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NRA: Navy Yard Lacked 'Good Guys With Guns'

Meanwhile, Manchin says he won't renew push for gun control

(Newser) - The NRA's Wayne LaPierre is taking on renewed debate over gun control in wake of the Navy Yard shooting, telling NBC today that the "outrage" of "the elite media and the politicians trying to stir this toward firearms ... ought to be placed on an unprotected naval base.... More »

Gun Dealer: Wayne LaPierre Is on the 'Wrong Side'

Lifetime NRA member calls out group's honcho

(Newser) - Lifetime NRA member Mike Weisser has strong words for Wayne LaPierre and the "culture war" he claims he's fighting: "If there is a war going on, you represent the wrong side," Weisser writes for the Huffington Post . LaPierre's concern about expanded background checks has nothing... More »

LaPierre: Boston Proves Guns Stop Terrorists

'How many Bostonians wish they had a gun two weeks ago?'

(Newser) - Prepare yourself for another round of vicious gun debates: NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre has just linked the Boston Marathon bombings to gun rights, asking, "How many Bostonians wish they had a gun two weeks ago?" CNN reports. In a speech at the NRA's annual convention this weekend,... More »

Bloomberg: Assault Weapons Ban Not DOA

As Wayne LaPierre calls mayor 'reckless,' 'insane'

(Newser) - Michael Bloomberg was today busily putting his mouth where his money will be tomorrow, Politico reports, when he kicks off a $12 million ad blitz targeting 13 senators considered vulnerable on gun control. Appearing on Meet the Press, the New York City mayor said "we are going to win"... More »

NRA Prisons, 3-Strikes Laws 'Gave Us a Headache'

'Mother Jones' takes CrimeStrike program to task

(Newser) - Wayne LaPierre tossed off a line at the Senate gun-control hearings : "We've supported prison building." In fact, the NRA backed stricter sentencing and more prisons in a perfect storm of lobbying that Mother Jones says led to a larger and harsher culture of incarceration in America. It... More »

Bloomberg Blasts NRA in Super Bowl Ad

Ad shows footage of LaPierre voicing NRA's support for background checks

(Newser) - More bad news for Wayne LaPierre: Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns is going primetime with a gun control ad slated for tonight's Super Bowl, and LaPierre is the unintentional star. The ad features 1999 footage of LaPierre saying the NRA fully supports universal background checks, reports the... More »

Fox Anchor to NRA's LaPierre: You're 'Ridiculous'

And Paul Krugman calls the NRA 'insane organization'

(Newser) - Wayne LaPierre has got to be feeling a little like he had a bulls-eye on his forehead during this morning's turn on Fox News Sunday, reports Politico . With Mark Kelly renewing his call for stricter gun control, LaPierre even took heat from Fox's Chris Wallace, who blasted LaPierre'... More »

Giffords: Too Many Children Are Dying

Former rep is passionate, Wayne LaPierre defiant in testimony

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords delivered a short, powerful, and somewhat difficult to watch statement on Capitol Hill today to kick off the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on gun control. "Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important," Giffords said in halting tones. "Too many children are... More »

Giffords Testifying at Senate Gun Violence Hearing

Where, unfortunately for Lindsey Graham and ted Cruz, there will be no guns

(Newser) - Continuing her campaign against gun violence, Gabrielle Giffords will testify today at a Senate hearing on the issue. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing—the first on gun violence in 14 months—was already expected to be a dramatic showdown, the Washington Post reports. Giffords is not expected to take questions;... More »

NRA's LaPierre Blasts Obama: 2nd Amendment Is Absolute

Says president wants to either tax guns or take them away

(Newser) - One person who was not a fan of President Obama's inaugural address: Wayne LaPierre , executive director of the NRA. Yesterday at a Nevada hunting conference, LaPierre attacked the president's speech, specifically the part where Obama urged Americans not to "mistake absolutism for principle." That was an... More »

NRA's New Shooting App Perfect for Ages 4 and Up

Lets users practice with M16s, AK47s

(Newser) - The NRA is catching more than a little flak over the marketing of its new free app, "NRA: Practice Range." The virtual shooting-range experience isn't appropriate for 3-year-olds—but those ages four and up can fire away, per its 4+ age-rating in Apple's App Store. The... More »

Gregory Could Face Prison Term Over Magazine

Washington, DC, police denied NBC request to display magazine

(Newser) - NBC asked if David Gregory could hold a high-capacity magazine on Meet the Press Sunday, and police said no—but Gregory did it anyway, according to a police email. "NBC was informed that possession of a high capacity magazines is not permissible and their request was denied," reads... More »

Did David Gregory Break DC Gun Laws?

Cops investigating whether magazine he waved at Wayne LaPierre was real

(Newser) - Turns out that if you're going to wave around a 30-bullet magazine on national television, you might want to check your local gun laws: In a contentious interview Sunday with NRA chief Wayne LaPierre, Meet the Press host David Gregory held up what he said was just such a... More »

NRA Chief: 'Call Me Crazy' on Armed Guards

Wayne LaPierre says assault weapons ban is 'phony legislation'

(Newser) - NRA chief Wayne LaPierre walked into the lion's den this morning, and quite literally stuck to his guns, doubling down on his assertion that every school should have an armed guard and refusing to budge on bullet-magazine capacity or gun control legislation. "If it's crazy to call... More »

Sorry Pundits, That Was a Smart Move by NRA

Jeb Golinkin: LaPierre appeased hard-liners, limited coverage

(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.... More »

NRA Exec's 'Callous Rant' May Backfire

Wayne LaPierre's speech enrages his critics

(Newser) - Here's a sampling of the reaction to today's speech by NRA exec Wayne LaPierre, who blamed video games, movies, and the media for creating a culture of violence and called for armed guards in every school:
  • New York Daily News : "For all that advocates of sensible gun-safety
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NRA: We Need Armed Cops in Every School

'Only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun'

(Newser) - Those waiting for the NRA to give some ground on gun legislation today got just the opposite from a defiant Wayne LaPierre: "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said the group's executive vice president, calling... More »

NRA Exec: Media Cooked Up Trayvon Controversy

NRA members always 'stand their ground,' declares Wayne LaPierre

(Newser) - A National Rifle Association honcho has accused the media of manufacturing controversy over the Trayvon Martin case. "By the time I finish this speech, two Americans will be slain, six women will be raped, 27 of us will be robbed, and 50 more will be beaten. That's the... More »

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