Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, appeared on Fox News Sunday just days after testifying during a congressional hearing on gun violence, to stoke fears that President Obama will disarm “law-abiding citizens” of their most basic weapons.
“During the campaign, when [Obama] said to people, ‘I will not take away your rifle, shotgun, handgun.’ They leafleted the country with flyers like this, ‘Obama’s not gonna take your gun,’ ‘Obama will protect gun rights,’” LaPierre said. “And now he’s trying to take away all three.”
Host Chris Wallace pushed back on LaPierre’s accusations, confirming that shotguns were never a target for tighter gun restrictions.
“Have you looked at the Feinstein bill that’s he’s supporting? That’s exactly what it does,” LaPierre fired back, referring to the renewed assault weapons ban California Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced last month. The bill bans the sale and manufacturing of more than 150 types of military-style weapons, which expands on the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban that expired in 2004.
LaPierre continued: ”I think 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 did not let LaPierre skate by with his claims. “There’s nothing that anyone in the administration has said that indicates they’re going to have a universal registry,” he said.
“And Obamacare wasn’t a tax until they needed it to be a tax,” LaPierre retorted.
“I don’t think you can trust these…” he added, trailing off.
In another heated exchange, the Fox News host lashed out at LaPierre for suggesting that President Obama’s children were under the same kind of threat as other children in America.
“That’s ridiculous and you know it, sir.”