An undercover comedian crashed the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston, Texas, and sarcastically thanked the organization’s president for his repeated ‘thoughts and prayers’ following deadly shootings across the United States over the years, including one just three days ago when 21 people were killed in a statewide school.
The Good Liars’ Jason Selvig, who pranks public figures, stood up to speak when NRA members were allowed to address the group’s chief executive since 1991, Wayne LaPierre, video shows on social media posted by the comedy group.
“They’re all saying Wayne LaPierre isn’t doing enough to stop these mass shootings, and even implying that Wayne LaPierre played a role in making it easier for these shooters to get guns,” Selvig said, referring to the NRA. the leader’s opposition to gun reform.
Selvig recited a list of mass murders in the country over the past three decades, including 13 at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999, 32 at Virginia Tech in 2007, 26 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012 and 49 at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in 2016. .
He also mentioned the 59 deaths at a music festival in Las Vegas in 2017, 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida in 2018, 23 at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, in 2019, and 10 at a grocery store in Buffalo. , New York. , on May 14 of this year.
“You kept hearing [after each] that Wayne LaPierre isn’t doing enough, and frankly, that’s not true,” Selvig continued.
“The NRA under the leadership of Wayne LaPierre provided thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families and maybe these mass shootings would stop happening if we all thought a little more and prayed a little more.
“We give enough of these thoughts and prayers, these mass shootings will stop.”
Selvig concluded his remarks with, “I want to thank you, Wayne LaPierre, for all of your thoughts and prayers.”
Although LaPierre didn’t interrupt Selvig’s comments, he seemed to understand that he was being trolled. He frowned and frowned as Selvig repeatedly uttered the phrase “thoughts and prayers,” words that critics say are used by opponents of meaningful gun control to deflect responsibility from action after mass shootings.
Nevertheless, a number of spectators did not seem to understand and politely applauded Selvig.
The video of Selvig’s speech had been viewed more than 8 million times by Tuesday morning.
The NRA’s decision to hold its convention on Friday after 19 children and two teachers were shot dead at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24 has drawn protesters outside the event site.
The conference highlighted the country’s deep division on gun control, with attendees brushing aside protesters’ concerns and anger and instead emphasizing school safety and mental health.
Selvig, along with Good Liars collaborator Davram Stiefler, had previously targeted one of the convention’s most high-profile speakers, former President Donald Trump. After Trump lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden, Selvig and Stiefler bought the online domain name DonaldJTrump2024.com and — despite looking like a re-election bid — filled it with text reading ‘Trump Lost’, ‘Trump Is a Loser’ and ‘Trump Lost the Election’.