Wednesday, January 30, 2013

NRA - La Pierre Won't Budge Even on Background Checks

Washington Post

The National Rifle Association has released the text of NRA head Wayne LaPierre’s Senate testimony a day early.

And, unsurprisingly, he’s taking a defiant tone.

Perhaps most interestingly, LaPierre is prepared to attack not just the proposed assault weapons ban, but also the universal background checks that are perhaps the least controversial aspect of the current debate and the early focus of the White House.

“And when it comes to the issue of background checks, let’s be honest: Background checks will never be ‘universal,’ because criminals will never submit to them,” LaPierre will say.
In this report of the upcoming statement by Wayne La Pierre, not only does he express the NRA's refusal to cooperate on background checks, but he does it in a less-than-honest way.  The fact that criminals won't cooperate has nothing to do with it.  By saying that, he attempts to paint gun control folks with the brush of stupidity, as if we really think criminals will be affected. Plus he deflects attention from the fact that law-abiding gun owners, who would be affected, are the source of criminal guns. In fact, private sales without background checks is one of the four ways in which guns move from lawful ownership into the black market.

Continuing in his mendacious way, La Pierre goes on to lament the mental health system and the criminal justice system, more deflection from the first main problem which is gun availability to unfit people.

Is it any wonder that gun rights advocates are so difficult to reason with?  They have Wayne La Pierre showing them the way.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.


  1. Here's a headline for you:

    Mendacious and stubborn gun control freaks won't budge on anything.

    Remember how Dianne Frankenstein put a hold on national concealed carry reciprocity? That's one example of how your side refuses to give us anything. But offer me a gun control advocate on the national stage who's offered any actual compromise--we give some, we get some.

    Why can't you just admit the truth? We're at war. Telling us that we won't budge is a compliment.

    1. Gun control advocates have a simple reason for not compromising. They have what I like to assume is an honest belief that they know what is best for all of us. Since they know what is best, they must not compromise in their ongoing efforts to protect us. Ah, my nemesis, thy name is paternalism...or something like that

  2. Good for him, that is why we pay him, not to give up our rights.....

    And what has your side given in on, how about national concealed carry, or silencers of the registry so they can be bought across the counter.