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NRA / Heston / Rummel, Pratt Interviews #727214

CNN Evening News for Saturday, Apr 26, 2003
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Charlton Heston’s resignation as president of the NRA noted. [Florida Governor Jeb BUSH – says the NRA plays a critical role in protecting our freedoms.]

(No location given: Arthel Neville) Heston’s exit from the NRA due to his Alzheimer’s disease featured; details given about Heston’s contributions to the NRA during his tenure; scenes shown from the gathering in Orlando, Florida, and from a protest outside. [HESTON – says “from my cold dead hands.”] [NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPIERRE†- comments on Heston.] [Million Mom March director Mary Leigh BLEK†- says she thinks of the cold, dead bodies of our sons & daughters.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Blaine Rummel† & Gun Owners of America Larry Pratt† about the debate over gun owners’ rights vs. safety. [RUMMEL – says the NRA’s leadership change is a chance for the NRA to contribute more positively to the public debate on guns; says the top issue is the shielding of gun makers & dealers from legal action.] [PRATT – says terrorism is contributing to our edge; comments on successes: arming pilots & limiting frivolous lawsuits against gun makers; says the top issue is ensuring the ban on semi-automatic firearms is not renewed.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Neville, Arthel

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