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Abraham Lincoln once said “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” And after a week of silence regarding the tragic shootings in Newtown, CT, the NRA learned that lesson the hard way. This afternoon, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre held a press conference where he suggested that having armed guards in all schools would prevent something like Newtown from happening again.
We don’t get a lot of visitors at MAD (some say it’s because of the smell, while others attribute it to the packs of raccoons that fearlessly roam our halls). So we were pleased as punch to have Jenna Wolfe (pictured below, between editor John Ficarra and art director Sam Viviano) and the crew of “Weekend TODAY” stop by for a piece they’re doing about MAD’s 60th anniversary.
On Tuesday, the National Rifle Association released its first statement regarding the horrific shooting in Newtown, CT. It was brief and concise — mainly because much of the original draft was edited out. Fortunately, a copy of the unabridged version was made available to us.
At one of the darkest times in our country’s history, Pearl Harbor and World War II, Norman Rockwell, inspired by a speech by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, painted his “Four Freedoms” series. Each of the paintings depicts a fundamental freedom that people everywhere in the world ought to enjoy — freedom of Speech and Worship, and freedom from Want and Fear. Tragically, three days ago in Newtown, Connecticut, one of these freedoms again came under assault.
Each December, MAD MAGAZINE releases its “20 Dumbest People, Events, and Things” of the year issue. As ESPN’s PLAYBOOK revealed, this year’s edition features a hilarious cover starring MAD’s iconic poster boy Alfred E. Neuman as athlete Lance Armstrong. As for what’s inside the issue, well…that’s a whole ‘nother story.