GOA Statement on Tragic Shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH


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GOA Statement on Tragic Shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH

Springfield, VA — -(AmmoLand.com)- Senior Vice President of Gun Owners of America (GOA) Erich Pratt stated the following after the tragic shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio:

“Gun Owners of America morns with all those affected by the pure evil in El Paso and Dayton. We pray for the families and for quick healing for the injured.

“Events like these are tragic; yet they remind us that life is precious and worth protecting — and that firearms in the hands of honest citizens are the best way to protect both liberty and security.

“This is why GOA is calling on the President, Congress and state legislatures to utterly reject any calls for gun control, including Universal Background Checks, so-called ‘Assault Weapon’ Bans, and so-called Red Flag laws.

“It is further frustrating to see President Donald Trump’s continued support for so-called Red Flag laws. These Red Flag laws, properly known as Gun Confiscation Orders, are incompatible with actual due process and allow for the confiscation of firearms from innocent Americans. Consider a Maryland man, who was the subject of a Gun Confiscation Order, and was ultimately killed by police.

“As a solution, GOA calls on Congress to immediately take up and pass H.R. 38, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, as well as H.R. 3200, the Safe Students Act (to repeal gun-free schools). GOA also calls upon state legislatures to immediately take up and pass Constitutional Carry legislation. Legislators should move to end gun-free zones — places where honest citizens cannot carry firearms.

“We know that firearms in the hands of honest citizens keep us safer. In fact, based on a study commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control, we know that guns are used 16-100 times more often to protect life than to take it. And these defensive gun uses even include the employment of commonly owned, semi-automatic rifles.”

Consider these examples:

  • A Houston man fired several rounds while fighting off five home invaders this year, using his AK-47 as his primary means of defense;
  • A Florida man utilized his AR-15 to fire 30 rounds while fighting off seven intruders; and,
  • A very petite Maryland mom chased three burglars out of her home simply by charging her AR-15.

“Additionally, almost 90 percent of police agree that mass shootings would be ‘reduced’ or ‘avoided altogether’ by the presence of legally-armed citizens.

“In this difficult time in our country, let us take measures to make us safer and freer. This is not achieved by restricting guns, but by restoring firearm freedoms protected under the Second Amendment.”

Gun Owners Of AmericaErich Pratt, or another GOA spokesperson, is available for interviews. Gun Owners of America is a nonprofit lobbying organization dedicated to protecting the right to keep and bear arms without compromise. GOA represents over two million members and activists. For more information, visit GOA’s Press Center.

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I have already written the president, reps and senators and would urge all others to do the same. It could make a difference, certainly better than writing only on this website.


Absootootly! Got-er-dun, a couple days ago. As noted, hopefully the president backs away from this all but ‘no knock’ gun confiscation malarky. There WILL be blood!


Once again, the likely bogeyman gets a pass. Not since 2013 has anyone tried to point out the connection between behavior altering prescription drugs and mass murders. While it’s not easy to find out, John Noveske found the connection in about 40 cases of mass murders and published the details on his Facebook page. Shortly after, he died in a single car accident on a country road in daylight and good weather. His Facebook page promptly disappeared. Meanwhile big pharma continues to make money on Prozac, Xanax, Ambien, Trazodone, Zoloft, Paxil, Ritalin, Luvox, Effexor, Celexa, and a few others. The… Read more »



Wild Bill

I think that we better yell louder than the libtards because the pres seems shaky. Whitehouse.gov/contact


Perzactilly so! A prime reason America is in the shape she is, right now, are ‘we the stupids’ allowing the LOUDEST voices to rule/ruin the country!

Gene Ralno

Greater Dayton boasts 803,416 residents while El Paso metropolitan statistical area numbers 840,758 residents. Democrats act like they’ve not heard that murders in the U.S. are concentrated in a handful of the largest cities. They pretend not to know that half the nation’s murders occur in only 63 counties while the other half are spread across the other 3,081 counties. Said another way, 15 percent had one murder and 54 percent of the nation’s counties had no murders at all. Democrats will never admit it but gun control is working precisely as planned. Democrat intimidation of good people who normally… Read more »