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Some 80,000 peo­ple are now hap­pily mak­ing their way through the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion’s bo­da­cious an­nual meet­ing and ex­po­si­tion un­der­way in At­lanta, an event that boasts a sig­nif­i­cant ap­pear­ance by Pres­i­dent Trump. Other rar­efied celebri­ties also will be present at one time or an­other, in­clud­ing the NRA’s ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and CEO, Wayne LaPierre, and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Chris W. Cox, Repub­li­cans Sens. Ted Cruz and David Per­due, Rep. Clay Hig­gins, In­te­rior Sec­re­tary Ryan Zinke, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Ne­vada At­tor­ney Gen­eral Adam Lax­alt, Sher­iff David A. Clarke Jr. and for­mer Rep. Allen West. See ev­ery speech streamed live on­line from 12:30 p.m. Fri­day through Sun­day at

In the mean­time, Mr. LaPierre does not have any­thing good to say about the “fail­ing” news me­dia, say­ing that the press has “never been less trusted, less cred­i­ble and less re­spected” and fraught with “mal­prac­tice,” among other things.

“For decades you ig­nored calls from mil­lions of gun own­ers to just tell the truth. All you had to do was to just get the facts right about our guns and our free­dom,” Mr. LaPierre says in a fierce pub­lic mes­sage to the me­dia. “But you never even pre­tended to lis­ten. In­stead you weaponized the First Amend­ment against the Se­cond Amend­ment. Now the whole coun­try sees you as a mock­ery. Your claim to the truth is as le­git­i­mate as a thief’s. If the fact of in­di­vid­ual free­dom had rested in your hands, Amer­ica would have fallen long ago.”

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