The head of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre (Wayne LaPierre) worried about his safety after a mass shooting in recent years, forcing him to take refuge on a friend’s luxury yacht.
LaPierre admitted this in testimony related to the NRA’s Dallas bankruptcy case.
Lapierre said: “They just asked me to treat it as a safe retreat because they knew the threats I was facing. Judging from the number of threats I received, if there was no presidential safety, I would basically be threatened by the president. “
“And all of us are working hard to deal with this type of situation with a private citizen, facing a huge threat that we face. This is a place I wish I could feel safe, and I remember being there to get there,”
LaPierre was questioned why he didn’t pay the yacht owner, Hollywood producer Stanton McKenzie, or quote it in the form of a conflict of interest.
“I actually think that, given the security threats I face and the facts of the NRA-how to protect someone with the huge threats I have suffered is almost a loss-my job and the threats I face follow, This is-where I can go, and it is safe. It has something to do with me-I-I did it.” He said.
LaPierre admitted that this craft, called Illusion, is always full of food when used, including two water scooters, with at least three people on board, including a chef .
His testimony was ridiculed by gun control activists, who seized on his frequently repeated lines and said: “The only way to stop the bad guys with guns is with the good guys with guns.”
“Is the only person who prevents bad guys with guns from good friends who own yachts?” Shannon Watts, founder of the gun control group “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense”, tweeted.
Watts, the author of “Fighting Like a Mother,” also mocked LaPierre’s need for protection in “The Summer After the Sandy Hook Shooting”.
On December 14, 2012, a gunman killed 20 children and 6 educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Watts wrote: “He strictly tried to link the Sandy Hook school shooting with his use of the yacht, saying that he started using it as a safe place in the summer after the mass shooting.
“In view of LaPierre’s safety, it is claimed that the urgency of safety is imminent, considering that the Sandy Hook School shooting took place in December, six months before “Summer”, So it is questionable.”