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NRA's Wayne LaPierre Sticks To His Guns On 'Meet The Press': VIDEO


Wayne LaPierre guaranteed the NRA a place on the fringe today.

After two days of outrage over the NRA leader's assertion that we need more guns in schools to stop another Sandy Hook-type massacre, LaPierre went on Meet the Press not to amend his statement or take a softer tone. No, he appeared today to make similar claims, even as host David Gregory, growing increasingly flabbergasted by LaPierre's defiant gun worship, gave him plenty of opportunities to introduce some humanity into his argument.

Mediaite summarizes one of their more tense exchanges, when LaPierre equated gun controls with morality laws and disagreed that removing assault weapons from streets would save lives.

After pressing LaPierre further on why he is unwilling to concede gun control measures as one part of the potential solution, the NRA leader responded, "you can’t legislate morality … legislation works on the law-abiding, it doesn’t work on criminals."

"If it’s possible to reduce the loss of life, you’re willing to try [gun control]?" Gregory repeatedly asked before holding up a high-capacity magazine of ammunition. "Isn’t it possible that if we got rid of these … isn’t it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like New Haven?" Gregory pushed.

"I don’t think that’s going to make one difference," LaPierre answered. "There are so many ways to evade that." Unconvinced, Gregory hammered LaPierre over his evasiveness on the subject, demanding to know whether he’d be willing to try such restrictions if, by his own logic, it could possibly save more lives.

“I don’t buy your argument one bit,” LaPierre said.

It's truly incredible: over the span of three days, LaPierre took his group, one of the most respected, powerful and sought after voices in gun politics and turned it into a shrieking, raging outlier.

Oh, as for those New York Post and New York Daily News headlines labeling him a "gun nut" and "crazy," LaPierre had this to say, "If it’s crazy to call for putting armed police in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy." As you wish.

Watch video of LaPierre's entire Meet the Press interview AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Let's be honest folks; it's all about the MONEY! The NRA has always been lock-step with the gun manufacturing industry, and only cares about protecting profits. They really don't care about public safety or children. Right now, I would love to see some good journalism on the money trail from the NRA and gun manufacturing owners/executives to members of the US Congress.

    Posted by: Amicus | Dec 23, 2012 12:15:03 PM

  2. This man needs to be off the streets very, very quickly - straight jacketed and locked up. Keep your children home until this can be accomplished.

    Posted by: Geoff | Dec 23, 2012 12:16:21 PM

  3. LaPierre's not dumb. He knows which side of the bread his butter's on. He works as a professional shill for the gun-making corporations, and he'll tell any lie he can think of to help maximize their bottom line. Fortunately, people are finally starting to see through him.

    This man, along with the corporations he fronts for, has blood on his hands. Hell, he practically bathes in it. And uses bubble bath to make it more fun.

    Posted by: jomicur | Dec 23, 2012 12:18:44 PM

  4. Columbine Had an Armed Guard, Virginia Tech Had a Police Department, Ft. Hood was a Military Base....

    Posted by: Eric | Dec 23, 2012 12:28:40 PM

  5. I really thought that he would have cancelled his apperance because his press conference was so widly panned. By him going on MTP this morning, he simply dug himself a deeper hole then he was already in!

    When David held up the gun clips and Wayne said they weren't the problem I LOL'ed. It was funny to me becuase the more this man talks the more unresonable he sounds! The more unresonable he sounds, the more people will change their minds and begin the arduous task of passing meaningful gun control measures! Gun control will happen (like marriage equality) wether these people like it or not! We are going to have to drag these idiots into the 21st Century, but we'll get there!!!

    Posted by: JamesGnPhilly | Dec 23, 2012 12:30:58 PM

  6. Well there's this:

    As I understand it there were armed guards at Columbine, but schools are large buildings. A pair of guards can't keep everyone safe, so this guy is presumably telling us we need an armed militia occupying our kindergarten classrooms, with at least one armed and ready fully armored soldier in every room and two outside the door. Yeah, that's the tough and sane thing to do.

    I hope that it's not disrespecting the dead to point out that there's only one industry that profited from all those bullets spent, and after all the economic costs for police and emergency personnel during these events, it's a boon for sales yet they never once offer to pay us back for those costs. From a financial aspect they are bleeding us all.

    Australia has a model that works. It's time we stand up to this idiot industry and save some lives.

    Posted by: stranded | Dec 23, 2012 12:35:45 PM

  7. Relax people stay calm. Why are you making such a big deal out of this one shooting? Stop your madness and move along.

    Posted by: Brad | Dec 23, 2012 12:36:08 PM

  8. @ERIC : to be clear, Ft. Hood was a gun-free zone. Service members had no weapons.

    As for Wayne LaPierre, Forest Gump summed it up: "stupid is as stupid does".

    Posted by: rroberts | Dec 23, 2012 12:37:14 PM

  9. You can tell they are desperate because they have a staff member working 24-hours removing every single negative comment from their Facebook page and immediately banning those people from commenting. What are they scared of?

    Posted by: homer | Dec 23, 2012 12:39:41 PM

  10. Interesting, last Sunday, all 31 of the "gun supporting" senators refused to give any interviews.

    While I certainly am horrified by Sandy Hook, it is far more important to deal with gun violence in the cities. This carnage dwarfs the mass shootings.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 23, 2012 12:48:06 PM

  11. columbine had one armed guard, who was on his lunch break (outside of campus) when the massacre broke out.

    Posted by: ryan | Dec 23, 2012 1:00:37 PM

  12. It's interesting for me to live half of the year in a state where even the cops don't have guns.
    Sure criminals still have them, farmers have shot guns to shoot foxes but there is no lunatic demand; "we must have our guns "
    It all all sounds like a combination of the gun manufacturers and the lunatic fringe.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 23, 2012 1:21:53 PM


    Posted by: MalaysianHo | Dec 23, 2012 1:23:30 PM

  14. Too many guns. Too many shootings. The debate goes one but the tragedies keep happening. Innocent lives are being lost and in cases like Newtown, the killer was sick and needed help. How will arming security guards in a school really prevent anything. In Newtown the shooter had many hundreds of rounds and could have taken out a security guard. Is the security guard going to carry a machine gun?

    Posted by: Mark | Dec 23, 2012 1:24:45 PM

  15. Oh and yeah next they're going to have to give firearms training to the students and pass out guns with books at the begining of each year. Hope one of them is a sharpshooter.

    Posted by: Mark | Dec 23, 2012 1:30:35 PM

  16. What I mean is , against whom are all these gun toting clowns defending themselves ?
    They seem to be creating their own gun owning group to shoot another gun owning group.It's just self perpetuating.
    It's not that they're defending themselves from a gang of desperadoes in the mountains...............( unless you include Bachmann the Nazi in that ).

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 23, 2012 1:32:28 PM

  17. Yup. It's all about the money. Period.

    Posted by: Geoff | Dec 23, 2012 1:35:53 PM

  18. @rroberts

    Ft. Hood is not a gun-free zone, although the actual attack was in gun-free zone.

    Posted by: Eric | Dec 23, 2012 1:47:27 PM

  19. @ryan

    That guard was eating in his squad car, just next to campus, monitoring a group of students. Even if he had been at the entrance, he would have allowed students into the building.

    Posted by: Eric | Dec 23, 2012 1:53:29 PM

  20. more bullets and more guns = more deaths

    it's so simple, yet this fool is incapable of understanding this... nor does he care, while the rest of us must live in FEAR of similar fools....

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Dec 23, 2012 1:55:54 PM

  21. @rroberts

    Also, the "gun-free zone" was not really gun free. Military police, and other armed, on-duty personnel, were allowed to have weapons in that zone.

    Posted by: Eric | Dec 23, 2012 2:19:01 PM

  22. Crazy Waynker LaPierre is a tool of the gun manufacturers! Let's arm those 1st grade teachers because I'm sure they would do better than the armed deputy sheriff who was working at Columbine High School the day of that massacre and even exchanged gunfire with Eric Harris in the school's parking lot. Within four minutes there were another six armed deputies at Columbine. Harris and Dylan Klebold continued to shoot students for more than 20 minutes before they finally took their own lives. They murdered 12 students and 1 teacher, as well as wounding another 23 students!

    If trained sheriff's deputies can't stop a massacre from happening, what makes Crazy Waynker LaPierre think elementary school teachers could do better? Remember when Waynker said following the Aurora theater massacre that if only some of the members of the audience had been packing heat that massacre could have been prevented? Yeah, right! Let's have a dozen people in the audience all open fire at the same time -- in the dark -- to take out a shooter who was armed to the teeth and wearing body armor from the top of his head to the tip of his toes. Waynker LaPierre is right about one thing: he's crazy as a loon!

    Posted by: Ninong | Dec 23, 2012 3:05:04 PM

  23. Oh, goody.

    Missy wants us to become....


    Where every store hworth robbing has its own armed guard carrying a machine gun.

    Posted by: Ben in Oakland | Dec 23, 2012 3:39:25 PM

  24. You people are trying to start a Witch Hunt against our right to own and have fire arms. You don't fool anybody with your mob mentality and propaganda. Only fools and slave masters what us to give up our right to have guns. Guns are the last line of defense against mad men and criminals who have guns and will never give up their guns.

    Posted by: George | Dec 23, 2012 4:02:11 PM

  25. Interesting fact is that a rehash of the gun ban won't work because it didn't work the first time. Another fact is that states with reasonable conceal carry rules have low murder rates while those with strict laws have higher ones. Chicago has very stirct gun laws and the highest murder rate in the country.

    Guards in schools will have a quicker effect than any ban unless the Government decides to confiscate all fire arms - fat chance of that.

    My goodness, we arm Brink's guards to guard our money - can't we do the same for our kids now that our society is becomming more violent?

    Posted by: Ed Lowrie | Dec 23, 2012 4:51:52 PM

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