The New York Times editorial board has declared that the NRA—by ignoring wide-ranging support for gun restrictions—is complicit in terrorism:
Few places on earth make it easier than the United States for a terrorist to buy assault weapons to mow down scores of people in a matter of minutes. The horrific massacre in Orlando last weekend is only the latest example. And all this is made vastly easier by a gun lobby that has blocked sensible safety measures at every turn, and by members of Congress who seem to pledge greater allegiance to the firearms industry than to their own constituencies. There is a word for their role in this form of terrorism: complicity.
The Times added that the obvious support for new, stricter gun laws makes the NRA’s stance “all the more maddening.”
“The gun industry lobbyists may be beyond reason, but the lawmakers have a duty to respond to their constituents,” explained the Times. “Unfortunately, after each new massacre, far too many offer nothing more than condolences and moments of silence. That silence is killing us.”