Is the AR-15 an American icon?

Would the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been stopped if the teachers had been armed? President Trump and other members of the GOP are pushing for more guns on campuses rather than heeding calls for banning assault rifles.

Salon's Alyona Minkovski and Salon's Senior News Editor, Jeremy Binckes break down the latest developments in the national debate on gun violence, including the Republican party's intricate ties to the gun lobby on "Salon Talks." "The NRA's message and LaPierre's message is saying, we're not gun owners, we're conservatives," Binckes said. "An AR-15 becomes the most American expression there is." NRA President Wayne LaPierre and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch both spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), taking shots at the media and claiming that Democrats are trying to push a "socialist agenda" after the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead. To hear more on where the gun debate goes from here, watch the video above.

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