Speaker Moore’s Tone Deaf Comments Close the Door on Common Sense Gun Reform A Week After Parkland Shooting

Raleigh – Speaker Moore went on HLN yesterday to discuss the Parkland, Florida, shooting and immediately closed the door on any attempt from the General Assembly to legislate common sense gun safety measures:

Speaker Moore: “folks want to try to drag the gun debate into it – look that’s a discussion for another time we need to deal with how do we make schools safer” [HLN, 4:30]

Speaker Moore’s tone deaf comments come after a CNN Town Hall in which students from Parkland, Florida, called for expanded background checks, a ban on assault weapons, and common sense solutions to stop the gun epidemic.

According to a new Quinnipiac poll, the majority of Americans support stricter gun laws, the highest level of support ever measured by the independent Quinnipiac University National Poll:

  • 66 percent support stricter gun laws, the highest level of support ever measured in the poll. Even gun owners (50{eb55bbf701f9db901fd6f7bc2ea871e64d822488f3f23d07e510d4cc2bd956ab}) want common sense laws to curb gun violence.
  • 97 percent of respondents support universal background checks (2 percent oppose, 1 percent declined to respond). Among gun owners polled, support is also at 97 percent.
  • 83 percent support a mandatory waiting period for all gun purchases.
  • 67 percent agree it is too easy to buy a gun in the U.S. today.
  • 67 percent support a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons.

“Speaker Moore’s tone-deaf comments are shocking and infuriating,” NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds said. “We have a gun epidemic in this country that nearly every American wants to seriously address, yet one of the most powerful legislators in our state is shutting the door on common sense reforms just days after the Parkland shooting. Instead of discussing absurd ideas like forcing underpaid and overworked teachers to carry a gun, Speaker Moore should listen to North Carolinians and put forward common sense solutions to stop gun violence.”