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NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre Photo credit:Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Gage Skidmore / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)


The National Rifle Association (NRA) haslaunched a $1.8 million lobbying campaign to get Congress to repeal theWeaponized Anthrax Prohibition Act of 1972 (WAPA).
“The Second Amendment ofthe Constitution clearly states that ‘the right of thepeople to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,’so it is time that our government remove the shameful prohibition of weaponizedanthrax,” said NRA Executive Vice President WayneLaPierre.
LaPierre added that weaponized anthraxclearly falls under the definition of “arms.”
“I mean, come on, it evenhas the word ‘weapon’ in itsname,” he said in a brief interview. “I can guarantee you that our Founding Fathers would have wanted allAmericans to have access to this highly dangerous and lethal bacteria.”
While most people know the NRA for itsstrong defense of the right of Americans to own firearms – from simple pistols tohigh-powered automatic assault rifles – the group hasrecently stepped up efforts to allow Americans to own every type of weapon.
Ted Nugent, the musician and outspokenNRA board member, said the call to lift the ban on weaponized anthrax is thelogical consequence of the group’s policy to oppose any restrictions to the Second Amendment.


Ted Nugent Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from GageSkidmore / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)


“Whohas given the US government the right to tell honest Americans that they cannotown assault rifles, weaponized anthrax, rocket propelled grenades ornuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles ?Certainly not the Constitution or the Founding Fathers,” said Nugent when he was reached by phone. “Personally, I’d rather have my neighbor’s finger on the trigger than that of Barack Hussein Obama.”
Inaddition to the lobbying effort to repeal WAPA, the NRA also wants teachers tohave easy access to weaponized anthrax.
“Godforbid, but imagine a student showing up in school with anthrax. The only wayto stop that child is with a dose of weaponized anthrax in the possession ofthe teacher,” LaPierre argued.
Heproposed that all classrooms have a small stash of the deadly bacteria. Ifnecessary, teachers could use blowguns to fire the powder at students. Thiswould keep collateral deaths at a minimum, LaPierre argued.
Althoughthey were initially skeptical of the plan to repeal WAPA, congressionalRepublicans said they are coming around to the idea.


“Technically,the possession of weaponized anthrax is covered underthe Second Amendment,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan. Headded that he believes that, just like with assault rifles, most Americanswould use weaponized anthrax, RPGs or nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballisticmissiles for hunting.
“Whenyou want to kill a lot of deer quickly, an assault rifle alone won’t do the trick. Sometimes it takes something a little bigger,” he said. “I’m fromWisconsin and I know these things.”
SenateMajority Leader Mitch McConnell echoed Ryan’s sentiments and pointed to another argument for whyweaponized anthrax should be legal.
“Ifwe criminalize the possession of weaponized anthrax, only criminals will haveweaponized anthrax,” the Kentucky Republican said in aSenate speech.
However,not all Republicans are on board with the plan.
“Thatis the dumbest thing I have ever heard,” said moderateSen. Susan Collins from Maine. “Seriously, who evencomes up with stuff like that? Why would we allow anybody to have weaponizedanthrax or nuclear weapons? Why would we give people an instrument to kill lotsof other people? That doesn’t make any sense.”
Askedto comment on her statement, LaPierre said the NRA would find and fund aprimary candidate to run against Collins.