Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) released the following statement in reaction to the newly elected National Rifle Association (NRA) President Oliver North calling student gun reform activists “civil terrorists”:
“Oliver North’s comparing gun reform activists to civil terrorists is as outrageous as it is shameful,” said Congressman Hastings. “I’ve got news for Mr. North: the Stoneman Douglas High School students and others like them are not afraid to take you on, and they surely won’t back down from the NRA’s mob-like intimidation efforts. Our student leaders are heroes, and they are the ones who will transform the gun-control movement. The NRA has truly lost its way if it goes to such lengths to protect gun sale profits.”
“The American people understand that the NRA will do anything to protect its interests, but these expletives are too far even for the NRA,” said Congressman Deutch. “The student-survivors are heroes, and they are leading a movement that has the NRA terrified. The NRA’s intimidation tactics and shameful language will not stop these students or the national gun violence prevention movement from achieving sensible gun laws in our country.”
“The Marjory Stonemen Douglas students who have bravely taken on the NRA since the Parkland tragedy are inspiring role models, not frightening criminals, as the new NRA President Oliver North has tried to characterize them,” said Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz. “An actual criminal himself, North’s dangerous rhetoric, aimed at teenagers he disagrees with, shows just how low the NRA will go to put gun sales and profits over human life and common-sense firearm laws.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.