LaPierre’s speech came just one day after publishing a race-baiting, paranoid op-ed on the same topic. And Thursday’s appearance, while less overtly crazy than the op-ed, was also clearly meant to confuse its viewers and skew the information in favor of the NRA. Here were the two biggest, craziest, most paranoid lies in LaPierre’s speech:
“Bans on private transfers, even between family members.” President Obama wants to require background checks on all private sales and transfers of firearms, but he has absolutely no intention of banning such sales. The only reason a person would be unable to buy a gun from a family member would be if the recipient has a criminal record.
“A national registration of every single gun owner in this country.” Again, totally off base. This is the same attempt by LaPierre to conflate background checks with registries or bans. By requiring universal background checks, Obama wouldn’t be requiring a database of gun owners; simply, he would be mandating that the list of criminals in the already-existent National Instant Criminal Background Check System be maintained, updated, and used for all sales.
LaPierre’s speech the latest in a long line of attempts by the NRA to terrify gun owners and try to coerce them into joining his organization, thus raising their revenue — an obvious benefit for the NRA. By misrepresenting Obama’s proposals, LaPierre is trying to shore up the influence that is slipping from the NRA elsewhere.
Watch the full speech: