NRA's LaPierre: You cannot trust the White House on gun control
The NRA's Wayne LaPierre said on Fox News Sunday that "the public should not trust the White House to pursue limited changes to gun-control laws," as The Hill reports.
Reminding viewers for comparison that ObamaCare "wasn't a tax until they needed it to be a tax," LaPierre could also have recalled Obama's keep-your-doctor, keep-your-plan, reduce-the-cost, reduce-the-deficit deceptions.
Or LaPierre could have referred to Obama's telling the Brady group he was working on gun control "under the radar."
Or he could have recounted Obama's waiting until the day after his reelection to give the go-ahead to finalize the U.N. Arms Control Treaty, avoiding a pre-election challenge for openly supporting a gun-control treaty.
LaPierre did refer to Sen. Diane Feinstein's (D-Cal.) proposed legislation, which would outlaw many rifles, shotguns and handguns:
During the campaign when [Obama] said to people, 'I will not take away your rifle, shotgun, handgun.' They leafleted the country with flyers, 'Obama's not going to take your gun,' 'Obama will protect gun rights' and now he's trying to take away all three.
While Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) thinks universal background checks are the legislative "sweet spot," Mr. LaPierre warns
I think what they'll do is they'll turn this universal [background] check on the law-abiding into a universal registry on law-abiding people...
...And 'ObamaCare' wasn't a tax until they needed it to be a tax. I don't think you can trust these people.
While the recent mass shootings have all involved the severely mentally ill who should have been prevented from accessing firearms, Mr. LaPierre argues that
the mental health lobby and federal laws have prevented the names of people with potentially dangerous mental health problems from being put into a federal database.
Because mental health records are missing, due to bureaucratic, technical and legal barriers, and criminals would in any case avoid the system, an expanded background check system would only further restrict the law-abiding. LaPierre:
It's a fraud to call it universal. It's never going to be universal...The criminals aren't going to cooperate with it, they could care less...we ought to call it the check on law-abiding citizens of this country.
The overriding danger inherent in any universal background check system is that enforcement requires universal gun registration.
Firearms ownership could wind up just below health insurance coverage on an IRS form, leaving the enforcement niceties to the government's pit bull.
Even if a background check bill were passed without universal registration, LaPierre contends that we cannot trust our own government not to implement a registration system through executive action.
And once guns are registered it is a simple matter for our betters to demand that all firearms currently deemed scary or unnecessary be turned in, until we are left with baseball bats and broomsticks for self-defense.
A new Forbes analysis, based on data mining from blogs, forums, articles and the like, and also reported here, finds that the NRA is "winning the influence battle" and gaining momentum, while the pro gun control voice remains fragmented.
Forbes highlights the "10 most traveled opinions in the gun debate," those quotes appearing in the most publications:
Five of those ten quotes were from the NRA, while the other five were divided among President Obama (2), Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly (2) and the Brady Campaign (1).
My guess is that Mr. LaPierre's "I don't think you can trust these people" on gun control, which has appeared here and here, and here and here, and here and here, will make the top ten most traveled opinions before long.