DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS PLAN TO PROPOSE NEW GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION: “Immediately after the mass shootings at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school Friday that left 20 children dead, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined to discuss whether President Barack Obama would pursue gun control legislation.
“But the initial reluctance of Carney and congressional Democrats to discuss the issue began to recede Sunday, as key Democratic senators announced plans to propose new gun control legislation in the months ahead.” — Roll Call 12/16/12
GUN SALES SURGE IN WAKE OF CONNECTICUT SHOOTING: “With President Barack Obama endorsing sweeping gun restrictions in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, prices for handgun magazines are surging on EBay (EBAY) and semi-automatic rifles are sold out at many Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) locations.
“Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, said yesterday that it would continue to sell guns, including rifles like the one used at Newtown, where 26 people, most of them children, were killed on Dec. 14. By contrast, Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (DKS) suspended sales of similar guns at its more than 500 stores.” — Yahoo Finance 12/20/12
NRA CALLS FOR MORE GUNS IN SCHOOLS: “The National Rifle Association stunned Washington observers Friday when the group’s CEO announced a plan to install armed guards at every school in the country — its response to the Connecticut shooting last week that left 20 children dead.
“Wayne LaPierre called the idea the National School Shield program, which would rely on local police forces. It will be led by former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.).
“’The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,’ LaPierre said.” — POLITICO 12/22/12
NRA FULL PREPARED STATEMENT OF POST-SHOOTING PRESS CONFERENCE: “Shortly after a press conference held by the National Rifle Association on Friday, the organization’s first official remarks following the deadly shooting spree in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, the NRA published online the full prepared remarks delivered by executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre.” — [Read full prepared NRA statement at] Talking Points Memo 12/21/12
FACT-CHECKING THE NRA PRESS CONFERENCE: “The proposals and opinions offered by the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre at a press conference Friday have been roundly criticized by gun control opponents already, but is he also wrong about the bare facts? While many of the gun lobby’s latest claims about armed security are debatable … there were a handful of actual factual assertions in his speech today that we decided to double check just to see if the NRA’s talking points match up with reality. Here’s what we found on some of key statements.” — Yahoo News 12/21/12