Civil Rights Guns

NRA Exec Wayne LaPierre Wants Guns for Felons But Not Votes

ColdDeadHandsNRA
JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The official position of the NRA and most Republicans is that everyone should have access to guns, even former felons.

Given their well established position on this issue, what Wayne LaPierre said at the NRA's convention over the weekend may be a little confusing.

LAPIERRE: "There’s no limit as to how far the elites will go to put Hillary into the White House. They’re even allowing convicted felons the right to vote, including violent rapists and murderers. Sounds outrageous but it’s true.

Ya don't say?

"The Democratic-led Maryland General Assembly did it for 44,000 ex-cons. In Virginia, Democratic Governor Terry McAullife, Hillary’s longtime bag man, did it for 206,000 convicted felons. Tentacles of the Clinton machine are out registering those felons right now. They’re releasing them and then they’re registering them. Heck, when they sign their release papers, they might as well, at the prison door, be standing there giving them a Hillary Clinton bumper sticker. It’s unbelievable."

They're releasing them and allowing them to carry guns. They might as well, at the prison, be standing there giving them a gun. Sounds outrageous but it’s true. It's unbelievable.

What is more dangerous: restoring the constitutional right to vote for former felons, or letting them carry guns?

In Wayne LaPierre's mind and the mind of most Republicans, there is no debate. They view voting and the Democratic process in general as an existential threat, not gun violence. This is why Republicans in Virginia filed a lawsuit today to block Governor McAuliffe's executive order to restore voting rights for ex-felons.

The NRA reelected Ted Nugent to their board of directors at their convention, by the way. Nugent, as Media Matters reminds us, is an anti-Semitic, racist troll who regularly calls for people to be killed.

The official position of the NRA is that voting rights for former felons is a bigger threat to America than armed lunatics like Nugent.

  • muselet

    Two things come to mind:

    1) The NRA’s concern for the victims of felonies is touching, truly it is. It would be more meaningful if the organization weren’t determined to make it easier for those predisposed to violence to acquire firearms, of course.

    2) Kevin Drum said some time ago that we should all ignore everything Wayne LaPierre says. His job is to attract attention away from the NRA and toward the latest inanity to fall out of his gob. Every minute spent getting upset at LaPierre’s every outrageous—and in this case, almost comical—public utterance is a minute spent not paying attention to the NRA.

    –alopecia

  • Christopher Foxx

    The NRA reelected Ted Nugent to their board of directors at their convention, by the way. Nugent, as Media Matters reminds us, is an anti-Semitic, racist troll who regularly calls for people to be killed.

    This, among many other similar things, is why I have no tolerance for people who claim the rank and file NRA members are not like that. Who claim the NRA is a good thing because it’s supported gun safety classes.

    No. The hateful nonsense spouted by LaPierre and his ilk is what the NRA is. And anyone paying dues to that organization is fully supporting them. They don’t get to claim otherwise.

  • Victor the Crab

    If it wasn’t for the fact that this screw loose is the head of the National Rifle Association, would any sane individual take Wayne LaPierre seriously?

    • Aynwrong

      In fairness, that can be said about the entire GOP.

    • Christopher Foxx

      No sane individual does take Wayne LaPierre seriously.

      The threat he represents, sure. But the man himself? A nonsensical buffoon.

    • muselet

      If he weren’t Executive Vice President of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre would be the guy who sits alone at the end of the bar, muttering darkly into his fifth beer, until it all gets too much for him and he starts ranting until the bartender invites him to leave.

      –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    “They view voting and the Democratic process in general as an existential threat,”

    Ya know what, they’re right. Voting is an existential threat. But only to the GOP. It’s why they interfere with this right every chance they get.

    • Victor the Crab

      Them, and the BernieBums who consider Hillary Clinton AMERICA’S GREATEST LIVING MONSTER!!!!!

      • Aynwrong

        I’m hoping that’s been overstated.

        • Victor the Crab

          Same here.