By Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive VP
Most elected officials find it important to build relationships with their constituents. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants to build walls instead.
The mayor has angered residents with his plan to build a 6-foot security wall around the Getty House, the city-owned official residence of the mayor. Originally the plan called for an 8-foot fence, but that plan was rejected by the local neighborhood association. Now the mayor's "compromising" by wanting a 6-foot barrier around his home.
How out of touch can the mayor be? While he's demanding walls around his house to go along with his ‘round the clock security detail, the people of Los Angeles have to abide by laws that prevent them from enjoying the right of self-protection.
Not everyone can take advantage of taxpayer-funded bodyguards or security fences, but good people who want to carry a firearm for their own self-defense are out of luck in Los Angeles.
I don't blame the mayor for being concerned about his safety, but it'd be nice if he'd recognize he's not the only one concerned about being the victim of violent crime. Build your wall, Mr. Mayor, but also tear down the barriers to lawful self-defense that Los Angeles has put in place.