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Protesters call on the NRA to stand down and stop blocking Congress and the president from passing sensible gun control legislation in 2012 Photo: Josh Lopez/Creative Commons

National Rifle Association brands U.S. teachers ‘lazy’

Originally published: Morning Star Online (April 25, 2018)   | 

Teachers in the U.S. have been branded “lazy” and accused of not caring about children in a series of online videos by the National Rifle Association (NRA).

The attacks came after the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) sent a letter to U.S. bank Wells Fargo asking it to put children’s safety first and end its relationship with the gun lobbyists.

NRA TV host Grant Stinchfield accused the union of pushing an agenda “where lazy progressives can sit all day in a classroom while students languish. The AFT prefers a boot on throat of these low-income kids, to keep them down, to be dependent on government.”

AFT national president Randi Weingarten hit back, saying: “Last time I looked, it was teachers shielding kids and taking dollars out of their pockets for supplies for kids,” asking the NRA TV host to “stop bullying.”

Mr Stinchfield praised the bank for not “buckling” to pressure from the left over severing its ties with the gun lobbyists–Wells Fargo is seen as the bank of choice for the NRA, and it previously created a $28 million line of credit for the gun lobbying organisation.

Ms Weingarten believes that Wells Fargo may have asked the NRA to “do its bidding with a demagogic attack.”

She urged Wells Fargo to follow the Bank of America, Citibank and others that have acted to end ties with the NRA following mass protests in the wake of the Parkland shooting, in which 17 people were killed.

There have been at least 170 shooting sprees on U.S. campuses since the 1999 Columbine massacre. However, the NRA has threatened to sue administrations if they introduce gun-control laws.

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