NRA laid the groundwork for deadly Capitol riot for years, say gun control advocates

NRA laid the groundwork for deadly Capitol riot for years, say gun control advocates

The deadly Capitol riot on Jan. 6 brought together a wide variety of right-wing militia groups and fringe conspiracy theorists, officially united by former President Donald Trump’s false narrative that the 2020 election had been stolen. But the ideology that connected these groups in the first place was cultivated for decades by the National Rifle Association, gun violence prevention groups say. "The violence that we saw at the Capitol, the firepower that they brought with them, may not have been part of the NRA’s call. But they’re responsible for getting us to this moment," said Nick Suplina, managing director for law and policy at Everytown for Gun Safety. "They should not be allowed to distance themselves from the Frankenstein monster that they’ve created. This is the NRA’s handiwork. Years of conspiracy peddling, fear-mongering that the government is going to come take your guns and your freedom, and the call upon Americans to do something about it, to take action, that’s what we saw on Jan. 6. That base of militia groups and white supremacist groups and other extremists has been listening to the NRA’s talking points for years, and we saw it play out." A new report from Everytown detailing findings in police documents shows that officers seized more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition and arrested nine people on weapons charges. "Quite honestly, that is a likely undercount given the fact that Capitol Police were unable to stop and search everyone," Suplina said. Capitol Police detained only 14 people […]

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