Today, in the speech to members at the annual National Rifle Association meeting in Houston, Texas, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre (aka Grandpappy Gun Nut) shamelessly linked the battle for gun-control to the Boston bombings in a cynical attempt to make the case that the Boston attacks prove the need for gun proliferation.
Sparking controversy, he asked the crowd, “How many Bostonians wish they had a gun two weeks ago?”
These comments mark the first time that the NRA has attempted to link the Boston Marathon bombings to their struggle to protect the second amendment rights of criminals, terrorists and the mentally unstable.
Incredibly, but not surprising, LaPierre then accused gun-control advocates of exploiting tragedies like the Sandy Hook school shooting, saying,
“They use tragedy to try to blame us, to shame us into compromising our freedom for their political agenda. No matter what it takes, we will never give up or compromise our constitutional freedom, not one single inch.”
Of course, I do not expect far-right members of the NRA to notice LaPierre’s self-contradicting hypocrisy. In typical conservative fashion, they are happy to stand by and watch one of their leaders pick and choose topical events in order to exploit the visceral reactions they cause and push their agenda forward.
Of course, the mainstream media is happy to pretend that both sides of the argument have two legitimately opposing viewpoints. It is our duty as progressives to use the tools available through social media in order to shine a light on the NRA’s cynical opportunism.
Watch the full video here: