NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre gave a press conference this morning at the posh Willard Hotel in Washington, DC about the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting. At the press conference, LaPierre suggested that we should put armed guards in every school in America. Then he refused to take any questions. Yes, a press conference with no questions. That’s called an infomercial.
QUESTION: … will stop gun…
KEENE: As I indicated at the outset, this is the beginning of a serious conversation. We won’t be taking questions today, but Andrew Arulanandam, our public affairs officer, is here.
KEENE: We will be willing to talk to anybody beginning on Monday.
It’s the beginning of a serious conversation in which one side won’t converse.
Here’s the transcript. And take a look at LaPierre’s speech – sure sounds like many of the same talking points that himbo Governor Rick Scott of Florida spouted to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien yesterday. At the time, I said, half in jest, that it appeared the NRA had given Scott talking points. Now I’m thinking they did just that. Note the references to “conversation,” for starters.
I love this quote from the NRA’s LaPierre:
Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?
To that I say:
Isn’t fantasizing about killing animals as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?
Here’s another LaPierre zinger:
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
What about just taking his gun away from him?
The reaction to the press conference on Twitter was vicious:
Then some protesters from Code Pink interrupted it.
La Pierre attempted to keep talking, while a big sign in front of his face read, “NRA KILLING OUR KIDS.”
Here are some still shots, and the video is below.