Super Bowl ad features Wayne LaPierre calling background checks ‘reasonable’

The Early Lead blog has a list of the best and worst Super Bowl commercials, but the most politically charged was this one that ran in the Washington and a few other media markets featuring NRA executive director Wayne LaPierre testifying in 1999 in favor of background checks on all gun purchases.

The ad was sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to advocate for stronger gun restrictions. 

Last week, LaPierre dismissed universal background checks in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying that "background checks will never be 'universal' because criminals will never submit to them."

LaPierre's May 1999 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee came just a few weeks after the mass shooting at Columbine High School. LaPierre then said the NRA consistently supported closing loopholes that allowed guns to be purchased at gun shows without criminal background checks, but opposed measures to keep government records of privately-owned weapons.

LaPierre's recent comments on background checks are at the 5:00 mark in the video below.

This post has been updated. 

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.

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