Rep. Moore: NRA 'Intolerant of Any Deviation from Their Absolute Reign and Rule'

June 16, 2014 - 3:37 PM

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Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) - In a call for tighter gun control laws and limiting access to firearms, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) said the money from the gun industry has "prevailed over any sort of reasoning and rational thinking," and the NRA is "very intolerant of any deviation from their absolute reign and rule."

"I think interpretations of the Second Amendment have really – and the money quite frankly that the industry garners from gun sales has prevailed over any sort of reasoning and rational thinking. NRA members want legitimate control over who can possess a firearm,” Moore said.

Speaking with WisconsinEYE earlier this month, Moore was responding to the shooting that took place at Clarke Street Elementary School in Milwaukee, where 10-year-old Sierra Guyton was wounded last month.

“I mean because one of the things we've noticed is that people can't even shoot. You're out bang, bang, banging, and you would think people would stop shooting when they see they're on the playground and see the 10-year-old there. Certainly, the 10-year-old is not the target," Moore said.

"Everybody shouldn't have a gun. They should not be as available to everyone. It is a right that I think— it will be proved someday that constitutionally, the state has a compelling interest, and the country has a compelling interest to limit access of firearms to certain people," she continued.

When asked if gun laws would be changed in either Wisconsin or nationally, Moore responded, "Well it will not be for the lack of trying."

"The president has and on a bipartisan basis. I think that the National Rifle Association is a very strong lobby. They're very intolerant of any deviation from their absolute reign and rule.

“I certainly believe in people's Second Amendment rights – I voted for that in the state legislature, a constitutional amendment – but if you say 'well yeah, but maybe we should have trigger locks' and the technology exists to do more than we're doing and the lobby kills all those initiatives," she said.

Moore also said it's going to take a "bottom up, very populist movement to have the Second Amendment put in its right perspective."

Last week, President Obama said that his "biggest frustration" was society's unwillingness to keep guns out of the hands of "people who can do just unbelievable damage."