Today, The NRA Held A Press Conference Blaming Violent Media For The Newtown Massacre

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The NRA has kept pretty quiet regarding the recent shootings in Newtown, Connecticut so as to keep attention as far away from them as possible. Now, they’re finally speaking up about the massacre, and in an unsurprising move, they’ve decided to point the blame at violent entertainment, including films, but specifically violent video games. In a press conference held earlier today, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre decided the root of the problem is violent media, saying “there exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.” He then went on to call out “vicious” video games like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat, and Splatterhouse, as well as “blood-soaked slasher films like American Psycho and Natural Born Killers.” More after the break.

This response is the NRA’s way of desperately trying to keep the focus off them after the tragedy in Newtown that claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 children and six adults. This desperation became even more obvious when he pointed to a screen that was playing a decade old flash game called “Kindergarten Killer,” as if that’s ultimate proof that video games are the reason these lunatics are going out and mass murdering people, and not the fact that these individuals have easy access to firearms and are very obviously unhinged.

Video games took the spotlight in his presentation, though he was sure to spread some of the blame to violent films and even music videos, which “are aired like propaganda loops on ‘Splatterdays’ and every day” along with “a thousand music videos that portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life.” LaPierre continued.

“And then they have the nerve to call it ‘entertainment,’” LaPierre added, “but is that what it really is? Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography? In a race to the bottom, media conglomerates compete with one another to shock, violate and offend every standard of civilized society by bringing an ever-more-toxic mix of reckless behavior and criminal cruelty into our homes — every minute of every day of every month of every year.”

LaPierre’s solution? More guns in schools, of course. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he added. Watch this ghoul in action below.

I’d also like to add that other countries have violent movies, games, and music videos, but they also tighten their gun control laws after shootings like the one that took place in Newtown. This has led to significantly less gun-related violence. Pretty crazy idea, huh?

Unfortunately, while LaPierre was promoting guns, another shooting occurred in Pennsylvania. While the press conference was being held, 26-year-old Jeffrey Lee Michael of Hollidaysburg, PA shot and killed three people and injured five more before state troopers took him down.

I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before the NRA puts that on violent media, too.

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  • Scurgar

    Blaming violent media for gun violence is as stupid as blaming guns themselves.

    • Adam Dodd

      People don’t kill people, gaming marathons and violent movies do!

  • Cozen

    Wayne LaPierre = TOOL

    Sad thing is that he would probably agree. That’s just what I want…a 100% chance of a gun at my kids school every day.

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    The NRA is a despicable organization. How many more have to die! I agree that guns aren’t the direct blame in this, or any horrific massacre, however, until the day where technology allows us to look into the mind of every disturbed individual, we have to do what is physically possibly. And what IS physically possible is removing guns from those sick individuals. More guns wont cause less death, that’s is the most ridiculous thing I have heard, almost as ridiculous as blaming movies. I understand the right to bare arms, but why are certain weapons of mass destruction available to the general public!?!? If safety is their concern, why doesn’t the NRA focus on creating guns that just stun an assailant and not cause more death?

    • WckdNinja78

      Hey man I respect your opinion but you using the words “weapons of mass destruction” come on man thats foolish… I in all of my life have not ever once been able to go into my local gun shop and been able to purchase a WMD…. Guns could be a WMD eventually but its gonna take a long time and a shit-ton of bullets…. Just Sayin’

      • WckdNinja78

        Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) are defined in US law (18 USC §2332a) as:

        “(A) any destructive device as defined in section 921 of this title (i.e. explosive device);
        (B) any weapon that is designed or intended to cause death or serious bodily injury through the release, dissemination, or impact of toxic or poisonous chemicals, or their precursors;
        (C) any weapon involving a biological agent, toxin, or vector (as those terms are defined in section 178 of this title)(D) any weapon that is designed to release radiation or radioactivity at a level dangerous to human life.”

        WMD is often referred to by the collection of modalities that make up the set of weapons: chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE). These are weapons that have a relatively large-scale impact on people, property, and/or infrastructure.

  • bambi_lives8980

    As a lover of all kinds of movies video games, and a gun owner, I will say that less violent movies and games aren’t the answer. But neither is a gun ban. Both sides are fucking stupid in this debate, but let me tell ya, there was armed police at my school and no shootings have occurred there, ever. I don’t know what the answer to this problem is but I don’t think I’ve heard any good suggestions from the anti gun dide, so stop blaming everything and maybe work towards an answer instead of running into news conferences and screaming like an idiot… That certainly did nothing.

    • djblack1313

      there was an armed guard at Columbine. just sayin’. there’s NO reason for high capacity magazines/semi-automatics. none.

      • djblack1313

        as well as armed guards at Virgina Tech.

      • Ando

        Here in Australia we have no guards at schools and have never had a shooting at a school I can think of. Great point on high capacity magazines/semi-automatics. After the Port Arthur Massacre of 35 people in 1996, the Oz government banned all automatic and semi automatic guns. Only farmers who have vermin issues are allowed them after applying for them. To get a gun license in Australia you need to sit and pass a test along with joining a sporting gun club. On top of that when your guns are not used they must be locked away in a solid gun locker and only the person who the guns are registered to is allowed the combination to open those lockers. Since 1996 there has not been a single mass shooting in the country.

    • divisionbell

      I agree completely Bambi

  • bambi_lives8980

    Side, not dide

  • djblack1313

    this guy is a fucking cunt. i know this is 100% wrong of me to say but i really wish he’d get shot and…..again, i know that’s wrong of me to say/wish.

    • Zombie-Killa

      Don’t worry djblack, you’re not alone in feeling this way. I saw this earlier today, and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. As you said, it might be wrong to wish or say such things, but this guy is a real cunt, no doubt about it.

    • ttop33

      You’d be right at home in Nazi Germany. The guy has a different opinion than yours. Opinion being the key word.

      • Zombie-Killa

        Righhhht. Coming from the guy, who’s obviously defending the NRA, the most powerful lobbying organization in the US. And of course, they’re pushing for more guns, so the good guys can shoot it out with the bad guys.

        But hey, what do I know, apparently, I’m just a Nazi.

        • ttop33

          Do you also think drug companies are responsible for the tons of people their products kill in the US because they are a very powerful lobbying presence? What happened in Conn. was worst case scenario, there was a madman with a gun, and no one else had one. So that was the problem and people will have different opinions on how to prevent that from happening in the future.

          • djblack1313

            ttop, just wow. so the problem was no one else had a semi-automotic with high capacity magazines? holy fuck.

            yeah, use the “i have a different opinion…” bullshit line. there’s a difference between having a different opinion and being smart about it and being a fucking idiot.

  • Canucklehead

    Looked to me as though even Wayne had trouble believing this tripe

  • grossgreg

    I usually don’t get involved in political debates, but this one really hits home. I’ve taught for ten years with students ranging in age from 5 to 19. Arguing that teachers should be armed is one of the most backwards, irresponsible, idiotic ideas I’ve ever heard. The other part that really bothers me is that there is so much blame being placed on autism and “mental illness.” As if people who have autism or ASD don’t have hard enough lives, now they get to have another stigma to overcome. Shootings like this bring out the worst aspects of American culture right out to the forefront in too many ways.

  • killrobot

    Games/Movies/Music reflect current culture, not the other way around. No matter what your stance is on guns or gun control, blaming media just doesn’t work.

  • HorrorManiac666

    I do agree with him with one thing, the news gives way to much attention to the killers.

  • PatrickxJonathan

    Honestly this was a great move by the NRA. It took the heat off gun control and weapons/”assault” weapons, and magazine bans. The topic of violent media has been around forever and it’s not going anywhere. However, our current President doesn’t have an agenda against violent media BUT he did or does have an agenda for firearms. The NRA took the heat off of a constitutional amendment being at risk by blaming a subject that and everyone else no really has no real relation to violence.

    • djblack1313

      Patrickx, except NO ONE agrees with him. no one i’ve seen on any channel since this infomercial (all he’s doing is doing his best to sell more guns in this “press conference”) thinks movies/games/etc are to blame. this response from the NRA leader is the exact same script they say every time there’s gun violence on this level.

  • xAshleyMariex

    What a cock…i fucking hate hypocrites.

  • AfterTheAsylum

    As some have realized, this is a brilliant move to redirect anger. Like many of you, I have enjoyed horror films and listen to all styles of heavy metal (including the types which glorify violence). In addition, something. That some of you probably have done, I spent much of my teen years visitng websites to watch executions, suicides and other horrifying things (I still don’t know why I was fascinated with them, but I don’t like them anymore). I have also battled mental maladies for a majority of my life and I have honestly felt like like was just a series of funerals. Now, I say all that to say because I have never wanted to eliminate life myself. What we do is escapism. What we do, what we enjoy, is how we cope with life. It brings us balance. Some individuals cannot cope with reality in ways that many of us do. The desire to kill is not stunted by access to instruments, as we have seen in other countries. China has had violence in schools, such as one man stabbing 22 kids fairly recently. Those with the inclination to kill will attempt to kill. Period. So no, guns are not to blame for killing. if media and access to guns were to blame, we’d see far more tragedies. It is not media. It is not guns. It is not mental maladies. Nothing is to blame outside of the individual. However, I do believe that someone who does want to kill may want their names to be known, for their names to be inscribed in history books. The glorification these incidents get in media may influence the canvas on which these death artists paint. But the “how” and “where” doesn’t prevent the incident. A movie, a video game, a new story may give ideas on how to do something, but it doesn’t cause something. Now, I know many will disagree, but I think schools should have guns in them. A school is basically a sure place that a shooter will not face strong resistance. A school has no guns and is enclosed (nowhere to run in a classroom). It is fish in a barrel. It is too easy. The thing is that when seconds are precious the police are just minutes away. Think about how many criminals choose their victims. They want to minimize risk and maximize reward. Would you choose to attack someone who is old or middle aged? Man or woman? Armed or unarmed? The things is that the public doesn’t want to a discussion. They don’t want to think. They want an enemy. It is a mentality that we never learned to get away from. We are in a sad state, my friends. Arms are important though. We have our right to own arms to take them up and assemble a militia to fight back against a goverment that is against the people. This is why we have that right. It is to fight, and that is important. Tragedies will come because of that right, but not having it is much, much scarier.

    • djblack1313

      AfterTheAsylum, very good comment but PLEASE in the future…use paragraphs! lol. i loved your comment but it was a wall of letters. lol. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.turney.58 Joshua Turney

    Everytime I hear a debate about a tragic incident I always get reminded of the “Blame Canada” song from the South Park movie. Pointing the finger at everyone except those responsible. I realize it’s easier to blame other people/places/things for this tragic incident, but there is no way to know the real cause (and even if we did I can almost 100 % guarantee it wasn’t due to violent media). Ive been playing extremely violent videogames and watching gore soaked movies since I was at least 10, and I haven’t once thought it was ok to kill another because of my own personal set of morals and ideals. It’s sad but shit just happens sometimes.

  • djblack1313

    what’s also interesting is other countries have the same violent movies/games/etc us Americans have and the gun violence isn’t anywhere near like it is here. so that in and of itself proves Wayne la douche is full of shit.

  • Ravinus

    Right. And, the Food channel is to blame for obesity. Fucking douche bag.

  • Marty McFly

    I am so sick of them blaming violent movies and video games for violent people. I quote Roman from Scream 3, “So what, if we stop making scary movies all the serial killers will retire?” Which is a great point. Stop blaming the movies for people being violent- blame the people for being violent!!!!!

  • Warpaint

    Ya know, every time something tragic like this shooting occurs, the first think I think is: “How incredibly sad a bunch of innocent people with their whole lives ahead of them died doing a simple everyday thing like attending school or going to the movies or doing Christmas shopping at the mall. What a fucked up world.” The second thing I immediately think is: “Here we go, the right’s gonna call to ban video games, movies, and music and the left’s gonna call to ban firearms. Everyone starts pointing the finger at each other and the media sensationalizes the story to the point where most people become so desperate for a solution they would rather go along with a seemingly quick-fix solution rather than actually take the time to understand what made the killer decide to do this on a mental level. It wasn’t video games, movies or music. I am an adult, and I love to play violent games like ‘GTA’, ‘Call of Duty’, ‘Resident Evil’, etc. I think they’re fun, harmless escapism. Same thing with violent action films and horror movies. I even enjoy occasionally listening to heavy music and gangster rap that have lyrics riddled with subjects like murder, robbery, drug dealing, etc. I also happen to be mentally stable and can tell the difference between reality and fantasy. I’ve spent countless hours playing ‘Grand Theft Auto’ where basically all you’re doing is murdering and robbing people for money. It’s fun, and it can also serve as a great stress reliever if I’ve had a ruff day, but never once have I ever had the urge to kill a person in real life, in fact, the very thought of robbing another human being (or even animal) of life, even if they were an evil person, disgusts me to no end. I don’t even support the death penalty because I think it’s immoral and hypocritical and that no man, court, or government should possess the right to decide who gets to live and who has to die. I’m that hardcore about NOT killing or harming other people. Hell, I’ve never even been in a fight before. Having said that, I think it’s ridiculous that this worthless low-life NRA piece of shit is gonna sit here and try and say that “violent media” is to blame. He’s clearly only saying this to deflect the heat off of the NRA and project it onto an easy target. Well fuck that. As a sane, mentally stable, completely non-violent person, I shouldn’t be denied the right to play violent games, watch violent movies, listen to violent music, or read violent literature because there are a small number of crazy nutjobs in the world that can’t distinguish fantasy from reality and so we must cater to them now. And further more, I would think if you’re a violent person by nature, violent video games and music would serve as a good release for your anger so that you aren’t unleashing it onto other people. Just like boxing, or contact sports, etc. Those two kids didn’t shoot up Columbine because they played ‘Doom’ and listened to Manson, and this kid didn’t shoot up Sandy Hook because he owned a copy of ‘Call of Duty’. There was something else going on in his brain and he would’ve done it with or without those games, but he’d have had a much harder time had he not had access to high powered firearms, which this NRA bastard seems to not want to address at all. I can reasonably concede a mentally stable adult with a clean criminal record owning a registered handgun with a low-capacity clip for the sole purpose of protecting themselves and/or their family from someone breaking into their homes in the middle of the night (after all, the police can only show up after the fact and are pretty incompetent to begin with so you can’t exactly rely on them for protection), but why the fuck did this MENTALLY ILL KID have a rapid fire military assault weapon, or more accurately put, a MOTHERFUCKING MACHINE GUN, specifically designed for the sole purpose of killing as many people in as short an amount of time as possible. Why is that legal, and why do they sell that shit at fucking Wal-Mart? That NRA deuche would’t even touch that question. You can go ahead and ban violent media, you can ban guns, you can sensor bad words, and you can post an armed cop at every school, mall, movie theatre, park, etc. and it still won’t necessarily stop this from happening. Why? Because all these things so is put a band-aid on a gushing wound, without trying to find out what would lead a human being to commit such an atrocity. The media is far too interested in sensationalizing the story to sell papers and spike their ratings, and not with helping us understanding the problem itself. You can’t fight or prevent something you don’t understand. Plain and simple.

    • djblack1313

      Warpaint, paragraphs can be your friend. lol.

  • ThunderDragoon

    What a fucking idiot.

  • ttop33

    The left and the right are both reactionary. One says ban guns without even knowing the cause of a tragedy. The other says it’s violent video games. The very very vast majority of people who either play video games or own guns, do not commit these crimes. Making legislation against the majority because of a tiny minority is not democracy. I think a simple way to prevent these things is just to ask the media to self sensor. It’s clear that all these school shooters are cowards looking for attention. If the media decided they didn’t need to be whores, and refrained from using the shooters name, showing his picture or telling his story they would actually take a lot of motive away.

    • djblack1313

      ttop33, it’s clear you don’t even know what you’re talking about. stop embarrassing yourself. no one is saying ban guns. they are saying do back ground checks in order to buy guns (you’re against that?) and if you think it’s essential to own a semi-automatic weapon with high capacity magazines then that’s just fucking sad. NO ONE needs that. most members of the NRA themselves agree on this.

      • ttop33

        Columbine occurred 5 years into the assault weapons ban. so that did not work. I never said anything about people not getting background checks, they should get them. Connecticut has pretty strict gun laws and this nut managed to get one. Look at what happened in Norway as well. You are calling me stupid for explaining the obvious. One nut with a gun vs a group with no guns is the worst case scenario. He has all the time in the world in that scenario and there is no defense against him or even a distraction. There are too many guns out there already and banning them in places like Chicago did nothing on gun violence. That’s my opinion, and I understand your argument but I think it isn’t practical to prevent these shootings. Lets not continue arguing the same points.

  • Mr.Mirage

    Well, see: this is when I knew (KNEW) that the end of the world wasn’t coming. Had they said something like “Let’s all enter into a serious, intelligent debate, and here is what we bring to the table…” I would have run for the bunker. As this was their collective response, well, Planet X Nibiru Mayan prophecy obviously was not going to happen. Same ol’, same ol’, (numerical value) verse, same as the first.

    • Mr.Mirage

      Come to think of it, after I saw 2012 I was feeling rather violent… wanted my money and time back.

  • Joe-Banger

    I dont know what to say except I love violent video games and violent movies! Does that make me a bad person? I dont think so! I know the difference between fiction and reality. I will never cross the line that separates them! I dont have kids, my brothers and sisters did and being an uncle is the most important anything I have in this life. Almost everyone I know has kids and I am sickened by the idea of anything bad happening to any of them! I say get rid of gun powder and all ammunition, that would be a great start to end the problem of weapons violence! We as a society need to rid this world of all the bad things as much as humanly possible to give back to the world in the good ways that which we were given. Its not right or fair to the past and future unborn generations to take away or destroy any hope of happiness! The Newtown tragedy is evidence of that. We have to stop the insanity and violence of our society peacefully.

  • wildgator25

    I read an editorial on CNN.com the other day and one of the points struck me as the best argument against the current situation. The 2nd Amendment was written in the 18th Century and the arms of those days were Muskets. Now I say, like the person who wrote the article says, what’s to stop a person from owning RPGs or Nuclear Weapons for that fact?

    The fact is this…. there should be no need for ANY AMERICAN to possess a semi-automatic weapon. The addition of this ratification to the 2nd Amendment should be the first step towards minimizing the potential for these horrendous acts of violence. At the moment, there is not enough regulation and it is too easy for someone troubled to access instruments of death.

  • iisdan

    Blame the media? The media simply shows how guns are being used on a daily basis…

    Blame Video games and movies portraying guns doing their one and only intended purpose? To kill or injure.

    Perhaps the problem isn’t showing people how guns work, perhaps the problem maybe… just maybe… the guns themselves OH MY GOD, I SAID IT! how dare I say the killing machine is indeed… dare I say… killing people!

    I understand the NRA has to find a scapegoat but common.

  • Evil_Flip

    wow this whole gun law is so bizarre. As a European it’s so strange to see that people in the US are actually defending their right to own something that is specifically designed to kill someone. Also if it’s so easy to own a gun why doesn’t anyone have the decency to shoot this guy instead of innocent people?

  • http://www.facebook.com/chewy.chew.1 Chewy Chew

    I think the most bizarre part of this whole tragedy is everyones quick response to the gun debate and not the mental health problem. Because of Reagan’s closing down of all mental illness facilities, the only way to get severely mentally ill people out of society is for them to commit a violent crime and even that is difficult. A friend of mine has a girlfriend who goes to a psychiatrist 3 times a week, takes a ton of medications and tries to commit suicide on a regular basis. When he finally couldn’t take her craziness anymore, he told her to move out… what did she do? Slit her wrists and took all her pills. The hospital only kept her for 24 hours and then released her. So, when she ends up killing someone and then herself, is anyone really gonna be surprised? It’s absolutely ridiculous how our society just turns a blind eye to mental health issues, but is so surprised when someone goes on a shooting spree. So regardless of what happens with guns, either way, we will be talking about guns again in a few months when another crazy goes on a shooting spree… question is where’s the next one going to be? An amusement park? A sporting event? Guess we will have to wait and see…

    • Mr.Mirage

      Thank you. THANK YOU!

      Literally quoting me, although you’ll have to trust me on that one. I have been saying it so many times family n friends now start rolling their eyes when I start up.

      It isn’t the gun, you idiots, it is the crazy that controls the hand that holds the gun… and there is nowhere for them to go for help. Hell, even the mother of the lunatic that killed the kids was seeking help, but … it wasn’t there.

      A gun (or movie, video game or automobile) is no more responsible for the means in which it is used than a rock, stone or baseball bat. Human beings are responsible for their own actions, good, bad or ugly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.henry.543 Ryan Henry

    I love how one party keeps blaming the other. I was taught catcher in the rye in high school years after it inspired Mark David chapman to kill John Lennon and after it inspired John Hinckley, Jr. to attempt to assassinate Ronald Reagan. If anyone with a troubled mind sees, reads, or hears anything and then gets a hold of a gun, sharp object, or even a propane tank and a match they could serious damage to anyone or anything, the fault lies with the maniac. Did we ban superman in the 1950s when kids jumped off roofs attempting to fly? How many kids stabbed their eyes out during the days of the Roman Empire after seeing Oedipus Rex? Should we blame teenage suicide on Romeo and Juliet?

    Yes inspiration CAN come from violent films, books, shows, comics, plays, or even art (by the way Hitler was a painter whose style mimics Thomas Kincaid’s so maybe we should band art that shows rivers creeks and houses in the country) but it is still the CRAZY fucking ASSHOLE who ALLOWS forms of the fine arts inspire him to create murder and chaos. If everyone was inspired by violent films, books, or any fine arts to kill and acted on it, then almost all of us would either have been dead, or the GREAT HUMAN RACE would have put an end to violence in the fine arts CENTURIES ago.

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    “Movies don’t create psychos, movies make psychos more creative.” – Billy Loomis(Scream) Here’s another one: “You can’t blame real life violence on entertainment.” – CiCi Cooper (Scream 2) PEOPLE are responsible for their actions, not movies, not games, not music. I love horror, metal, and violent video games. I’ve been alive 23 years and not once has a film or a game or a song made me go, “Man, it would be so fun to cut someone to pieces or blow up a mall”. People like this NRA guy are fucking retards.

  • djblack1313

    I FUCKING HATE THIS MAN!!! i’m watching him right now on “Meet The Press” and he’s blaming EVERYTHING & EVERYONE except guns/himself and his owning Congress/the Senate for these events. i just fucking hate him so much.

  • KevinR1990

    “There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.”

    You might want to take a look in the mirror there, buddy.

    And I say that as a gun owner.

  • diapers

    Hey, maybe he is on to something… remember that Korean dude who quit his job, gamed for 5 days straight, and then dropped dead? Just kidding. LaPierre has been spending his whole life using machine guns to compensate for his undersized, shriveled wanker.

  • Joe-Banger

    Video games are the perfect outlet for rage! I wish there was a btter way to stop people from going crazy and hurting/killing others! Oh right, get rid of the NRA and congress! LOL!

  • evenscarier

    [IMG]http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q639/prettyscary/65190_313471472096404_645174772_n_zps3cab720a.jpg[/IMG]

    I am so sorry for these people and any family scarred by this kind of violence, but I am sick and tired of blame being placed on inanimate object, and sick and tired of blame being placed on entertainment. Evil is evil, it doesn’t have a reason or a plan, and it doesn’t give a flying crap if an act it wants to perform is illegal. Gun laws only prevent people like me and you from protecting ourselves and our loved ones from dirt bags like this. I can promise you, if I had been volunteering in that class and was permitted my concealed weapon, those precious babies would’ve walked out of there.

  • slaughterhorefromhell

    No disrespect but that stupid agenda pushing fuck LaPierre can fuck right off the fuckin earth. He disgusts me more right now than any one in the Obama administration, of which is lobbying for a ban on assault rifles as we speak, and this shit head probably doesn’t even know how to shoot a gun. Money, money, money, he could care less about those who have or will continue to die because it is not about guns or media, it is about mental illness. This fucking moron would never tell you that because it would pull the focus off of his organization. Fuck the NRA and fuck Lapierre.