Over the weekend, NRA Vice-President Wayne LaPierre made his first public comments after the D.C. Naval Yard shooting on NBC’s Meet the Press. Unsurprisingly, LaPierre echoed the sentiments of pro-gun right wingers when he said the shooting could have been prevented if there had only been more guns on the naval yard grounds. He said this fully knowing that the shooter was able to enhance his arsenal using a weapon he took from a fallen guard. But according to LaPierre, more armed people would have brought a resolution to this tragedy in “30 seconds.” Yes, really. He said that. 30 seconds.
Surely no one is surprised that LaPierre would once again trot out the canard that more guns equals more safety, but it was the fact that he decided to distort the truth about his group’s efforts on background checks that was most galling.
Host David Gregory asked why the NRA was in favor of background checks in April, but was also instrumental in killing the Manchin-Toomey bill that would have greatly extended the background check system. LaPierre said the NRA had opposed Toomey-Manchin because it could lead to a national gun registry (That was actually forbidden by language in the law, but who needs truth when you’re Wayne LaPierre of the NRA?), and because the FBI’s background check system didn’t present mental health data effectively in their estimation.
The truth is that Manchin-Toomey provided money to help states beef up and improve their mental health background data. The NRA was also as duplicitous about the gun registry as anything else. A couple of months ago, we learned that the NRA themselves have a gun registry and that millions of gun owners are on it without any consent. But again, who needs truth when you’re Wayne LaPierre?
Watch a clip below of LaPierre’s appearance on “Meet the Press” over the weekend.