National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre said Thursday that Hollywood hypocrisy is "beyond belief" when it comes to lambasting the NRA's education program to promote gun safety, days after the Las Vegas massacre.
"We spend millions of dollars every year teaching people safety and responsibility," LaPierre told Fox News. "And this Hollywood crowd makes billions a year, every single day teaching gun irresponsibility to the American public. The hypocrisy is beyond belief."
LaPierre didn't name anyone in particular, but his interview did follow Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein announcing that he would channel his anger over a sexual assault controversy into trying to take down the NRA and President Trump.
Wayne LaPierre: "This Hollywood crowd makes billions...teaching gun irresponsibility to the American public. The hypocrisy is beyond belief" pic.twitter.com/svw37zG7mU— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 6, 2017
LaPierre also slammed Democratic lawmakers for piggybacking off of tragedies for the past 20 years to push their political agendas.
"One thing that the American public always knows is the elites always protect themselves and they always protect themselves with guns, and then they lecture the American public how you shouldn't do that," LaPierre said.
LaPierre's comments follow the slaughter of 58 people at the Route 91 Harvest country festival by shooter Stephen Paddock from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay resort hotel.
He said his organization has been praying for the victims, their loved ones, and the first responders in the aftermath of "the unimaginable tragedy" on Sunday.
On Thursday, the NRA asked the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to review whether "bump stocks" comply with federal law as the group believes the devices should be further regulated.
Bump stocks allow semi-automatic weapons to fire at similar rates to automatic guns. The devices were found on multiple weapons recovered from Paddock's hotel room.
"That being said, we didn't say ban. We didn't say confiscate," LaPierre added Thursday night.