Wayne LaPierre, the head of the National Rifle Association, claims he spent time on a friend’s 108-foot yacht following school shootings in recent years because he feared for his life and the safety of his family.
The Washington Post reports:
“I was basically under presidential threat without presidential security in terms of the number of threats I was getting,” LaPierre said in a deposition filed during the weekend. “And this was the one place that I hope could feel safe, where I remember getting there going, ‘Thank God I’m safe, nobody can get me here.’”
The deposition, which emerged as part of a closely watched bankruptcy hearing for the NRA in Dallas this week, noted that LaPierre had used the vessel for a “security retreat” multiple times between 2013 and 2018.
LaPierre said the deadly shootings at schools in Parkland, Florida, and Newtown, Connecticut, left him feeling that he and his family were not safe anywhere. In the summers after both massacres, The Post reported, the longtime NRA leader said he borrowed the yacht from a Hollywood producer — complete with a cook and two water scooters.
Shannon Watts, the founder of the gun control group Moms Demand Action, first called attention to LaPierre’s testimony on Twitter on Monday. While slamming his testimony, she turned to his oft-cited defense that “a good guy with a gun” is the only way to prevent mass shootings.
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun,” Watts asked, “is a good friend with a yacht?”
LaPierre’s admission about his stays on the yacht is one of several revelations that are likely to emerge this week as a federal court decides whether the NRA will be allowed to declare bankruptcy.