He realizes that playing the hero if a ‘bad guy with a gun’ lets loose in a public space is not that easy.
It came out during the NRA trial that Wayne LaPierre, the head of the NRA who loves talking about good guys with guns being the only people who can stop bad guys with guns, hid out on a friend’s yacht because he feared being the victim of shootings.
Furthermore, while LaPierre’s NRA team was doing battle in court, media outlets acquired a deposition by LaPierre stemming from the case that was full of unflattering detail. LaPierre testified that in the wake of the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary and Parkland school shootings, he retreated to a 108-foot luxury yacht out of fear for his own safety, claiming he needed the protection from the outside world.
“They simply let me use it as a security retreat because they knew the threat that I was under. And I was basically under presidential threat without presidential security in terms of the number of threats I was getting,” the New York Daily News reported LaPierre asserting in the newly revealed deposition. “And this was the one place that I hope could feel safe, where I remember getting there going, ‘Thank God I’m safe, nobody can get me here.’ And that’s how it happened. That’s why I used it.”
Responding to LaPierre’s deposition, Shannon Watts of Moms Demand tweeted, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good friend with a yacht?”
Why didn’t he take his own advice and arm himself with an array of high-powered weapons?