Whoa Wayne. Don’t be an oxymoron. If you don’t know what the truth is, you can’t tell the truth. Anyway, the NRA jefe is out ahead of this weekend’s convention in Pittsburgh, warming up his media memes for the big speech. As you’d expect, pittsburghlive.com is giving the conventioneer major play. Today, Snr. LaPierre wants it known that he doesn’t know why the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires) decided to let guns flow from Bob’s Gun Shop to the decapitation kings known as Los Zetas. But he doesn’t like it. Nor does he have much of a grasp on the concept known as irony . . .
While contending he is “not a big believer in conspiracy theories,” [!] LaPierre said U.S. officials were “saying there was a river of guns going from the U.S. into Mexico, but they could only prove a trickle. A lot of people suspect that somebody in our government, in the Justice Department, in the administration decided to turn the trickle into a river for political advantage.”
Asked whether he was among those who suspect this, LaPierre said, “I don’t know what the truth is, to tell you the truth.”
But he does hold this truth to be self-evident:
Though the worst violence is along the border, LaPierre said law enforcement in general is mostly reactive.
“Government’s not protecting those people. They’re out there on their own, being preyed on by people. I think the public goes, ‘the Second Amendment’s all I have,’ ” LaPierre said. “The only time government really stops crime is [when it’s] lucky or [by] coincidence.”
What about when it locks up criminals? Stops them from purchasing firearms (both times)? How about calling for contempt charges against the stonewalling Department of Justice, DHS and ATF?
Far be it for me to tell Wayne LaPierre to be the Wayne LaPierre I’d like him to be when he’s busy being the Wayne LaPierre he has to be. But now’s the time to put the boot into the ATF, and Uncle Sam’s lack of border controls. Both of these issues are winners. IMHO.