NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre hit back forcefully against Michael Bloomberg’s push for further regulation of food, drink . . . and guns. Bloomberg, said LaPierre, is in for a rude awakening because “He can’t spend enough of his $27 billion to try to impose his will on the American public.” “They don’t want him in their restaurants, they don’t want him in their homes, they don’t want him telling them what food to eat,” he continued, “they sure don’t want him telling them what self-defense firearms to own, and he can’t buy America.”
LaPierre criticized the national debate on gun control, which he said has “appalled me” due to its focus on attacking the Second Amendment rather than implementing measures that will make people safer. The universal-background-check bill now up for debate in the Senate would serve only as “a speed bump for the law-abiding,” he argued, because criminals will never submit to them.
The NRA, according to LaPierre, is “working on a bill right now that will hopefully at least get the records of those adjudicated, mentally incompetent and dangerous into the check system that applies on dealers.” The organization also backs strengthening penalties on straw purchasers and a stronger enforcement of the federal gun laws currently on the books.