US GUN LAWS:
US gun-rights advocacy group the National Rifle Association (NRA) has proposed its own initiatives to address growing community concerns about gun violence.
NRA spokesperson, Wes N Smithson, (main picture) said the latest shooting incident earlier this week in the Illinois town of Highland Park in which a lone gunman allegedly shot and killed seven people at a 4 July Independence Day parade had prompted the organisation to go public with its proposals and to call for them to be implemented as soon as possible.
“We recognise the American public is very anxious whenever there is news of a large number of citizens intersecting with lawful projectiles,” Mr Smithson said.
“That’s why we’re asking governments at all levels as well as every police force in our nation to stop using the expression ‘mass shooting’ and instead start using the term ‘second amendment celebration’.
“I mean, nobody likes to hear news of another ‘mass shooting’ at an elementary school or at a town parade.
“We’re sure they would much prefer being told about another ‘second amendment celebration’.”
Mr Smithson said the NRA was also suggesting that the expression “celebration participant” be substituted for “shooting victim”.
“This change, we believe, will also go a long way to address community anxieties,” he said.
“Take the second amendment celebration at the Uvalde school in Texas as an example. We believe the community would be far less traumatised if they had been told that 19 children and two adults had been celebration participants.
“The same goes for Highland Park. People would be far less upset at the mention of seven participants at a local Independence Day second amendment celebration, wouldn’t they?
“These are very simple changes that should be implemented immediately so that we as a nation are better prepared for the next second amendment celebration, possibly later today.
“Our initiatives show that, as always, the NRA has Americans and their welfare in its sights at all times,” Mr Smithson said.