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Friday, February 15, 2013

Griper Blade: Wayne LaPierre: Liar, Fearmonger

Wayne LaPierre
Yesterday, I argued that the NRA's Wayne LaPierre's arguments were almost literally insane. In an op-ed at The Daily Caller, he painted a picture of America as a post-apocalyptic landscape straight out of The Road Warrior or The Walking Dead. It was seriously demented. People who actually believe this should never have access to a firearm, because whatever gland it is that pumps pure, animal fear into your body, they've got a really big one and that makes them dangerous. Fearful people are jumpy people. Jumpy people have itchy trigger fingers. It's not the courageous man who shoots his wife in the night because he thought he heard a burglar. We shouldn't worry about the people LaPierre was fearmongering over, we should worry about the gun-happy nutbars who bought it. But the NRA, with LaPierre at the front, has been leading an all-out assault on any gun regulation at all, meaningful or not. So Wayne's nightmarish op-ed wasn't the only PR piece he's put out there lately. He also felt the need to respond to the President's State of the Union address, because I guess he's the second most important man in America -- or something. If you need more evidence that he's a crackpot, there ya go. He thinks you watched the State of the Union and thought, "I wonder what Wayne LaPierre thinks? I simply must know!" But crackpot or not, what we did learn from his SOTU response yesterday is that he's a shameless liar. Take a look at this lede from the L.A. Times:
Wayne LaPierre, a top official of the National Rifle Assn., lobbed a blistering attack on President Obama's gun proposals Thursday, accusing him of exploiting the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting to roll back gun rights. "It was only a few weeks ago when they were marketing their anti-gun agenda as a way of protecting schoolchildren from harm. That charade ended at the State of the Union when the president himself exposed their fraudulent intentions," said LaPierre, addressing the National Wild Turkey Federation convention in Nashville. He criticized Obama for not mentioning school safety Tuesday...[CLICK TO READ FULL POST]

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