NRA Split Over Reaction to Newtown Massacre: Paper

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After the 2012 Newtown, Ct., school massacre in which 20 young children died, several senior National Rifle Association officials thought the organization should take a less confrontational approach on gun control issues, the Washington Post reports. 

Over their objections, NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre struck a defiant posture. In fiery public appearances crafted by Ackerman McQueen, then the organization’s LaPierre announced that the group would create a model program to train armed security guards who could protect schools from shooters.

Then LaPierre and his wife left on a $70,000 trip to the Bahamas.

NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said the couple was on official business, doing outreach to donors and supporters. After the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown,

“Wayne’s main concern was being respectful of the victims and their families,” he said.

LaPierre, as leader of the NRA, sought “to figure out a way to harden our schools” while also defending the Second Amendment, Arulanandam said.

New details about how the NRA handled the incident show how Sandy Hook divided the leadership of the powerful gun rights organization. The episode also showcased the symbiotic relationship between LaPierre and Ackerman McQueen, an alliance that defined the NRA for more than three decades.

During that period, the bills for LaPierre’s wardrobe and his private jet travel flowed through the Oklahoma-based ad firm, a practice that critics say shrouded the costs from some NRA leaders and members. At the same time, Ackerman McQueen collected tens of millions of dollars in consulting fees and kept a tight grip on the NRA’s aggressive messaging.

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3 thoughts on “NRA Split Over Reaction to Newtown Massacre: Paper

  1. The NRA has been selling out the American gun owner for over 100 years. They actively supported the NFA in 1934, the Gun Control Act in 1968 and the oppositely named Firearm Owners’ Protection Act of 1986 (FOPA) which removed the right of Americans to purchase new automatic or AOW weapons, a clear violation of the Second Amendment.

    All of this was done with the cooperation of the sellout Progressive owned and run Republican Party as well.

  2. Dear NRA…..
    Stop “negotiating” excuses to INFRINGE on OUR RIGHTS… If there must be background checks, let’s try this idea… Are there any ‘legislators’ that are interested in a UnConstitutional Background Check?

    Since SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED means exactly that..

    Let’s try a “Background Check” that DOES NOT INFRINGE on anybodies RIGHTS…A FULL, IN DEPTH background check for ALL Politicians, Bureaucrats, and ALL government employees, and set MINIMAL INTELLIGENCE, JOB SKILLS AND CHARACTER QUALITIES that must be met before they can run for office, be appointed or hired.
    That way, WE, THE PEOPLE, get a much better class of politicians and bureaucrats, as well as EMPLOYEES that can be trained to do the jobs they are being hired for.
    Any bets on how hard the political class will fight to prevent it?
    THAT would be a Background Check that nearly ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS will support and I don’t much care if the illegals and their sycophants don’t like the idea.

  3. I WOULD have a”Life Membership” in the National Rifle Association, but instead I only have an Annual Membership … sometimes. Sooner or later the NRA does something stupid and in disgust I resign, or merely decline to renew my membership.

    Eventually I return to the fold, trying to keep a positive balance. Until the next time the NRA does something stupid. Because I know they will; they always do.

    This has been going on for a quarter of a century.

    I suspect that the National Rifle Association deliberately pisses me off, so I have the more expensive Annual Membership instead of the Life Membership which they keep trying to sell me (but not trying very hard). There was a time I could have bought a life membership for $100, but it wasn’t worth it.

    I’m in my mid-seventies now, and unlikely to realize an benefit from a Life Membership. Besides, NOT renewing my annual membership is the only way I have to express my disdain for the awkward, irresponsible leadership which continues to be responsible for their policies.

    They never notice my absence, of course, and I try not to be obvious. However, I wonder how many other NRA members are so frequently disappointed in that group of professional cow-turds which we so laughingly call “LEADERSHIP”.

    And of course, the temporary “presidents” of the NRA, who are among the most public conservatives of their time, are selected to whitewash the egregious policies of the “Executive Vice President”.

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