Talk show host Rosie O'Donnell was expected to run a page ad in the Friday, June 4 issue of USA Today
, said industry sources, to respond to the National Rifle Association's page ad that ran in Tuesday's USA Today
with the headline, "Spike Lee, Rosie O'Donnell and the rest of this country's gun haters need to read this," and excerpted text from testimony delivered to the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime by NRA Exec VP Wayne R. LaPierre. The NRA also recently sent a direct mail appeal to prospective members from Mr. LaPierre asking them to join the association.
Ms. O'Donnell and Mr. Lee have been visible in the national debate on gun control in the wake of the Littleton, Colo., shootings; Ms. O'Donnell had a heated discussion with NRA spokesman and actor Tom Selleck on her talk show in recent weeks, and Mr. Lee suggested in an interview during the Cannes Film Festival that the answer to gun control was shooting its president Charlton Heston. "Shoot him with a .44 bulldog," he said.
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