Chris Matthews: NRA Wants 'Guns on Demand Like You're Buying a Hershey Bar'

By Melanie Arter | April 8, 2013 | 10:48am EDT

MSNBC's "Hardball" host Chris Matthews (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

( – MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said Friday that the National Rifle Association wants “guns on demand, like you’re buying a Hershey bar.”

“That’s the way they want to do it, guns on demand, like you’re buying a Hershey bar. That’s it. It’s a Hershey bar. I think I’d like one. I’m going to try that. You know, no background check? What are you, crazy? Okay, that’s the hideous argument they make, check out the guy that’s going to guard the kids, but don’t check out the guy who’s buying the gun to go after the kids,” Matthews said referring to the NRA.

“The strange NRA thinking is you can’t let a teacher or an armed guard or retiree from the police force, for example, work in a school protecting the student body unless they’ve had a thorough background check on their criminal record, any other problems. And you have to have a regular recheck -- not just the first time they get hired, you got to go back and recheck and make sure they’ve kept their nose clean,” he said earlier.

“And yet if you say that about a typical gun purchaser – Don’t ask nothing, no questions, give the guy the frickin’ gun,” the “Hardball” host said.

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