POSTED: Friday, December 21, 2012 - 7:05pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 11:14am
It’s been one full week since the shooting tragedy in Connecticut and the one group in the gun control debate we haven’t heard from is the National Rifle Association.
Today, they broke their silence with a Washington press conference.
And it wouldn’t be a Washington press conference without a little controversy as well.
Yes, there were protests, two of them during the speech by NRA vice President Wayne LaPierre.
And it was really a speech, not a press conference since no reporter questions were allowed.
But, the organization wanted to lay out its defense of the Second Amendment and a proposal that they feel will address incidents like the Newtown massacre.
” too many in the national media, their corporate owners and their stockholders act as silent enablers if not complacent co-conspirators. Rather than face their own moral failings the media demonize gun owners,” said NRA Vice-President Wayne LaPierre. “Since when did the gun automatically become a bad word? A gun in the hands of a secret service agent protecting our President, isn’t a bad word. The NRA is going to bring all its knowledge, all its dedication and all its resources to develop a model national school shield emergency response program.”
Former Arkansas Congressman Asa Hutchinson has agreed to head up the project.
All this occurred as a moment of silence was observed for the victims of the shooting.
Meanwhile, President Obama said in his weekly address that he will push forward with gun control efforts.
LaPierre wants the federal government to pay for the national program.
As mentioned, there were no questions allowed by reporters, but the group promised that interviews will be available on Monday.