Wednesday morning in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, NRA Leader Wayne LaPierre said in regards to expanded background checks to include all private sellers including those at gun shows, “None of it makes any sense in the real world!”
LaPierre’s comment is not only hypocritical by also contradictory considering what he told the Senate in 1999. In 1999 he said, ”We think it’s reasonable to provide mandatory instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show. No loopholes anywhere for anyone.”
Either LaPierre doesn’t remember what he said in 1999, doesn’t agree with what he said, or just simply pulls things out of his ass as he goes.
Former NRA president Sandy Froman told CNN, ”Yes, the NRA has changed its position, and the reason it’s changed its position is because the system doesn’t work. The [background check system] is not working now. We have to get that working before we can add any more checks to that system.”
(aside: If the former system of background checks aren’t working, wouldn’t it be time then to make them more expansive and stricter? Just a thought)
According to a CBS/New York Times poll 9 out of 10 Americans favor universal background checks, including the sales by private sellers at gun shows who are currently exempt.
According to the LaPierre, he opposes background checks because criminals “will never abide by them.” Of course they won’t, they also won’t pass them, and it will make it harder for them to obtain a weapon. Which I think is the whole reasoning behind the background checks in the first place. Will the checks stop crime? No, but diminishing crime would be greatly appreciated by most, and it’s better than ignoring the problem altogether.