National Firearms Association statement draws sharp response on Twitter

Police keep watch on a house in Moncton, N.B., Thursday, June 5, 2014 as the search for a heavily armed gunman suspected to have shot three Mounties dead and injured two others continues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison.

TORONTO –  A national gun group attacked Canada’s firearms laws less than 24 hours after the deadly shooting in Moncton N.B., that left three RCMP officers dead and two others wounded.

Canada’s National Firearms Association released a public statement Thursday, calling the country’s gun laws excessive and unable to stop “bad people from carrying out their evil deeds.”

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“The NFA deplores the terrible actions by a clearly deranged individual that led to these deaths and injuries,” the group said in the statement.

“Incidents like these demonstrate the validity of the mounting evidence that none of Canada’s firearms control efforts over the past 50 years have had any effect on preventing violence, or otherwise stopping bad people from carrying out their evil deeds.”

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As the manhunt for 24-year-old suspect Justin Bourque continue images of the suspected gunman appear to show him carrying a semi-automatic rifle and a pump-action shotgun, while dressed in military camouflage.

“It is clear that Canada’s excessive firearms control system has failed again,” the NFA statement said, and suggested the money spent on gun control would be better used in the health care system.

Shortly after the statement was issued, people took to social media condemning the actions of the NFA as insensitive.

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