On the heels of a report that New York Mayor Michael “Nanny” Bloomberg announced a $12 million national ad buy to push for universal background checks for gun buyers, National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre said Sunday that Bloomberg was “reckless” and “insane” in his views on gun control.
Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” LaPierre told Host David Gregory that Bloomberg was “so reckless in terms of his comments on this whole gun issue,” before continuing:
“We have people all over, millions of people, sending us 5, 10, 15, 20 dollar checks telling us to stand up to this guy that says that we can only have three bullets, which is what he said. Stand up to this guy that says ridiculous things like, ‘The NRA wants firearms with nukes on them.’ I mean it’s insane the stuff he says.”
Bloomberg believes in stricter gun control and has given millions of dollars to Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the Huffington Post reports.
“He supports universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons and an upgraded gun-tracking system — all measures the NRA opposes,” the online news source notes.
LaPierre also said on the Sunday talk show that universal background checks for gun buyers are a “dishonest premise” because criminals “aren’t going to be checked, they’re not going to do this.”
He spoke of better solutions, before adding: “What’s appalled me about this whole debate is about how little it has to do with making people safe.”
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