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Thu Oct 1, 2015, 05:09 PM

I Blame, yes blame NRA Head Wayne LaPierre

There’s really one man who bears most of the responsibility for this: the head of the NRA Wayne LaPierre. After the Newtown massacre, most Americans believed it was inconceivable that nothing would be done. There was tremendous momentum to start making some necessary changes. But as a recent PBS Frontline documentary called “Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA” put it, LaPierre would have none of it:


NARRATOR: His advisers wanted him to lie low, but LaPierre had a very different idea. Expecting trouble, he hired personal security guards, and headed into Washington.

ROBERT DRAPER, The New York Times Magazine: Without telling anyone, LaPierre himself staged a press conference in Washington, D.C.

NARRATOR: The media gathered. Many expected a chastened and conciliatory LaPierre.

ROBERT DRAPER: I think there was an assumption that, surely, he’s going to throw the gun safety advocates, and for that matter the Newtown parents, some kind of bone.

NARRATOR: But LaPierre had something else in mind.

WAYNE LaPIERRE: The only way — the only way — to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.


ED O’KEEFE: And he almost immediately goes right back to what they usually say, which is that the answer to this is more guns.

WAYNE LaPIERRE: What if, when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook elementary school last Friday, he’d been confronted by qualified armed security?


SHERYL GAY STOLBERG, The New York Times: His comments are aimed directly at the gun owners of America, to rile them up, to get them behind the NRA’s no holds barred, never say die, you know, no compromise position.

WAYNE LaPIERRE: Our children— we as a society leave them every day utterly defenseless, and the monsters and the predators of the world know it and exploit it.


NARRATOR: In Washington, they said the speech was a political disaster.

PROTESTER: The NRA stop killing our children!

NARRATOR: In New York City, LaPierre was called the craziest man on earth and a gun nut. But those who know LaPierre say the speech was no miscalculation.

PAUL BARRETT: This was not off the cuff. He didn’t lose it. This was very thought out. And they decided on a strategy and they executed the strategy.

JOHN AQUILINO: [/b]Because the people that it resonated with gave more money, and this is what you need to do in order to keep that— that tough persona.

PAUL BARRETT: And we’ve got to send the signal that this is not the time to compromise, that Obama is the enemy, and they want to take your guns away. Yes, it’s too bad about the kids, but we are not going to back down.





http://www.salon.com/2015/08/27/the_american_religion_of_guns_money_has_blinded_us_to_an_epidemic_of_death/

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2015, 05:15 PM

1. Damn right. Wayne La Piss-ant should be drawn and quartered.

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Response to Lint Head (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 1, 2015, 05:33 PM

4. yay torture of political opponents

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 1, 2015, 06:03 PM

6. God forbid he is a victim of a mass shooting.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2015, 05:26 PM

2. K&R

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2015, 05:33 PM

3. NRA to give every child born an AK-47 and a glock 9mm

arm everyone and then we will all be safe

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2015, 05:36 PM

5. Okay NRA supporters, here is your chance to defend your leader!

 

Please - all the folks flopping all over themselves the other day about the NRA, here is your chance to defend your NRA membership!

Waiting...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2015, 06:45 PM

7. money's hardly a religion here: we judge God by cash's standards

we'd dodge Arks and thunderbolts and archangels and pillars of fire for a cool mil

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