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National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre on Thursday found himself struggling to explain to Fox News host Megyn Kelly why a ban on high-capacity magazines could not have saved some of the 20 children who were murdered in Newtown, Connecticut last December.

After playing some video of parents of victims speaking to CBS News, Kelly noted that they had made a “powerful” argument that “if Adam Lanza, the shooter at Newtown, had not had 30 round magazines — if he had only had 10 rounds in these guns — more children would have lived.”

“The people who are going to do horror and terror, they aren’t going to cooperate,” the NRA chief replied. “All you’re going to do is make the law books thicker for the law-abiding people. From the very start, my thought has been about how little this had to do with keeping kids safe and how much it has to do with this decades-long agenda against firearms that some in the political class and the media have had.”

“You hear the parents and the spouses of those killed — there were 20 children and six adults killed,” Kelly pointed out, bringing LaPierre back to the point of high-capacity magazines. “Eleven children had a chance to escape as that guy reloaded. And the one man is saying there, if he had to reload five times instead of one time, how many more lives would have been saved?”

“That is, to me, the most compelling argument,” the Fox News host added.

“My response is criminals aren’t going to have less,” LaPierre insisted. “One round in the hand of someone who is going to do horror too many.”

“But how do you know, Wayne?” Kelly pressed. “Adam Lanza, his mother was a legal gun owner, and how do you know that his person, that his mother would not have obeyed the law and limited the magazine clip? And then Adam Lanza would have been limited to 10 rounds instead of 30.”

“Megyn, people that know guns — you can change magazine clips in a second,” LaPierre remarked. “There’s no evidence that anything would have changed.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/04/fox-news-host-grills-nra-on-magazine-ban-how-many-more-lives-would-have-been-saved/

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John Fugelsang:

This week the gun control debate welcomed a somewhat unlikely new player: the late former President Ronald Reagan. He’ll be here any second.

First, to counter NRA head Wayne LaPierre’s claim that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, this photo surfaced.

Here it is now. It shows President Reagan two seconds before he was shot in March of 1981. You’ll notice the president flanked by six good guys with guns who still weren’t able to prevent the shooting.

Then today, in his remarks on gun safety, President Obama invoked the 40th president when he reminded the nation that Reagan himself signed that letter supporting the ’94 assault weapons ban.

Now the right wing has a new talking point — that Ronald Reagan only supported the ban because he was afflicted with Alzheimer’s by ’94 and had no idea what he was doing.

Because of course, why else would a guy who’d been shot by a deranged gunman ever support gun control? When Reagan read that letter, and ran it by his staff, and signed his name, and had it presented to the world by his press office, it was just senile dementia. And of course his staff of all left-wing liberals put it out anyway.

Now following the president’s remarks, Erich Pratt, of the Gun Owners of America, actually made this very point to Andrea Mitchell:

Mitchell: What’s the problem with registering a gun? If you have a Bushmaster, what is the … I mean, first of all, why would you have a Bushmaster? What is the use?

Pratt: President Reagan owned an AR-15. Sen. Jay Rockefeller …

Mitchell: And [Reagan] supported gun control and he advocated for it.

Pratt: In his later years, and I think we have to keep that in account.

Mitchell: In his later years, he was almost killed by John Hinckley.

Pratt: All through his presidency he opposed gun control. That’s my point.

So as Reaganites like to say, “Let Reagan be Reagan.” Except when Reagan is being Reagan in a way Reaganites don’t want Reagan to be.

You see, these guys forget that in ’86 Ronald Reagan banned ownership of fully automatic rifles not yet registered.

They can’t recall that Reagan backed the Brady Bill with a seven-day cooling-off period. Their brains have been wiped clean of any memory that as governor of California, Reagan signed into law a 15-day cooling-off period, which I guess means they think Reagan was senile before he ever ran for president.

Because see, when you’ve devoted your life to Reagan worship but can’t remember he supported sensible gun control, or that he raised taxes 11 times, or that he gave amnesty to illegal immigrants, or that Reagan grew government by 61,000 jobs and never once balanced a single budget, you, my friend, have something worse than senility. You’re suffering from another kind of NRA — Neocon Reagan Amnesia. It’s an airborne virus, but nobody who has it wants to get cured.

So the next time someone tells you Reagan only supported an assault weapons ban because he had a memory problem, please remind them that today, the real Ronald Reagan would never be allowed into the party of Reagan.

Or just do what I do — say, “There you go again.”

But what do I know? I only wrote this whole piece to impress Jodie Foster.

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Most Republicans steered clear of criticizing the NRA before LaPierre’s maligned press conference, but there were signs Friday and over the weekend that was starting to change. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told reporters that the proposal to place armed guards more schools — the cornerstone of the NRA’s response to Newtown — is not “the solution to safety in schools.”

“You don’t want to make this an armed camp for kids,” Christie said. “I don’t think that’s a positive example for children. We should be able to figure out other ways to enhance safety.”

Republicans largely haven’t criticized the NRA (and Christie was very careful about it in his remarks) but the New Jersey governor’s statement is an indication that the NRA did not give Republicans the cover they needed with the press conference of subsequent media appearances. On Fox News Sunday, for example, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) shied away from talk of gun control but also criticized LaPierre’s call for congressional action to force guns into all the nation’s public schools, saying decisions about guards in schools should be made at the local level. On CBS’s Face The Nation, retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) said regulation of high capacity magazines is worth discussing.

“Those large clips need to be looked at,” she said.

But there are also signs the NRA is solidifying it’s support in some circles. In an interview with Slate last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggested he’d be open to talk of banning high-capacity magazines. But on Sunday, Graham told Meet The Press such a ban wouldn’t do much.

“I can change a magazine pretty quick,” Graham, who spoke of his own AR-15 rifle back home, said. He embraced the call for increased school security coming from the NRA.

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