National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre has sparked controversy, again, this time by linking the Boston bombing to the ongoing gun control debate.
In the NRA chief's view, it all boils down to a simple, rhetorical question:
"How many Bostonians wish they had a gun two weeks ago?"
"Imagine living in a large metro area where lawful firearms ownership is heavily regulated and discouraged," he said at the annual NRA convention in Houston.
"Imagine waking up to a phone call from the police, warning that a terrorist event is occurring outside and ordering you to stay inside your home."
"I'm talking, of course, about Boston, where residents were imprisoned behind the locked doors of their homes, a terrorist with bombs and guns just outside."
"Frightened citizens, sheltered in place, with no means to defend themselves or their families from whatever may come crashing through the door."
"How many Bostonians wished they had a gun two weeks ago?" he asked. "How many other Americans now ponder that life-or-death question?"
LaPierre is the most public face of the NRA, which has determinedly fought efforts by President Barack Obama and Congress to strengthen gun laws.
He is as unabashed as he is aggressive in fighting for what he believes in:
"The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
"Boston proves it," he said. "When brave law enforcement officers did their jobs so courageously, good guys with guns stopped terrorists with guns."
Is he exploiting a tragedy to make his point? No, he argues. In fact, it's the Obama administration and gun control activists who are doing the exploiting.
LaPierre said the "Washington elites" are interested only in "demonizing law-abiding gun owners," and exploit tragedy "by choice, for political gain."
What's your take? LaPierre's comments on the Boston bombing: