New York Newspapers, Including the Conservative NY Post, Slam NRA’s Wayne LaPierre with Brutal Covers

New York newspapers slammed the National Rifle Association after Wayne LaPierre’s vile comments just 90 minutes after the country observed a moment of silence in commemoration of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre that occurred Dec. 14.The New York Times was also brutal in its assessment of the hot mess that unfolded before our eyes on Friday when Wayne LaPierre blamed everyone else for the Newtown shooting massacre — Hollywood, the media, music videos, movies, President Obama, politicians — but not the NRA or the fact that there are far too many assault weapons in our country.

The New York Times:  “Mr. LaPierre looked wild-eyed at times as he said the killing was the fault of the media, songwriters and singers and the people who listen to them, movie and TV scriptwriters and the people who watch their work, advocates of gun control, video game makers and video game players.”

….He wants volunteer and professional firefighters, who already risk their lives every day, to be charged with thwarting an assault by a deranged murderer. The same applies to paramedics, security guards, veterans, retired police officers. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” Mr. LaPierre said.

It’s pretty telling when even Rupert Murdoch’s conservative rag the New York Post slammed Wayne LaPierre as a “loon” and a “gun nut:”

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New York Newspapers, Including the Conservative NY Post, Slam NRA’s Wayne LaPierre with Brutal Covers

 

The New York Daily News also slammed Wayne LaPierre:

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New York Newspapers, Including the Conservative NY Post, Slam NRA’s Wayne LaPierre with Brutal Covers

Report: Seven NFL Players Turn in Guns Following Jovan Belcher-Kasandra Perkins Murder-Suicide

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Report:  Seven NFL Players Turn in Guns Following Jovan Belcher-Kasandra Perkins Murder-Suicide (Photo credit: Gregory Wild-Smith)

SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE:  According to Sports Illustrated, at least seven NFL players have turned in their guns following Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher horrific murder of his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and his subsequent suicide outside Arrowhead Stadium. According to the report, at least one player handed over multiple firearms, telling his team’s personnel that he didn’t trust himself with the guns.

Some people may bristle at the thought of curtailing gun rights, but statistics show that the presence of a firearm in the home increases the risk of homicide for women by five times and two-thirds of women killed with guns die in domestic dispute incidents.

 Report:  Seven NFL Players Turn in Guns Following Jovan Belcher Kasandra Perkins Murder Suicide

Conservatives Attack Bob Costas for “Gun Culture” Comment in Jovan Belcher-Kasandra Perkins Tragedy

Conservatives are attacking Bob Costas over his “gun culture” comment in the wake of the Jovan Belcher-Kasandra Perkins murder-suicide. While discussing the tragedy, Bob Costas quoted Fox Sports writer Jason Whitlock:

How many young people have to die senselessly? How many lives have to be ruined before we realize the right to bear arms doesn’t protect us from a government equipped with stealth bombers, predator drones, tanks and nuclear weapons?

Our current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead.

In the coming days, Belcher’s actions will be analyzed through the lens of concussions and head injuries. Who knows? Maybe brain damage triggered his violent overreaction to a fight with his girlfriend. What I believe is, if he didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today…

Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it.

I’m sorry, but don’t we have a problem with lax gun control in this country? How many more teenagers, young children, women and men have to be murdered in this country before something is done? It is true that had Jovan Belcher not owned a gun, he could have never shot Kasandra Perkins. Yes, he could have found another way to kill her, but a gun in the home increases the likelihood of homicide and suicide. In 2011, 30,000 Americans lost their lives to firearms (11,000 in homicides), according to the Centers for Disease Control. Approximately 1,800 women were killed, with 5,000 more sustaining injury. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence found that “firearms present a public health threat to American women, in particular from suicide and domestic violence.” The reality is that we cannot continue to sweep this “gun culture” under a rug. It is a real problem that deserves real solutions and not continually being hijacked by the NRA.

Bob Costas talking about “gun culture:”