Paul Ryan, the former chairman of the House Republican caucus, is a former member of the National Rifle Association, the same group that’s been accused of orchestrating mass shootings in the United States.
Ryan was one of many GOP politicians to denounce the group as “the single biggest threat to the safety of Americans,” and he has said he would like to see gun-control measures repealed.
Ryan’s endorsement of the NRA’s gun-rights stance was not exactly unexpected.
In 2010, he was one the leading voices in Congress to introduce legislation to repeal a 1994 federal law called the Brady Bill, which bans assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
The law, which has been a part of the US constitution since 1892, was designed to stop domestic violence.
Since then, more than 50 million assault weapons have been sold in the US.
The Brady bill is considered to be one of the most successful gun-safety measures in history.
“We’re in the middle of a very significant political moment,” Ryan told Business Insider.
“I don’t think that there’s any other place that people are looking to take this very important issue at this point, and that’s why we are taking a leadership role.”
Ryan’s position on gun-violence prevention was not unique, but it was certainly different.
The NRA has been critical of the Clinton administration’s attempts to reduce gun violence, which includes tougher gun-banning laws and stronger background checks for gun buyers.
The group has also been critical in pushing for stricter gun control laws in the states.
Ryan has been outspoken on the issue of gun violence and gun violence prevention.
In 2016, he called for a ban on assault weapons, saying they are “weaponized murder machines.”
And in 2014, he criticized a bill in the Senate that would have banned assault weapons.
The bill ultimately passed and became law.
But since then, gun-related violence in the country has continued to rise.
According to a report from the Government Accountability Office, nearly 7,000 Americans died from gun-crime-related causes in 2016, a year when more than 20,000 people were killed by guns.
As of the end of August, there were 2,927 homicides and 4,069 suicides in the U.S. involving guns, according to the most recent data available from the FBI.
Gun violence has continued its decline even as more Americans are turning to self-defense, with gun ownership falling from 63.1 percent of the population in 2016 to 52.6 percent in 2017, according the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
There are also other ways in which Americans are arming themselves.
According a 2016 report by the nonprofit research organization Gun Violence Archive, a record-breaking 3.5 million Americans had access to guns as of 2014.
Gun-rights supporters say this trend is just part of a broader push to take guns out of the hands of law-abiding Americans, including young people and minorities.
And a 2014 Pew Research Center survey showed that only 26 percent of Americans say they would “definitely” consider buying a firearm in the future if they had the chance, down from 45 percent in 2008.
This is why the NRA has always sought to paint gun owners as the violent, violent, dangerous minority.
“It’s a very dangerous situation where a lot of the violent people, they have guns,” NRA spokesman Joe DellaVedova told Business Insider.
“If they want to kill somebody, they’re gonna do it with a gun.”
In 2016 and 2017, the NRA also released a “Black Lives Matter” campaign, aimed at encouraging police to focus on violent crime and stop using the term “Black lives matter.”
The campaign featured a black man in a wheelchair carrying a firearm, with the words “I am black” written on the front.