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Monday, October 22, 2018

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5: Wayne LaPierre

(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre has long opposed gun safety laws on the grounds that America will soon devolve into Mad Max-style dystopia, but his latest op-ed for the Daily Caller is especially paranoid. In the rambling, 2,000 word piece, LaPierre claims that “Latin American drug gangs” and al Qaeda will soon overrun American cities, after an imminent “fiscal collapse” leaves the government unable to pay the police. At that point, civilization will crumble — just as it apparently did in Brooklyn after Hurricane Sandy, which LaPierre desrcibes as “the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia.”

But don’t worry, LaPierre isn’t really paranoid. “Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face—not just maybe,” LaPierre writes. “It’s not paranoia to buy a gun. It’s survival.”

As usual, LaPierre has unwittingly made the case for background checks and mental health screenings for gun buyers.