Lawrence O'Donnell tore into National Rifle Associaton CEO Wayne LaPierre with intensity on Wednesday, calling the gun rights advocate "blood-drenched."
The organization is at the center of a national debate on gun control in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting. Twenty-seven victims, including twenty children, were shot and killed on Friday. On Tuesday, the NRA spoke out for the first time since the shooting. In a statement, it said that it is "prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again" and will hold a press conference on Friday.
O'Donnell condemed LaPierreon Tuesday. He pointed to LaPierre's recent statement — "There’s a lot of different ways this crime could have been committed" — about football player Jovan Belcher's murder of his girlfriend and subsequent suicide earlier this month.
O’Donnell countered there were not “a lot of different ways” that the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School could have been committed. ”There is only one way,” he said. “The way that Wayne LaPierre wants to preserve: mass murder by firearm, an all-too-common American way of death.”
Later, he declared, “We know this: there is nothing Wayne LaPierre can say, there are no words that can wash the blood from his hands.”