Canada's gun lobby thinks the shootings in Moncton are evidence that Canada's gun laws are "excessive."

The National Firearms Association (NFA) issued the following statement on Thursday.

Canada's National Firearms Association expresses its sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed, and to those injured in the terrible incident in Moncton, New Brunswick.

The NFA deplores the terrible actions by a clearly deranged individual that led to these deaths and injuries. Incidents like these demonstrate the validity of the mounting evidence that none of Canada's firearms control efforts over the past 50 years have had any effect on preventing violence, or otherwise stopping bad people from carrying out their evil deeds.

It is clear that Canada's excessive firearms control system has failed again. The excessive rules in place do not in any way increase public safety, but merely contribute to an expensive and unnecessary regime which harms only those of lawful intent. Resources wasted on this fundamentally flawed firearms control regime could be better placed to support a health care system which could be better enabled to diagnose and treat conditions that put people's lives at risk.

The NFA seems to have adopted a very different strategy than the National Rifle Association in the United States. Immediately after mass shootings the NRA avoids making any statements regarding the legal status of guns. Instead the organization expresses sympathy for the family of the victims and says that now is not the time to discuss legislation.

The NRA generally waits until after anger regarding a shooting dissipates before attacking gun control laws. This is the strategy the organization followed after the recent shootings near the University of California at Santa Barbara.

It remains unclear whether the gunman who killed three RCMP officer on Wednesday and wounded two others acquired his guns legally. Photos of the shooter, who police have identified as Justin Bourque, show him carrying what appear to be an M-14 semi-automatic rifle (or possibly an M305) as well as a Mossberg 500 SPX 6-shot pump-action shotgun, according to Global News. Those weapons can be acquired legally in Canada and Global reported that as of mid 2012 the long-gun registry showed ten M-14 rifles registered in the Moncton area.

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  • An emergency response team member runs past a trailer where murder suspect 24-year-old Justin Bourque resides in Moncton, N.B. on June 5. Bourque is wanted after three RCMP officers were killed and two injured by a gunman wearing military camouflage and wielding two guns on Wednesday.

  • Emergency response officers check a residence in Moncton, N.B. on June 5. Three RCMP officers were killed and two injured by a gunman wearing military camouflage and wielding two guns on Wednesday. Police have identified a suspect as 24-year-old Justin Bourque of Moncton.

  • Emergency response officers check a residence in Moncton, N.B. on June 5. Three RCMP officers were killed and two injured by a gunman wearing military camouflage and wielding two guns on Wednesday. Police have identified a suspect as 24-year-old Justin Bourque of Moncton.

  • RCMP in Moncton, N.B. were on the hunt for shooting suspect Justin Bourque, 24, after <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/04/moncton-shootings-manhunt_n_5448909.html?utm_hp_ref=canada" target="_blank">three officers were killed</a> and two wounded on June 4, 2014.

  • RCMP in Moncton, N.B. were on the hunt for shooting suspect Justin Bourque, 24, after <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/04/moncton-shootings-manhunt_n_5448909.html?utm_hp_ref=canada" target="_blank">three officers were killed</a> and two wounded on June 4, 2014.

  • RCMP in Moncton, N.B. were on the hunt for shooting suspect Justin Bourque, 24, after <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/04/moncton-shootings-manhunt_n_5448909.html?utm_hp_ref=canada" target="_blank">three officers were killed</a> and two wounded on June 4, 2014.

  • RCMP in Moncton, N.B. were on the hunt for shooting suspect Justin Bourque, 24, after <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/04/moncton-shootings-manhunt_n_5448909.html?utm_hp_ref=canada" target="_blank">three officers were killed</a> and two wounded on June 4, 2014.

  • RCMP in Moncton, N.B. were on the hunt for shooting suspect Justin Bourque, 24, after <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/04/moncton-shootings-manhunt_n_5448909.html?utm_hp_ref=canada" target="_blank">three officers were killed</a> and two wounded on June 4, 2014.

  • <em>NEXT: Photos of the Moncton Manhunt By The Canadian Press</em>

  • Police keep watch on a house in Moncton, N.B., on June 5 as the search for a heavily armed gunman suspected to have shot three Mounties dead and injured two others continues.

  • Police keep watch on a house in Moncton, N.B., on June 5 as the search for a heavily armed gunman suspected to have shot three Mounties dead and injured two others continues.

  • Police attend a roadblock on a street in Moncton, N.B. on June 5. Three RCMP officers were killed and two injured by a gunman wearing military camouflage and wielding two guns on Wednesday. Police have identified a suspect as 24-year-old Justin Bourque of Moncton.

  • An RCMP officer surrounds a house in Moncton, N.B. on June 5 as the search for a heavily armed gunman suspected to have shot three Mounties dead and injured two others continues.

  • An RCMP officer rests his head at a roadblock in Moncton, N.B. on June 5. Three RCMP officers were killed and two injured by a gunman wearing military camouflage and wielding two guns on Wednesday. Police have identified a suspect as 24-year-old Justin Bourque of Moncton.

  • Codiac RCMP superintendent Marlene Snowman contains her emotions during a news conference in Moncton on June 5. Snowman said officers were continuing to search for the shooter, more than 16 hours after three officers were killed and a manhunt began.

  • N.B. RCMP Commanding officer Roger Brown wipes away tears as the Mayor of Moncton George LeBlanc (not shown) speaks during a news conference in Moncton on June 5. At left, Codiac RCMP superintendent Marlene Snowman looks on.

  • Police officers take cover behind their vehicles in Moncton, N.B. on June 4, 2014. RCMP were on the hunt for shooting suspect Justin Bourque, 24, after <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/04/moncton-shootings-manhunt_n_5448909.html?utm_hp_ref=canada" target="_blank">three officers were killed</a> and two were wounded.

  • RCMP officers use their vehicle to create a perimeter in Moncton, N.B. on June 4, 2014. RCMP were on the hunt for shooting suspect Justin Bourque, 24, after <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/04/moncton-shootings-manhunt_n_5448909.html?utm_hp_ref=canada" target="_blank">three officers were killed</a> and two were wounded.

  • RCMP officers use their vehicle to create a perimeter in Moncton, N.B. on Wednesday June 4, 2014. RCMP were on the hunt for shooting suspect Justin Bourque, 24, after <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/04/moncton-shootings-manhunt_n_5448909.html?utm_hp_ref=canada" target="_blank">three officers were killed</a> and two were wounded.

  • A RCMP helicopter searches for a gunman in Moncton, N.B. on June 4, 2014.

  • Police officers walk around a strip mall urging merchants to shut down their stores in Moncton, N.B. on June 4, 2014. RCMP were on the hunt for shooting suspect Justin Bourque, 24, after <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/04/moncton-shootings-manhunt_n_5448909.html?utm_hp_ref=canada" target="_blank">three officers were killed</a> and two were wounded.

  • Employees of a grocery store lock down their business in Moncton, N.B. on Wednesday June 4, 2014. RCMP were on the hunt for shooting suspect Justin Bourque, 24, after <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/04/moncton-shootings-manhunt_n_5448909.html?utm_hp_ref=canada" target="_blank">three officers were killed</a> and two were wounded.

  • RCMP were on the hunt for shooting suspect Justin Bourque, 24, after <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/04/moncton-shootings-manhunt_n_5448909.html?utm_hp_ref=canada" target="_blank">three officers were killed</a> and two were wounded.