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Bang! Chris Hayes fact checks Gun Owners of America's Larry Pratt.

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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:

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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.

fake gun bang flagFact checks are wonderful tools, too, Larry. So are MSNBC hosts who are-- you should excuse the expression-- quick on the draw.

UPDATE: My contact at MSNBC was kind enough to provide the clip for me! Best 48 seconds ever:

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Video- On CNN's Crossfire, Executive Director Of Gun Owners Of America "Would Strongly Encourage" Guns In Kindergartens

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And I would strongly encourage he be locked up for the rest of his life. Via.

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Rick Perry: Laws? Pfft! Pray for kids instead; Gun nut: Reagan for gun laws due to Alzheimer's; US likes Obama AND stricter gun laws

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Erich Pratt of Gun Owners of America was on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell. As I watched it live, my jaw dropped as he suggested that Ronald Reagan only supported gun control in "his later years" because his Alzheimer's made him do it.

That's pretty low, Pratt, even for you.

I thought I had misheard. I hadn't. Via Think Progress:

Pratt:

President Reagan owned an AR-15.

Andrea Mitchell:

And he supported gun control. And he advocated for it.

Pratt:

In his later years. I think we have to keep that in account.

Mitchell:

In his later years he was almost killed by John Hinckley.

Pratt:

But all through his presidency he opposed gun control, that’s my point.

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Here's the entire segment. Watch at your own risk, and have some Valium handy:

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but wait there's more

Rick Perry’s solution to gun violence? What else? "Pray for our children." That sure has worked out well so far, hasn't it? Here's his full statement in a press release:

Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement regarding President Obama's executive actions:

"The Vice President's committee was appointed in response to the tragedy at Newtown, but very few of his recommendations have anything to do with what happened there.

"Guns require a finger to pull the trigger. The sad young man who did that in Newtown was clearly haunted by demons and no gun law could have saved the children in Sandy Hook Elementary from his terror.

"There is evil prowling in the world - it shows up in our movies, video games and online fascinations, and finds its way into vulnerable hearts and minds. As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children.

"In fact, the piling on by the political left, and their cohorts in the media, to use the massacre of little children to advance a pre-existing political agenda that would not have saved those children, disgusts me, personally. The second amendment to the Constitution is a basic right of free people and cannot be nor will it be abridged by the executive power of this or any other president."

Two things, Ricky: One, nobody is abridging the Second Amendment. Americans would still get to hang on to their firearms, just not the military assault style ones that “were created to spray the enemy… because it was ineffective to assume young soldiers could become marksmen…” And two, the hidden history of the Second Amendment? It was about “slave control."

Okay, three things. As I said in a previous post:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Tyranny isn’t mentioned. A militia is. Regulation is. A well-regulated militia is.

Not the freedom to spray innocent Americans with bullets, not overcompensation for personal insecurities, and not keeping the gun industry’s and politicans’ pockets stuffed with currency. Those aren’t mentioned in the Second Amendment.

Neither is prayer.

By the way, per a new TIME/CNN poll, Obama’s job approval jumped, public favors stricter gun laws: 55% of Americans now approve of the job Obama is doing as President, compared to 43% who disapprove. That ratio mirrors the public appetite for tighter restrictions on guns, with 55% of respondents favoring stricter gun control laws and 44% opposed.

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Video- Gun Owner's Larry Pratt: End Gun-Free Zones Instead of 'Wasting Time' With Background Checks

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Chart: Gun groups rate U.S. senators

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Here is a chart of the NRA and Gun Owners of America ratings for all 100 members of the new Senate in 2013, via The Fix. For a rundown of Scott Brown's record, go here (MA-Sen: Scott Brown (R), The Gun Lobby's Favorite Senator). He got $7,000 from Smith and Wesson alone. He may end up back in the Senate, so it's worth a look.

As John Dean tweeted, the "Double Fs looks great." We need to continue to replace Blue Dogs with Progressives, if that's even possible.

Starting next month, more than half the Senate will have served one term or less. And because gun issues haven’t really come up very often in recent years, many of those members have yet to build substantial voting records. That suggests there could be some surprises.

1 Senator State Party NRA Gun Owners
2 Inhofe Okla. R A+ A+
3 Thune S.D. R A+ A+
4 Cruz Texas R A+ A
5 Wicker Miss. R A+ A
6 Chambliss Ga. R A+ A-
7 Crapo Idaho R A+ A-
8 Sessions Ala. R A+ A-
9 Shelby Ala. R A+ A-
10 Hatch Utah R A+ B-
11 Baucus Mont. D A+ D-
12 Boozman Ark. R A A+
13 Coburn Okla. R A A+
14 Vitter La. R A A+
15 Barrasso Wyo. R A A
16 Blunt Mo. R A A
17 Burr N.C. R A A
18 Cornyn Texas R A A
19 Fischer Neb. R A A
20 Flake Ariz. R A A
21 Heller Nev. R A A
22 Hoeven N.D. R A A
23 Johanns Neb. R A A
24 McConnell Ky. R A A
25 Moran Kan. R A A
26 Scott S.C. R A A
27 Cochran Miss. R A A-
28 Enzi Wyo. R A A-
29 Grassley Iowa R A A-
30 Isakson Ga. R A A-
31 Risch Idaho R A A-
32 Roberts Kan. R A A-
33 Toomey Pa. R A A-
34 Ayotte N.H. R A -
35 Murkowski Alaska R A B
36 Portman Ohio R A B
37 Graham S.C. R A B-
38 Alexander Tenn. R A C
39 Corker Tenn. R A C
40 Donnelly Ind. D A C-
41 Heinrich N.M. D A D
42 Manchin W.Va. D A D
43 Casey Pa. D A F
44 T. Johnson S.D. D A F
45 Warner Va. D A F
46 Lee Utah R AQ A
47 Paul Ky. R AQ A
48 Heitkamp N.D. D AQ -
49 R. Johnson Wis. R AQ -
50 Begich Alaska D AQ D
51 Tester Mont. D A- F
52 Rubio Fla. R B+ A
53 McCain Ariz. R B+ C-
54 Reid Nev. D B F-
55 Coats Ind. R C+ C
56 Collins Maine R C+ D-
57 Bennet Colo. D C+ F-
58 Landrieu La. D C F
59 Leahy Vt. D C F
60 M. Udall Colo. D C F
61 Pryor Ark. D C- F
62 T. Udall N.M. D C- F
63 Rockefeller W.Va. D D F
64 Sanders Vt. I D- F
65 Coons Del. D F D
66 Baldwin Wis. D F F
67 Brown Ohio D F F
68 Cantwell Wash. D F F
69 Franken Minn. D F F
70 Hagan N.C. D F F
71 Harkin Iowa D F F
72 Hirono Hawaii D F F
73 Inouye Hawaii D F F
74 Kaine Va. D F F
75 Klobuchar Minn. D F F
76 McCaskill Mo. D F F
77 Merkley Ore. D F F
78 Murray Wash. D F F
79 Nelson Fla. D F F
80 Shaheen N.H. D F F
81 Stabenow Mich. D F F
82 Warren Mass. D F F
83 Blumenthal Conn. D F F-
84 Boxer Calif. D F F-
85 Cardin Md. D F F-
86 Carper Del. D F F-
87 Durbin Ill. D F F-
88 Feinstein Calif. D F F-
89 Gillibrand N.Y. D F F-
90 Kerry Mass. D F F-
91 Kirk Ill. R F F-
92 Lautenberg N.J. D F F-
93 Levin Mich. D F F-
94 Menendez N.J. D F F-
95 Mikulski Md. D F F-
96 Murphy Conn. D F F-
97 Reed R.I. D F F-
98 Schumer N.Y. D F F-
99 Whitehouse R.I. D F F-
100 Wyden Ore. D F F-
101 King Maine I - -
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