The Straits Times
Published on Dec 21, 2012

NRA prepares media push in wake of Connecticut shootings


WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The head of the National Rifle Association (NRA) will discuss gun control and violence in the United States (US) on a weekend television talk show, as the group mounts its response to the Connecticut school shootings.

NRA Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre will appear on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, his first interview since the killing of 20 young children and six adults at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, last Friday.

The show said LaPierre would talk about gun control and "what he thinks should be done to curb the threat of violence in America" during his appearance.

The group, one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the US, kept largely quiet in the first days after the Newtown shootings. It broke its silence on Tuesday to say it wanted to contribute meaningfully to prevent another massacre like the Connecticut shooting and would hold a "major" news conference on Friday.