NY Times rips NRA’s ‘complicity’ in terrorism

The New York Times editorial board on Thursday said the National Rifle Association (NRA) plays a role in terrorism.

“Few places on earth make it easier than the United States for a terrorist to buy assault weapons to mow down scores of people in a matter of minutes,” it said. "The horrific massacre in Orlando last weekend is only the latest example.

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“And all this is made easier by a gun lobby that has blocked sensible safety measures at every turn, and by members of Congress who seem to pledge greater allegiance to the firearms industry than their own constituencies. There is a word for their role in this form of terrorism: complicity.”

The newspaper singled out the NRA for opposing stricter gun control policies backed by voters nationwide.

“An overwhelming majority of Americans – including gun owners and even NRA members – support universal background checks, while strong majorities want to block sales to suspected terrorists and ban high-capacity magazines,” it said. "And yet the NRA rejects these steps, even though it says that terrorists shouldn’t be able to get guns.

“Instead, it clings to the absurd fantasy that a heavily-armed populace is the best way to keep Americans safe. That failed in Orlando, where an armed security guard was on the scene but could not stop the slaughter.”

Forty-nine people died and 53 more were injured last Sunday when a gunman opened fire inside a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Gunman Omar Mateen reportedly voiced support for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria during the attack. He was killed during a shootout with police at the club.

The NRA on Tuesday blamed “political correctness” for the massacre, noting the FBI had interviewed Mateen multiple times.

“Radical Islamic terrorists are not deterred by gun control laws,” Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, wrote in a USA Today op-ed.