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September 19, 2013
In the aftermath of the horrible shooting in Newton, Conn., Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association forcefully declared that "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. " However, the last two shooting tragedies our country has suffered prove that he is dead wrong. Last month, a mentally disturbed gunman walked into the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy just outside Atlanta and started shooting his AK-47 type rifle. When he entered the office he encountered Antoinette Tuff, who was armed not with a gun but with a genuine concern for the troubled man. Antoinette talked to the man and in the end he laid down his rifle and surrendered to police.
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NEWS
September 19, 2013
In the aftermath of the horrible shooting in Newton, Conn., Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association forcefully declared that "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. " However, the last two shooting tragedies our country has suffered prove that he is dead wrong. Last month, a mentally disturbed gunman walked into the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy just outside Atlanta and started shooting his AK-47 type rifle. When he entered the office he encountered Antoinette Tuff, who was armed not with a gun but with a genuine concern for the troubled man. Antoinette talked to the man and in the end he laid down his rifle and surrendered to police.
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NEWS
By David Horsey | August 14, 2012
It is not too much of a stretch to say the National Rifle Association profits from mass killings like the slaughter at the theater in Aurora, Colo., and the killings at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. The NRA is, after all, a fundraising machine that runs on fear and a sense of crisis, even when the fear is false and the crisis manufactured. A former Republican lawmaker has made public a four-page fundraising letter from the NRA's executive vice-president, Wayne LaPierre, that was sent out to gun enthusiasts just three days after a young man styling himself as the Joker turned a showing of the new Batman movie into a bloody massacre.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | January 6, 2013
"Everybody got a pistol. This must really please the NRA" -- from "Gun" by Gil Scott-Heron So maybe the NRA is about to get its wish. Here we are, a little over three weeks after the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., a little over two weeks after the National Rifle Association said there should henceforth be armed guards at every school, and at least one school system, Marlboro Township in New Jersey, is taking its advice....
ENTERTAINMENT
By Hiawatha Bray and Hiawatha Bray,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 25, 2003
Despite the best efforts of Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court, the First Amendment survives - online. Recently, the Supreme Court upheld the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance reform bill, which deliberately trims citizens' First Amendment rights. Among other things, the law limits the ability of advocacy groups - such as the National Rifle Association and the American Civil Liberties Union - to broadcast radio and TV ads in the run-up to a federal election. The court said that such ads, paid for by big corporate contributions, could distort the political process.
NEWS
April 16, 2012
For those who missed it, the National Rifle Association's top executive got worked up into a full lather at the group's annual conference this weekend in St. Louis. Wayne LaPierre's ire was aimed at the "sensational" coverage of the Trayvon Martin killing - although he didn't mention either the victim or the shooter by name. The NRA's beef is essentially this: Lots of people are getting killed every day without nearly so much mainstream media coverage. Why so much attention to this particular case?
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | January 6, 2013
"Everybody got a pistol. This must really please the NRA" -- from "Gun" by Gil Scott-Heron So maybe the NRA is about to get its wish. Here we are, a little over three weeks after the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., a little over two weeks after the National Rifle Association said there should henceforth be armed guards at every school, and at least one school system, Marlboro Township in New Jersey, is taking its advice....
NEWS
By MIKE BOWLER | December 5, 1992
On the same day James Ernest Brodie and Michael Selwy Peters Jr. were gunned down in Mr. Brodie's Catonsville barbershop, a letter from the National Rifle Association arrived at my house.Wayne LaPierre, the association's executive vice president, wanted me to join the NRA, and there was an inducement: a colorful ''new'' NRA decal, featuring an eagle riding atop a pair of rifles. The decal, Mr. LaPierre wrote, would protect ''your guns, your hunting, your ranges and YOU.''Mr. LaPierre warned that America is ''moving closer and closer to all-out bans on rifles, shotguns, handguns and hunting.
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | August 9, 2010
There are too many people and too many guns — almost as many guns as people — and too many dogs for an incident like the death of Bear-Bear to be shocking. It's certainly upsetting, a dog being shot, apparently in front of its keepers while in a suburban dog park. But how, after Virginia Tech, is anything that involves guns in America shocking? We have seen, and should fully expect to continue seeing, guns being used for all kinds of reasons. Threats are in the eye of the beholder, so if someone perceives a threat — that, say, he or his German shepherd might be harmed by a Siberian husky — then that person naturally would try to end the threat.
NEWS
By Firmin DeBrabander | March 28, 2011
"An armed society is a polite society," guns rights advocates are fond of saying. And if they have their way, we'll all soon be very polite indeed. We'll practically be walking on eggshells. The Arizona legislature is poised to pass a law allowing guns to be carried on college campuses by students and professors alike. Other states seem prepared to follow suit — and some voices in the gun lobby are going so far as to urge that schoolteachers be armed, too. Feeling safer yet?
NEWS
By David Horsey | August 14, 2012
It is not too much of a stretch to say the National Rifle Association profits from mass killings like the slaughter at the theater in Aurora, Colo., and the killings at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. The NRA is, after all, a fundraising machine that runs on fear and a sense of crisis, even when the fear is false and the crisis manufactured. A former Republican lawmaker has made public a four-page fundraising letter from the NRA's executive vice-president, Wayne LaPierre, that was sent out to gun enthusiasts just three days after a young man styling himself as the Joker turned a showing of the new Batman movie into a bloody massacre.
NEWS
April 16, 2012
For those who missed it, the National Rifle Association's top executive got worked up into a full lather at the group's annual conference this weekend in St. Louis. Wayne LaPierre's ire was aimed at the "sensational" coverage of the Trayvon Martin killing - although he didn't mention either the victim or the shooter by name. The NRA's beef is essentially this: Lots of people are getting killed every day without nearly so much mainstream media coverage. Why so much attention to this particular case?
NEWS
By Firmin DeBrabander | March 28, 2011
"An armed society is a polite society," guns rights advocates are fond of saying. And if they have their way, we'll all soon be very polite indeed. We'll practically be walking on eggshells. The Arizona legislature is poised to pass a law allowing guns to be carried on college campuses by students and professors alike. Other states seem prepared to follow suit — and some voices in the gun lobby are going so far as to urge that schoolteachers be armed, too. Feeling safer yet?
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | August 9, 2010
There are too many people and too many guns — almost as many guns as people — and too many dogs for an incident like the death of Bear-Bear to be shocking. It's certainly upsetting, a dog being shot, apparently in front of its keepers while in a suburban dog park. But how, after Virginia Tech, is anything that involves guns in America shocking? We have seen, and should fully expect to continue seeing, guns being used for all kinds of reasons. Threats are in the eye of the beholder, so if someone perceives a threat — that, say, he or his German shepherd might be harmed by a Siberian husky — then that person naturally would try to end the threat.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Hiawatha Bray and Hiawatha Bray,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 25, 2003
Despite the best efforts of Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court, the First Amendment survives - online. Recently, the Supreme Court upheld the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance reform bill, which deliberately trims citizens' First Amendment rights. Among other things, the law limits the ability of advocacy groups - such as the National Rifle Association and the American Civil Liberties Union - to broadcast radio and TV ads in the run-up to a federal election. The court said that such ads, paid for by big corporate contributions, could distort the political process.
NEWS
By Jonathan Weisman and Jonathan Weisman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | March 19, 2000
WASHINGTON -- The rhetorical war between the National Rifle Association and the White House began nearly two weeks ago, with a presidential shot across the bow in the wake of a 6-year-old's death -- an accusation that gun control legislation was stymied in Congress by pressure from the NRA. The charge not unusual in Clinton's battle with the gun lobby, but the NRA's massive retaliation has been anything but routine -- a fusillade of television advertisements featuring...
NEWS
By Jonathan Weisman and Jonathan Weisman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | March 19, 2000
WASHINGTON -- The rhetorical war between the National Rifle Association and the White House began nearly two weeks ago, with a presidential shot across the bow in the wake of a 6-year-old's death -- an accusation that gun control legislation was stymied in Congress by pressure from the NRA. The charge not unusual in Clinton's battle with the gun lobby, but the NRA's massive retaliation has been anything but routine -- a fusillade of television advertisements featuring...
NEWS
December 27, 2012
Regarding your report on National Rifle Association Vice President Wayne LaPierre's combative response to criticism of his organization, I wondered whether your reporter watched the same speech I did ("Let's not let the NRA's LaPierre misdirect us with ignorance, lies about media," Dec. 21). I saw the tone of Mr. LaPierre' presentation as more pleading than combative, and far from the lashing speech described in the article. Rather than reading and listening to all the anti-gun rhetoric in the news lately, I suggest that everyone watch Mr. LaPierre's speech and judge for themselves.
NEWS
By MIKE BOWLER | December 5, 1992
On the same day James Ernest Brodie and Michael Selwy Peters Jr. were gunned down in Mr. Brodie's Catonsville barbershop, a letter from the National Rifle Association arrived at my house.Wayne LaPierre, the association's executive vice president, wanted me to join the NRA, and there was an inducement: a colorful ''new'' NRA decal, featuring an eagle riding atop a pair of rifles. The decal, Mr. LaPierre wrote, would protect ''your guns, your hunting, your ranges and YOU.''Mr. LaPierre warned that America is ''moving closer and closer to all-out bans on rifles, shotguns, handguns and hunting.
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