(CNN) - Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama and gun control advocates Friday, blaming them for "exploiting" recent mass shooting tragedies to promote their political agenda.
Speaking to a welcoming crowd at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston, the folksy former governor from Alaska also used chewing tobacco at one point to draw some laughs.
(CNN) – Within minutes of the National Rifle Association's opening forum at their annual meeting Friday, the group's leaders went after gun control proposals and advocates who sought to expand tougher firearm laws following the Newtown elementary school massacre.
"Where we see tragedy, Barack Obama and Michael Bloomberg, they see opportunity," said Chris Cox, the executive director for the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action.
(CNN) - The National Rifle Association is getting a new president, the organization confirmed Wednesday.
As part of its formal rotation, Alabama attorney Jim Porter will take the top spot beginning Monday, replacing current President David Keene, whose two-year term concludes this week at the NRA's annual meeting in Houston.
(CNN) – On the day the Senate begins votes on new gun control measures, the National Rifle Association said they were launching web ad casting President Barack Obama's proposals as detached from the reality faced by America's law enforcement officers.
The 30-second spot, which the NRA says it will spend $500,000 to place on websites like the Drudge Report, the Washington Post, and Hulu, uses polls of police officers showing little support for increasing background checks and banning assault weapons.
(CNN) - The National Rifle Association-sponsored NASCAR race slated for this weekend is "inappropriate in the immediate wake of the Newtown massacre," Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, wrote to the race's broadcaster on Thursday.
"The race not only brings national attention to an organization that has been the face of one side of this heated debate, it also features the live shooting of guns at the end of the race," Murphy wrote to Rupert Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, which owns the Fox network where the race will be broadcast.
(CNN) – The National Rifle Association said Wednesday that expanding background checks at gun shows, as called for in a Senate compromise, "will not prevent the next shooting, will not solve violent crime and will not keep our kids safe in schools."
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(CNN) – The National Rifle Association is famous for its scorecard that gives lawmakers a letter grade based on their votes against gun restrictions.
Now, Mayors Against Illegal Guns–a group battling the NRA in the recent gun control debate–is using their opponent's tactic against them, creating their own grading system for lawmakers, some of them facing re-election next year.
(CNN) - The National Rifle Association adviser who broke with the organization’s position has clarified his position on gun sale background checks.
After announcing the NRA’s National School Shield Project school safety findings at a Tuesday press conference, he appeared on CNN later and said he “absolutely” supported expanding background checks. The NRA supports expanding the data included in the database – such as those with mental health issues – but does not support conducting a background check on every gun sale, including so-called private sales currently exempt from the federal requirement.
(CNN) - The president of the nation's largest teachers group on Wednesday rejected the National Rifle Association's proposal to put guns in schools.
"We believe the NRA's focus is misguided and in fact a distraction from what we ought to be talking about," said Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association in an interview on CNN International’s Connect the World.
Washington (CNN) - It's called "plucking the bird," a strategy based on the analogy of pulling one feather at a time so the bird doesn't notice until it realizes it can't fly.
That appears to be how the National Rifle Association and its allies in Congress are trying to overcome what would seem to be overwhelming public support for stronger gun legislation in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre.