The New York Daily News locked its crosshairs on the National Rife Association’s Wayne LaPierre and fired a full barrage of stupid in its latest sensational front page.
Headlined “Nowhere to hide, Jihadi Wayne,” the Daily News depicted LaPierre in camouflage and carrying an AK-47, wearing a turban-style rag on his head. Sunday night, the paper tweeted a peek at Monday’s front page.
An early look at tomorrow’s front page… NOWHERE TO HIDE, JIHADI WAYNE: https://t.co/7YbUFwo2GKpic.twitter.com/O4vUn4oYd6
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) November 23, 2015
The newspaper took issue with NRA Executive Vice President LaPierre’s silence about Congress’ latest push for gun control measures in the wake of the Paris terrorist massacre. Both Democratic New York Senator Chuck Schumer and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton have called for Congress to pass a so-called “no-fly, no buy” bill, which would prevent anyone on a federal terrorist watchlist from buying firearms.
Given that the government doesn’t have to file charges or follow due process to add a person to the terrorist watchlist, it’s no surprise that the powerful gun rights organization opposes it.
“The NRA does not want terrorists or dangerous people to have firearms,” NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said. “Any suggestion otherwise is offensive and wrong.”
“The NRA’s only objective is to ensure that Americans who are wrongly on the list are afforded their constitutional right to due process. It is appalling that anti-gun politicians are exploiting the Paris terrorist attacks to push their gun-control agenda,” Baker explained.
Gun lovers, along with citizens who cherish their rights, returned fire at the Daily News for its shameless potshot at LaPierre.
.@NYDailyNews Really doubling down on stupid, aren’t you? 300,000 Americans on the watch list have NO TIES TO TERROR GROUPS. — Bob Owens (@bob_owens) November 23, 2015
@bob_owens @NYDailyNews how long before all of America is on the list?
— Beto Ochoa (@Beto_In_Austin) November 23, 2015
@Beto_In_Austin @bob_owens @NYDailyNews Given that people have been put on no fly list for criticizing TSA, it’s a potential problem… — ParatrooperJJ (@ParatrooperJJ) November 23, 2015
@NYDailyNews wonder what you’d say if we had a list for journalists
— Edward (@US395) November 23, 2015
@NYDailyNews @ChuckSchumer Thanks for reminder for our NRA dues!Sending out memo to all my NRA family & friends Christmas gifts & guns too! — Peni Basse (@pmbasse) November 23, 2015
@NYDailyNews …Because stewardesses should have the authority to strip people of their Constitutional rights. Assholes.
— Entropy (@entropy156) November 23, 2015
One tweet challenged the paper to list all NRA members who have committed acts of terror.
.@NYDailyNews List all card-carrying NRA members who’ve committed mass atrocities. I’ll wait. (YOU are more dangerous than NRA you jerks.) — ・ⓐⓝⓝⓘⓔ・ (@bloodless_coup) November 23, 2015
Others shared their disgust at the tabloid-style headline.
@NYDailyNews to call ANY American Jihadi, shows how low u go for a dime.
— psl (@SkePatt) November 23, 2015
@NYDailyNews This is wrong and disgusting. This is why we use your paper to line the bird cage. — Lynn R. Kitzen (@bubbyskid) November 23, 2015
.@NYDailyNews In case you were wondering what it would take to shred your credibility, now you know. #NRA
— Mike aka Proof (@ProofBlog) November 23, 2015
@NYDailyNews SHAMEFUL!!!! You’re now a tabloid, not a newspaper. Remember the term “yellow journalism”? — Mama’s Got A Gun (@MamasGotAGun) November 23, 2015
@NYDailyNews When the National Enquirer has more class than your rag, it’s time to hang it up.
— Douglas (@DesScorp) November 23, 2015
This tweet pretty well sums up social media reaction.
@NYDailyNews scraping the barrel to sell a few papers, classy — Hal_ (@Hal_Maine) November 23, 2015
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