Local Families, Law Enforcement Officers Disapprove Of NRA Message
Several New York families and law enforcement officers who have dealt with plenty of gun violence on city streets disapproved of the National Rifle Association's comments Friday. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
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Jackie Rowe Adams is clearly outraged at the National Rifle Association's suggestion that all schools should have officers or armed security to prevent another school massacre like the one in Newtown, Connecticut.
Adams helped start the group Harlem Mothers Save after her two sons were shot dead. In March, she met with leaders of the NRA. She said they promised to help her get guns off the streets. She said they never followed up.
"Stop the lies, get on board and support us," she said. "Support us and all of our issues surrounding gun violence."
Gloria Cruz lost her 10-year-old niece to a stray bullet in the Bronx in 2005. She's been an anti-gun advocate ever since.
Cruz said the NRA is way off the mark with promoting more guns for safety.
"At the end of the day, if you listen very, very carefully, it's a way of making money for the gun manufacturers," she said.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly didn't go that far, but did say the NRA must do more than what it has so far.
"I thought they were going to make some meaningful recommendations as to how to strengthen gun control," he said.
Graham Weatherspoon is a retired NYPD officer and owns a gun. He's even taking some NRA training. But he said unless the powerful gun rights group speaks out against assault weapons and illegal guns, it's all lip service.
"The right of a person to have a weapon, I believe that people have that right," said Weatherspoon. "But you don't need an AR-15, a bushmaster, an AK-47. They're not hunting. You're not hunting animals with those weapons, and you're not hunting animals with a 9mm, either."
All of the advocates NY1 spoke with did agree with the NRA that violent music videos, games and movies should be scaled back, but they said the production of guns should, too.