A secret tape made after Columbine shows the NRA's evolution on school shootings

Just after the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, NRA leaders agonized over what to do. NPR obtained recordings of the calls, which lay out how the NRA has handled mass shootings ever since.

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Hasnain says:

What I’m surprised by is the fact that someone kept these tapes and recordings for 20+ years and only now released them. That takes some dedication. But also: why not release them earlier?

“In addition to mapping out their national strategy, NRA leaders can also be heard describing the organization's more activist members in surprisingly harsh terms, deriding them as "hillbillies" and "fruitcakes" who might go off script after Columbine and embarrass them.”

Posted on 2021-11-09T16:42:25+0000