The CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA), Wayne LaPierre, had a lot to say about gun control on Fox News. Speaking with Sean Hannity, he tried to feign indignation regarding the renewed discussion surrounding gun control.
To be fair, part of his job involves keeping gun nuts angry – keep them thinking that the liberals are out to take all their guns. If they stay angry, the NRA stays relevant.
LaPierre bashed Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and their agenda to ban bump stocks like the one the Las Vegas shooter used on Sunday night. However, he did say that the NRA would be open to looking at new regulations as stated in their first public statement since the Las Vegas shooting.
After whining about the legislators, he moved on to criticizing Hollywood because it is “hypocritical.” He stated,
This Hollywood crowd makes billions a year, every single day, teaching gun irresponsibility to the American public. The hypocrisy is beyond belief. They criticize me for saying people ought to be able to protect themselves from murders, rapists and robbers, and then they make billions depicting every night those same situations. The hypocrisy coming out of Hollywood is beyond belief. The American public doesn’t buy into it.
Hollywood gives us unbelievable action movies for an escape. When we go to the theater, it’s for entertainment purposes. We know the guns and deaths aren’t real. Sunday night’s tragedy was very real. Actual people died and were injured. Telling the survivors that if they had been armed to the teeth, they could have made a difference on Sunday night is the real hypocrisy. People were armed and could do absolutely nothing. Men like LaPierre don’t care about real lives – they care about padded pockets in the name of freedom.