Wayne LaPierre, chief executive officer of the National Rifle Association, drew enthusiastic applause at the Conservative Political Action Conference today when he took the stage after playing news clips of political pundits calling him “crazy.”
The longtime gun-rights lobbyist reiterated NRA stances to a friendly crowd, saying that “the real goal” of universal background check legislation moving through Congress is to develop a registry of gun owners that the government can make public and use to impose taxes.
LaPierre also said the NRA’s push for armed officers in all schools is being denounced by “powerful elites who will always have their own private security.”
“In their distorted view of the world , they’re smarter than we are,” he said. “They’re special. If we dare disagree, they’ll scorn us, they’ll demonize us and they’ll try to shut us up.”
He added: “We will not be silenced,” a line that moved audience members to their feet.