To all the Wayne-bashers here, you need to know (or remember, if you’ve ever been subjected to courtroom questioning) is that your emotions are running high. Your beliefs are being attacked by ignorant people. Your blood pressure is up as is your eagerness to defend your position in what is probably a very short amount of time. While his verbose response was not the *preferred* response, it is a perfectly natural one. When you are under the thumb of unrelenting stupidity, it is expected that you are going to spout out exactly what’s on your mind, whether you intended to or not.
I think WLP has spent too much time in the echo chamber. NRA needed to find someone after Sandy Hook (and now, on a daily basis, it seems) to effectively communicate its message to the outside world in a language the public could understand.
That horse has left the barn to catch the train at the station to the ship that has already sailed, however. NRA’s reputation and credibility with the outside are badly tarnished due to poor crisis communications. Might be time for a new ED (or whatever Wayne’s title is)/public face.
The NRA’s reputation and mission has been under constant attack and tarnishing by the Left and the Media who intentionally distort and mis-characterize it at every possible turn as a right-wing extremist organization, just because gun-owners prefer individual self-defense and liberty over collectivist sheep-fodder and European-style extortionist Dangeld.
Far worse, in my opinion, is the long convoluted “questions” that the whitehouse reporters utter at press conferences as lead-ins to Pres. Obama’s reiterations of his talking points. I, too, think Wayne’s statements were a bit long-winded, but necessary in the environment he was in, to get his complete thoughts on record against the twists that the MSM put on all NRA statements.