Wayne LaPierre went so far off the crazy cliff today that even Fox News had to call out his conspiracy laden BS.
Here is video of the interview (Note: audio is not in synch):
LaPierre was in full blown crazy mode. When Chris Wallace brought up Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s opinion in the Heller decision that the Second Amendment is not unlimited, LaPierre said, “We have all kinds of reasonable laws right here, the NRA supports, that they enforce them in Chicago and cut crime. But for the most right is to protect yourself, and the American public wants to be able. Semi-automatic technology has been around for a hundred years. If you limit the American public’s access to semi-automatic technology, you limit their ability to survive. If someone’s invading your house, I mean you shouldn’t say you only have fix or six shots. You ought to have what you need to protect yourself, not what some politician thinks is reasonable.”
Chris Wallace played a clip of the NRA ad that uses the president’s kids, and LaPierre’s reply spoke volumes about how far over the cliff the NRA has gone,
LaPierre: The point of the ad is this. It wasn’t picking on the president’s kids…The president’s kids are safe and we’re all thankful for it.
Wallace: They also face a threat that most children do not face.
LaPierre: Tell that to the people of Newtown.
Wallace: Do you really think that the president’s children are the same kind of target as every school child in America? That’s ridiculous, and you know it, sir.
LaPierre: You know unfortunately, I think there are parents all of the school, I mean all over the country that think their kids are entitled to the same amount of protection when they go to school.
Wallace: So they should have Secret Service?
LaPierre: No, but what they should have is police officers, or certified armed security in those schools to keep people safe. If something happens, the police time, despite all their good intentions is 15-20 minutes. It’s too long. It’s not going to help those kids. Certified armed security in schools just like…
Wallace: But that isn’t going to protect them in the shopping mall, in the movie theater, on the street.
LaPierre went on a rant about gangs, and Wallace said mass shooters weren’t in gangs. Wallace then called out LaPierre for attacking the “elites” who have armed security, when he has armed security.
Wayne LaPierre and the NRA have officially gone so far off the rails that even Fox News had to call them out. Wallace gave LaPierre every opportunity to sound reasonable, but he couldn’t stop himself from jumping off the crazy cliff. What the NRA is doing is running a fear campaign. Their whole argument about fantasy intruders who are apparently armed with assault weapons invading YOUR home is meant to scare the holy heck out of the American people.
The whole idea that personal survival is dependent upon access to semi-automatic technology would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad.
The more desperate the NRA gets, the crazier their arguments against gun control become. LaPierre broke out the tin foil hat conspiracy fears that universal background checks would lead to some sort of national government database of law abiding Americans. It is obvious that the NRA is losing, so they are throwing all of their arguments against the wall and hoping something sticks.
The NRA is so far gone that even Fox News is telling them to cut back on the crazy. That is really all you need to understand about which side is currently winning the debate on gun control.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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