The head of the National Rifle Association (NRA) slammed President Barack Obama's administration and other gun control advocates during his speech at the Conservative Political Conference on Feb. 10.
Wayne LaPierre said that proposed bans on certain firearms and ammunition clips will only provide more protection for killers, adding that "government policies are getting us killed," according to CBS News. While he said that the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz. was a terrible tragedy, he accused politicians and the media of overreacting by calling for stricter gun laws.
"Good guys carrying guns can and do make a difference," LaPierre said, quoted by the media outlet. "The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
LaPierre also played a video clip of former NRA President Charlton Heston criticizing the media for portraying the gun-rights group as a villain. LaPierre then accused the media of glorifying and making a "celebrity" out of Jared Loughner, who is the accused shooter connected to the Tucson tragedy, The Huffington Post reported.
The current NRA chief said that by plastering Loughner's photo all over television and the Internet, media outlets were turning the gunman into a hero for any deranged copy cat who seeks fame.