NBC host David Gregory on Sunday confronted National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre for “thwarting the will” of the public by opposing universal background checks while a vast majority of the public supports them.
Following an interview where New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that he planned to use part of his personal fortune to defeat candidates who oppose gun control, Gregory asked LaPierre if he was “preparing to arm politically people” support gun rights?
“We have people sending us five, 10, 15 dollar checks, saying, ‘Stand up to this guy that says we can only have three bullets,’” the NRA chief explained. “Stand up to this guy that says ridiculous things like the NRA wants firearms with nukes on them. I mean, it’s insane the stuff he says.”
“Ninety percent of people want background checks,” Gregory pointed out. “Among people who own guns, 85 percent support [background checks]. Are you thwarting the will of the American people by standing in opposition to universal background checks?”
“No, not at all,” LaPierre insisted. “Because here’s the thing, the whole thing — universal checks — is a dishonest premise. There’s not a bill on the Hill that provide a universal checks, criminals aren’t going to be checked, they’re not going to do this. The shooters in Tucson, in Aurora, in Newtown — they’re not going to be checked, they’re unrecognizable.”
The pro-gun lobbyist suggested that the NRA would even oppose the current background check system if Congress tried to pass it again today because “it’s a speed bump for the law abiding.”
“It slows down the law abiding and does nothing to anybody else,” he insisted.
Watch this video from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast March 24, 2013.