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Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President and CEO of the National Rifle Association, testifiesduring a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, January 30, 2013 in Washington, DC.

“President Obama is leading this country to financial ruin...Nobody knows if or when the fiscal collapse will come, but if the country is broke, there likely won’t be enough money to pay for police protection. And the American people know it.”
— NRA chief Wayne LaPierre in his "Stand and Fight" op-ed in the Daily Caller.
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Heian
Heian

It's a conspiracy, and anything that proves otherwise is part of the conspiracy!

Political scare tactics are the most disgusting. They have brought us nothing but terrible things.

EagleLefebre
EagleLefebre

Wayne LaPierre knows something that the Public doesn't know...and he is assume the Public know it! Maybe, the NRA membership know what he is talking about, but I'm for sure that the public don't! My instinct communicate that all the gov't "Gun Control" and "Banning Assault Weapons" gyrations will end up with "soft legislation on the "gun/rifle issues" and thats all. However, I do say that Wayne has a point concerning Hollywood Action Movies and Television cop shows are highly influencial to the public. Lets not forget about those "kill video games" out on the market! Geez! I saw what the young kids are playing on their computers, morbid video games in my opinion...the parents should "wise up" and pay attention to what their kids are doing on their personal computers. The Hollywood industry can say whatever about their "Action Movies". To me, their movies aren't just "Movies" I say, very influencial to the "young" minds of today.

drudown
drudown

Conspicuously, it is the GOP's obstinate refusal to raise taxes on the highest earners and corporations that has led to the fiscal shortfall. Blaming Obama is laughable.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

It's still funny, when lacking a cogent argument, they revert to, "B-b-but, Obama!"

MementoMori
MementoMori

Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?
Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.
Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!
Mayor: All right, all right! I get the point! 

Sue_N
Sue_N

Shorter LaPierre: MOAR GUNZZZ!!!11!

Is it just me, or are these people getting crazier?

fitty_three
fitty_three

Looks like LaPierre can't comprehend the difference between 'past' and 'future'.

The economic collapse already happened.  In 2008. 

Wrong prez, though...

fitty_three
fitty_three

There's another explanation, LaPierre:

"There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch"

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

LaPierre makes a million dollars a year to scare people into buying guns, which he does with gusto. He's not crazy, just completely without ethics or morality.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

As I asked a friend at lunch, when did the Republicans become such a bunch of fraidy-cats? This is not the Republican party in which I grew up.

sacredh
sacredh

“President Obama is leading this country to financial ruin...Jesus help us. Build bunkers and cover yourselves with hot butter. Nobody knows if or when the fiscal collapse will come, but I'd quit buying food and buy more weapons and ammo if I was you. If the country is broke, there likely won’t be enough money to pay for police protection, so everyone will have to be a vigilante and resort to cannibalism. And the American people know it.”

— NRA chief Wayne LaPierre in his "Stand and Fight" op-ed in the Daily Caller.



roknsteve
roknsteve

I used to think America went crazy after JFK was murdered but it was just as crazy when Lincoln was murdered.  Did you know the John Wilkes Booth & Jessie James both belonged to the Knights of the Golden Circle?  Pro slavery secret society.  Oh, and there's never been a conspiracy in the history of the United States.  The gun nuts have won.   

roknsteve
roknsteve

You can know people for years who seem logical and bring up gun regulation and they start saying stupid things that make no sense.  They always jump to "Ther gonna tek er gunz !". 

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

"...and [Teh] American People know it"

Translation: I can fool some of the people all of the time.

grape_crush
grape_crush

Shorter LaPierre: "Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid. Go Buy More Guns Since You're Afraid. Anyone Who Says Otherwise Is Out To Get You Or Has Been Duped. Go Buy More Guns Now Before It's Too Late."

And this is the jackarse we've allowed to take over the conversation on gun control and criminal justice? LaPierre sounds like another delusional right-wing blogger with his conspiratorial mumblings and exhortations to Stand and Fight. Someone more loony than

I can't imagine a database used to cross-reference gun buyers with mental patients wouldn't have LaPierre in the first ten records or so.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

"Nobody knows if or when" "but if" "there likely"

"And the American people know it"

Why does anyone take this guy seriously?

MrObvious
MrObvious

He should stick to not knowing shit about the 2nd amendment. No need for him to show a broader ignorance.

Diecash1
Diecash1

This guy knows as much about federal government finance as Paul Ryan -- jack-squat.  Someone let me know when the bleating from these idiots ends.

manoloambas
manoloambas

@luismariolemusr lo tienes q tomar de quien viene. El q lo dijo es un líder de la NRA, ósea más republicano extremista no se puede jaja

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Oh no!  We won't be able to afford the police services if the Federal Government is broke!  Because the Federal Government pays for Police Services!  Right?

What horse s*** is this?

roknsteve
roknsteve

@sacredh Wow, sacredh, You're comment disappeared and then came back.  What is the source of this bunker mentality?  It's like a bad horror movie that never ends. 

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@roknsteve 

I disagree.  I would call John Wilkes Booth and his team to be a conspiracy.  Now, if we're going to talk about conspiracies by the government to control the people or take over the country or something like that, that's another story

grape_crush
grape_crush

Continued:

Someone more loony than LaPierre is going to take that call seriously and start looking at the NRA's enemies list for possible targets.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@grape_crush 

Actually, LaPieere's actions are far less explained by "Right Wing paranoid idiot" than they are by "I make profits when the gun manufacturers sell more guns".

bobell
bobell

@MrObvious I think he's proud of his ignorance, he flaunts it so.

luismariolemusr
luismariolemusr

@manoloambas pues la de Obama parece politica republicana, contradictorio de los dos lados, por que hasta ellos la critican. A ver q pasa ja

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@53_3  As far as I can tell, there's an almost inverse proportionality at work there.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@53_3

That would require a politician to vote for a law that forever bars himself from ever owning a gun.  Worse - a few hundred politicians

sacredh
sacredh

It's one of the mysteries of the universe.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@forgottenlord @roknsteve What I meant was the "government" says there's no conspiracy every time.  Always a lone gunman every time and it always sounds like the same person no matter what year it happens.    

MrObvious
MrObvious

@bobell 

Yeah, the 'I am dumb as shit and proud of it' badge is on proud display. It's like paulejb in MMR - he took it as an badge of honor that he was called stupid. These people just don't get it. Even the most conscious flat earther village idiots strive to better themselves.

manoloambas
manoloambas

@luismariolemusr esq Obama lo que quiere es q la gente se de cuenta q el tiene políticas bipartidistas, pero creo q si están en pedos jaja

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@grape_crush  As long as mainstream news organizations like Time give them a platform for doing so. Charles Pierce calls it Idiot America.

grape_crush
grape_crush

Welcome to America, where professional paranoids can turn a pretty profit from hate and fear mongering.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn  

Let me guess:

Something starting with "Anonymous" and ending with "Coward", right?

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Oh no, he's gonna call you a name now....

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

He's a lobbyist for the gun industry, that's why. 

BobJan
BobJan

@KevinGroenhagen @forgottenlord Actually why does anyone care what this person LaPierre says about anything? He's just a rambling mouth machine for whomever gives the most donations. He never makes any sense.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@KevinGroenhagen

I accept he didn't say the words "the federal government pays for police".  What he did say, though, was:

"if the country is broke, there likely won’t be enough money to pay for police protection."

Now, the only rational interpretation of "if the country is broke" is "if the federal government is broke".  If he'd meant, say, the dollar starts bleeding value, he would've used the phrase "if our currency is worthless" - the keywords being "currency" and "worthless", and if he's said something like that, your argument wouldn't be the dumbest thing I'd ever heard you claim.  So the cause is the federal government is broke - regardless of why it's broke, that's the situation it's in.  He then says that the effect would be a lack of funds to pay for police services.  So the federal government having no money means the police services can't be paid for.

Oh, sure, there could be a variety of federal subsidies for municipalities that would disappear resulting in them having to figure out how to trim their budgets which *may* result in them having to trim or eliminate their police forces, but I have a hard time believing that he would just leave that connection without explicitly saying that connection.  Sure, he may have meant the FBI but he could've just said that.  He didn't do that.  He left it as a direct link of cause and effect.  In other words, he effectively wrote that the federal government pays for police.

I've never had a high opinion of you, Groenhagen.  Unlike Rusty and Freeper and Paulie, I've always thought you were actually a genuinely stupid person.  So when I say that this is the dumbest thing I've ever read from you, I want you to understand that you had an incredibly low bar to meet.