ThinkProgress spoke with one NRA member today in St. Louis who said LaPierre is “over the edge,” calling his theory about Obama’s secret plan to eliminate the Second Amendment “extreme language”:
TP: What do you think about what he said, I think it was yesterday, about the president and the Second Amendment? Do you believe in what he says that ?
NRA MEMBER: No I don?t. I think there are a lot of people in the NRA that are not victimized by some of the extreme language. A lot of people believe it because that?s all they hear but I don?t think our government is out to take away all guns.
He said there are also a number of NRA members that share his view about LaPierre but added: “I wouldn?t say it?s widespread. If you polled the people here, the majority of the people here would probably be on his side. But that doesn?t mean that there aren?t an awful lot of people out there that just think he?s a wingnut.” Watch the video:
Politifact noted that LaPierre’s conspiracy theory about Obama taking away everyone’s guns is “an uncheckable postion,” adding that “none of Obama?s previous years in office hint at the kind of extreme policy push the NRA claims he?s yearning to unleash.”