National Rifle Association
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ad campaign against Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire has drawn a pointed response ad from the National Rifle Association.
"Seen this T.V. ad paid for by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg?" asks a female voice-over at the beginning of the 30-second spot, as a smiling Bloomberg pops up on-screen.
At the National Rifle Association convention in Houston this weekend, former Fox News host Glenn Beck urged attendees to stand up to efforts like those of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and said he was amazed at how many of his friends in New York City had become "dopes" who allow their liberties be encroached by limits on soda, popcorn and salt.(2)
Asked about the continued opposition to New York's new gun laws and Wayne LaPierre's appearance on "Meet the Press" yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo accused pro-gun groups of trading on fear and paranoia to stoke the passions of their members.
"What the extremists do is they spread fear and unrealistic theories of conspiracies and a citizenry that needs to be armed because the government is possibly tyrannical, and they need their arms to defend themselves against a tyrannical government," Cuomo said on Susan Arbetter's radio program this morning.(6)
On 'Meet the Press,' Bloomberg sees victory over the N.R.A., and LaPierre calls him 'reckless' and 'insane'
With the Senate slated to take up a new gun bill next month, the two most outspoken voices in the gun debate—Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the National Rifle Association's executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre—appeared on "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning to preview their fight over the new laws.(2)
A new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll released today shows the National Rifle Association maintains about the same level of public support that it has over the last decade.
Sunday shows: Harry Reid calls Wayne LaPierre 'extremely pleasant,' while a Fox host calls him 'ridiculous'
On Sunday morning, Wayne LaPierre came in for better treatment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid than he did from Fox News' Chris Wallace.
"He's always been extremely pleasant to me," said Reid, who received some similarly kind words from LaPierre during his tough 2010 re-election campaign. "We have a good relationship. So I am not here to demean the organization."
President Obama announced this morning that he will press Congress to pass an expansive agenda of "commonsense" new gun laws, including a new ban on assault weapons and extended magazines, a new system of universal background checks, and tougher penalties for gun trafficking. The president also announced 23 new executive orders that would promote more comprehensive background checks and gun research.
In a statement on its website denouncing the new package of gun laws passed by New York's State Senate last night, the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association attacked Gov. Andrew Cuomo with an old Eliot Spitzer quote, accused him of trying to upstage the White House, and said the state's new laws constitute the "true assault weapon."
President Obama suggested this afternoon that the gun indstury has profited from the gun-control fears stoked in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
"As far as people lining up and purchasing more guns, I think we've seen for some time now that those who oppose any commonsense gun control or gun safety measures, have a pretty effective way of ginning up fear on the part of gun owners that the federal government is about to take all your guns away," he said. "There's probably an economic element to that. It's obviously good for business."
After a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden this afternoon, the National Rifle Association issued an unsigned statement that said it had come prepared for a "meaningful conversation" but was "disappointed" with the discussion.
Here's video of the press conference at which teachers union officials and elected Democrats criticized Michael Bloomberg's comments likening the leadership of the U.F.T. to the National Rifle Association.
Sen. Chuck Schumer was more than happy to have Wayne LaPierre, the combative head of the National Rifle Association, precede him on "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning.
"I think he's so extreme and so tone deaf that he actually helps the cause of us passing sensible gun legislation in the Congress," said Schumer, a longtime foil for the NRA who has pressed for some new reforms in the week since the tragic school shooting in Connecticut.(2)
WASHINGTON—Sen. Chuck Schumer had hoped to hear something more constructive from Wayne LaPierre, when the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association broke the organization's silence this morning with a combative address, one week after the tragic school shooting in Newton, Connecticut.
"I was very unpleasantly surprised by the NRA proposal," Schumer said this afternoon.
"GOP/NRA/etc.: We want smaller government! Except when we don't!" [@JasmineMoy]
Richard Aborn said an arms race is not the solution to gun violence. [Liz Benjamin]
Ray Kelly said he was dissappointed by the Wayne LaPierre speech. [Jill Colvin]