News ID: 211007
Published: 0533 GMT March 04, 2018

Florida billboard labels NRA 'terrorist organization' in rising gun-control campaign

Florida billboard labels NRA 'terrorist organization' in rising gun-control campaign
Billboard erected in Pensacola, Florida refers to NRA as a "terrorist organization." (FILE PHOTO)

A US political action committee (PAC) has put up a billboard in Pensacola, Florida referring to the powerful pro-gun lobby group, the National Rifle Association (NRA), as a ‘terrorist organization’ amid a new gun-control campaign in the state and across the country.

The erection of the billboard on Saturday was arranged by Mad Dog PAC, which funds billboards throughout the US censuring NRA-backed Republican candidates as well as US President Donald Trump, reported.

According to local press reports, this was not the first such billboard put up in recent days related to the gun control debate in the US. A Las Vegas billboard was recently vandalized to read, ‘Shoot a school kid only $29.’ And another in Kentucky was vandalized to read, ‘Kill the NRA.’

The development came as the NRA has become the focus of a growing movement by activists demanding enactment of tougher gun control laws in wake of the latest mass shooting at a US public school that killed 17 and injured 14 people in Parkland, Florida on February 14.

A 19-year-old white supremacist and former student carried out the shooting and later arrested by police officers.

This is while the survivors of the shooting and their families have repeatedly called out Florida’s Republican Senator Marco Rubio for taking millions in campaign donations from the NRA.

Days after the school massacre, a student survivor blasted Trump and many US lawmakers for receiving money from the NRA, which fervently opposes gun control across the nation.

A Florida student slams the US president and other lawmakers for receiving money NRA lobby group.

“If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and how it should never have happened, and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it, I’m going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association,” said student Emma Gonzalez of Marjory Stohneman Douglas High School during her speech at a major gun control rally in Ft. Lauderdale on February 18.

“I already know — $30 million,” she then added. “Divided by the number of gunshot victims in the United States in the one and a half months of 2018 alone, that comes out to being $5,800.”

“Is that how much these people are worth to you, Trump?” she then asked as thousands of protesters at the rally started changing “shame on you” after she mentioned the NRA’s donations to Trump.

Gonzalez further told the crowd that US politicians should stop accepting political donations from the NRA.

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