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Chris Wallace attacks NRA head Wayne LaPierre

FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace became incredibly confrontational during an interview with National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre on Sunday, calling his positions “nonsense” and “ridiculous.”

Early on, Wallace struck a combative tone, refusing to let LaPierre explain his position.

“Can I tell you what I think will work for just one second though?” the NRA head asked.

“I’m going to ask you a couple of questions, and we’ll get to it,” Wallace responded harshly. “Forgive me, sir. I’m going to conduct the interview.”

During the show, Wallace also criticized the NRA’s attack ad against President Obama, asking LaPierre if he regretted releasing the ad and chastising him for mentioning the President’s children.

“They face a threat most children do not face,” Wallace argued.

“Tell that to people in Newtown,” LaPierre countered.

“Do you really think the President’s children are the same kind of target as every school child in America?” Wallace asked angrily. “That is ridiculous and you know it, sir.”

Wallace also took offense to the NRA ad singling out the elite with private security.

“The idea of an elite class, it is nonsense, sir,” the host said.

“Capitol Hill, right now, they are all protected by armed security, with high-capacity magazines while they sit there and try to limit the average citizen to ten, because they think that that is reasonable in their opinion,” LaPierre answered.

This isn’t the first time Wallace has become extremely confrontational with a guest on his show. Back in September, during the 2012 election cycle, Wallace became heated with then-GOP Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

 

Comments

Comments

  1. Eric Coddington says:

    William Wallace would shoot great balls of fire out of his ______ over this
    stupid out of context attempt to use wrong methods to resolve a security
    matter! People who want to hurt others do not care about regulations and
    laws! They will use any thing they can get their hands on to do their evil
    deeds. Just like those who try to justify more gun laws the law breakers do
    not care and they know when caught they do not stand a chance and thus
    many times take their own life. So knowing that is the way it is now and always
    been like Bonnie and Clyde and any one bent on harming others! It is far
    worst to sit and lie and when the subject of the need to help those with these
    issues mentally the subject quickly gets changed. People want our help and
    how does ignoring that fact and making more rules that do not work get the
    help troubled people need. The greatest prejudice in our Country today is
    we turn our back on others way before they get in trouble because we are to
    busy or do not want to take time and listen and invest time to help, and it is not
    a perfect science help does not always work, but what does not caring and being
    unwilling to invest a little of our time say? Many have asked for mentally challenged
    to be more respected to give them a hope and a little of our busy life to send
    a message we care ! ?? Many of these people just want to be heard and loved
    and to feel normal in a world that can at times be hard to find normal!

  2. McGirv says:

    Wallace has revealed himself to be another elitist progressive Obama sycophant !

  3. copper says:

    Wallace needs to pay closer attention. I, for one, agreed with the add. It isn’t just Obama’s kids going to the well protected Friendship School, it’s Biden’s grandkids, Clinton’s daughter, Gore’s son and David Gregory’s kids. He misses the point when these kids are protected by armed security at their schools but Obama balked at having armed officers at other schools. Does Wallace realize that the other schools in the Sandy Hook district had school resource offices except the grade school and they have just voted to pave the way for more officers . Does Mr. Wallace realize that just a few days ago in Atlanta a school resource officer shot a school shooter saving untold lives? Does Mr. Wallace realize that just a few days ago a 70′s something year old basketball coach defended himself and two female players he was walking to their cars when they were attacked?
    There is an elitist attitude in this country and Mr. Wallace and his co-horts have helped create it by not bringing issues to the forefront of the news. To many times the press wants to give a “pass” for a favorable interview down the road or maybe for their own political beliefs. How can you explain the American taxpayer paying for million dollar vacations for MIchelle Obama when she lists her kid as “senior staff”. Did Mr. Wallace report that? Why was it necessary to fly Obama to Colorado just a few days ago at the cost of thousands of dollars simply for a speech to be delivered from there on gun control. Couldn’t give that from Washington? There is no “Office” of the First Lady, Mr. Wallace. That was a term coined by Carter’s wife but it has no true meaning nor does “First Lady”.
    My kids and my grandkids are just as important as theirs. You want to do something, report all the abuse.

  4. Ladymudd says:

    I’m very confused over the interview…as in, I am pissed.

  5. crazymensa says:

    The issues that need to be addressed that would more likely lessen violence of any kind are the issues that will never be addressed by politicians and the media: violence born as a result of parental neglect (and there are many reasons for that); lack of culpability for one’s actions; lack of empathy for others; need for instant gratification; egocentric adults (and children); class warfare; the list goes on. When boundaries aren’t set (for children and adults), life becomes a selfish, hedonistic existence. People with that lifestyle or way of thinking aren’t going to follow the law, because they don’t care. Obviously, items that can cause death must be handled responsibly, just as the privilege to drive cars. Getting to the real problems are the only way to significantly diminish violence. Wallace and the rest who pontificate about gun control would do more of a service to report about policies that undermine having a healthy economy,and the freedom to make choices regarding family (rather than the govt).

  6. george kamburoff says:

    Don’t we have enough guns now?

    Go read how many folk died yesterday because of guns, including the 18 veterans who kill themselves everyday.

    What is missing in those who need man-killers to be equal to the rest of us?

  7. george kamburoff says:

    Are only posts with right-wing sympathies allowed here?

    I posted a rational statement, and it has failed to appear.

    This may explain why the conservatives are so far out-of-touch with real Americans.

  8. Wallace is a man in search of easy, pat solutions, so as to avoid the need to give any real thought to the issue. That he didn’t allow LaPierre to explain his answers to the questions is confirmation that he has an agenda and viewed the ‘interview’ as an opportunity to attack LaPierre.

    Wallace betrayed his journalistic obligations to the public in believing that he has a superior knowledge of the truth of the issue and is obligated to convince the public of his view.

    It’s known as agenda journalism and after this incident and the prior antagonistic interview with Paul Ryan its safe to conclude that Wallace practices his own version of agenda journalism when the subject dictates. How disappointing but typical of Fox regular hosts, where the norm is ‘B’ grade intellectual exploration of the issues.

  9. Chillguy33 says:

    Chris Wallace is a moral degenerate who casts a dark pall over Fox News – worse than Shep Smith.

  10. Dawn Garini says:

    I absolutely can not believe Chris Wallace is drawing a paycheck as a reporter. He simply used Wayne LaPierre’s presence to voice his own clearly pro-gun control opinions. If I was his boss, I would have fired him the second he walked out from that interview.

  11. wtf says:

    Amazing– you people are like caricatures of Fox News watchers — but you are actual people! Wow. I know it is pointless to try to “reason” with anyone here, because this is really about emotions. But I can’t help myself.

    To the point that “people who want to hurt others do not care about regulations and laws!” — I suppose then we should have no laws against murder? After all murderers don’t care about laws, so it wouldn’t make any difference, right? But wait, the laws allow us to prosecute and punish those who murder, removing them from the streets and acting as a deterrent against others who might do the same. Just think about it…..

    Also, I love the people who cite anecdotal evidence: “Does Mr. Wallace realize that just a few days ago a 70′s something year old basketball coach defended himself and two female players he was walking to their cars when they were attacked?” Yes, true. But the US averages 87 gun deaths a day, my friend. And people love to point out that the statistics don’t show how many people are saved by guns every day. True — that’s hard to judge, because you have to *know* they were going to die otherwise. But then I would argue, the statistics also don’t show how many people are saved by *NO* guns being around. I would imagine a lot more people are saved by that. Like just now, I was saved by no guns being anywhere near me. Wait….it just happened again. Saved.

    Just to play devil’s advocate, if you oppose assault weapon regulation, why not other weapons? The same argument seems to dictate we should be allowed to have hand grenades, rocket launchers, tanks. Why shouldn’t I be able to have a nuclear missile in my backyard? What’s the fundamental difference? How about 10 tanks? 100? Can I form an army?

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