Who is Wayne LaPierre?

December 21, 2012

The man who once called federal agents “jack-booted government thugs” (a comment he later apologized for) summarized his philosophy in a 1992 column for the NRA publication American Rifleman: “When you’re at war,’’ he wrote, “you do what it takes to win.”

The former PhD student — who was once a Democratic Party legislative aide from Roanoke and drew a post-college job offer from liberal icon and then-House Speaker Tip O’Neill — has adopted that martial approach in Washington.

Read the whole profile of Wayne LaPierre, NRA president.

Jerry Markon covers the Department of Homeland Security for the Post’s National Desk. He also serves as lead Web and newspaper writer for major breaking national news.
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