The National Shooting Sports Foundation issued a statement recently regarding the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. After choosing to remain respectfully silent for a period of mourning, the NSSF issued a statement saying its now ready to lead and find answers for safer communities.
NSSF Statement on Mass Shootings
Unfortunately, we have been down this path before. Tragedy has struck our own community, and as it was then, we believe there is common ground. We’ve proven that with our leadership in getting our FixNICS program signed into law in Congress and 16 states, increasing the disqualifying background checks from 1.7 million to 5.3 million since 2012, a 220-percent increase. It is the firearms industry that leads with Project ChildSafe, passing out 38 million free gun locks. We’ve partnered with the largest suicide prevention group in the country to provide gun ranges and retailers the resources to intervene before a moment of crisis. We’ve led on preventing straw purchases with our Don’t Lie for the Other Guy campaign.
The statement went on to remind everyone that blaming guns for crime is useless. Instead, the NSSF remains committed to ensuring guns remain out of the hands of those that shouldn’t possess them. The statement served as both a battle cry and a call for leadership from within the firearms industry.
With NRA’s recent struggles, we need additional voice to be louder and stronger than ever before. Let’s hope NSSF is up to the challenge.
For more information, visit nssf.org.