NRA's Wayne LaPierre blames Hollywood for mass shootings

The group's chief spokesperson responds to Las Vegas by saying Hollywood is "teaching gun irresponsibility"

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published October 6, 2017 11:58AM (EDT)

Wayne LaPierre (Getty/Jim Watson)
Wayne LaPierre (Getty/Jim Watson)

Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, vilified Hollywood during an appearance on Sean Hannity's Fox News program on Thursday night.

After complaining how "the other side" in the gun control debate "has been so outright in trying to politicize this tragedy," LaPierre took the bait in a question posed by Hannity about how Hollywood elites have security guards but support gun control (even though much of the gun control movement does not want to outright ban guns).

"The American public always knows, the elites always protect themselves and they always protect themselves with guns," LaPierre responded. "And then they lecture the American public how you shouldn't do that. But in the heart of the American public, all over this country, they see these monsters and they don't want to be alone out there. They want to protect themselves."

LaPierre later argued that the NRA's supporters "want to preserve this freedom that they know the elites protect for themselves and yet would take away from the honest people and the average people. And, by gosh, the NRA is not gonna let that happen."

Even further into the conversation, LaPierre contrasted the NRA's safety programs for gun users with Hollywood's depiction of guns in its movies.

"We spend millions of dollars every year teaching people safety and responsibility," LaPierre said. "And this Hollywood crowd makes billions a year, every single day, teaching gun irresponsibility to the American public. The hypocrisy is beyond belief."

Hannity wasn't the only Fox News host promoting a radical pro-gun belief system on his show. Tucker Carlson also went in that direction on Thursday night when he argued that bump stocks may have saved lives during the Las Vegas mass shooting.

"Many more would've died actually because if you talk to people who know a lot about guns they say pros don't even fire on fully automatic because they can't hit anything," Carlson said.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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