The double standard on gun politics is real in America.
The mother of Philando Castile is fired up over the chief of the National Rifle Association. Valerie Castile believes Wayne LaPierre is a hypocrite for remaining silent after her elementary school cafeteria worker son was shot and killed by Minnesota police in 2016.
“If he really cared about the good guys out here, he would have stood up for my son,” she told the New York Daily News, “It’s about money. This country is run on money. Everybody wants a piece.”
“My son was one of the good guys, but him being Black, obviously they didn’t see him as a good guy,” added Castile, who said she’s still “mad as hell.” “They’ve yet to say anything about my son.”
The NRA did not issue a statement in response to Castile’s shooting death, which was live streamed by his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds on Facebook. Castile had told St. Anthony Police officer Jeronimo Yanez after being stopped for an allegedly broken tail light that he had a gun license. When he reached for his wallet, the now-fired officer shot and killed him in front of Reynolds’s 4-year-old daughter. In a trial, for the shooting, Yanez was acquitted. Reynolds later received an $800,000 settlement.
Yet at a Thursday speech supporting gun control, LaPierre was adamant about “socialists” trying to “exploit tragedy for political gain,” in reference to the Parkland, Fla. school shooting. LaPierre also said, “we must immediately harden our schools.”
Philando Castile’s mother has been speaking the truth regarding the NRA and their dedication to defending guns no matter who loses their life. The organization still has not come out proposing some form of gun control that will keep dangerous firearms such as AR-15s out of the wrong people’s hands.