Wayne LaPierre Only Said What Gun Nuts Have Been Posting on Facebook

Almost line-by-line, what the NRA chief said at his press conference Friday was posted all over Facebook by anonymous gun lovers since the Newtown shootings. Just look how closely they match up.

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If you were baffled or shocked by the National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre calling for more guns in schools at his riveting post-Newtown press conference, odds are it's because you don't speak LaPierre's language. The assertions by the gun lobby's executive vice president shocked even some conservatives, but among real gun nuts, they were surely very familiar. In fact, almost line-by-line, what LaPierre said in Washington on Friday was posted all over Facebook by anonymous gun lovers over the course of the last week. Just look how closely they match up:

LaPierre: "Politicians pass laws for Gun-Free School Zones. They issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them. And in so doing, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk."

The gun Internet:

(Posted by the group Right-Winged Birds of Pray.)

LaPierre: "We care about the President, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents. Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by armed Capitol Police officers. Yet when it comes to the most beloved, innocent and vulnerable members of the American family — our children — we as a society leave them utterly defenseless, and the monsters and predators of this world know it and exploit it."

"So why is the idea of a gun good when it's used to protect our President or our country or our police, but bad when it's used to protect our children in their schools?"

The gun Internet:

(Taken from a friend's Facebook page.)

This is a reference to what Feinstein said in 1995 about being the target of a terrorist group, and it's been making the rounds on conservative blogs since Feinstein announced she would introduce an assault weapons ban, and especially since President Obama signaled he would back it.

Manchin said you don't need a 30-round magazine to shoot deer.

(Posted by MARS Special Operations Group.)

LaPierre: "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

The gun Internet:

(Posted by Shooter Jobs.)

LaPierre: "You know, five years ago, after the Virginia Tech tragedy, when I said we should put armed security in every school, the media called me crazy. But what if, when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he had been confronted by qualified, armed security?"

The gun Internet:

(Posted by CHL Firearms.)

LaPierre: "How have our nation's priorities gotten so far out of order? Think about it. We care about our money, so we protect our banks with armed guards. American airports, office buildings, power plants, courthouses — even sports stadiums — are all protected by armed security."

The gun Internet:

(Posted by Right-Winged Birds of Pray.)

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