Moments ago, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre spoke at a Senate hearing on gun violence. He stressed the need to enforce gun laws that currently exist rather than drafting new ones.

“Proposing more gun laws while failing to enforce the thousands we already have – it’s not a serious solution for reducing crime,” he said.

He expressed the need to fix America’s broken mental health care system. “Law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent, deranged criminals,” LaPierre said.

He concluded, “We love our families, we love our country, we believe in freedom, and we’re the millions from all walks of life who take responsibility for our safety and protection.”

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Then we have Dick Durbin (Democrat from Illinois) showing he didn’t understand what Wayne LaPierre was talking about, criminals registering guns or that in emergencies like Katrina and superstorm Sandy the governement wasn’t there on time to help. Those people need to defend themselves or if we have civil unrest here for some reason, i.e. economic collapse, you could be dealing with multiple people coming at you. For Dick Durbin to think that background checks are going to make it harder for criminals to get a gun is just plain crazy. Criminals steal guns or buy them out of the trunk of another criminal. Dick Durbin and others like him only show how much they don’t understand each time they open their mouths.

Dishonest Dick Durbin smears NRA at hearing, uses dishonest tactics with panelists.

Smear-merchant Sen. Dick Durbin smeared the membership base of the NRA, including Wayne LaPierre who was present, in today’s gun violence hearing. After an unfair tussle over background checks with LaPierre, Durbin then asked LaPierre if he agreed to the sentiment of other NRA members that they needed ‘assault weapons’ to protect themselves from the government and the police. LaPierre responded that indeed the 2nd amendment was added to the Constitution by men who had lived under the tyrannical rule of King George and wanted to ensure that free people never lived under tyranny again.

Durbin then looked directly at the very liberal Baltimore County Police Chief and said:

“Well Chief Johnson, you’ve heard it. The belief of the NRA is the 2nd amendment has to American citizens the fire power to fight back against you…”

OUTRAGEOUS. That’s not at all what the NRA believes, nor did LaPierre ever insinuate that. It’s about fighting tyranny, a tyrannical government. And of course the liberal police chief played along and responded with disdain at the idea. Total smear by Durbin.

Shortly after that Durbin began to question another panelist about 100-round magazines. The panelist clearly pointed out that those are novelty items, not something used by the American public at large or even law enforcement. The panelist wanted to focus on the Heller Case from the DC gun ban and defend only the normal capacity magazines that police officers use, but Durbin insisted on twisting his words, accusing him of advocating for 100-round magazines, simply so he could demagogue the issue.

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