NRA's EVP on growing momentum for assault weapons ban. Wayne LaPierre appeared on "Face the Nation" along with David Axelrod, senior advisor to the president, and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed. Rendell, a gun control advocate. "There is no functional difference at all between any of these so-called assault weapons ... and any other gun," LaPierre said, warning that new regulations could lead to the criminalization of pump-action shotguns and some handguns.