Chris Murphy and other politicians have decried Wayne LaPierre's speech
In a tweet, Rep. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., whose district encompasses Newtown, called NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre’s press conference ”revolting” and “tone deaf.”
Walking out of another funeral and was handed the NRA transcript. The most revolting, tone deaf statement I've ever seen.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 21, 2012
Other politicians reacted similarly to LaPierre’s speech, which called for “armed police officers in every single school in this nation.”
“It is beyond belief that following the Newtown tragedy, the National Rifle Association’s leaders want to fill our communities with guns and arm more Americans, said Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., in a statement.”The NRA points the finger of blame everywhere and anywhere it can, but they cannot escape the devastating effects of their reckless comments and irresponsible lobbying tactics.”
Conservatives preach no federal govt and local control of schools until the NRA wants the federal government to mandate guns in schools?— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) December 21, 2012
"I don’t necessarily think having an armed guard outside every classroom is conducive to a positive learning environment." @govchristie says— Melissa Hayes (@Record_Melissa) December 21, 2012
NRA press conf. appalling in its insensitivity to #Newtown parents & families & every parent in America clutching our hearts the past week.— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) December 21, 2012
Outraged by NRA speech today. Militarizing our schools? More guns? They are incapable of being part of the solution.— Tim Bishop (@TimBishopNY) December 21, 2012
What the #NRA proposed is disgracefully out-of-touch w/ the common-sense reforms mainstream America (inc. sensible gun owners) demand.— Rep. Jim McGovern (@RepMcGovern) December 21, 2012
Instead of solutions to a problem they have helped create, @nra offered a paranoid, dystopian vision of a more dangerous and violent America— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) December 21, 2012
Captain Mark Kelley, the husband of Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in a shooting in Tuscon, Ariz., posted a statement on his Facebook page:
“Gabby and I are extremely disappointed by the NRA’s defiant and delayed response to the massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The NRA could have chosen to be a voice for the vast majority of its own members who want common sense, reasonable safeguards on deadly firearms, but instead it chose to defend extreme pro-gun positions that aren’t even popular among the law abiding gun owners it represents.”
Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. More Jillian Rayfield.
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