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I had to watch the video a few times. Then I checked the basics…pulse, respiration, shadow…all signs indicated that I was , indeed, still an occupant of our mortal coil, so I watched it one more time.

Yes, Wayne LaPierre really did say, with a straight face and in public, that the evidence that President Obama wants to come after my guns is…wait for it…the fact that he hasn’t come after my guns. Seriously.


Can’t watch video online? Here’s the money-quote:

LaPIERRE: [I]n public, [President Obama will] remind us that he’s put off calls from his party to renew the old Clinton [assault weapons] gun ban, he hasn’t pushed for new gun control laws, and he’ll even say he looked the other way when Congress passed a couple of minor pro-gun bills by huge majorities. The president will offer the Second Amendment lip service and hit the campaign trail saying he’s actually been good for the Second Amendment.

But it’s a big fat stinking lie, just like all the other lies that have come out of this corrupt administration. It’s all part — it’s all part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment in our country.

That’s the thing about conspiracy theories…once you give in to that sort of thinking, everything supports the conspiracy, even the things that would appear, to you and me, to prove just the opposite…presumably because “that’s what they want me to think.”

[This post is written as part of the Media Matters Gun Facts fellowship. The purpose of the fellowship is to further Media Matters’ mission to comprehensively monitor, analyze, and correct conservative misinformation in the U.S. media Some of the worst misinformation occurs around the issue of guns, gun violence, and extremism, the fellowship program. The fellowship program is designed to fight this misinformation with facts.]