Wayne LaPierre misses the point.

The NRA’s executive VP has been trotting out this argument that we don’t need background checks for firearms purchases because criminals will just get guns anyway – as if that’s a good reason to make it easier on them.

He tried it while testifying to congress yesterday, saying you’ll never get criminals to go through background checks.  This prompted Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to say, “That’s the point.”

Note the applause when Leahy points out the obvious.

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  • pjmaertz

    So LaPierre wants violent crime felons to be able to purchase firearms legally? And convicted rapists? Or am I missing something?

    • Glodson

      If they are going to get the guns anyways, the gun manufactures might as well make a profit…

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Wayne LaPierre gets paid a lot of money to miss the point.

  • http://raisinghellions.wordpress.com/ Lou Doench

    That’s Dick Durbin I believe, not Leahy.

  • Aliasalpha

    Bank robbers are going to get the cash anyway, why not just give everyone as much money as they want?

    • John Horstman


    • Glodson

      They do. As long as you are an executive. You get all the money you want, and when you fuck up so bad as to drive the bank into the ground, the government gives you more money, and then the bank gives you a ton of money to stop running the bank into the ground so you can repeat the short-sighted behavior in another company.

  • Rain

    He’s just one of those unconvincing guys that you know whatever he says is going to be crap and he’s just going through the motions of doing his spokesman duties. He’s just “phoning it in”. The NRA should just fire the idiot already.

  • Rain

    I watched the video again, just to make sure, and I can’t figure out what the hell he’s talking about. He’s in the “not even wrong” territory here folks. Why are they wasting time on this person. Maybe it’s me and it all flew over my head or something. I can’t figure out what the heel he’s saying.

    • Stogoe

      “Why are they wasting time on this person.”

      Because his organization and the gun manufacturers who control its actions have given hundreds of millions of dollars to politicians over the decades, and money buys the right to be taken seriously by those who hold the levers of power, even when what you have to say is completely despicable and immoral, or even if it’s just mostly unintelligble hissing and grunting.

  • Zugswang

    Something tells me that the only place LaPierre is ever on target is at a firing range.

  • Gregg R. Thomas

    Hi there, I carry a gun everyday, I’m a member of the GOA and a member of the NRA, yesterday I didn’t shoot anybody.
    I’m not against unarmed criminals, I’m for armed citizens.
    I’m not against a peaceful society, I’m for a free society.
    I’m not against government, I’m for Personal Liberty.
    A citizen’s Right is not the society’s property to regulate and control.
    Your freedom and liberty was won at the point of a gun, has been maintained since 1776 at the point of a gun, and is your Right to defend at the point of a gun.
    Rights once surrendered are never returned.
    Be careful what you wish for.
    Who will protect you from criminals and tyrants if you won’t? The answer to that question has been rewritten throughout recorded history, I say again “Be Careful What You Wish For”….you may get it.
    Peace and doG Bless,