The Last Word | January 29, 2013
>>> i'm going to do everything within my power to bring legislation dealing with gun and violence generally to the floor.
>> 11 hours from now, the national rifle association 's wayne lapierre will testify at a senate judiciary committee hearing about gun violence and what to do. he will say law abiding gun owners will not accept the blame for the acts of crazed gun owners . nor will the government dictate what we can lawfully own and use to protect our families. also, former congresswoman gabrielle giffords 's husband, mark kelly , will testify. joining me, mark smythe, a contributor to "msnbc." i want to go the line i first quoted. wayne lapierre , this comment sounds reasonable until you think about it. law abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of deranged criminals. a law abiding gun owner is responsible for what happened in newtown, connecticut. a law abiding mother was a gun owner, by all accounts, and that law abiding gun owner couldn't control her weapons, and those weapons were eventually used to kill her and to kill all of those children and those women educators in that school. so that is what one law abiding gun owner got us.
>> that is a good point, lawrence.
>> and that is what neil heslin was saying in his testimony, was that that woman should never have had those weapons in that home with -- you know, knowing the condition of her kid. and so the -- the ways in which wayne lapierre tries to shatter off the debate have more holes in them than he realizes when he is trying to advance this kind of testimony.
>> you know i hope what happens, had he testifies in the committee tomorrow is that the nra presses him on the second amendment. does that mean that citizens should be able to have massive fire power to fight a future government. they would lose credibility with their own base. there is a real dangerous current fed on the internet and youtube, of people talking very threatening violent language about what would happen if congress were to impose an assault-weapons ban, and other gun control measures like that father outline, which was quite well said. and i think mr. lapierre needs to address that, including even the conspiracy theories that are circulating among gun rights activists, who claim that the newtown shootings and gabrielle giffords shootings somehow were staged. he needs to be challenged on those issues.
>> well, we'll see if he is up to that challenge tomorrow, thank you for joining me tonight, frank.