WASHINGTON -- Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, accused the president on Sunday of wanting a universal gun registry, "trying to take away" guns and believing his children deserve security while others do not -- all of which led to a testy exchange with "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.
At the end of an already tense interview, Wallace asked LaPierre to explain the NRA's video accusing President Barack Obama of wanting armed security for his own children but opposing it for others. Wallace pointed out that the president's children face a larger threat than most.
"Tell that to the people at Newtown," LaPierre replied, referring to the town where an armed shooter killed 20 young children at an elementary school in December.
"Do you really think that the president's children are the same kind of target as every schoolchild in America?" Wallace asked. "It's ridiculous, and you know it, sir."
Several days earlier, LaPierre had appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee and reversed his previous support for gun-show background checks, saying the measure he once called "reasonable" wouldn't work anyway.
On Sunday, he said it was the fault of the "mental health lobby" that gun laws do not work.
The United States Consitution does not agree with you despite the fact that you obviously endorse Fox New's host Chris Wallace. Like La Pierre millions of Americans believe their children deserve the same or even more protection . Our children do not have bullet proof cars or bicycles and in today's crazy world every child face threats. In fact basic math ( millions of targets vs 2 targets ) makes the threat even greater . Mr Obama + Mr Wallace are wrong if they believe different.
",,, regardless of what your position on gun control is, the NRA is its own worst enemy. They say dumb stuff."
Not every NRA statement has played well in recent weeks--it is difficult supporting
2nd Amendment Rights following the Newtown shootings. I'm not convinced that
it follows that the NRA is its own worst enemy. The Right to own guns is a very
important Right and IMO the widespread existence of guns among the American
people is an important check and balance on government officials probable,
inclination to run rough shod over the public as we saw at Ruby Ridge and Waco
I don't belong to the NRA, but I believe that the NRA has been the principal defender
of 2nd Amendment Rights and I doubt that any serious gun legislation will result
from the recent, tragic mass shootings. Democrats won't support such legislation
because they know that they will be clobbered in the next election. Some of
them may also know that placing additional restrictions on law abiding citizens
won't reduce the shootings or killings. A nut on the loose can find the means if
he has the will to do harm on others. For instance, someone with a car can do
all sorts of mayhem on an innocent public. What kind of additional restrictions
should we place on car buyers?