LaPierre: Ban assault weapons and ‘you limit the ability to survive’
National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre on Sunday argued that banning assault weapons limited the ‘ability to survive’ and that high-capacity magazines should not be outlawed because women need more bullets.
During an interview on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace pointed out to LaPierre that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had written that the right to bear arms described by the Second Amendment “was not unlimited.”
The NRA chief countered that no new laws were necessary because “we already have all kinds of reasonable laws.”
“The most basic right is to protect yourself,” he asserted. “If you limit the American public’s access to [assault weapons] semi-automatic technology, you limit their ability to survive.”
“If someone’s invading your house, you shouldn’t say you only have five or six shots, you ought to have what you need to protect yourself, a woman should,” LaPierre added. “Not what some politician thinks is reasonable.”
Wallace also asked if the NRA regretted creating an advertisement that attacked the president because his daughters were protected by armed guards.
“It wasn’t picking on the president’s kids,” LaPierre insisted. “The president’s kids are safe, and we’re all thankful for for it.”
“Do you really think the president’s children are the same kind of target as every school child in America?” Wallace pressed. “I think it’s ridiculous and you know it, sir.”
“I think there are parents all over the country that think their kids are entitled to the same amount of protection when they go to school,” LaPierre declared. “It’s ridiculous, Chris, for all the elites, for all that powerful and privileged and the titans industry to send their kids to schools where there’s armed security, to have access to semi-automatic technology, to have access to [high-capacity] magazines…”
“My children went to the same school that the Obama children went to many years ago, there were no armed security there,” Wallace interrupted. “This idea of an elite class is just nonsense, sir.”
“Capitol Hill right now, they’re all protected by armed security with high-cap magazines, while they sit there and try to limit the average citizen to ten because they think that’s reasonable in their opinion,” LaPierre replied.
Watch this video from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast Feb. 3, 2013.