In a news conference still in progress, National Rifle Association Chief Executive and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre is shredding the media. Speaking to a crowded room of reporters and cameras, LaPierre referenced the killer in the Newtown shootings in Connecticut: “Does anybody really believe that the next Adam Lanza isn’t already planning” another attack? “How many more copycats are waiting in the wings?” he asked, excoriating a “national media machine that awards them with wall to wall attention.”
Point No. 2 in LaPierre’s polemic related to what he suggested was insufficient coverage of violent video games: “There’s another dirty little truth that the media tries their best to conceal. There exists in this country a shadow industry….vicious violent video games.” LaPierre then listed a number of such games and showed a video of a game called “Kindergarten Killers,” which he said has been online for 10 years. “How come my research staff can find it?” he asked, noting that the media apparently cannot.
Other LaPierre indictments of the media: It “demonize[s] gun owners.” It calls semiautomatic firearms “machine guns,” among other technical descriptions that he claims are “factually untrue.” “They don’t know what they are talking about,” he said, referring to the media.
LaPierre said that “the media called me crazy” when he advocated armed guards at schools following the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting. Then, referring to Lanza, he said, “What if he’d been confronted by qualified armed security?” upon his entrance into Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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