Asked about the continued opposition to New York's new gun laws and Wayne LaPierre's appearance on "Meet the Press" yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo accused pro-gun groups of trading on fear and paranoia to stoke the passions of their members.
"What the extremists do is they spread fear and unrealistic theories of conspiracies and a citizenry that needs to be armed because the government is possibly tyrannical, and they need their arms to defend themselves against a tyrannical government," Cuomo said on Susan Arbetter's radio program this morning.(6)
On 'Meet the Press,' Bloomberg sees victory over the N.R.A., and LaPierre calls him 'reckless' and 'insane'
With the Senate slated to take up a new gun bill next month, the two most outspoken voices in the gun debate—Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the National Rifle Association's executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre—appeared on "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning to preview their fight over the new laws.(2)
Sunday shows: Harry Reid calls Wayne LaPierre 'extremely pleasant,' while a Fox host calls him 'ridiculous'
On Sunday morning, Wayne LaPierre came in for better treatment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid than he did from Fox News' Chris Wallace.
"He's always been extremely pleasant to me," said Reid, who received some similarly kind words from LaPierre during his tough 2010 re-election campaign. "We have a good relationship. So I am not here to demean the organization."
Sen. Chuck Schumer was more than happy to have Wayne LaPierre, the combative head of the National Rifle Association, precede him on "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning.
"I think he's so extreme and so tone deaf that he actually helps the cause of us passing sensible gun legislation in the Congress," said Schumer, a longtime foil for the NRA who has pressed for some new reforms in the week since the tragic school shooting in Connecticut.(2)
WASHINGTON—Sen. Chuck Schumer had hoped to hear something more constructive from Wayne LaPierre, when the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association broke the organization's silence this morning with a combative address, one week after the tragic school shooting in Newton, Connecticut.
"I was very unpleasantly surprised by the NRA proposal," Schumer said this afternoon.
Governor Andrew Cuomo told The New York Times that "confiscation could be an option" in order to get privately owned assault weapons out of circulation in New York.(1)
Today, the N.R.A. presented "a paranoid, dystopian vision of a more dangerous and violent America where everyone is armed and no place is safe," according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
WASHINGTON—"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, in a packed press conference this morning.(4)