The chief executive of the National Rifle Association said Sunday that his organization would lead a national campaign against efforts by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York to persuade Congress to adopt stricter gun controls.
The mayor and the rifle association executive, Wayne LaPierre, appeared separately on the NBC News program “Meet the Press” on Sunday. Mr. Bloomberg, a billionaire and a registered independent, said he was spending $12 million on advertising in support of pending federal legislation to curb gun violence. In reply, Mr. LaPierre, said, “He can’t buy America.’’
Because nothing says, “I want to buy America” like spending your money to encourage Americans to call their elected representatives about ongoing legislative efforts.
Which, obviously, the NRA doesn’t do.
Mr. LaPierre said that gun owners would make up a political counterweight to the mayor. “We have people all over, millions of people, sending us $5, $10, $15, $20 checks, saying, ‘Stand up to this guy that says we can only have three bullets,’ which is what he said,’’ Mr. LaPierre said.
I’m just glad that LaPierre is being so thoroughly consistent in his obstruction of any legislation that might in any way make it more difficult for people to shoot one another to death.
In this case, it’s even more important because LaPierre is standing up to the nation’s biggest bully:
Referring to Mr. Bloomberg’s well-known campaigns against smoking and junk food, he said: “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. They sure don’t want him telling what self-defense firearms to own.’’
LaPierre was content to stay quiet when Bloomberg was only threatening to make it harder for Americans to smoke, eat, and drink themselves to an early grave. But now that Bloomberg has his eye on preventing Americans from self-defending themselves to death, LaPierre’s on the case.
The NRA’s got your back, self-defense enthusiasts. And all they ask of you in return is that you try not to shoot yourselves or others at restaurants and gun shows, forget your loaded guns in movie theatres or school bathrooms, or leave your ammo in the oven you’re preheating.
Actually, they don’t even ask that.