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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:29 AM

NRA President: Don't 'Overreact' to Newtown Shooting


by Lloyd Grove Dec 22, 2012 7:30 PM EST

NRA president David Keene reminisces about the days when kids brought shotguns to school and tells Lloyd Grove that Friday's widely panned press conference 'went pretty well.'


Reviews of the National Rifle Association’s post–Sandy Hook press conference are still rolling in, but much of the initial reaction has amounted to the sort of brutal pan that would have closed a Broadway show on opening night.

“Insane paranoia” was how Gawker summed up NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre’s Friday morning performance at Washington’s Willard Hotel. The New York Daily News editorialized that LaPierre “will forever now be known as America’s maddest gunman.” USA Today, quoting residents of Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six adults were massacred by a deranged young man wielding a semiautomatic Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, headlined its story: “Completely off the mark.” Even conservative pundit Erick Erickson, of the influential RedState blog, tweeted: “I’m not sure this presser was good in style a week after Newtown.”

An unmitigated PR disaster, right?

“I think it went pretty well,” NRA President David Keene told me.

It was nine hours after his fellow gun lobbyist variously blamed the carnage on Hollywood, the news media, pop music, “gun-free school zones,” and a generalized culture of violence—but not guns—while advocating armed security guards at every school in the nation.

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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/22/interview-with-nra-president-david-keene.html

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:30 AM

1. another proof of how devoid of human empathy and emotion these assholes truly are.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:48 PM

2. What a vile piece of crap he is

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Response to SummerSnow (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 09:31 PM

8. And yet all the morning shows today had him or one of his henchmen spouting his position.

And the major newspapers took the NRA's dictation, and reported on NRA positions, without mention of gun control positions.

The spin is on.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 01:11 PM

3. Wayne LaPierre's job is to sell guns... Nothing more. So in that sense his insane

statements have been a success unfortunately.

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Response to world wide wally (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 06:36 PM

5. Exactly. I don't expect anything reasonable or even human from the NRA.

They are for gun makers making more money, period.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 06:16 PM

4. Really! After all, only a microscopic percentage of American 1st graders ...

spent that morning watching their classmates shot repeatedly, all the while knowing that as the blood pooled on the floor, their turn was coming closer ... and closer ... and closer. What's the big deal?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 06:44 PM

6. Haven't these People EVER breeded and had little children?? Morans!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 06:51 PM

7. Oldest NRA damage-control strategy in the book.

Yell at anyone who demands regulation, accuse them of "politicizing a tragedy", tell everyone to "show respect to the dead and their families" and put everyone on cool-down until the numbers of people demanding regulation dwindle to the point where they can be shouted down by the NRA shills.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 09:40 PM

9. So what all those people died? It's nothing to freak out over /nra

The NRA needs to shut up right now, with all these families going into Christmas with such grief, it's disrespectful for a special interest group to spout off like this. Of course, the NRA has no decency, so they will continue to rant on.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 10:12 PM

10. I mean, really. If TWENTY-ONE first graders had been shot, that would be different.

But only Twenty? Meh. No great shakes.

These guys are certifiably insane, and I hope they have a daily press conference to prove it.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:27 PM

11. Who do we have with equal passion and force? Obama had a good speech, but I'm talking about

organizations, national groups???? Who can be the counterpoint to La Pierre. Hoping Biden can get something up and running that's in the Here and Now. I worry about mainly hearing how we have to beef up mental health, and as true as it is, there has to be public funding and facilities and staffing to accompany it. Some school retrofitting might be a bit easier, but also expensive.

Meanwhile million of teachers and kids...less the 26 in Newtown...will be returning to school in January.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:09 AM

12. Yes, let's now overreact, like demanding armed guards

be stationed in EVERY school in the country ...

JACKASSES

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