NRA Plans Mass Shooting Museum | Admission Free For Members

An interactive exhibit allows visitors to select weapons and attempt to stop crazed shooters like Virginia Tech’s Seung-Hui Cho.

NRA museum’s interactive exhibit allows visitors to select weapons and attempt to stop crazed shooters like Virginia Tech’s Seung-Hui Cho.

Washington, DC — National Rifle Association president Wayne LaPierre announced today that the NRA will open a museum honoring those who have died in mass shootings in the United States over the past five decades. The opening is scheduled for December 14, the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut when a lone gunman, armed with a Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle and two hand guns, slaughtered 20 children, ages 6 to 9, and six adults.

Created in painstaking detail by wax figure artists recruited from Madame Tussauds, the exhibits will allow visitors to relive all the deadly pandemonium of the worst shooting massacres in American history, including:

Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia (April 16, 2007) — Seung-Hui Cho, 23, killed 32 people and himself.  All but two casualties were in a classroom building. The NRA later said that more students could have survived had they been armed or cut class.

Edmond, Oklahoma (August 20, 1986) — Pat Sherrill, 44, a postal worker about to be fired, shot 14 people at a post office and then killed himself. LaPierre, pointing out that every mass shooting has a silver lining, noted that this one gave birth to the popular phrase, often used for comic effect, “going postal.”

San Ysidro, California (July 18, 1984) — James Oliver Huberty, an out-of-work security guard, killed 21 people in a McDonald’s restaurant. “If ever there was a wake-up call to arm yourself and eat healthy, this was it,” said LaPierre.

University of Texas at Austin (August 1, 1966) — Charles Whitman opened fire from the school’s clock tower, killing 16 people and wounding 31 before officers killed him. The next day 17-year-old Wayne LaPierre added two 10mm Glock handguns to his arsenal of more than 200 weapons.

One entire wing of the museum will be devoted to an interactive exhibit called “Shoulda Woulda Coulda!” where a visitor can select a weapon and then attempt to stop a crazed shooter. Participants who “kill” the shooter before he can murder the number of people who died in a particular massacre will win a Mass Shooting Museum hunting jacket and a lifetime NRA membership. Visitors will be able to choose the massacre they want to try to prevent.

Tickets are free for NRA members. Admission for non-NRA members will be $50 for adults and $75 for children. When asked why the price was higher for children, LaPierre said, “We want to encourage the younger generation to join us and exercise their Second Amendment rights.”

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5 Responses to “NRA Plans Mass Shooting Museum | Admission Free For Members”

  1. Joanne Says:

    You make it hard to comment sometimes – you cover all the angles, leaving the reader nothing to add but “Gee!” Even as events, such as this, keep making it harder to tell what is satire.

  2. danbrown Says:

    You’re right, Joanne. The gun mandate story reads like a spoof. Very scary. Just what my 92-year-old mother-in-law needs! Truthfully, I’m waiting for a politician to have the guts to say that the 2nd Amendment applies to a “well regulated militia” and not individual citizens. And that the prevailing interpretation is pure BS. Wouldn’t that be something.

  3. Joanne Says:

    No one knows what the 2nd Amendment means. Your interpretation, and the one most familiar to me, is that it means arms should be available to people who are actually or potentially part of the militia. But I have also heard people, more than one claiming to have studied Constitutional law at places like Yale, say that the reference to the militia means that those NOT in the militia need access to arms to defend themselves FROM the militia. And if you move just a little beyond that, and say it means that ALL Americans need access to the means of revolution in the event of tyranny, I am inclined to agree. However, I do NOT believe that, in the 21st century, the only or even the primary means of revolution is force of arms. I am more concerned with keeping the internet free and un-spied-upon, freedom for Bradley Manning and John Kiriakou (and maybe a Nobel Prize for Manning), and the like.

  4. danbrown Says:

    Yup, the 2nd Amendment is subject to interpretation. But I had never heard the argument that it infers we all need a gun to protect ourselves from militias, although as I reread it now, I do see how it’s possible to interpret it that way. My problem is, it doesn’t actually say that. And if that were in fact the intent, why wouldn’t it be more explicit: “the right of the people to keep and bear arms to protect themselves against such militias, shall not be infringed.” By the way, my brother was a Yale lawyer, too, and I have no doubt that he could have argued this point. However, the main issue for me is the difference between what’s likely and what’s possible. What’s possible could equate to 1/10 of 1%. What’s likely must have a better than 50/50 chance of being true. So while I’d admit that the “protect themselves against such militias” is a possible interpretation, I’m a long way from being convinced that it is likely. Anyway, that’s my two cents, Joanne. As always, I very much appreciate your support and comments.

  5. Kyle Says:

    Thank you so much for delivering this to us, Mark. Charlton Heston was a true ptoirat, larger-than-life, and a hero for freedom. I will treasure this on my iPod and play it often to remember such a wonderful and decent human being. I personally believe that Heston almost single-handedly saved the Second Amendment and the NRA in the 90s.People, we need to carry on the message of freedom. Join the NRA, give away NRA memberships, stand up for what’s right where ever you find yourself. This is how we can honor a man who gave up so much for all of us.

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