Last night on "All In," Chris Hayes had an unbelievably frustrating chat with Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America. It was about the powerful gun fondlers' organized intimidation and obstruction of smart gun sales. The more Hayes tried to get Pratt to answer straightforward questions, the more unreasonable, obnoxious, and evasive Pratt became. But Pratt got his just desserts in an update only a few minutes later in which Chris Hayes-- you should excuse the expression-- shot down his lies. Fact checks are wonderful things.
Please watch the entire segment, and check out the very, very end when Pratt gestures as if he's shooting a gun:
I've searched everywhere for the video clip of Chris's rebuttal, but couldn't find it. Instead, this transcript will have to suffice:
HAYES: Were you watching that earlier tonight? Larry Pratt, head of Gun
Owners of America, making his favorite claim about the supposed failure
rate of the smart gun technology we have been reporting on here.
I would like to take a moment to do a little fact-check on that figure he
was quoting from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has the number
right, 20 percent failure rate, except that study wasn't of the Armatix
smart gun we were discussing.
It was the rate of a prototype fingerprint recognition technology being tested at the institute 11 years ago.
Google is a wonderful tool, Larry.
And then, exquisitely executing the ultimate mockitude, Chris Hayes gestured, a la Pratt, as if he were shooting a gun.
UPDATE: My contact at MSNBC was kind enough to provide the clip for me! Best 48 seconds ever: