The NRA’s Twitter account has been silent since the mass shooting in Las Vegas – part of a strategy to defer discussion and wait for the news cycle to move on

On Tuesday, a leaked White House document offered instructions for staff and surrogates on addressing the slaughter in Las Vegas.

Above all, the message was delay. “Let’s wait for the facts before we make sweeping policy arguments for curtailing the second amendment”, the marching orders led off. They ended with a number of reasons that could be given for why we shouldn’t act, or even debate the issue now.

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