LaPierre: Boston Proves Guns Stop Terrorists
'How many Bostonians wish they had a gun two weeks ago?'
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2013 2:15 PM CDT
NRA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Wayne LaPierre speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston.   (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)

(Newser) – Prepare yourself for another round of vicious gun debates: NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre has just linked the Boston Marathon bombings to gun rights, asking, "How many Bostonians wish they had a gun two weeks ago?" CNN reports. In a speech at the NRA's annual convention this weekend, LaPierre told members, "Frightened citizens [were] sheltered in place, with no means to defend themselves or their families" while police hunted down "a terrorist with bombs and guns just outside."

In the same speech, he accused gun control advocates of exploiting the Newtown shooting to push a political agenda, the AP reports. "They use tragedy to try to blame us, to shame us into compromising our freedom for their political agenda," he said. "They want to change America, our culture and our values." LaPierre said no politician, law or speech would ever stop a bad guy like "a good guy with a gun": "Boston proves it. When brave law enforcement officers did their jobs so courageously, good guys with guns stopped terrorists with guns."

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joel1
May 5, 2013 7:47 PM CDT
He are ridiculous. He just choice the "facts" that please him.. How is having a gun going to stop a bombers. Of course gun control does not stop all gun violence. There are aleady are almost 300 million guns already in America. Gun control does stop or at least over 100 thousand guns from felonws & others. The big, highly profitable gaps, like gun shows, are the problem there & as a source where criminals get their guns. Europe has way over 1/20th the gun deaths than the USA precisely because there are strict gun laws & fewer guns. Yet it has strong hunting cultures. Large numbers of deaths are from suicides (which go down with guns) & accidents, especially by children, imitating TV, Many countries have laws requiring locking up guns at home for those reasons.
f.rod123
May 5, 2013 2:16 PM CDT
LOL and they won't legalize weed. Which has killed literally no one. You guys can have your guns, I'd rather have my blunts.
homer57
May 5, 2013 1:34 PM CDT
NO matter what people say: GUNS do not kill people any more than Lead pencils make mistakes! IF people who beleive in Gun control from the govt would just do one thing: and that would be to SEE, and READ, and SEARCH the history and they would SEE that GUN control only works for errant and rougue govts and criminals! I read about Germany, and Russia, and Cuba, and Vietnam, and Cambodia and venezuala and Guatamalea, and more NEVER make a decision based upon your thoughts or wishes or what this govt says..at least be smart and get allllll the facts first! the make the educated decision The NRA president is right!