The National Rifle Association released a statement expressing their "deepest sympathies" on Sunday for the victims and their families of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton over the weekend, The Hill reported.
The statement, which also saluted the courage of the first responders, added that “The NRA is committed to the safe and lawful use of firearms by those exercising their Second Amendment freedoms. We will not participate in the politicizing of these tragedies but, as always, we will work in good faith to pursue real solutions that protect us all from people who commit these horrific acts.”
Democrats criticize the NRA for lobbying against gun control legislation, such as a universal background check bill that was passed by the House but which is currently stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate.
The two mass shootings come as the NRA is in internal turmoil, with the association’s former president Oliver North announcing in April that he was leaving the organization amid reports of problems between him and chief executive Wayne LaPierre.
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