Actor Richard Dreyfuss told Piers Morgan Tuesday that he believed the NRA, not the government, should take charge of gun control.
After eerily threatening that the GOP “should anticipate having the sick and the dying and the dead on their lawns” if they did not help the Democrats fix their utterly partisan, inherently flawed healthcare law, Dreyfuss unexpectedly foiled Morgan’s attempt to employ the actor in his ongoing gun control crusade.
When Morgan turned the conversation from righting the Obamacare trainwreck to gun control, Dreyfuss utterly derailed the segment.
Morgan: And in terms of the other issue, which is the power of the NRA over the gun debate and the apparent intransigence of Washington to do anything about that, what is the root of that?
Dreyfuss: First of all, I don't think the NRA is a villain, and I don't think the people against the NRA are villains. I believe that's a problem of the press, which started with an “us-them” problem. I do believe that the Second Amendment is ambiguously written and we will never have an agreement on whether it's about gun ownership or militia.
And at the same time, I believe that there is an inappropriate amount of gun violence, and I think we should turn this over to the people who are expert at this. The original mandate of the NRA was to train responsible gun ownership, and the NRA should handle it. They should train excellence in gun ownership. They should create the short list of the guns that are allowed at home. And every other gun they say is legal, like people-killers and nuclear tips and semiautomatics, should be held in armories owned and controlled by the NRA, not the government.
But remember that this is a gun culture. It's also a car culture. And no one with any brains would let someone untrained get behind the wheel of a car. And I think that that is the analogy that people should remember. The NRA should be thought of or think of themselves as heroes, and take care of this problem.
Morgan: A pretty large stretch for some of us to look at people like Wayne LaPierre as heroes.
Dreyfuss: Well, I spoke to a former head of the NRA and said what did you think? She said what did I think? I did black flips and I'm calling people.
That will likely be the last time Morgan asks Dreyfuss to join him on his anti-gun freedom crusade. As for Morgan’s reference about his and his fellow anti-NRA crowd’s opinions of Wayne LaPierre, putting someone they deem an “assassin” in charge of all assault weapons would probably not go over well...