After the NRA successfully combated efforts at increased gun control throughout the United States, many were left asking just how many would have to die for the NRA to finally get behind some form of gun control. The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre held a Tuesday afternoon press conference where he finally answered that question.
“If 218,517 individuals died in a single act of gun violence, not counting criminals among those dead, we’d be willing to discuss some form of gun control” LaPeirre said in response to a reporter’s question.
Before any reporters could ask follow ups questions, LaPeirre quickly elaborated the NRA’s stance.
“And to any conservatives concerned that we’re selling out our values, rest assured that that number represents the number of people who would have to be pronounced dead at the scene. We’re not counting anyone who dies later in the hospital.”
When asked what kind of gun control they would be willing to support following an unimaginable situation in which 218,517 people were shot to death in a single incident, LaPeirre expressed support for a two day waiting period on assault rifles. But he quickly added that two days would be a max, calling anything beyond that “unconstitutional.”
Near the end of the press conference, LaPeirre was asked if there was any number of deaths that would convince the NRA to support banning assault rifles. He said that the NRA would fully support banning assault rifles if “251 million” of America’s roughly 314 million citizens died in a single incident of gun violence.