LaPierre’s letter took a tougher line.
“The media has been on a vicious tirade to slander and intimidate you, me and our fellow NRA members, “ LaPierre wrote. “We’ve been called terrorists and worse. They’ve blamed us and our Second Amendment freedoms for the actions of violent criminals and madmen. Our lives have been threatened.”
Several gun industry executives now have 24-hour armed guards since the Newtown shootings, according to firearms industry officials interviewed here.