Sunday, 24 Mar 2013 10:57 AM
By Amy Woods
National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre on Sunday declared that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg “can’t Buy America” when it comes to the national gun debate.
Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” LaPierre was reacting to Saturday’s announcement by Bloomberg of a new $12 million television ad campaign from Mayors Against Illegal Guns to help push senators in key states to back gun control efforts, including comprehensive background checks.
“He can’t spend enough of his $27 billion to impose his will on the American people,” LaPierre asserted.
Bloomberg, appearing earlier in the program, predicted that there would be a political backlash against lawmakers who disregard the will of the people.
“We’re trying to do everything we can to impress upon the senators that this is what the survivors want, this is what the public wants,” he explained. “If 90 percent of the public want something, and their representatives vote against that, common sense says, they are going to have a price to pay for that.”
LaPierre also flashed a newly released study pinpointing Chicago as 90th — out of 90 jurisdictions — in enforcing existing laws against felons carrying weapons.
“Why is Chicago dead last in enforcement of the gun laws against gangs with guns, felons with guns, drug dealers with guns?” he asked host David Gregory.
LaPierre insisted that the push for universal background checks on American gun owners is “a dishonest premise” that will lead to the creation of a list that will be abused by the government and media.
“Criminals aren’t going to be checked,” he said. “The shooters in Tucson, in Aurora, in Newtown, they’re not going to be checked. They’re unrecognizable.”
LaPierre also said the NRA-supported instant-check system on gun dealers around the county also falls short.
“We’re a billion dollars into this system now,” he said. “It’s not fair. It’s not accurate. It’s not instant. They don’t prosecute any of the criminals that they catch. It’s a speed bump for the law-abiding.
“They want to take this current mess of a system and expand it, now, to 100 million law-abiding gun owners,” LaPierre continued. “There is going to be a list created. That list will be abused.
“Some newspaper will print it all. Somebody will hack it. We want to do the real things that make people safe. What’s appalled me about this whole debate is how little it’s had to do with making people safe and how much it has to do with this decade-long agenda to attack the Second Amendment.”
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