The NRA has posted Wayne LaPierre’s prepared testimony, which he will give to the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday morning.
LaPierre opens his testimony by saying the way to address gun violence is teaching “safe and responsible gun ownership,” and mentions that his organization knows how to do so:
The title of today’s hearing is “What should America do about gun violence?” We believe the answer to that question is to be honest about what works – and what doesn’t work. Teaching safe and responsible gun ownership works – and the NRA has a long and proud history of teaching it.
He mentions Newtown in a push for school security:
“We joined the nation in sorrow over the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut. There is nothing more precious than our children. We have no more sacred duty than to protect our children and keep them safe. That’s why we asked former Congressman and Undersecretary of Homeland Security, Asa Hutchison, to bring in every expert available to develop a model School Shield Program – one that can be individually tailored to make our schools as safe as possible. “
LaPierre says that the mental health system is broken and needs to be fixed, but that mental heath records should not be included in the NICS background system. He also says universal background checks “will never be universal–because criminals will never submit to them.”
Read the full testimony here.