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 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.
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.
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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
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