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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:20 PM

The NRA Vs. America

By Tim Dickinson
January 31, 2013 10:00 AM ET

Eleven days after the massacre, Wayne LaPierre a lifelong political operative who had steadied the National Rifle Association through many crises stood before an American flag and soberly addressed the nation about firearms and student safety: "We believe in absolutely gun-free, zero-tolerance, totally safe schools. That means no guns in America's schools, period," LaPierre said, carving out a "rare exception" for professional law enforcement. LaPierre even proposed making the mere mention of the word "guns" in schools a crime: "Such behavior in our schools should be prosecuted just as certainly as such behavior in our airports is prosecuted," LaPierre said.

This speech wasn't delivered in an alternate universe. The date was May 1st, 1999, at the NRA's national convention in Denver. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold's rampage at Columbine High School in nearby Littleton, Colorado, had just killed 13 students and teachers, shocking the conscience of the nation.

The disconnect between the NRA chief's conciliatory address on that day 14 years ago and his combative press conference in the aftermath of the slaughter of 20 first-graders in Newtown, Connecticut, could hardly be more jarring. In his now-infamous December 21st tirade, LaPierre ripped the gun-free zones he once championed as an invitation to the "monsters and predators of this world," advertising to "every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk."

LaPierre then offered what he called a "proven" solution to school gun violence one that would open a lucrative new market for the gun industry while tidily expanding the power of the NRA itself. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," LaPierre insisted, before proposing that armed, NRA-trained vigilantes should patrol each of the nation's nearly 100,000 public schools.

The shift in LaPierre's rhetoric underscores a radical transformation within the NRA. Billing itself as the nation's "oldest civil rights organization," the NRA still claims to represent the interests of marksmen, hunters and responsible gun owners. But over the past decade and a half, the NRA has morphed into a front group for the firearms industry, whose profits are increasingly dependent on the sale of military-bred weapons like the assault rifles used in the massacres at Newtown and Aurora, Colorado. "When I was at the NRA, we said very specifically, 'We do not represent the fi rearm industry,'" says Richard Feldman, a longtime gun lobbyist who left the NRA in 1991. "We represent gun owners. End of story." But in the association's more recent history, he says, "They have really gone after the gun industry."



Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-nra-vs-america-20130131

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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:25 PM

1. k&r

 

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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:53 PM

2. Why is it that Rolling Stone can do real journalism and no one else can?


Their Bushie stories were the best too. I loved reading this one. It just explained soooo much.

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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 09:03 PM

4. Because they're not part of the corporate media owned by the "big 6" cabal


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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 08:43 PM

3. We've seen enough NRA vs DU, haven't we?

This is a good read. Thanks for posting.

R&K

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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 09:20 PM

5. NRA: Not Relevant Anymore

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