I’ll be appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” tomorrow morning. The executive vice president of the NRA — Wayne LaPierre — will be there, too.
I hope you’ll tune in and watch the show. I also hope the conversation reminds you why it’s so important to support the Brady Campaign and sensible gun laws.
Honestly, I’m a little nervous about tomorrow’s interview.
But since my daughter Jessi was murdered last year in the Aurora movie theater shooting, I’ve learned a few things….
I’ve learned that gun lobby extremists and groups like the NRA spend millions every year to stop Congress from expanding Brady background checks…
I’ve learned that too many Americans — 90 men, women and children every day — die because of gun violence…
…And I’ve learned that the more I share my story, the more Americans want to help us end gun violence.
It was yet another awful week of mass shootings in our nation. But I won’t stop fighting for what’s right.
Neither should you.
Please tune in to Meet the Press tomorrow, then make your most generous gift to the Brady Campaign.
Help me continue the fight for sensible gun laws that will save lives.
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
P.S. — Many people have reached out to say they appreciated my interview with NPR this week. If you missed it, you can listen to it here. I’m hoping tomorrow’s conversation on Meet the Press will be just as civil and will help more Americans understand why it’s time to put aside politics and end gun violence.
By Frank Smyth
A man with an assault rifle at an exhibit booth at the George R. Brown convention center, the site for the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Houston, Texas May 5, 2013. (Photo by Adrees Latif/Reuters)
This year’s gun lobby board election brought a few surprises, as the National Rifle Association has been trying to keep the results (and the low voter turnout) quiet.
George K. Kollitides II is the founder and CEO of Freedom Group, America’s largest and most profitable firearms consortium. One of the company’s products is the Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle that was used last December in the Sandy Hook school massacre.
Last year Freedom Group led the gun industry with record sales of almost $1 billion, or $931.9 million. Kollitides also quietly served last year on the NRA’s shadowy Nominating Committee for the NRA’s 2012 board elections, as reported in January in Mother Jones. His place on the Nominating Committee likely helped get his name on the NRA’s official ballot this year.
Yet he still lost his bid for the NRA board, according to election results just published in the August edition of the NRA’s American Rifleman magazine, available only to NRA dues-paying members, a copy of which was obtained by MSNBC. Kollitides remains a Trustee of the NRA Foundation, according to its latest annual report. The foundation’s activities include organizing gun safety and target shooting competitions for children.
Calls to Kollitides’ office at Freedom Group’s headquarters in Madison, North Carolina, requesting comment were not returned.
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I casually watched Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin and the incoming president of the NRA and to me it seems that it is true that since 1977 the NRA has been taken over by radicals who are promoting the overthrow of the United States. Why? Who knows the real agenda of this fringe element allied with the Republican Party. —GoodOleWoody
America, how you ignore the bloody deaths caused by guns?
JAKE MILLER /
CBS NEWS/ April 7, 2013, 2:27 PM
Gov. Dan Malloy, D-Conn., whose state was wracked by tragedy in December when a gunman killed 20 small children and six faculty members at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., slammed the National Rifle Association Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” saying NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre “reminds me of the clowns at the circus – they get the most attention.”
“This guy is so out of whack, it’s unbelievable,” Malloy said, saying the NRA simply will not compromise “on anything to do with guns.”
Instead, Malloy said, the NRA is protecting “the ability of the gun industry to sell as many guns to as many people as possible – even if they’re deranged, mentally ill, a criminal background, they don’t care. They want to sell guns.” FULL ARTICLE
By Michael O’Brien, Political Reporter, NBC News
Capitol Hill will play host to a springtime clash over gun rights, as lawmakers prepare to take up significant gun control legislation for the first time in years.
The Senate will take up a new bill next month intended to require background checks for every firearm purchase in the country — and proponents of the legislation are girding for a major political showdown against supporters of gun rights and its principal advocacy group, the National Rifle Association.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has emerged as one of the most forceful national backers of stricter gun laws, and this weekend launched a $12 million television ad campaign meant to pressure wavering senators to support the new legislation when they return from their holiday break. FULL ARTICLE