example, says it has received $800,000 in unsolicited donations since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland – and that it plans to use the funds to try to influence the midterm elections in favor of candidates it says are "beholden to the gun lobby."

Mike Hammond, legislative counsel for Gun Owners of America, tells OneNewsNow that they've received unsolicited voluntary contributions of their own for use in the midterms.

"The news media is perfectly happy to cover the crazies who want to stoke this incident [in Florida] in order to achieve more gun control," he states. "But the majority of people who are responsible, law-abiding gun owners are also being energized – and they're going to respond with a strong and effective defense of their Second Amendment rights."

Gun Owners of AmericaAnd GOA, he says, is going to use the donations of Second Amendment supporters wisely.

"[We will use the funds] for the purpose of ensuring that legislators understand that the 100 million law-abiding gun owners in America basically form the majority of Americans, not these crazy people you see on the media who want to exploit this tragedy for their political ends," Hammond says.

GOA describes the media pundits' and politicians' calls for gun control as a "knee-jerk reaction" – and points out the Parkland shooting occurred in a gun-free zone, where 98 percent of mass public shootings have occurred over the last six-plus decades.

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