CEO of the NRA Wayne LaPierre recently criticized New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his plan to spend twelve million dollar on pro-gun-control ads to pressure senators into backing these new measures, calling it a cheap attempt by the wealthy to perpetuate their own political agendas against the will of the American people. “Bloomberg can’t buy America,” said the man in charge of the group which recently spent seventeen million dollars on pro-Romney ads to pressure voters into backing him in the 2012 election.
“What Bloomberg is trying to do with these ads is intimidate senators into not listening to constituents and instead pledge their allegiance to him,” said NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam, whose counter to Bloomberg’s campaign involves bypassing constituents altogether and intimidating senators into pledging their allegiance to the NRA by calling them up directly.
“He can’t spend enough of his twenty-seven billion dollar to try to impose his will on the America public,” added LaPierre, the multimillionaire responsible for an organization which reports an income of hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Bloomberg, for his part, says that he only plans for the ad to call attention to “voices of Americans—who overwhelmingly support comprehensive and enforceable background checks—into the discussion to move senators to immediately take action to prevent gun violence”.
LaPierre takes umbrage at these assertions. He claims that the NRA, too, consider limiting gun violence to be the highest priority; they simply believe this can be done without resorting to the barbarism of comprehensive background checks. Among their proposed measures are enhanced security for schools, improved gun law enforcement, and ‘a system for making sure dealers can check gun purchases against a record of the mentally incompetent and dangerous’. “We’re not completely sure what such a system would consist of at this time,” admitted LaPierre, “But it would have to be effective at checking that nothing in a person’s background should bar them from owning a gun…and it would have to be comprehensive.”