National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre feared for his safety after recent mass shootings, forcing him to take refuge aboard a friend’s luxury yacht, the gun rights lawyer said.
LaPierre made the admission in a deposition related to the NRA’s Dallas bankruptcy case.
“They just let me use it as a safe retreat because they knew the threat I was under. And I was basically under the presidential threat without presidential security in terms of the number of threats I received,” LaPierre said.
“And we all had a hard time dealing with this type of situation with a private citizen with the amount of threats we had. And it was the only place where I hope to be able to feel safe, where I remember going there ”. Thank goodness I’m safe, no one can bring me here. And that’s how it happened. This is why I used it. “
LaPierre was asked why he did not pay the owner of the yacht, Hollywood producer Stanton McKenzie, for its use or quote him in forms of conflict of interest.
“In fact, I thought given the security threat that I was in and the fact that the NRA was – was almost unable to protect someone with the amount of threat I had, that – that my work and the threat that came with it was – it was a place that I could go and be safe, and it was related to what I – that I – that I did it, ”a- he said.
LaPierre acknowledged that the craft, dubbed the Illusions, was always fully stocked when in use, included two water scooters, and had a crew of at least three on board, including a cook.
His testimony was ridiculed by gun control activists, who seized on his oft-repeated line that “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun” .
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good friend with a yacht?” tweeted Shannon Watts, founder of gun control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.
Watts, author of “Fight Like A Mother,” also ridiculed LaPierre’s stated need for protection in “The Summer After the Sandy Hook Shooting.”
A gunman killed 20 children and six educators on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
“He roughly tried to connect the Sandy Hook school shooting and his use of the yacht, claiming he started using it as a safe place” the summer after “the mass shooting,” Watts wrote. .
“The urgency of this alleged safety concern for LaPierre’s safety – which required him to set sail – is questionable given that the Sandy Hook School shooting took place in December – six months before ‘the summer “. “