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NY Daily News Blasts the National Rifle Association

November 23rd 2015

By:
Alex Mierjeski

A prominent New York tabloid has a serious bone to pick with the National Rifle Association (NRA).

On Monday's front page, the New York Daily News called the NRA's ever-embattled chief, Wayne LaPierre, a Jihadist, saying he has nowhere to hide in the paper's latest editorial offensive against the association.

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The tone of today's paper isn't new. Last week, the Daily News ran another front page attack against the gun rights group, which it described as a bunch of "gun nuts."

The paper's criticism comes in the wake of the recent deadly attacks in Paris—and a handful of others around the globe—and takes issue not just with the barbarity of the attacks themselves, but also the means by which some were carried out, and with NRA-backed political pressure against gun control legislation. France is known for strict gun laws, which terrorists likely skirted by turning to the black market for weapons. But the attacks have nevertheless renewed questions about gun control in the U.S., which gun control advocates say allows suspected terrorists to purchase guns legally through a loophole.

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As a Washington Post article published a few days after the Paris attack noted, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said as much in 2010. "Membership in a terrorist organization does not prohibit a person from possessing firearms or explosives under current federal law," it said. That loophole has allowed more than 2,000 suspected terrorists on the FBI watch list to purchase firearms, according to the GAO.

At the crux of the Daily News' vitriol towards the NRA is the group's opposition to legislation that has been introduced to close the loophole—the so-called Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015. That legislation would also allow people to challenge blocks to firearms purchases if they believe they were placed on a terrorist watch list by mistake (friends and family of suspected terrorists are sometimes placed on the list). But gun advocates and their Congressional allies remain concerned that legislation targets too many law abiding citizens, and that "prohibiting the possession of firearms doesn't stop criminals from illegally acquiring them," the NRA explains.

The Daily News also had some strong words for the group in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012, calling LaPierre the "Craziest man on earth."

New York Daily News front page after Newtown

ATTN: reached out to the NRA for comment on the Daily News headlines, but has yet to hear back.