Hypocritical Much? Part Nine

“We think it ‘s reasonable to provide mandatory instant criminal background
checks for every sale at every gun show. No loopholes anywhere for anyone. That
means closing the Hinckley loophole so the records of those adjudicated mental
ill are in the system.”  NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre

Wait, what?  That seems odd.  NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre is for mandatory instant criminal background checks for every gun sale at a gun show?  If that seems odd to you, maybe it’s because it is.  Wayne LaPierre was in favor of criminal background checks…in 1999.  At least that is what his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee said.

So where is the hypocrisy?  I thought you might ask that.  Hold please.

“None of it makes any sense in the real world!” LaPierre said about the background checks. “We care about safety, and we support what works.”

There it is!  So, which one is it?  I guess that would depend on which way the wind was blowing, at least in the case of Wayne LaPierre.  Of course, what should you expect from a guy who complains that President Obama’s daughters have Secret Service protection, while the average student does not.  He even has the audacity to complain about certain “rich elites” having private security details, all the while neglecting to mention his own.

WALLACE: Mr. LaPierre, do you regret putting up that ad?

LAPIERRE: The point of that ad was this: it wasn’t picking on the president’s kids.

WALLACE: But you mentioned them…

LAPIERRE: The president’s kids are safe, and we’re all thankful for it. The point of that ad…

WALLACE: They also face a threat that most children do not face.

LAPIERRE: Tell that to the people at Newtown. Tell that to people.

WALLACE: Do you really think the president’s children are, are the same kind of target as every schoolchild in America?

LAPIERRE: I think that…

WALLACE: That’s ridiculous and you know it, sir!

WALLACE: One of the points of that ad that I want to ask you about, is you made it a class argument. The rich, the elites.


WALLACE: They have bodyguards. They have security.

LAPIERRE: Sure. Sure. And Mayor Bloomberg has it. Bloomberg has bodyguards.

WALLACE: I’ll tell you somebody else who has security. You do.

LAPIERRE: Sometimes. Without a, uh, there’s a…

WALLACE: On Capitol Hill you had security. Today you have security.

LAPIERRE: Ah … yeah, but you talk about hypocrisy right in the open, we’ve had all kinds of threats come in, okay.

WALLACE: Does that make you an elite, an out of touch elite? Because you have security?

LAPIERRE: I don’t deny anybody the right to security when they need it. What I’m saying is, it is ridiculous, Chris, for all the elites, and all the powerful and privileged, the titans of industry, to send their kids to schools where there’s armed security.

(emphasis not mine, click article for more)

The above is from an interview he did with Chris Wallace of Fox News.  You know you are off in your message, at least if you are Wayne LaPierre, when a host on Fox News calls you out.

It seems that at this point, Wayne LaPierre is chasing his tail.  He has a fringe element that he has whipped into a frenzy, and they are taking to message boards and comments on articles, claiming that Obama is going to take away all of our guns.  Obama is going to send us all to FEMA camps.  Wayne LaPierre has proven one thing in the weeks since the Sandy Hook shooting, other than his blatant hypocrisy, and that is that with the right crafting of words, he can get extreme elements of society to work themselves into a useless lather.  And remember Mr. LaPierre, just because criminals will not follow the law (that’s why they are called criminals, idiot) does not mean that laws should not be passed.  And sadly, sometimes “the only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” does not always ring true.


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