March 15th, 2013
12:00 PM ET
2 years ago

LaPierre blasts gun legislation

(CNN) – Universal background checks and a federal database of gun owners wouldn't stop gun violence, but they would serve agendas of people "bent on destroying the Second Amendment," Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association executive vice president, told the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

"In the end there are only two reasons for government to create that federal registry of gun owners - to tax them or to take them," he said.


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  1. Joe from Boston

    Sorry, Wayne, but any sane interpretation of the 2nd Ammendment takes into account that, as a fledgeling nation, we had no standing army "for the security of a free state" at the time of its writing. Well regulated militia's were a necessity. Not anymore. Of course, the same stale old arguement will be that criminals do not register their guns. True....mostly. So make the legal penalties so stiff for having an unlicensed firearm as to provide a sufficient deterrent.

    March 15, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Malory Archer

    In other news: water is wet and if you put your hand in a fire, you will get burned. The sun set in the west last night and rose in the east this morning. Film at 11.

    March 15, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "In the end there are only two reasons for government to create that federal registry of gun owners – to tax them or to take them," he said."

    Either works for me.

    March 15, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. TomInRochNY

    And the only agenda Wayne has is to sell more guns.

    March 15, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Of course, the part CNN doesn't tell you about, so as to make his demagoguery sound a bit less unhinged and imaginary (altho what they did report is still wild-eyed crazy talk), is the part where he raved like a lunatic about Chinese hackers wanting to hack that registry to find out which Americans own a gun or newspapers printing lists of gun owners to shame them and so gangs and criminals would know where to steal a gun from.

    Manufacturers make gun > retailers sell them > manufacturers give money to NRA > NRA demagogues far-fetched slippery-slopes and paranoid delusional apocalypse porn > sales go up > profits go up > manufacturers/retailers give more money to NRA to use for demagoguery > rinse/repeat....what a "virtuous cycle."

    March 15, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Of course, the part CNN doesn't tell you about, so as to make his demagoguery sound a bit less unhinged and imaginary (altho what they did report is still wild-eyed crazy talk), is the part where he raved like a lunatic about Chinese hackers wanting to hack that registry to find out which Americans own a gun or newspapers printing lists of gun owners to shame them and so gangs and criminals would know where and from whom to steal a gun.

    March 15, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Manufacturers make guns > retailers sell them > manufacturers give money to NRA > NRA demagogues far-fetched slippery-slopes and paranoid delusional apocalypse porn > sales go up > profits go up > manufacturers/retailers give more money to NRA to use for demagoguery > rinse/repeat....what a "virtuous cycle."

    March 15, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Martha in CF

    I don't know how any gun owner would agree with LaPierre...I think he likes the shoot em up attitude and is that really what his organization is about? Responsible guns owners, I believe, do care about their right to bear arms and follow by the rules. It is the gun owners that don't abide by the rules are the ones we need to be concerned about. The government is not going to take away anyone's guns and they have made that point over and over many times. Assault rifles are for military use. The 2nd amendment when written –only muscats were available-you shot once and had to reload. Get real NRA

    March 15, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    I say make the 2013 and 2014 election cycles a referendum on LaPierre and the NRA. He's the perfect poster child on why we need better gun control. It shouldn't be hard to do. Just play his quotes over and over, and you cannot lose.

    March 15, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "He's the perfect poster child on why we need better gun control."

    Funny enough, he's also a perfect poster child on why we need better mental health laws too.

    Take your meds, LaPierre.

    March 15, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Greg in Arkansas

    I MIGHT listen to the NRA when they can guarentee that only the guilty will be harmed by guns..

    Everybody wants the "personal freedom" to own their gun, but, unfortunately, not everybody is willing to take the "personal responsibility" that goes along with gun ownership. It's time for rational solutions because just saying "ban all guns" or "guns for everyone" won't solve the problem...so the topic of "Gun control"
    is just a game.....until.... the gun YOU sold at the flea market last month for "cash" to a stranger is used in crime.
    I strongly believe in the right to own a gun but I also take the responsibility of gun ownership to include personal sale of that gun to a responsible person that I can identify (if needed) at a later date.
    Would any responsible person sell their car to a stranger without transferring the registration or getting a bill of sale that identifies the "new" owner or would they risk the liability for what that person does with "your" car when they drive off?.....but it seems that selling something as dangerous as a gun should not be regulated according to the NRA and their interpretation of the 2nd Amendment.

    March 15, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    Can somebody remind this slobbering fool that, I believe, in 1999 he and his band of gun happy fools were okay with background checks?
    What happened to him? The wrong president and the lunatics from the right and tea tards?

    March 15, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Calf. Gal

    I have never been a member of the NRA until recently. Now, I support the NRA and will continue to support the NRA. When there's this much hate coming from the left towards the NRA, well, that proves the NRA is here to protect our gun rights.

    March 15, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Facts don't Lie

    Ok so what WILL stop gun violence? Well the only true way I can think of is that NOBODY had guns and of course that will never happen. SO basically the NRA is saying that gun violence and mass shootings are part of American life so just deal with it. Arm everybody from the time they are old enough to use a gun and the gun violence will stop. I wonder how many Americans have been shot during the time he made his usual pandering for the gun makers asinine speech?

    March 15, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Liberalism is a mental disease

    Liberals trying to limit basic American rights.

    Nothing new here people, move along......................

    March 15, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Pander Bear

    Wayne LaPierre is a complete and total nutcase.

    March 15, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. Liberalism is a mental disease

    Some people (Liberals) are just obsessed with other peoples (Americans) rights.

    March 15, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. yukon j

    you guys just dont get it. the mass shooting in theater could have been reduced if more people had guns. ever stop to think that criminals know people cant or dont have or are afraid to use for fear of prosicution weapons against them? wake up people the government lies all the time and you believe it. how ignorant!!!!!

    March 15, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. andi lee

    Just wondering if anyone at all remembers Waco? That was an government abuse that should never be forgotten!

    March 15, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. rs

    Wayne La Pierre and the NRA are terrorist supporters, plain and simple. America is the worlds' arms dealer because we don't have a relaible system of background checks, and we don't have laws preventing straw sales. It really is ideal for the criminal class, the drug cartels and terrorists.
    That is what the NRA supports- a grand total of 3% of the population against what more than 90% of Americans thinks is common sense. Nearly 3,000 American live snuffed out all across this nation since the Newtown Massacre 3 months ago. Kooks like La Pierre expect Americans to simply accept that as the cost of his doing business with the GOP and the gun-makers. I think not!

    March 15, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. carlos

    should change his name to LaMerde

    March 15, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. rs

    andi lee

    Just wondering if anyone at all remembers Waco? That was an government abuse that should never be forgotten!
    ________________________
    Sorry- a heavily armed child molester who shoots at police? That result was predictable.

    March 15, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. rs

    yukon j

    you guys just dont get it. the mass shooting in theater could have been reduced if more people had guns. ever stop to think that criminals know people cant or dont have or are afraid to use for fear of prosicution weapons against them? wake up people the government lies all the time and you believe it. how ignorant!!!!!
    _____________
    I do hope this is an attempt at humor! A shoot-out in a dark theater? Sure, nothing bad could happen there.

    March 15, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Person of Interest

    There is also another reason to track them down if they are used in a crime. I own about a dozen pistols and my favorite: my AR-15. I don't have any issue with background checks or registering my firearms. Too many people own firearms to collect them all. Plus, who are they going to send for your guns, the police? They are some of the biggest gun owners in American Society, plus they aren't federal, so are they going to send the ATF? Nope, not enough personnel. The National Guard? Uh they are some of the biggest gun lovers in American Society.

    This is about fear. Specifically, it's about old men fearing the future because they fear the changing demographics of the US. I'm half Irish and there was a time in this country when all the "paddies" and "micks" were the immigrants that were the root of evil in society. These baby boomers need to step out of the way and let the "future generations" take over, not only can we do it as good as you, I bet we can do it better.

    March 15, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. Guest

    Stand and fight!

    March 15, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |