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December 22, 2012 | By Sean Sullivan, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - In his first extensive public remarks since last week's mass shooting at a Connecticut school, the head of the National Rifle Association called Friday for lawmakers to take action to put armed security guards in all schools in an effort to curb such violence. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said at a news conference in Washington. LaPierre called on Congress "to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation.
NEWS
April 28, 1986
May I please dissent to the April 14 editorial "Reclaim America from NRA" ? While it is undeniably true the National Rifle Association wields a very influential and, therefore, powerful stick within Congress, to characterize the House of Representatives as "trembling in fear and supplication before the gun god" seems a trifle melodramatic. Why don't you just admit to the lobbying expertise of Wayne LaPierre and the NRA's organizational talents without resorting to such a widespread insult toward elected representatives?
NEWS
May 3, 2013 | By Jim Vertuno, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - The National Rifle Association has spent much of the last year under siege, ardently defending gun rights after mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut and fighting back against mounting pressure for stricter laws in Washington and state capitols across the country. Now, after winning a major victory with the defeat of a gun-control bill in the U.S. Senate, the gun-rights lobby will gather in Houston this weekend for its annual convention. Organizers anticipate a rollicking, Texas-sized party - one that celebrates the group's recent victory while stressing that the fight is far from over.
NEWS
December 23, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
WASHINGTON - The nation's largest gun lobby, which has stayed mostly quiet since the shootings that killed 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school a week ago, called Friday for Congress to require armed security guards in every school, saying that doing so could prevent acts of mass violence from happening again. In a defiant speech, Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said Friday that the organization would use its resources to build what he called a "national school shield emergency program.
NEWS
January 30, 2013 | By Alan Fram, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Banning some assault weapons and requiring background checks for all firearms purchases aren't a serious attempt to reduce gun violence, a top National Rifle Association official warned Tuesday as Congress geared up for the year's first hearing on the subject. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, said the country must instead focus on boosting security at schools, enforcing existing gun laws and taking more steps to deny guns to people with mental illnesses.
NEWS
December 27, 2012
The school massacre in Newtown, Conn., has left the country searching for answers on how to make schools safer. A proposal by the National Rifle Association to put armed security guards in every school is not the solution. Neither are calls to arm classroom teachers. Adding firearms to any volatile situation is a recipe for a potential tragedy. Our schools should not look like armed camps or prisons. After a week of near-silence following the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 children and six adults dead, the response last week from the NRA was predictable, but disappointing.
NEWS
December 25, 2012 | By Kevin Freking, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - An unwavering National Rifle Association said Sunday that not a single new gun regulation was needed to prevent mass shootings such as the one at a Connecticut elementary school, that "a media machine" relishes blaming the gun industry for each new attack, and that a White House task force on gun violence may try to undermine the Second Amendment. "Look, a gun is a tool. The problem is the criminal," the CEO of the nation's largest gun-rights lobby said in a nationally broadcast television interview, mocking supporters of gun controls.
NEWS
October 14, 1999 | By Glen Justice, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Attorney General Mike Fisher, the National Rifle Association, and district attorneys statewide are proposing changes to Pennsylvania's laws that would increase penalties for convicted felons who carry guns. Under current laws, convicted felons found in possession of guns can be charged with a misdemeanor. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years, but prosecutors say sentencing guidelines are weak, and often result in little or no jail time. Under the proposed law, the offense would be upgraded to a felony.
NEWS
March 23, 2000 | By Clarence Page
Wayne LaPierre's recent blow-up at President Clinton is a headline-writer's dream. How about "NRA TOP GUN SHOOTS OFF MOUTH"? Or "NRA TRIGGERMAN BLOWS UP"? Or "NRA VOLLEY BACKFIRES, SHOOTS SELF IN FOOT"? What better way to describe LaPierre's statements, which have caused his allies, including presidential aspirant George W. Bush and other leading Republicans, to run backward to avoid any connection? It was bad enough for LaPierre to say on ABC's This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts that Clinton was "willing to accept a certain level of killing" to keep the issue of gun control alive.
NEWS
March 28, 2000
Americans' most dangerous vanity: Too many, against all evidence, believe they are immune to clever advertising. They voted for Bill Clinton because they wanted universal health care, but "Harry and Louise" talked them out of it. They told pollsters they wanted something done about tobacco, until TV ads brainwashed them into seeing the proposed action as "the largest tax increase in our history. " And now, a majority say they want more gun control. Can a "Dot and Fred" or "Skip and Daisy" - or whatever made-up characters are devised to show us that what we really want is more guns with even fewer safeguards - be far behind?
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May 3, 2013 | By Jim Vertuno, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - The National Rifle Association has spent much of the last year under siege, ardently defending gun rights after mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut and fighting back against mounting pressure for stricter laws in Washington and state capitols across the country. Now, after winning a major victory with the defeat of a gun-control bill in the U.S. Senate, the gun-rights lobby will gather in Houston this weekend for its annual convention. Organizers anticipate a rollicking, Texas-sized party - one that celebrates the group's recent victory while stressing that the fight is far from over.
NEWS
April 24, 2013 | By Cynthia Tucker
You might have thought that the mangled bodies of 20 dead children would have been enough to overcome the crazed obsessions of the gun lobby. You might have believed that the exhortations of a former congresswoman - her life forever changed by a would-be assassin's bullet - would have pushed Congress to do the right thing. You might have reasoned that polls showing overwhelming public support for a sensible gun-control measure would have persuaded politicians to take a modest step toward preventing more massacres.
NEWS
April 19, 2013
WEDNESDAY'S Senate vote on CRIMINAL background checks was "shameful," but maybe not in the same way President Obama put it. I think he was talking about how a minority of senators - the vote was 54-46, but 60 votes were required - turned their backs on the Sandy Hook parents, and other gun-violence victims, who had been brought in to lobby Congress. The pro-gun forces complained they were used as "props. " That's harsh, but true. That's part of 21st century PR. Both sides do it. I find it shameful because we are a representative democracy and one fact those opposing the CRIMINAL background check couldn't wave away is that 90 percent of Americans wanted the existing CRIMINAL background check expanded to cover gun shows and Internet sales.
NEWS
February 13, 2013
Bob Barker, the retired game-show host, has no idea why he is on the National Rifle Association's enemies list. The 89-year-old Barker keeps a handgun on his bedside table and has never demanded more stringent gun laws, he told Time magazine. He has, however, protested a live pigeon shoot in Pennsylvania and doesn't think civilians need assault weapons or high-capacity magazines. Of course, if you know anything about the NRA, you know that's enough. Its extremism is dangerous, absurd, and viciously dogmatic.
NEWS
February 7, 2013
THE FIRST funeral to be held for the 27 victims of the Newtown massacre was for Noah Pozner, age 6. Before the service, Noah's mother, Veronique, led Connecticut Gov. Dannell Malloy in to look at her son's mangled body. Noah had been shot 11 times. "His jaw was blown away," Pozner later told the Jewish Daily Forward . "I just want people to know the ugliness of it so we don't talk about it abstractly, like these little angels just went to heaven. No. They were butchered. " "If there is ever a piece of legislation that comes across [the governor's]
NEWS
January 30, 2013 | By Alan Fram, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Banning some assault weapons and requiring background checks for all firearms purchases aren't a serious attempt to reduce gun violence, a top National Rifle Association official warned Tuesday as Congress geared up for the year's first hearing on the subject. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, said the country must instead focus on boosting security at schools, enforcing existing gun laws and taking more steps to deny guns to people with mental illnesses.
NEWS
January 23, 2013
I WANT TO COMMENT on your article, "Responsible Gun Owners: Speak Out" (Stu Bykofsky column, Jan. 11), which I read on Philly.com. I live in rural Mississippi, where almost everybody I know owns at least one firearm, and the attitude toward owning firearms is probably 180 degrees different from what I presume is the prevailing attitude in Philadelphia. I own an "assault weapon," I have worked as a youth firearms instructor through the 4-H program, and I believe that private firearm ownership is an important check on the United States becoming a military dictatorship.
NEWS
January 13, 2013
The great and powerful NRA I have come to the conclusion that the National Rifle Association must be a mystical, all-powerful entity that no one can challenge, sort of like the wizard in The Wizard of Oz ("Broad plan emerging to curb gun violence," Friday). The consensus seems to be that Washington has no influence over the NRA and its views. Does it really have that much power, or do the politicians have absolutely no backbone? The NRA's vice president, Wayne LaPierre, comes across as an intolerant, unintelligent human being who is unwilling to open up a dialogue on changing the current gun laws.
NEWS
January 9, 2013 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
Put a lid on it, 2012. We're already into 2013, and time - and news - waits for no one, not even hardheaded columnists who still want to vent about events of 2012. So I'm letting it go - at least some of it. There are sure to be new provocative issues to write about. But some stories aren't that easily spiked. So here is the No. 1 issue my pen will push forward in 2013: A full-scale citizen assault on gun violence. The story of gun violence, and our efforts to stop it, is not only the story of 2013, it is the moral crisis of our time.
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