The head of the National Rifle Association, Wayne Lapierre, has feared for his safety after mass shootings in recent years, forcing him to take shelter aboard a friend’s luxury yacht, a gun rights activist said.
LaPierre made the admission on a deposit related to the NRA’s insolvency case in Dallas.
“They just let me use it as a security retreat because they knew the threat I was under. And I was actually under a presidential threat without presidential security in terms of the number of threats I was receiving,” LaPierre said.
“And we all struggled to deal with this type of situation with a private citizen with the size of the threat we had. And that was the only place I hoped to feel safe where I remember going there.”
LaPierre was asked why he did not pay the owner of the yacht, Hollywood producer Stanton Mackenzie, for using it or did not cite it in forms of conflict of interest.
“In fact, I thought that given the security threat I was under and the fact that the NRA was – was almost at a loss in terms of how to protect someone with the size of the threat I had that – that my job and the threat that came with it was – it was a place where I could go and be safe and it had to do with me – that I – that I did it, “he said.
LaPierre acknowledged that the ship, called the Illusions, was always fully stocked when it was used, included two jet skis, and had a crew of at least three, including a cook.
His testimony was ridiculed by gun control activists, who took advantage of his oft-repeated remark 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 on a yacht?” tweet Shannon Watts, founder of the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense weapons control group.
Watts, author of “Fight as a Mother,” also mocks LaPierre’s stated need for protection in the “summer after the Sandy Hook shooting.”
An attacker killed 20 children and six educators on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
“He rudely tried to link the Sandy Hook shooting and the use of the yacht, saying he started using it as a safe place” in the summer after the “mass shooting,” Watts wrote.
“The urgency of this alleged security concern for LaPierre – which led him to sail – is questionable, given that the Sandy Hook school shooting took place in December – six months before the” summer “.”