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August 21, 2014, 6:06 am

NRA’s shameful fear mongering

National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre’s irrational response to reasonable gun control proposals reveals the extreme position of some gun rights advocates.

LaPierre dismissed President Barack Obama’s State of the Union call for new commonsense proposals on gun regulations.

The leader of the powerful gun lobby dismissed Obama’s calls for background checks for all firearms purchases and for bans on assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

“We will not be duped by the hypocrisy in the White House or the Congress who would deny our right to semiautomatic technology, and the magazines we need to defend ourselves and our families,” LaPierre said in remarks to the National Wild Turkey Federation in Nashville.

He said the proponents’ real intentions would be to “ban every gun they can, tax every gun sold and register every gun owner.”

LaPierre’s remarks are ridiculous. There is no effort by the president or Congress to “ban every gun.”

There is an effort to require universal background checks on gun purchasers.

Mark Kelly, husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford, who was shot in the head in 2011, said in a statement that background checks are a simple and fair way to keep children safe.

“If a dangerous criminal can’t buy a gun in a store, they shouldn’t be able to buy at a gun show or on the Internet,” he said. “That’s just common sense.”

Yet LaPierre’s comments on background checks were mild compared to the outrageous fearmongering op-ed he wrote earlier this week for a conservative website, in which he predicted the president’s economic policies will lead to chaos.

“Nobody knows if or when the fiscal collapse will come, but if the country is broke, there likely won’t be enough money to pay for police protection. And the American people know it,” La Pierre wrote.

“Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorism. Gangs. Lone criminals. There are perils we are sure to face – not just maybe,” he said. “It’s not paranoia to buy a gun. It’s survival.’

LaPierre added race-baiting to his fearmongering by warning of Mexican gangs and suggesting that firearms were a necessity on the streets of Brooklyn in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy last year.

“There was no food, water or electricity,” LaPierre wrote. “And if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark, or you might not get home at all.”

Not true said New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne.

The city actually went a record eight straight days without a single murder. Overall, crime fell by 25 percent., said Browne.

Gun rights advocates should denounce LaPierre and the NRA for shameful rhetoric that has no place in the debate over gun reform legislation.