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December 20, 2012 12:23 PM Attorney General Holder Heads to Newtown; NRA Chief to Make MTP Appearance Sunday

By Samuel Knight

The nation’s response to the Sandy Hook school shootings is beginning to materialize less than a week after the fact.

Today, Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to travel to Newtown to meet with local law enforcement officials and investigators looking into the killings.

Meanwhile, the NRA plans on holding a “major” press conference on Friday, where, according to POLITICO, it will offer “‘meaningful contributions’ to ensure that the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., ‘never happens again.’”

Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the NRA, is also slated to appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this Sunday.

On the Presidential gun violence commission front, TIME’s Mark Halperin said today that VP Joe Biden — picked by the President to lead the task force — can command the respect of Republicans if he wins over law enforcement groups “as they were marshaled by him when he was chairman of the Judiciary Committee.”

If Biden is looking for a knowledgeable Democrat who could offer her two cents on the issue, Susan Ginsburg, a firearms policy director at the Treasury Department during the Clinton administration, detailed some successful gun control initiatives over on our Ten Miles Square blog.

Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.


  • c u n d gulag on December 20, 2012 1:12 PM:

    Boy, I bet Gregory can hardly wait!

    I bet he's garggling and checking out his kneepads as I write this.

  • bluestatedon on December 20, 2012 1:26 PM:

    " it will offer “‘meaningful contributions’ to ensure that the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., ‘never happens again.’”

    If Wayne LaPierre really wanted to make a meaningful contribution he'd quit the NRA immediately and take a job mopping up the blood at crime scenes where children have been shot to death, and follow it up with a night job helping to process dead children at the local morgue. Until he does something like that, he's just a cockroach.

  • Joe Friday on December 20, 2012 3:03 PM:

    The NRA "will offer 'meaningful contributions to ensure that the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., never happens again'."

    In other words, the NRA will call for arming teachers with guns.

    Except the first thing the shooter did was kill the teacher in a surprise attack. So much for THAT theory.

    What's their fallback plan, arming fist graders with AR-15s ?

  • Doug on December 20, 2012 4:48 PM:

    "What's their fallback plan, arming first graders with AR-15's? Joe Friday 3:03 PM
    You must be on the NRA mailing list...

    (snark - just in case)