The NRA Now Says 'Nothing Could've Been Done' to Prevent Vegas

The organization offered the response after backtracking on calls for bump stock regulation.

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Oct 9 2017, 6:58pm

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The NRA has been all over the map when it comes to its response to the mass shooting that left 59 people dead and 527 injured in Las Vegas earlier this month. America's most powerful gun lobby stayed silent on the killings for days, before calling on the government to regulate bump stocks, a firearms accessory used by the gunman.

Now it seems like the organization is going back on any regulation suggestions, after NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch hopped on FOX News to say that "nothing could've been done" to prevent the massacre.

Loesch also asked what kind of "red flags" police could have missed from 64-year-old gunman Stephen Paddock, and questioned what his motive might be—an issue investigators still haven't managed to pin down.

"I know this investigation is ongoing and I don't want to get ahead of the law enforcement that's involved in this right now, but usually with individuals like these there are some sort of red flags," Loesch told Fox & Friends. "I'm just curious as to what sort of vibe, what sort of red flags that this individual was putting out."

After first saying that bump stocks, which can make semiautomatic rifles fire like fully automatic weapons, "should be subject to additional regulations," NRA lobbyist Chris Cox clarified by saying "we don't believe bans have ever worked on anything," according to Reuters. Then, last Thursday, Cox and NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre went on FOX News to say that Hollywood was "promoting and glorifying gun violence," the Trace reports.

"We spend millions teaching gun responsibility," LaPierre said. "This Hollywood crowd makes billions [of dollars] teaching gun irresponsibility… The hypocrisy coming out of Hollywood is beyond belief."

The NRA is the most powerful gun lobby in America, and it's expected to fight any attempts at gun control legislation Congress takes up, according to the Hill. Still, even with the NRA's bizarre response, 38 senators have reportedly already signed onto a bill that would ban the controversial gun accessory.

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