Reading While Eating for Dec. 21: Guns Blazing

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A protester holds up a sign as National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, left, speaks during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington.

Blaze of Glory: NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre addressed the Sandy Hook shootings today for the first time since the massacre, and called for universal disarmament and a total ban on the sale of assault weapons. Nah, we kid. (NewsFeed)

It’s Not Us, It’s You: Ten things that LaPierre blamed for the Sandy Hook shootings. (BuzzFeed)

Full Transcript: Read LaPierre’s remarks for yourself (New York Times)

Would More Guns in Schools Help? At least eight states are already considering legislation to allow teachers to carry. But an armed guard couldn’t stop Columbine. (, Jefferson Co. Sheriff via CNN)

How Much Would It Cost? A rough estimate? About $5.5 billion a year. (Slate)

Don’t Laugh. It Could Happen: 53% of Americans say a greater police presence might help prevent future shootings. And some Real Americans actually thought LaPierre made a strong argument. (Gallup; Daily Intelligencer)

Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania: Apparently while LaPierre was speaking, this happened. (Tribune Democrat)

In Other News: Hey, wasn’t there supposed to be an apocalypse today? Here’s 10 other end of the world predictions gone wrong. (Mental Floss)

Day Ain’t Over Yet: Here’s 13 things we won’t miss after the Mayan Apocalypse. (

Heading for the Fiscal Cliff: House Republicans cut and run on Boehner’s “Plan B.” So what happens now? (The Atlantic)

Best Dressed of 2012: Fug Nation’s five faves. Fabulous! (GoFugYourself)

Photographs of Courage: CNN Photographers document the lives of Pakistani women who (like TIME Person of the Year Runner-Up Malala Yousafzai) are making a difference. (Divanee)

Pulp Fiction in Ink: 30 tattoos inspired by Quentin Tarantino movies. (Flavorwire)

One Good Thing: Lego will apparently make the Back to the Future DeLorean toy kit a reality, which instantly makes the world a better place. Happy holidays. (Wired)