Sorry Pundits, That Was a Smart Move by NRA
Jeb Golinkin: LaPierre appeased hard-liners, limited coverage
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2012 8:05 AM CST
National Rifle Association vice president Wayne LaPierre speaks Friday.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) Paranoid. Unhinged. Stunning. Delusional. Those were some of the words thrown around yesterday to describe the NRA's news conference. At the Week, Jeb Golinkin has another: smart. There's a reason Wayne LaPierre waited until the Friday before Christmas to give the group's response to Sandy Hook. "He could speak directly to its hardline members while simultaneously limiting the amount of press coverage the substance of its message might otherwise have received."

The NRA probably doesn't much care whether its plan to have an armed guard in every school actually happens. LaPierre's real message was to the group's "most ardent" members that it would not give ground on any kind of gun legislation. If it did, they would probably bolt to a more "absolutist" group, and the NRA as we know it would cease to exist. Mission accomplished. "Pro-gun absolutists have been comforted. And most everyone else will have forgotten about (yesterday's) event by New Year's." Read the full post here.

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Dec 22, 2012 11:46 PM CST
He dare not sell out the few sane Americans left in the USA. We can't all be content with the least intelligent people among us leading us and telling us what we should and should not do. Leadership requires that we stand up for what is right and just, even when morons such as in this thread spread their hatred and anger. DLY has spoken....
Dec 22, 2012 10:19 PM CST
People make the world they want to live in, Sadly, there are people that want to live in a violent world where they fear everybody. I choose to not live in fear of my fellow man.
Dec 22, 2012 8:30 PM CST
Hi everyone. My name is Jeffrey Zirlin. I am a yale student studying history. I would strongly caution everyone from going with their gut feeling on this issue. We are rapidly approaching a time of intense political volatility in this nation. As the sovereign debt crisis approaches the government will attempt to strengthen its grip on the people as it begins to lose control of its finances. Any debate on gun control is pointless without acknowledging the fact that the sole purpose of amendment 2 is to instill in the government a fear of its constitutients. If you are afraid that your voters will revolt if you mess up, you are much less likely to instate policies that screw them over. If you are afraid of your voters, you will not steal from them and wrongly prosecute them. We saw in in Nazi germany and Soviet Russia what can happen when the populace is unarmed and defenseless against its own government. Do you trust politicans so much that you would give up our main means of keeping them in check? The government has ALREADY gone to war without our consent. It has instated the patriot act which is a gross breach of the constitution. The American people voted AGAINST the bank bailouts in 2008 but congress went ahead and did it anyway. Maybe they are already not afraid of us. Maybe they already do not care. Taking away our one legitimate means of protest will only ensure that they go on doing whatever they want, whatever they want, to whomever. please contact me at jszirlin@gmail:disqus if you have any questions. I do not mean to patronize, only help expand minds. Our education system has failed in engendering critical thinking. Too many americans go with their emotions on these types of issues rather than rational thought.