On Tuesday, a number of Second Amendment organizations responded to the push by Democrats for gun control following the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
While acknowledging the gravity of the situation — a murder that claimed 59 lives at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival — the groups repudiated the prospect that increased regulations on the transfer or possession of guns or ammunition would have averted the crime.
“If the gun grabbers want to control something they should control themselves and their mouths,” Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, told Guns.com. “This tragedy was unpreventable.”
According to authorities, the shooter, a 64-year-old retired accountant with no significant criminal record, painstakingly planned his crime and amassed a legal collection of guns and ammo for his deed beforehand, though a motive remains elusive.
“It’s not a reflection of the majority of gun owners in Nevada,” Don Turner, president of the Nevada Firearms Coalition, the state’s National Rifle Association affiliate, told Vice News in the immediate wake of the shooting. “In the emotion of the moment, there’s a tendency to push anti-gun agendas. We need to find out what really happened.”