Wayne LaPierre

Wayne LaPierre

Wayne LaPierre (born November 8, 1949), is a prominent American author and Second Amendment advocate. He graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, VA in 1967. He received his BA in Education from Sienna College in Loudonville, NY and his MA in government from Boston College. He has been a government activist and lobbyist ever since finishing his MA, including positions on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Political Consultants, the American Conservative Union, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Since 1991, he has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Rifle Association, the largest American gun rights organization. LaPierre joined the NRA in 1977 after working as a legislative aide to a Democratic Virginia assemblyman Vic Thomas.

LaPierre has authored several books on weaponry topics, ranging from shooting practices to terrorism to gun safety. He also makes appearances promoting the NRA at gun shows and political events. Citing Democratic candidate John Kerry's history of authoring and supporting gun control legislation, LaPierre actively campaigned against the senator in the 2004 Presidential elections. In that campaign, the NRA supported Republican President George W. Bush after determining that he was the candidate closest to their position on gun rights and gun policies.

LaPierre also hosts "Crime Strike", a syndicated weekly TV program airing across the United States that advocates gun use in self-defense and highlights situations where people have taken a stand against criminal suspects.

In 1995, former President George H. W. Bush resigned his lifelong membership in the NRA after LaPierre called federal firearms agents, who were involved in the Ruby Ridge, Idaho and Waco incidents, "jackbooted thugs."

In 2000, LaPierre said President Bill Clinton tolerated a certain amount of violence and killing to strengthen the case for gun control and to score points for his party. [Pear, Robert (March 19, 2000) "Guns Don't Kill People, Presidents Do." "New York Times".] Charlton Heston, the then-president of the National Rifle Association, called LaPierre's language "extreme rhetoric." White House spokesman Joe Lockhart called it "really sick rhetoric, and it should be repudiated by anyone who hears it." [Lacey, Mark (March 20,2000) "NRA. Stands by Criticism of President." "New York Times".]

In 2004, LaPierre debated Rebecca Peters, head of the International Action Network on Small Arms, at King's College London.

In October 2006, LaPierre instituted a weekly podcasts on the "NRAnews.com" website called "What They Didn't Tell You Today." Every weekday, LaPierre gives a short broadcast about gun rights.

LaPierre holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and political science from Siena College and a master's degree in American government and politics from Boston College.


* "Guns, Crime, and Freedom" (1994)
* "Shooting Straight: Telling the Truth About Guns in America" (2002)
* "Guns, Freedom, and Terrorism" (2003)
* "The Global War on Your Guns" (2006)


External links

* [http://nranews.com/nra.html "NRAnews.com"]
* [http://www.iansa.org/action/gun_debate_transcript.doc Edited transcript of Rebecca Peters' debate with Wayne LaPierre]
* [http://www.courttv.com/archive/legaldocs/government/rubyridge.html Ruby Ridge documents at TruTV (formerly CourtTV]

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