Ramsey called LaPierre "a personal friend of mine" and wouldn't say whether he agrees with the NRA executive's vision of a "hellish world" plagued by "terrorists, crime, drug gangs, the possibility of Euro-style debt riots, civil unrest or natural disaster." But Ron Ram did agree a man needs a gun to get by, and he told a little story to illustrate what's wrong with universal background checks—the one idea that Obama might actually manage to push through Congress.
Let's think this through on the mandatory background check, this so-called gun show loophole. I've thought about this. My grandfather owned a Model 94 Winchester that I saw hanging over the door every day for my whole life. One day I mentioned to my wife that I would like to have that gun. My uncle owns it now and he's getting older. And she approached my uncle and it was a complete surprise to me and I had tears in my eyes literally when I opened it up on Christmas morning, and she gave that to me as a present. And if this law passes, my uncle would have had to have done a background check on my wife to make sure that she had no criminal record before he sold it to her, and before she gave it to me on Christmas morning, she would have had to have done a background check on me to give it to me. Now that only hurts law-abiding citizens.
Never mind that background checks take just a few minutes to complete. Or that just about everyone agrees the law should exempt sales to family members. In Ramsey's mind, apparently, those damn lib'rels would have yanked his grandpappy's rifle right out his hands and ruined his Christmas—and that's why universal background checks are a bad idea.
Update: In his Opryland Hotel speech to the wild turkey hunters, LaPierre renewed his call for armed guards at schools. He said Obama and gun control advocates want to "ban every gun they can, tax every gun sold and register every gun owner."