Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, is no stranger to criticism. His organization fights to prevent even minimal regulations from going into effect to reduce gun violence, and he is one of the public faces representing that. Still, he doesn’t seem to have expected it at his own convention.
The Good Liars are a political satire and comedy duo that attend political rallies and other events, asking questions of right-wing politicians and their supporters, typically in a way that puts hypocrisy on display. This weekend, they hit the NRA Convention in Houston, Texas, an event whose timing is in such poor taste that many performers canceled their appearances and released statements addressing the NRA’s role in school shootings.
Here’s Jason Selvig, standing up to speak at the convention. He may have had us in the first half, but it quickly becomes clear that his ‘praise’ of Wayne LaPierre is not coming from a fan.
We spoke directly to Wayne LaPierre at the NRA Convention and thanked him for all his thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/EfdDrgD4Af
— The Good Liars (@TheGoodLiars) May 29, 2022
“I am sick and tired of the left-wing media, and frankly, people in this room today, spreading misinformation about Wayne LaPierre. Whenever there is a mass shooting, they all say that Wayne LaPierre isn’t doing enough to stop these mass shootings, and even implying that Wayne LaPierre has played a part in making it easier for these shooters to get guns, to get weapons. You heard it after Las Vegas. You heard it after Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. You heard it after Columbine. You heard it after Parkland. You heard it after Virginia Tech. You heard it after Sandy Hook. You heard it after El Paso. You heard it after Buffalo.”
By this point, LaPierre’s expression seems to hint that he’s aware something isn’t proceeding as expected. Then Selvig starts on the “thoughts and prayers.”
“The NRA, under Wayne LaPierre’s leadership, has provided thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families, and maybe these mass shootings would stop happening if we all thought a little bit more.”
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