In a USA Today op-ed published Monday, an official with the National Rifle Association official argued that gun control laws would not have stopped the deadly shooting in Orlando, and instead blamed the Obama administration’s “political correctness” for not stopping suspected shooter Omar Mateen.
“They are desperate to create the illusion that they’re doing something to protect us because their policies can’t and won’t keep us safe,” Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, wrote of President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s recent calls for stricter gun control laws.
“The terrorist in Orlando had been investigated multiple times by the FBI. He had a government-approved security guard license with a contractor for the Department of Homeland Security. Yet his former co-workers reported violent and racist comments,” Cox continued. “Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s political correctness prevented anything from being done about it.”
Cox wrote that gun laws didn’t stop attacks in San Bernardino, Brussels or Paris.
“Repeating the same thing but expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. Law-abiding gun owners are tired of being blamed for the acts of madmen and terrorists,” he said.
The FBI interviewed Mateen for two separate investigations, but both probes were closed when he purchased the guns use in the attack at an Orlando gay club that killed 49.