The NRA Has Been Quiet As The Gun Rights Debate Reignites

The NRA Has Been Quiet As The Gun Rights Debate Reignites

Two mass shootings in just a week have rattled the country and renewed a gun rights debate. President Biden and Democrats have called for a ban on assault weapons, but the NRA has said very little. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: In the span of a single week, two mass shootings have given momentum to the push for stricter gun laws. President Biden wants the Senate to ban assault weapons and close loopholes on background checks. And through all of this, one prominent gun rights organization has remained quiet – the National Rifle Association NPR investigative correspondent Tim Mak has covered the NRA for years. Hi, Tim. TIM MAK, BYLINE: Hey there. SHAPIRO: Why has the NRA been relatively quiet so far about these shootings? MAK: So the NRA has long held to the strategy that it’s best to say very little after a mass shooting. They’ve made this calculation internally that they can’t really win the public relations battle in the emotional aftermath of such an event. For example, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre waited a week before addressing the public following the deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, when he said this notable line… (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) WAYNE LAPIERRE: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. MAK: So, like so many other times, the NRA has kept a low profile recently. This week, they put out a social media post which says they’re, quote, "saddened by […]

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