Meet the Press   |  March 24, 2013

NRA’s LaPierre: Bloomberg’s comments ‘reckless’

The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre responds to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control reform initiatives and discusses the legislation pending on Capitol Hill.

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>>> lapierre of the national rifle association . mr. lapierre, welcome back to the program.

>> thanks, david. good to be with you.

>> the legislative moment has arrived here on capitol hill . what's going to happen with gun safety legislation?

>> well, you just heard mayor bloomberg , but he's going to find out this is a country of the people, by the people, and for the people. and he can't spend enough of his $27 billion to try to impose his will on the american public. they don't want him in their restaurants. they don't want him in their homes. they don't want him telling what food to eat. they sure don't want him telling what self-defense firearms to own and he can't buy america. he's so reckless in terms of his comments on this whole gun issue, he talks about guns buzzing. he's talking about machine guns . none of these guns are machine guns .

>> but is he going to have an impact politically? he wants to be a counterweight to youth. he wants to go into these races in 2014 and spend along with you. are you praepg to arm politically those who agree with you, candidates and what not in 2014 ?

>> we have people all over, millions of people, sending us $5, $10, $15 checks saying stand up to this guy who says we can only have three bullets, which is what he said. stand up to this guy who says ridiculous things like the nra wants firearms with nukes on them. i mean, it's insane the stuff he says.

>> let me ask you about background checks because the mayor referred to 0 the poll 90% of americans want universal background checks . here is this survey from quinnipiac this week. among those people who own guns 85% support. are you thwarting the will of the american people by standing in opposition to universal background checks ?

>> no, not at all. here is the thing. the whole thing universal checks is a dishonest premise. there's not a bill on the hill that provides a universal check. criminals aren't going to be checked. they're not going to do this. the shooters in tucson, aurora, n newtown, they're not going to be checked. they're unrecognizable. nra supported the national instant check system on dealers. we're a billion --

>> that was a reference to 1999 when you testified --

>> yeah, we've a billion dollars into the system now. it's not fair. it's not accurate. it's not ins stant. the mental health records are not in the system and they don't prosecute any of the criminals that they catch. it's a speedbump for the law abiding. it slows down the law abiding and does nothing to anybody else.