NRA Silent on Assault Weapons Ban

The National Rifle Association (NRA) made a strategic decision NOT to address the President’s call for a new Assault Weapons Ban or limits on ammunition magazine capacity or background checks for private firearms sales. Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre focused his remarks on videogame and Hollywood violence and a new initiative: the National School Shield program. The NRA also refused to take questions from the media, stating its intention to remain silent until Monday; at which time the gun rights group would engage in a “conversation” about their response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School spree killing. The NRA’s “accentuate the positive” strategy leaves the ban on the proverbial table, with gun rights advocates fighting the anti-ban battle without direct NRA support. At least until Monday.