NRA Preps Public-Relations Push

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Dec. 20 2012 2:49 PM

Expect To Hear a Lot More From the NRA Beginning Tomorrow

The NRA has been noticeably quiet in the wake of last Friday's tragic school shooting in Newtown, but it looks like that's going to change beginning tomorrow.

First up will be the NRA press conference in Washington, D.C., where the group has promised to "offer meaningful contributions" to help ensure that what happened in Connecticut "never happens again." From there, the gun lobby's top executives will hit the Sunday talk shows to continue their PR push. NRA CEO and executive VP Wayne LaPierre will be on NBC's Meet The Press and NRA president David Keene will appear on CBS's Face The Nation.

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Meanwhile, the gun rights group has returned to Twitter, albeit cautiously, and has re-published its Facebook page after taking it offline in the immediate aftermath of the shooting in Connecticut.

It's yet unclear exactly how specific the NRA will get when talking about potential policy proposals, but LaPierre and Keene are sure to face some tough questions given the current energy surrounding the gun-control debate.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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