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

(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."

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)
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