WASHINGTON, June 16 (RIA Novosti), Lyudmila Chernova - The leadership of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is more concerned with gun sales than protecting lives of people, said Mark Walsh, Campaign Director of the Illinois Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
“I think it's that very reason that the NRA is dug in so deeply in Washington, they realize that public opinion is against their efforts to thwart laws that protect our society from more gun violence which they seem to feel is fine as long as guns are being sold,” Walsh told RIA Novosti.
After a recent shooting in Oregon High School, which claimed two lives, US President Barack Obama said his biggest frustration was the fact that today’s society had not been willing to take basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who could do "just unbelievable damage."
Walsh does not think the gun lobby is unbeatable.
“People are fed up with the violence that's plaguing our country,” Walsh said, adding that there was an increase in the number of people saying enough was enough.
“We've seen since Sandy Hook an increase in common sense gun laws at the state level across the country,” he said adding that he believes some serious advances for common sense gun laws-like a universal background check system will be made soon. "It might not happen tomorrow - but it will happen!” Walsh said.
Oregon Police said the teenage gunman killed his classmate and then himself two weeks ago with a military-style rifle and a semiautomatic pistol he got from his home.