Ever since the Senate rejected a bipartisan plan to expand background checks for gun buyers on April 17, the National Rifle Association (NRA) members have had the chance to continue with their pro-gun rhetoric with more enthusiasm.
During the annual NRA meeting in Houston, Texas, the association’s Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre delivered a rather controversial piece of statement in the wake of Boston Marathon explosions.
He said, “How many Bostonians wished they had a gun two weeks ago? How many other Americans now ponder that life-or-death question?”
LaPierre further explained that during the time when the Boston blasts suspects were at large, there were many frightened and unprotected citizens out there who had nothing to defend themselves.
Not many people were happy with what Wayne LaPierre used as an ‘excuse’ to defend gun possession.
DISGUSTING. Shameful... “@newsbreaker: Wayne LaPierre, at annual NRA meeting, asks "How many Bostonians wish they had a gun two weeks ago?"— Melissa Lynch (@LissaLynch) May 4, 2013
How many Americans wished they had a gun in Boston, Wayne LaPierre? How many wish the suspects didn't?— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) May 4, 2013
Wayne LaPierre also said in his speech that the rejected bipartisan plan to expand background checks for gun buyers “got what it deserved.”
Senior Illinois Senator Dick Durbin criticized the NRA for the absurd comments and celebration following the rejection of the gun control plan. Durbin in an interview to CNN’s State of the Union said that, “The National Rifle Association can go to Texas and celebrate defeating that measure, but they certainly shouldn’t celebrate when they look at the carnage that takes place virtually every day in America because convicted felons have guns.”
You can watch Dick Durbin’s full statement in the video below: