NRA Exec. VP Wayne LaPierre: ‘How to Stop Violent Crime’

National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre has a simple, common sense approach to stopping violent crime: Enforce existing laws!!!

In a Youtube video published yesterday, LaPierre laid out exactly what Obama should do if he really wants to tackle gun-related crime.

“If the president held a press conference tomorrow morning and directed every federal jurisdiction to round up every felon with a gun, drug dealer with a gun and criminal gangbanger with a gun, law enforcement would have thousands of violent thugs in handcuffs and squad cars by sundown,” said LaPierre.


“He (Obama) has all the laws he needs to stop the bloodshed now. Under the existing federal gun laws, he could take every felon with a gun, drug dealer with a gun and criminal gangbanger with a gun off the streets tomorrow and lock them up for five years or more. But he won’t do it, his justice department won’t do it, and the media never asks why,” continued LaPierre.

Well, I guess I don’t really count as part of the “media,” but I’ve certainly asked why the government doesn’t do more to target gang culture, specifically within the African American community.   Compared to their white peers, young black men are five times more likely to be gunned downed! But I digress.

LaPierre continued by touting the gun lobby’s efforts to support legislation that would bring down the hammer on bad guys with guns.

“The NRA has demanded the strongest possible prosecution of the federal gun laws for over 20 years. Our repeated calls have been met by deafening silence from Washington’s elites,” said LaPierre.  “President Obama and Hillary Clinton and other politicians use the carnage to campaign for more gun laws they won’t and don’t enforce.”

I thought this was a pretty good video by Wayne.  I’ve been critical of him in the past for sounding and looking like a wide-eyed zealot.  But in this video, he comes across as level-headed, thoughtful and persuasive.  I don’t think it will turn off moderate gun owners or make the non-gun owning public say, “This guy is crazy!”  Instead, they might just say, “This guy has a point!”

But not everyone enjoyed the video.  Ladd Everitt, communications director for The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, delivered a blistering critique.

“We are sick and tired of is this despicable monster Wayne LaPierre and Ackerman McQueen executives like Melanie Hill who have made millions upon millions off gun proliferation and the suffering it causes across America,” said Everitt, in a correspondence to GunsAmerica.

“This blatantly racist video (with its images of black faces as ‘violent thugs’ and tribute to the ‘good-honest Americans’ on Oklahoma and Nebraska farms) is unlikely to move anyone who doesn’t view Fox News as gospel,” continued Everitt.

“The one comfort is that future generations will name LaPierre and his soulless executive helpers as the cause of this horrific epidemic,” concluded Everitt.

Needless to say, Mr. Everitt and I don’t see eye to eye on the video or LaPierre or the NRA. What are your thoughts?  Did you like the video?  Do you think Wayne’s message will resonate?

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  • dennis beaver June 17, 2016, 8:40 pm

    this video and more like it need to be played on national tv for the people veiw ! im sure they have never seen anything like this . it will bring alot more sense to viewer . im a nra member and have never seen stuff like this ! im sure it will change alot of how the public will think and finally understand ! try it , it can’t hurt , we need all the help we can get to keep our right’s and weapon’s !!! thank you , i know it will bring the public to change there thought’s .

  • Larry Koehn November 9, 2015, 4:03 pm

    The best way to stop crime is to shoot the criminals dead. Choose a gun and caliber that you can shoot that will accomplish that task. Do away with prisons. All criminals either resist arrest or attempt to escape so none of them should survive to reach a trial.

  • law dawg November 7, 2015, 4:41 pm

    The laws on the books are very good….it’s worthless to make new ones. The government just wants to make it so anyone who has a firearm can be breaking the law no matter how hard a lawful citizen trys to conform… Gun owners of America all know that guns are not killers…they don’t turn into transformers or raging machine gun with an agenda to murder people. The politicians are so naieve that they concock anything to achieve their goals….go after the coorupt politicians like obama, Hilary, Reid, brown, …get rid of them and the liberals we be fine….

  • Pat Bryan November 6, 2015, 12:08 pm

    No. LaPierre is a vain and ignorant man who reduces the universe down to his own simplicities. “Not Me!” “Not My Fault!” “I Didn’t Do It!” – Rationalization, Justification, Denial and Blaming Others are the tools of the teenage dope-fiend. Why would you look to LaPierre, who has the moral compass of a teenage dope-fiend, to be the go-to guy for public policy?

    • Rob November 6, 2015, 7:19 pm

      I beg to disagree. LaPierre is a spokesperson for a very large group of Americans, like you and me (maybe not like you but at least like me and many others), and he is fighting for and defending our interests as legal gun owners and our rights that are slowly but surely being eroded and taken away from us. I believe it is unfair to call him those names. Let me ask you Pat, who do you work for? Are you being paid to infiltrate into forums such as this one and to say these kind of things to discredit the NRA?
      Let me tell you, guys like you may get your paycheck every month but you will never win anything nor accomplish anything at all. You sound like a real loser Pat.
      Wayne LaPierre is our man and he is right on the money.
      Thank you.

      • dennis beaver June 17, 2016, 8:49 pm

        i agree with you , rob , and i don’t even know you ! you sound like a smart man . hey , this guy has been fighting for our rights for a very long time .any one whose helping or wants to help jump on board , we need everyone to stick together !

  • Protect the constitution. November 6, 2015, 11:00 am

    If Ladd Everitt, communications director for The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, doesn’t understand or can’t comprehend the constitution, there are classes he can take to help him. If he chooses not to defend our constitution along with the second amendment, there are lots of other countries he can move to where he won’t be burdened with constitutional rights.

  • David November 6, 2015, 10:50 am

    My wife and I were in Chicago a while back. We had an African American Uber driver (basically a civilian taxi for the technophobes out there). He said he worked driving Uber part time and that he also worked for the state as a juvenile advocate. What that means is he was a baby-sitter for juvenile offenders. We asked him what he thought about all the gun violence in Chicago. He basically said it continues to happen because there are no consequences for the juvenile offenders (and added that guns stores and legal guns were not the problem). The older “bangers” send the young kids out with guns to do their bidding knowing full well that they will not get locked up. The juvies are on a point system. They have to accumulate a certain number of points before they can be tried as an adult. That includes armed offenders. A kid caught committing a crime with a gun will be back on the street then next morning until he accumulates enough points to be locked up. So, they are trained by the system that there are no consequences and get a really good training in thuggery before they are 18. By then it’s a lifestyle… if they live that long. So, the culture is guaranteed to be inherited and to continue to be fostered by the system that is supposed to be stopping it. This is Obama’s home town, so he knows full well how it works. His crying for “sensible” laws is not only hollow but entirely dishonest. But I am preaching to the choir here…

    • dennis beaver June 17, 2016, 8:56 pm

      hey brother , im listening and you are right by what you say ! to bad higher up’s won’t listen and understand . probaly afraid they will lose there job !

  • Tom Horn November 6, 2015, 10:12 am

    Unfortunately, Mr. La Pierre’s common sense message will be wasted on most sheeple Americans, as they are no longer guided by common sense. Common sense has been replaced with political correctness (blinders). Example: We had an armed robbery perpetrated by two assailants on a cell phone store last week. The local newspapers description of the armed robbers was two men, one with dread locks. We can’t even describe them as African American anymore, as that would offend someone. Chicago’s police chief and mayor want to restrict law-abiding citizens from owning firearms, yet let every gun-toting gang banger back on the streets without repercussions.

    We randomly strip/cavity search 70 year old men at airport screenings, because it would offend someone to focus on young Arab males (like the ones who perpetrated 9/11, and other acts of terror). I’m just sick at the way our Country is turning out, and feel it is almost hopeless at this point.

  • Scott November 6, 2015, 9:54 am

    The truth is the truth no matter who agrees or disagrees. The idot in charge and his ignorant followers can’t change it. They do ignore the truth and the facts, since it does not fit their agenda. The money angle is definitely a factor whether it is the money to keep the felons in jail or money to pad the LE budget. Speeding tickets are profitable. Locking up broke felons is a loss of profit and takes much more resources. The easiest way to get out of a misdemeanor is to request a jury trial. Most prosecutors don’t have time to deal with these low end crimes. They always want to “deal ” so the accused will take some type of penalty.

  • Scott November 6, 2015, 9:53 am

    The truth is the truth no matter who agrees or disagrees. The idot in charge and his ignorant followers can’t change it. They do ignore the truth and the facts, since it does not fit their agenda. The money angle is definitely a factor whether it is the money to keep the felons in jail or money to pad the LE budget. Speeding tickets are profitable. Locking up broke felons is a loss of profit and takes much more resources. The easiest way to get out of a misdemeanor is to request a jury trial. Most prosecutors don’t have time to deal with these low end crimes. They always want to “deal ” so the accused will take some type of penalty.

    • Dan November 6, 2015, 7:37 pm

      Are you really blaming enforcement at the city, county, state level on Obama? Get a grip. Individual chiefs, sheriffs, etc. have the ability to enforce the laws or specifically focus on laws. Obama has nothing to do with what your local police chief or sheriff is focusing his or hers enforcement efforts. The bottom line is that most police and sheriff offices focus on crime that generates $$ i.e., parking and moving violations. Obama has NOTHING to do with this.

  • lardog November 6, 2015, 9:48 am

    I thought the video was good and made with common sense that even the wobblers could understand.
    I am sending another donation to the NRA this morning and would encourage all to do the same. IF a donation is nothing more that the cost of a small amount of a box of ammunition please send it. Someday if the Democrats get their way you won’t have a need to buy the ammunition.
    Hillary has already spoken and said she would like total gun confiscation in America. I urge all Americans to get out and vote and remember to vote out all the lifetime corrupt politicians that have repeatedly voted with the democrats contrary to how they said they would vote before the elections.

  • Rob November 6, 2015, 7:57 am

    Here is a quote for you all to consider:
    “In the United States, the odds of being killed by conventional medicine are almost 20 times (2,000%) greater than being killed in an automobile accident (23) and almost 30 times (3,000%) greater than being killed by a gun.(24) The conclusion is that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States.(25)”.
    So in the United States the chances you will be killed by conventional medicine (like your doctor, the hospital, and the drug companies) is 30 times greater than being killed by a gun and you are more likely to be killed in a car accident then to be killed by a gun.
    Think about that for a minute and consider the gun debate in that context.
    Thank you.

    • mtman2 November 6, 2015, 2:38 pm

      That’s truth- tho “sheeple” will still say- “But the Dr. said I should take these” //-prescription drug addiction now’s nationwide!
      Today Gov Chris Christie told a close friend’s story of how he recently died from a presciption(Percocet) drug addiction, it’s a powerful re-telling of that tragedy on this mornings on FOX+Friends- very moving and well stated in stark truthful terms- it’s rampant now in leading U.S. deaths!
      This powerful telling made me realize Christie’s ability, he was a top U.S. prosecutor he’d be a good cabinet choice in 2016.
      The FDA/Big Pharma+senatorial oversite(why they become millionaires). Big Pharma owns or sponsors ALL the big medical universities and the AMA- that’s a huge chunk of the U.S. GNP + control in the lives of a majority of American families lives.
      This is a true crisis and with deadly and disturbing consequences for people WE all know- and “gun-control” won’t help.

      True gun control was settled as stated in the 2nd-Amendment – “shall not be infringed” -by far wiser people in 1787-9
      than today’s Far-Left socialist/statist’s(Dems) or- neutrally-neutered RINO wing-nuts.
      The 1st group is taking away OUR Bill of Rights- the 2nd-crew IS now letting them do it ~!
      ps- We’ve got no reason to allow the socialist’s to gain one single office in 2016 = no excuses either…….

  • DRAINO October 30, 2015, 8:49 am

    Good question! I wish someone would directly ask the Moron in charge why he won’t enforce the laws already in place and yet insist on new laws. I agree with the other 2 commenters. James has a great point…..our govt is corrupt! Which is why the candidates that are NOT politicians are doing so well. America is SICK of the politicians and politics!!!! I kinda feel sorry for the poor sap that does win(Hopefully a conservative Rep)….they are going to have some huge expectations. Atleast from me anyways. It’s going to take A LOT to get our country back on track. It’s not going to be pretty, it’s going to be painful….for some. But some folks who are running the govt need to be put in the unemployment line(Actually they need to be put in jail for crimes against the country, IMO, but that’s a different subject). They need to know how it feels to be underpaid and over worked. They need to know what it’s like to be middle and lower income Americans. The corruption and big govt MUST end.

  • James M. October 29, 2015, 10:40 pm

    The answer why is easy. 2 part. One there isn’t room in jails and prisons already. Two, it would be like Enron executives arresting the entry level people. Our government makes too much money off of drugs and drug dealers. They have to have a steady supply. Otherwise they wouldn’t have as many jobs tomorrow. Or stuff to confiscate. My local town ,Asheville, found out the majority of drugs and cash in lockup wasn’t there. Because it was sent back out to be sold to line more pockets. Look at how many times our own government has been responsible for bringing in large amounts of drugs into this country. That’s not a conspiracy. There is loads of proof. Our government doesn’t want peace. Never has. Peaceful doesn’t pay. Drugs pay. Guns pay. War pays. All while we, the middle class, are their puppets that pay into a corrupt and broken system. That is why the truth is not present. I vote the middle class goes on tax strike until changes are made. Quit paying the scoundrels that lie, cheat, and steal from “We The Sheeple”.

  • taxx73 October 28, 2015, 6:36 pm

    Finally some true common sense. Although I’m not a member I believe that the root goals of the NRA are the right thing for this country. LEAVE OUR RIGHTS ALONE!!!!!

    • DIYinSTL November 7, 2015, 9:28 am

      Well why aren’t you a member? There are plenty of organizations that will spot you $10, reducing your first year dues to only $25. And you get a pretty decent monthly magazine to read and then leave at the barber shop, doctor’s office, airline seatback, etc. And for free you can listen to every afternoon.

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