Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) blasted the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Sunday after the group held a conference in the same state where nearly two dozen people were killed in a school shooting in Uvalde just days earlier.
The congressman told ABC host Jonathan Karl that he recognizes the need for gun control as a supporter of the Second Amendment.
“The reaction of my colleagues, of the NRA to say, ‘Hey if you want to come and take my guns, I’m going to walk around — I’m going to go into the Michigan state capital with my AR because I can,'” Kinzinger explained. “By the way, can I make a point that open carry, especially with ARs, is one of the more insane things?”
“These are the kinds of things that are doing Second Amendment supporters no favors,” he added. “The NRA basically said Kinzinger is a RINO or whatever their language was and I realized, especially then, the only thing the NRA cares about is raising money on your back. They don’t really give a lot of money to people. They can get people upset.”
Kinzinger said that the NRA “has become a grifting scam.”
“All you have to do is look at the last few years of the grifting scam NRA to know that that’s true,” he concluded.
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According to a report from the Washington Post, the man who founded the company that produced the weapon that was used to slaughter 19 children and two adults at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday once pushed lawmakers to pass legislation making it harder to purchase guns.
Then he backed off after being on the receiving end of criticism from gun owners and disowned the bill after it was signed.
As the Post notes, there has been nothing but silence from Marty Daniel, founder of gunmaker Daniel Defense, since the mass shooting that shocked a nation again, although “The company again offered ‘our thoughts and our prayers.'”
Four years ago, the Georgia-based Daniel moved to the forefront of pushing for new laws after a shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in Texas, where 26 people died at the hands of Devin Patrick Kelley, who died following his armed assault.
As the New York Times reported at the time, “A gunman clad in all black, with a ballistic vest strapped to his chest and a military-style rifle in his hands, opened fire on parishioners at a Sunday service,” adding that Kelley, who served in the Air Force was “court-martialed in 2012 on charges of assaulting his wife and child.”
In the wake of that attack, the Post is reporting that “Daniel had backed a federal bill to strengthen the nation’s firearms background check system,” because Kelley was able to slip through the system.
After Congress passed the bill and Donald Trump signed it, the Post reports that Daniel then washed his hands of it after he was buffeted with criticism for his earlier support.
According to the Post’s Todd Frankel, “Customers of Daniel Defense were outraged. They saw the bill as a Trojan horse for gun control. So Daniel backed down. In a Facebook post, he wrote that he could ‘no longer in good conscience put my support behind’ the bill. And he vowed not to give an inch in the future,” adding also Daniel proclaimed, “I stand with you and I am ready to continue to fight for our rights.”
The report noted Daniel “… built his family-owned company in Black Creek, Ga., from nothing into at Top 25 firearms manufacturer, is accustomed to being celebrated for the business he created,” adding, “Georgia’s governor cut the yellow ribbon when a new Daniel Defense firearms factory opened in 2018. Daniel and his wife regularly hand out checks totaling millions of dollars in donations. His company’s name stands in big, bold letters atop the scoreboard at a new football stadium at the community center in Pooler, Ga., outside Savannah.”
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) faced heckling and jeers on Sunday as he arrived to meet President Joe Biden at the site of a school shooting in Uvalde.
In videos shared on Twitter, members of the crowd could be heard booing Abbott by name as he wheeled passed the Robb Elementary school sign.
Abbott was later seen speaking with the president. The governor has faced criticism for loosening gun regulations in the years before the shooting in Uvalde.
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Former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway accused Fox News host Howard Kurtz of making “every day” Jan. 6 with his coverage of the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
During an interview on Fox News, Kurtz asked Conway if former President Donald Trump “bears some measure of responsibility for calling his supporters to Washington and then suggesting they march on the Capitol.”
“He had a rally and he said fight like hell,” Conway replied. “He has made very clear — so you have to listen to his words and his intent — that he never knew people were going to go inside the Capitol or, God forbid, what some of them actually did once inside the Capitol. Listen, it was shocking.”
Conway accused media outlets of trying to “mix together” Capitol rioters with the “74 million people” who voted for Trump in 2020. She said that questioning the election “does not make you the QAnon Shaman.”
“But I do wonder,” Conway continued. “Even for you, Howie, why every day is Jan. 6th. Can you explain that to me?”
“Jan. 6th was a very dark day in our history,” Kurtz replied. “I understand a lot of people would like to move on from Jan. 6.”
“I didn’t say that!” Conway insisted. “I’m just asking why every day is Jan. 6? Is there a good answer to that?”
“For the media, you’re saying?” Kurtz wondered.
“For you and the show but for the media and the Democrats just generally and a couple of Republicans who are, you know, having hearings on that,” Conway griped.
Kurtz said that he agreed that “many people” were using Jan. 6 “as a political weapon.”
With that admission, the host moved on to another subject.
Watch the video below from Fox News.