On Sunday, the National Rifle Association reported that the 2016 mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, that killed 12 people and wounded 59 others had been carried out by a man who had legally purchased the gun used in the attack.

But as a result of the NRA’s insistence that the gun could have been lawfully purchased and was not linked to a terror plot, the gun control lobby is trying to make the NRA an example to the public. 

The NRA’s press secretary called the report “unsubstantiated” and said that it “further undermines” the gun lobby’s argument that gun laws must be “strong” in order to stop mass shootings. 

“As the NRA stated in their report, the only way to stop a terror attack is to keep the guns out of the hands of the bad guys,” Sarah Palin said on ABC News Sunday.

“If the NRA wants to be taken seriously, they should say so.”

Palin also told host Martha Raddatz that “there is no way to know whether this is a coincidence” because the NRA “does not have any data on whether this individual was legally able to purchase a weapon” and that it was “absolutely” time to pass new gun control laws.

“There is absolutely no way for us to know if this is the case, whether or not this individual has legally purchased a weapon and is not linked by a plot to a plot,” Palin said.

“We can’t know that.

And so we need to move ahead with legislation, we need gun control legislation.”

The NRA is the biggest gun rights organization in the US.

The organization was founded by former President George W. Bush and has more than 1.2 million members.

In 2015, the NRA endorsed Trump in the presidential election.

The NRA has been at the forefront of a campaign to pass a national gun control law after the Las Vegas shooting that left 59 dead and over 500 wounded.