MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell mocked NRA chief Wayne LaPierre’s response to the Sandy Hook shooting, calling him a “desperate, cornered rat,” and a “lobbyist for mass murderers” on a recent episode of his show.
After an uncomfortable silence following the Newtown massacre, NRA chief LaPierre finally offered a response to the shooting. He said that the “only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” and called for the placement of “armed police officers in every school in this nation,” reports The Washington Post. He also attempted to shift blame away from guns and onto the violent films and video games that are so popular in US culture.
LaPierre’s response has been universally criticized by gun control advocates, and MSNBC host O’Donnell joined them in a special edition of his program on Friday night, which addressed the Sandy Hook shooting, as well as its aftermath.
O’Donnell did not hold back, calling LaPierre a “lobbyist for mass murderers” and answering the NRA chief’s response point by point.
“Is there really something to quibble about in how powerful a bullet is when it is heading toward a six-year-old at the speed of 3200 feet per second? What kind of desperate, cornered rat would dare to mention that the Sandy Hook shooter could have used a more powerful bullet? Could have what? Done more damage? Made the bodies of six-year-olds even more difficult to identify?”
Left-leaining pundits are having a field day with the issue of gun control, and have unapologetically voiced their opinions on the matter since the day the shooting occurred. The right, in contrast, has had very little to say (or at least, very little that’s persuasive).
You can watch Lawrence O’Donnell’s send-up of NRA chief Wayne LaPierre below: