IS WAYNE LAPIERRE A PSYCHOPATH?

Wayne LaPierre Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the NRA has been in the news a lot of late. He gave the NRA’s response to the massacre at Sandy Hook—never mentioning anything about the victims in his speech. He did speak of his proposed National School Shield Program but did not talk about a Shield program for theaters in Aurora, CO or shopping malls in Portland Oregon, or parking lots in Tucson, AZ. He has testified before Congress, has been interviewed extensively on T.V., radio, is often quoted in print, and was a speaker at the recent CPAC in Washington D.C.

He is taken as a serious commentator on issues related to guns. He assures us that the only reason we have any of our freedoms is due to the Second Amendment. That if we lived in a country without a Second Amendment we would be pitiless slaves—without any freedoms—under the rule of tyrants. Was he talking about living in countries like England, France, Italy, and Sweden? (A country to live in with no gun regulations—LaPierre’s dream—is Somalia.)  Does he have a point? Are his rants sensible or are they, in fact, the rants of a psychopath?

CHARACTERISTICS OF PSYCHOPATHS:
What is very disturbing about psychopaths, besides their sense of special entitlement, is their complete lack of empathy for normal people, psychopaths seem to lack a conscience, feeling little or no empathy for the people whose lives they touch…they effortlessly resists all regulation, unable to see beyond his self-interest or to adopt standards of right versus wrong.

When caught in a lie and challenged, they make up new lies, and don't care if they're found out. Often, the psychopath will turn on the victim and claim that the victim suffers from “delusions” and is not mentally stable.

“The main lesson I have learnt is that when dealing with a sociopath, the normal rules of etiquette do not apply. You are dealing with someone who has no empathy, no conscience, no remorse, and no guilt…It is a completely different mindset. Words like 'predator' and 'evil' are often used.” If you try to deal with psychopaths in an ethical manner, you will be in for a shock. Dr. William Higgins claims that you “can't negotiate or bargain with psychopaths.” http://www.oocities.org/lycium7/psychopathy.html

“Psychopaths will not only deny the past and trivialize it, but will avoid answering your questions directly, even if they seem to answer them. Psychopaths show a stunning lack of concern for the devastating effects their actions have on others. Often they are completely forthright about the matter, calmly stating that they have no sense of guilt, are not sorry for the pain and destruction they have caused, and that there is no reason for them to be concerned.” [Hare, 41]”.

Psychopathy is most commonly assessed with the Psychopathy Checklist, Revised (PCL-R) created by psychologist Robert D. Hare. Each of the 20 items in the PCL-R is scored on a three-point scale, with a rating of 0 if it does not apply at all, 1 if there is a partial match or mixed information, and 2 if there is a reasonably good match to the offender. This is said to be ideally done through a face-to-face interview together with supporting information on lifetime behavior (e.g. from case files), but is also done based only on file information. It can take up to three hours to collect and review the information.[3]

Psychopathy Checklist-Revised: Factors, Facets, and Items[3]

Facet 1 Interpersonal
• Glibness/superficial charm
• Grandiose sense of self-worth
• Pathological lying
• Cunning/manipulative

Facet 2 Affective
• Lack of remorse or guilt
• Emotionally shallow
• Callous/lack of empathy
• Failure to accept responsibility for own actions

Facet 3 Lifestyle
• Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
• Parasitic lifestyle
• Lack of realistic, long-term goals
• Impulsiveness
• Irresponsibility

Facet 4 Antisocial
• Poor behavioral controls
• Early behavioral problems
• Juvenile delinquency
• Revocation of conditional release
• Criminal versatility.

So the question remains; IS WAYNE LAPIERRE A PSYCHOPATH?

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