Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America is a pretty gross guy. After a number of high-profile gun violence incidents, he has claimed the attacks were “false-flags” with the intent of building a “communist society.” He has rubbed elbows with right-wing extremists across the board for years. But that is just the beginning of the story. Here are three things he wants out of America:
Pratt wants you to believe that immigrants are assaulting your gun rights. Actually, scratch that; Pratt is just a xenophobe who is trying to justify his xenophobia with the barrel of a gun.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
The ATF became the extremist gun lobby’s bogyman in the early-90s following the standoff at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. Even the NRA loathes the agency and finds it worthy of hatred. Mike Vanderboegh wants ATF agents shot. And Larry Pratt wants the agency “done away with” and its officials arrested. We would note that the ATF is the federal agency charged with investigating, among other things, gun trafficking, distribution of explosives, and terrorism.
Background Check (All of Them)
The gun lobby will pretty regularly rant and rave about how offensive the idea of expanding background checks is; rarely do they go so far as to say that all background checks should be eliminated. Pratt, however, believes there should be no background checks on gun purchases at all. He believes this because, apparently, the fact that some people break the law and circumvent the system (or, just as validly, use the loopholes in the system) means that the system itself should be trashed as ineffective. We would, of course, point out that the same thing can be said of any law; people commit murder despite laws, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have laws against murder. It even goes further than that with Pratt though. He shows his true conspiracy-theorist colors. You see, despite laws specifically forbidding a federal gun registry and requiring the destruction of background check records, Pratt believes that the government has a registry, is keeping track of gun owners, and wants to come and take your guns as soon as possible.
Pratt is pretty obviously wrong about all three of these thing, but being wrong has never stopped Pratt before.