January 23rd, 2013
07:50 AM ET
5 years ago

NRA chief: Obama makes 'mockery' of American freedoms

(CNN) - The National Rifle Association chief issued a blistering retort to President Barack Obama's inaugural address, accusing him of name calling and limiting American freedoms.

Wayne LaPierre had been relatively silent since his controversial response to the shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.


Filed under: Gun rights • NRA • President Obama
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  1. Republicans; the "Not Intended to be Factually Accurate" Party

    Where do these guys get the idea that they are worthy of commenting on such matters in such a way? Where is the deference & respect that is DUE the President of the United States?

    LaPierre, you are a frigging special interest group [The Gun Manufacturers] lobbyist! Stay in your swim lane.

    Donald Trump, Michaele Steele, RIENCE prebus, John Boehnher, Mitch McConnell, Limpbaugh, Beck, all of them have an over-inflated view of themselves. They are not the President and until they respect him, American patriots will reject them.

    January 23, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  2. Tony in Maine

    I do wish the media would stop reporting the garbage this moron spews. He's using you to get his dittoheads to send money.

    January 23, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  3. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    The nra and grover norquest is just another crooked lobby like big oil and with only four million members out of 330 million people is more of a joke than anything else , would the gop crooks in the house and senate rather have the four million voters support or the 300 million support ,they can do the math ,maybe ????

    January 23, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    In order to better understand the NRA's position on gun control you need to look no further than their board of directors. The executive board is comprised almost exclusively of owners and top executives of companies in the arms business. I am not aware of a single board member who is not an owner or a top executive.

    The NRA's priorities do not reside with liberty, freedom and 2nd Amendment rights. While those arguments make for excellent selling pitches, the NRA's priority reflects that of their board members, which is to sell more guns and ammo.

    January 23, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Put a moustache on Wayne, and it is like traveling back in time to those Hitler speeches.

    January 23, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  6. MrBeenThere

    So tell me, Accidental shooting at a gun show last week, shooting at a Texas Community College. You got the answer all NO it's you making a MOCKERY of the American people, you take us for FOOL'S............

    January 23, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  7. bassman

    Sarah Palin put it best as she wrote on her Facebook: "The hypocrisy of it all, however, is that while the President publicly acknowledges the value of “even one life” when it advances his own political agenda, he fails to acknowledge as much when it comes to protecting the lives of children soon to be born".

    January 23, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  8. Name

    Wow really, chris christie says in this article its just wrong to drag peoples children into this problem. The president didn't seem to have an issue dragging a bunch of kids he didn't know up on stage while he signed a bill. But that's rational if you also believe tougher gun laws will stop a CRIMINAL hence the word criminal. They already do not obey the written laws.

    January 23, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Worse.......he is trampling on those rights, denying those rights, and doing nothing about the TRUE CAUSES of violence in America.

    January 23, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    Several times, LaPierre homed in on one part of Obama's address, where the president said, "We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate."

    LaPierre said the president was attacking fervent supporters of the Second Amendment. Many of them believe it provides an absolute right to provide arms.
    Uh, everyone is entitled to their opinions, but the president's words sound more like he had the Tea Party and Grover Nordquist in mind.

    Has anyone else noticed that top Republicans in DC were absolutely silent for the week following the Newtown events? The only politicians who spoke during that week were those who were calling for common sense gun controls. Not one Republican took a public position on the issue until this guy from the NRA defined it for them a week later.

    January 23, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Mr. LaPierre, I don't know if you have children or not, but you'll sing a different tune if it was your kids who were riddled with bullets and shot in the face to the point where they have to have closed casket funerals. The 2nd Amendment is not absolute just as the 1st Amendment is not absolute. There are restrictions on how far your rights go. I'm sure our forefathers did not intend or think military weapons should be on American streets.

    January 23, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  12. Wake up People!

    Everyday I grow sicker and sicker of these people.

    January 23, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    who the -- cares what you think?

    January 23, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    LaPierre said the president was attacking fervent supporters of the Second Amendment. Many of them believe it provides an absolute right to provide arms.
    I don't recall aything about the right to "PROVIDE" arms. It sounds to me like YOU are the one bastardizing the very document you call yoruself defending in order to protect the folks you really represent: the gun manufacturers, or should I say the gun PROVIDERS?

    January 23, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    This, in spite of the fact that the NRA holds the rest of the nation hostage to a fundamentalist view of gun ownership that makes a mockery of every previous position that LaPierre and the rest of the extremists in the NRA leadership have ever uttered. They have supported a system of background checks that includes private sales, they have supported bans on large-capacity magazines....the list of their hypocrisy goes on and on. This is no longer about the Constitution and the Second Amendment, its about a paranoid view of the world from an fringe group in self-imposed isolation from reality and responsibility. As LaPierre spoke yesterday, there was another shooting at a community college in TX, sparked by somone apparently settling an argument with a firearm. Where were the good guys with the guns then? They were fleeing in terror, that's where they were. 2 innocent bystanders hit, as well as the live target of another person's rage: what is the NRA's position on that? Safe in Reno, talking to the converted, apparently.

    January 23, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  16. Steve, New York City

    Wayne LaPierre is a delusional clown. Were it up to him, 5 year olds could carry concealed 9 MM handguns (w/o background checks) and adults could own tactical nuclear weapons - all in the name of freedom. After a certain line, some weapons should only be in the hands of the military and law enforcement, and that's it!!

    January 23, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  17. ST

    This NRA man is distorting completely the meaning of having freedom. Freedom does not mean possessing guns. What about those who are slaughtered by the guns he is advocating? Don't they deserve freedom to live??? The government and its people which is functional, can not let a small group like NRA dictate everyone whether they should live or not. This is not acceptable at all. People need to be educated on this.

    January 23, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  18. Phyllis G Williams

    "Please be reminded that "the Sword of the Spirit is The Word Of God."
    "He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God" (Ephesians 6: 17 ; Revelation 19: 13)
    "He was in the World, and the World was made by Him, and the World knew Him not" (John 1: 10)
    "Let us, who are of the day, be sober, breastplate- faith, love; helmet- the hope of salvation (1st Thessalonians 5: 8).
    GUNS are necessary for protection (Genesis 14: 14) but why worship 'guns' which draw us away from Eternal Life? (Matthew 26: 52)

    January 23, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  19. Chumlee

    LaPierre is a mockery of America. This guy is nuts! He threatened our President in Nevada last night - Secret Service –
    please pay this moron a visit and address is direct threat to our President.

    January 23, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  20. Dan from Tx

    :"And throughout it all, too many in our national media … their corporate owners … and their stockholders … act as silent enablers, if not complicit co-conspirators."
    Please follow this to it's logical conclusion. A film is an inanimate object, just like a gun. Created by "their corporate owners … and their stockholders " just the same. If a killer watches a violent movie, then uses a gun to murder, would that not also make thegun company "corporate owners … and their stockholders" also "silent enablers, if not complicit co-conspirators." by LaPierre's own words?

    January 23, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |