US gun lobby responds


America’s politically powerful gun lobby group, the National Rifle Association (NRA), says it has taken “unprecedented and appropriate” action in response to the latest mass shooting at a school in Texas yesterday.

NRA chief executive Clint Face (pictured) said the organisation would provide at no cost to families of victims of the shooting a new mobile phone app which the NRA helped develop.

“A few years back the NRA engaged IT firm Second Amendment Inc based in Alabama to develop the social media app which, when loaded onto mobile devices, can deliver a rapid response to mass shootings,” Mr Face said.

“The new T&P app (main picture) allows anyone with a mobile device to receive or send their thoughts and prayers for victims to their families and friends.

“The app was designed specifically to meet the needs of NRA members and our friends in Congress.

“When they hear news of mass shootings and the mass deaths and mass injuries that result, the first and often only thing they do is to send their thoughts and prayers to those families whose lives have been permanently devasted.

“The app was designed specifically to saves our members and those in Congress on our payroll a lot of time.

“Given how often these shootings happen the app allows our members and those we own in Congress to quickly send their thoughts and prayers to those affected and then get back to their usual work – shooting things with weapons capable of totally unwarranted firepower, or in the case of members of Congress, counting the funds we funnel to their campaign accounts.

“So it’s a real win-win,” Mr Face said.

Meanwhile former US President Donald Trump told a Republic Party fundraisng event at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida that he wished he had been at the Texas school at the time of the incident.

“I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon,” Mr Trump said.

“I would have gone in to tell that young man that Sleepy Joe Biden wants to take away his constitutional right to buy the totally unnecessary high-powered weapons he was carrying.

“I think most of the people in this room would have done that, too,” he said to wild applause.