NOW with Alex Wagner | February 25, 2013
>>> wayne lapierre , ceo of the national rifle association was at it again this weekend. asserting the congressional efforts to institute a universal background check are really a secret plot to confiscate american guns.
>> this so-called universal background check that you're hearing about all over the media and from president obama and some of the other politicians in washington is aimed at one thing. it's aimed at registering your guns, and when another tragic opportunity presents itself that registry will be used to confiscate your guns.
>> eric, you know what the working phrase there is. when a tragic opportunity presents itself because that's what the nra is looking for in order to sell more guns.
>> that's right. if i were the drug cartels and the mob, i would be giving to the nra because he is their best friend.
>> yeah, he is.
>> he is putting guns in the hands of everyone he can, and then as we heard in the clip earlier, he is saying, well, now we've given the guns to the bad guys, so you better get your gun too because it's all-out warfare.
>> in 1999 , which seems like a lifetime ago wayne lapierre said we think it's reasonable to provide mandatory background checks for every sale at every gun show , no loopholes anywhere from for anyone. what happened to that guy? snoo what's changed? i don't know. that's the problem. when you are talking out of both sides of your mouth, you lose credibility. this is about gun manufacturers. this is dollars in the bank, and membership, and the vast majority of nra members, i know, and i know a lot of them, do not follow this line of reasoning. they are more in line with what wayne said back in 1999 than what he is saying today. number one. number two, where is the proof in the pudding given that we've got mandatory background checks in place to the extent that they exist that all these tragic events have happened. where is the confiscation? the arguments, the logic doesn't add up, and it's just -- it just makes it much more difficult for the party as a whole to be in line with this when you know that's not where rank and file members are.
>> the rhetoric has gotten insane on the part of wayne lapierre . tomorrow is a big day . mayor bloomberg has put a lot of resources into this jesse jackson seat. that will be a lot of it being a test for gun safety measures.
>> it's a bellweather and referendum on the president's gun package. at least within the democratic primary . there was a candidate who had been a member of congress, had been rated a by the nra , was going to run again, was ahead in the polls. the mayor looked at that and said we can't have that in the midst of this national conversation , national debate about guns. we have spent -- mayors spent about $2.5 million of his own money to influence that conversation in illinois to make sure that folks on the ground knew that this former congresswoman had been rated a by the nra , had come out -- has come out in support of another woman running for office there. robin kelly , who has a very strong record in trying to get guns out of the hands of criminals, and we'll see tomorrow whether or not the good people of the second district in illinois want to elect somebody who has a consistent track record on behalf of strong gun measures.
>> or somebody who is rated a by the nra who began the race in first place.
>> joy, i think the tide has changed.
>> that's it. making that a rating as a scarlet letter . that is a game changer that michael bloomberg is doing.
>> game changers.
>> however, it's different from the coke products.
>> it is a fair point. we'll be talking tomorrow about it. maybe we can get you on remote.
>> oh, i would love to answer that question.
>> thank you to howard, joy, eric, and the very notorious michael steel . that is all for now. see you back here tomorrow when i'm joined by governor ed rendell , bill burton, michael eric dyson , and democracy 21 's president fred warheimer. follow owes twitter. andrea mitchell reports is next. occasionale constipation,