Chief executive has allowed gun lobby to be bought by firearms industry, says Mark Kelly, husband of Gabby Giffords

Mark Kelly, the husband of the former US Congress member Gabby Giffords who was shot in the head in the 2011 Tucson shooting, has called on the leadership of the National Rifle Association to step aside and allow a new generation of more moderate NRA chiefs to emerge.

Kelly has thrown down the gauntlet to Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s combative chief executive, on the opening day of the gun lobby’s annual convention in Houston, Texas. Writing in the Houston Chronicle, he accuses LaPierre and the rest of the NRA’s leadership of turning their back on the traditional values of the association in a simple drive for profit.

“LaPierre and the gun manufacturers he represents exploit people’s fears,” Kelly writes. “In return gun manufacturers gave LaPierre and the NRA tens of millions of dollars last year alone – and he spent almost $1 million of it on his own salary.”

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