Igor's got a good summary of it here. A full transcript is here. Spoiler Alert: The solution is more guns!
My favorite part was their recommendation to keep a national database of people who are mentally ill. PERFECT. That is just a perfect idea that will definitely not further stigmatize people with psychological disabilities and discourage care-seeking, diagnose, and treatment.
In case I'm not laying it on thick enough, that was sarcasm. It is a terrible idea.
A stand-out terrible idea in a press conference entirely comprised of terrible ideas, in fact.
Anyway, here are some tweets about the NRA presser that pretty much sum it up:
Apparently the NRA is giving a press conference. Whooooooops I don't give a fuck what the NRA has to say about anything anymore.— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) December 21, 2012
THIS IS NOT THE DAY TO POLITICIZE THE NRA'S PRESS CONFERENCE.— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) December 21, 2012
"This is the start of a serious conversation. We won't be taking any questions today."— daveweigel (@daveweigel) December 21, 2012
Surreal: LaPierre calls for a national database of the mentally ill. No similar call for a national database of every single gun owner.— Solange U (@dcGisenyi) December 21, 2012
#nra's answer to this tragedy is to find ways to create more profits for the gun industry.— Renee (@zetablu) December 21, 2012
Conservatism truly is broken.— davidfrum (@davidfrum) December 21, 2012
For an organization that claims to be defending freedom, the NRA is super excited to put their kids in a police state.— allisonkilkenny (@allisonkilkenny) December 21, 2012
Remember when all the #NRA guys said that Travon Martin would still be alive if he'd had a concealed 9mm?Me neither.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) December 21, 2012
And FYI, the NRA hasn't been silent up to now. They just haven't been talking to us. And they weren't talking to us at the presser either.— SharkFu (@SharkFu) December 21, 2012
The NRA has rickrolled the whole country into watching just another standard Wayne LaPierre stump speech saying we need more guns.— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) December 21, 2012
This is what they went silent for a week to say. THIS. A database of the mentally ill and guns in every school. Wow. #NRA— Grace (@graceishuman) December 21, 2012
The NRA wants a database of the mentally ill? LOL okay. Put me on it. Cross-reference with "list of people who prioritize lives over guns."— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) December 21, 2012