On the off-chance that not all RBC readers regularly view guns.com (which is exactly what you’d expect it to be) here’s my Q&A on gun policy. The site boldly published my answers – including the snark – unedited. Enjoy!
Q: Youâ€™ve been critical of the NRA leadership in the past but if you were in Wayne LaPierreâ€™s shoes, how would you handle the current debate on gun control? Would you come to the table prepared to negotiate or would you dig in and prepare for a protracted battle in Congress?
A: If youâ€™re Wayne LaPierre and you want to stand up for the rights of law-abiding gun-owners, you make a deal that sacrifices the non-law-abiding: universal background checks, better record-keeping and data analysis, stronger gun-tracing, tough penalties for scofflaw gun dealers and straw purchasers who knowingly arm criminals. But if youâ€™re Wayne LaPierre and your job is making sure the dollars keep flowing from customers to your gun-manufacturer sponsors and from those sponsors to the NRAâ€™s bank account (and your own), then you mount a national scare campaign to stimulate gun sales.
Iâ€™ll leave it up to you to figure out which Wayne LaPierre is actually running the NRA.