Local St. Louis NAACP leaders say billboards advertising the NRA Convention in St. Louis send the wrong message to the community.
The black leaders used the death of 15 year-old Lavon Peete in their argument against the NRA. Peete was killed recently when he aimed a sawed off rifle at police officers.
The NAACP blames the NRA for violence – “They are pushing guns.”
FOX 2 St. Louis reported:
The leader of St. Louis’ NAACP is calling out the National Rifle Association, saying the group is delivering the wrong message at the wrong time as it prepares for its national convention in St. Louis next week. The Reverend B.T. Rice was discussing the county police shooting of fifteen year old Lavon Peete when he was asked about the NRA billboards that have flooded the city.
“The advertisement says we’ll have acres and acres of guns,” Rice observed. “A clear dichotomy between the NRA and those of us who deal with these sort of situations on a day to day basis.”
On the subject of the Peete shooting, Rice did not criticize police. He says the two teens with Peete the night he was shot corroborate the police account that Peete pointed a sawed off rifle at officers, and ignored orders to freeze. Then he started raising questions about the bigger picture.
“Why on Earth would a fifteen year old kid have a sawed off rifle?” he asked. “Why can’t the city, the county, the state officials stop the flow of firearms that flood our community? It must stop.”
Asked if the NRA makes it worse, Rice answered, “Well, the NRA supports conceal and carry. They are fostering pushing guns.”
That sentiment raises the ire of gun enthusiasts. At the new Metro Shooting Supply store in Bridgeton, owner Steven King calls the attacks on the NRA a low blow.