After his controversial Friday conference where he called for immediate congressional action to put an armed police officer in every public school in the United States, National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre confirmed Sunday morning that the gun lobby will continue to oppose any new gun regulation in the wake of the mass shooting in Connecticut that left 20 elementary school children dead.
“If it’s crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children, then call me crazy,” LaPierre told NBC's Meet the Press host David Gregory. “I think the American people think it’s crazy not to do it.”
“I know [Newtown] wants to argue about gun control,” LaPierre said, adding, "It’s not going to work. It hasn’t worked.”
He called the assault weapons ban being proposed by California Senator Dianne Feinstein a “phony piece of legislation” that is “built on lies.”
“It’s not going to make any kid safer,” he said. “We’ve got to get to the real problems, the real causes, and that’s what the NRA is trying to do.”
“I don’t believe that’s going to make one difference,” LaPierre continued. “There are so many different ways to evade that even if you had that. You had that for 10 years when Dianne Feinstein passed that ban in ’94. It was on the books; Columbine occurred right in the middle of it. It didn’t make any difference.”
One of the most contentious points of the interview was when Gregory proposed regulating high-capacity magazine clips, holding up a 30-round magazine clip in his hand.
"Isn't it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like Newtown?" Gregory said, asking if LaPierre would support reducing the amount of rounds a magazine clip can hold to five or 10 bullets.
"I don't believe that's going to make one difference," LaPierre responded.
"But this is a matter of logic, Mr. LaPierre," Gregory said. "Because anybody watching this is going to say, 'Hey, wait a minute. I just heard Mr. LaPierre say that we should try anything that might reduce the violence. And you're telling me that it's not a matter of common sense that if you don't have an ability to shoot off 30 rounds without reloading, that, just possibly, you could reduce the loss of life?"
"I don't buy your argument for a minute," LaPierre said. "There are so many different ways he could've done it."
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