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On Friday — one week after the deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 children dead — the National Rifle Association held its first press conference since the tragedy. Executive vice president Wayne LaPierre stated that media and Hollywood depictions of violence played a role in a culture of violence.
The presser generated tremendous reaction on Twitter, where #NRA became a trending topic in the United States. Below are a sampling of industry reactions to the NRA’s conference this morning, many of them disagreeing with the sentiment expressed by the organization:
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 21, 2012
An accurate national data base of the mentally ill would include people who think we need more assault rifles.
— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) December 21, 2012
How about attaching a second gun to the gun you already have? And then a knife onto the second gun, with a gun on that knife? #iamsmart
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 21, 2012
Canadian kids watch same violent movies & play same violent video games. In their 10M households r 7M guns. Why don’t they kill like we do?
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 21, 2012
Maybe we could just buy Santa’s naughty/nice database to see who can have guns.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) December 21, 2012
Really, NRA members, take a hard look at who’s representing you. I now return you to your regular programming.
— Christopher Gorham (@ChrisGorham) December 21, 2012
This is your moment, America: The #NRA has 4 million members, your population is 311 million. Don’t stand for this murderous crap any more.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 21, 2012
— jian ghomeshi (@jianghomeshi) December 21, 2012
The NRA has rickrolled the whole country into watching just another standard Wayne LaPierre stump speech saying we need more guns.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) December 21, 2012
All joking aside we may have just seen the beginning of the end of the NRA as we know it. The old bullshit just isn’t cutting it any more.
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) December 21, 2012
If you watched the NRA press conference and agree with this idiot, you should probably unfollow me now.
— Dana Brunetti (@DanaBrunetti) December 21, 2012
“Since when did a gun become a bad word?” — NRA blaming the media.Come on people, they think we’re idiots.Stop them!
— Steve Levitan (@SteveLevitan) December 21, 2012
NRA blames video games. Ah, the Q-Bert defense.
— Justin Stangel (@Justin_Stangel) December 21, 2012
— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) December 21, 2012
#NRA plan for schools. Volunteer guards with guns. Wonder how Trayvon Martin feels about that idea.
— Jeffrey Toobin (@JeffreyToobin) December 21, 2012
The world is still here and “NRA” has replaced “Mayans” as the top trending topic. And yet, I still kinda feel the Mayans were more honest.
— josh groban (@joshgroban) December 21, 2012
I’m a gun owner, and this #NRA idea of an armed person in each school is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.
— Drew Carey (@DrewFromTV) December 21, 2012
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