The NRA and Wayne LaPierre in Historical Context

Sorry, folks. There is no historical precedent to be found. I have never seen – nor heard of or read about – a press conference so tone deaf, so idiotic, so insensitive, and so dangerous. It is also a reminder that the National Rifle Association hasn’t represented gun owners for a long time. They represent gun manufacturers.

Over the past week, it has been heartening to see Republicans and Democrats come together around the importance of a national conversation about gun violence. We don’t know who agrees on what yet, but we know everyone takes the issue seriously — except the NRA. What an insult to the memory of those who died in Newtown. What a disgrace to responsible gun owners everywhere.

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