During a Monday deposition the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre described staying on a friend’s yacht as a way of securing safety in the aftermath of mass shootings in the U.S.
The yacht, which was called Illusions, belonged to a Hollywood producer who is also a friend of LaPierre’s.
NBC News reported LaPierre’s deposition and his explanation for using the vessel:
They simply let me use it as a security retreat because they knew the threat that I was under. And I was basically under presidential threat without presidential security in terms of the number of threats I was getting.
And all of us were struggling with how to deal with that type situation with a private citizen with the amount of threat that we were having. And this was the one place that I hope could feel safe, where I remember getting there going, ‘Thank God I’m safe, nobody can get me here.’ And that’s how it happened. That’s why I used it.
I actually thought that given the security threat that I was under and the fact that NRA was — was at almost a loss as to how to protect somebody with the amount of threat that I was having, that — that my work and the threat that came with it, this was — was a place that I could go and be safe, and it was related to that that I — that I — that I did it.
The New York Post reported that LaPierre stressed his use of the yacht was as a result of the myriad threats directed at him following mass shootings like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School (December 14, 2012) and Parkland (February 14, 2018).
LaPierre said, “I probably went once — one time a year where we could and be safe — from the Sandy Hook shooting up until 2019. And I did not do it in 2019.”
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