(WASHINGTON) — Friday is the second day of the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference — an annual gathering in Washington, D.C., where members of the GOP meet to cement their ideology and try out potential presidential nominees for the coming years.
In his speech at CPAC, the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre mocked Vice President Joe Biden for his advice that women should fire a shotgun two times in the air if they are faced by an attacker and accused the vice president and the White House of having “lost their minds.”
“The vice president of the United States also told women facing an attack to just empty their shotguns in the air,” LaPierre, the executive vice president of the NRA, said. “Honestly, have they lost their minds over at the White House? No doubt the violent predators would love to face a woman with a shotgun that’s empty.”
“You keep your advice, we’ll keep our guns,” LaPierre said to applause.
Biden doled out his shotgun advice last month in an online forum with Parents magazine when he encouraged people to “Buy a shotgun” to protect themselves, but LaPierre gave a recommendation of his own Friday about how a woman should fend off a potential rapist.
“The one thing a violent rapist deserves to face is a woman with a gun,” LaPierre said.
LaPierre criticized the universal background check plan, which passed the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week, calling it a “placebo,” which criminals won’t submit to, and argued that lawmakers’ sole intention with the plan is to establish a national registry of guns.
“There are only two reasons for government to create that federal registry of gun owners — to tax them or to take them,” LaPierre said. “Are they insane? What’s the point of registering lawful gun owners anyways? So newspapers can print those names for gangs and criminals to access?”
The universal background check plan, which was proposed by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., will likely falter on the Senate floor unless language is adjusted so Republicans and moderate Democrats would be willing to sign onto the proposal.
LaPierre promoted the NRA’s proposal to place armed officers in every school in the country and ridiculed a Department of Homeland Security video which suggests using objects like scissors when faced by an active shooter
“Let’s get this straight. To protect our children at school we recommend a trained professional with a gun. They recommend scissors. And they say we’re crazy? It’s shear madness,” LaPierre said.
LaPierre urged the conservative audience not to “be swayed by the winds of political insanity, and no matter what the elitists who scorn you say, let them be damned.”
“They can call me crazy or anything else they want, but NRA’s 5 million members…will not back down, not ever, I promise you that,” LaPierre said. “We will not be demonized, and we will not be silent.”
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