The CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA) says that the American public should not trust President Barack Obama’s push for new gun control laws because the administration lied about “Obamacare” being a tax and a universal background check would just be a “check on law-abiding people.”
“It’s a fraud to call it universal,” the NRA’s LaPierre told Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday. “It’s never going to be universal, the criminals aren’t going to comply with it, they could care less.”
“We ought to quit calling it right now a universal check, the real title ought to be the check on law-abiding people all over this country,” he insisted.
LaPierre showed Wallace a flyer from Obama’s 2012 campaign which he claimed said that the president was “not going to take away your rifle, shotgun, handgun.”
“And now he’s trying to take away all three!” he declared.
“He’s not taking away shotguns,” Wallace pointed out.
“Have you looked at the Feinstein [assault weapons ban] bill that he supported?” LaPierre shot back. “That’s exactly what it does. I think that what they’ll do is they’ll turn this universal check on the law abiding into a universal registry of law-abiding people. And law-abiding people don’t want that.”
Wallace, however, argued that “there’s nothing that anyone in the administration’s said that indicates they’re going to have a universal registry.”
“And Obamacare wasn’t a tax until they needed it to be tax,” LaPierre quipped. “I mean, I don’t think you can trust these [people].”
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Former National Rifle Association president Marion Hammer compared a proposal by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to ban assault weapons to racial discrimination. According to Hammer, “banning people and things because of the way they look went out a long time ago. But here they are again. The color of a gun. The way it looks. It’s just bad politics.”
Hammer’s comparison came during a discussion on NRA News about Sen. Feinstein’s plans to introduce legislation to ban assault weapons during the new Congress. Hammer warned that the United States government could engage in firearm confiscation “in order to control the masses.”
The NRA has not shied away from comparing gun regulations to past instances of discrimination. In August, the NRA issued a press release that compared a decision by the University of Colorado to house students who wish to carry guns on campus in their own dormitory to the infamous 1896 Supreme Court decision Plessy v. Ferguson, which laid the groundwork for racist “separate but equal” laws. NRA News host Cam Edwards struck a similar tone on his show regarding the University of Colorado policy, stating, “We are back to segregation now.”
Hammer has remained an active member of NRA leadership since serving as president of the organization between 1995 and 1998. In her capacity as the organization’s primary lobbyist in Florida, Hammer was reportedly instrumental in the 2005 enactment of the NRA-drafted ”Kill At Will” law in that state. Testifying before a task force to examine the law after it was connected to the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, Hammer stated that the NRA was “proud to have been a part of the process” in enacting the law.