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After five police officers were killed during a protest against the police shootings of black men on Thursday night in Dallas, the National Rifle Association spoke on behalf of its members in law enforcement, expressing condolences to the families of those killed and honoring the heroism of police during the shooting.

“On behalf of the more than five million members of the National Rifle Association, and especially on behalf of our members from the law enforcement community, I want to express the deep anguish all of us feel for the heroic Dallas law enforcement officers who were killed and wounded, as well as to those who so bravely ran toward danger to defend the city and the people of Dallas,” Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President and CEO of the National Rifle Association of America, said in a statement.

LaPierre also offered condolences to the families of the five officers who were shot dead, and the seven who were wounded. The officers were targeted by gunmen from “elevated positions,” according to an initial statement by the city’s police department.

“With heavy hearts, NRA members honor their heroism and offer our deepest condolences to all of their families,” LaPierre said in a statement.


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