During Sunday’s Meet the Press, the National Rifle Association’s Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre sat down with host David Gregory and defended his organization’s universally panned call for armed guards to be stationed at every school in the country.
The NRA’s tone-deaf press conference on Friday has been widely criticized by all corners of the political arena, and several commentators were quick to point out that armed guards stationed at Columbine High School, Virginia Tech and Fort Hood in Texas were all unable to prevent mass shootings. But LaPierre dismissed those cases on Sunday, and said that lawmakers should be willing to try anything that might work. Anything, noted David Gregory, so long as it doesn’t involve guns and ammunition:
GREGORY:This is a matter of logic, Mr. LaPierre, because anybody watching this is going to say ‘hey wait a minute. I just heard Mr. LaPierre say that the standard is we should try anything that might reduce the violence. And you’re telling me that it’s not a matter of common sense that if you don’t have an ability to shoot off 30 rounds without reloading, that just possibly you could reduce the loss of life? Would Adam Lanza have been able to shoot as many kids if he didn’t have as much ammunition?’
LAPIERRE: I don’t buy your argument for a minute.
I think it goes to reason that if you can only shoot 10 people in a minute instead of 30, it’s possible to think fewer people may get shot. That seems a logical theory. Mr. LaPierre simply doesn’t want to hear it.
LaPierre equated gun
controls with morality laws and disagreed that removing assault weapons
from streets would save lives. The NRA leader said , “you can’t legislate morality … legislation works on the
law-abiding, it doesn’t work on criminals.”
I’m assuming, changing subjects, that Mr. LaPierre has no problem with marriage equality since he doesn’t believe morality can be legislated.
p.s. – you do understand that the National Rifle Association is really about representing gun manufacturers, and not gun owners, yes?