LaPierre says gun owners are ready to 'stand and fight'
February 14th, 2013
09:35 AM ET
10 months ago

LaPierre says gun owners are ready to 'stand and fight'

(CNN) - Continuing his charge against the Obama administration on gun control proposals, Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association is scheduled to respond to the president's State of the Union while speaking Thursday at the annual convention for the National Wild Turkey Federation in Nashville.

The speech comes one day after LaPierre issued a rally-cry for gun owners, writing in an op-ed that "good Americans are prudently getting ready to protect themselves" against what he described as an onslaught of doom.

"Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face-not just maybe. It's not paranoia to buy a gun. It's survival," the NRA's executive vice president wrote in the op-ed published Wednesday by the conservative news website, The Daily Caller.

"It's responsible behavior," he continued. "And it's time we encourage law-abiding Americans to do just that."

LaPierre has been a leading yet controversial voice against gun control proposals as Washington grapples with a flood of firearm legislation in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school shooting. President Obama also renewed his plea for Congress to vote on tougher gun laws during his State of the Union address earlier this week.

"Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress. If you want to vote no, that's your choice. But these proposals deserve a vote," Obama said. "Because in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun."

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LaPierre wrote that defenders of gun rights are more fired up than ever to purchase firearms-not because they fear conflict with the government, as some have argued, but because they "anticipate confrontations where the government isn't there."

As examples, he cited stories of looting after Superstorm Sandy, claimed terrorists would infiltrate through the U.S. southern border and warned of a lack of funds to pay for police protection should Obama's fiscal policies result in economic disaster.

"No wonder Americans are buying guns in record numbers right now, while they still can and before their choice about which firearm is right for their family is taken away forever," he wrote.

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White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe responded to the op-ed, writing on Twitter Wednesday that it's "hard to believe this is real. Every GOPer should read and decide if this delusional person will call the shots."

LaPierre further laid out a four-year plan for a "resistance movement" that entails fighting legal battles against gun law legislation, boosting NRA membership, and strengthening the organization financially. Deep into his op-ed, he called for donations-"$20, $50, $250, or $1,000 at a time-and dedicated several paragraphs to reasons why the group needed more members.

"An even stronger NRA is the only chance gun owners have to withstand the coming siege," he wrote, saying the group is launching a "full-court initiative" to recruit more "lover(s) of freedom." The group already one of the largest advocacy organizations, with four million members.

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"This begins with remembering to keep your own membership active, or reactivate it if it has lapsed," he continued. "It means reminding yourself, 'I have a son and daughter who aren't members and should be'."

LaPierre also blamed the media, certain lawmakers and high-profile figures, such as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, for making Americans "feel guilty about buying a gun."
"The enemies of freedom demonize gun buyers and portray us as social lepers," he added.

Concluding his op-ed, LaPierre vowed that NRA members "will not surrender."

"We will not appease. We will buy more guns than ever. We will use them for sport and lawful self-defense more than ever. We will grow the NRA more than ever. And we will be prouder than ever to be freedom-loving NRA patriots," he wrote. "We will Stand and Fight."


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  1. rs

    Just another ultra-radical GOP lobbyist. Want to take up arms against the U.S. Crazy Wayne La Pierre? Do it!
    You and your crazy followers will go down.
    Meanwhile, does the word "Treason" ring a bell? People who support the rights of murders over the rights of citizens are no better than street punks, or tin-pot dictators. You, sir, belong in jail!

    February 14, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I used to think LaPierre was simply corrupted by the gun and ammo industries. Now I think is corrupt and crazy. He's almost calling for an armed rebellion and revolution. The NRA used to support closing the gun show loophole and universal background checks.....and now they're against all of it. The NRA supports a policy that makes it easier to terrorists to get their hands on weapons of mass death and destruction. Doesn't that make them an "outlaw organization", per the GWB administration?

    February 14, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Tuba the Tuba Texas

    Sounds like this guy is trying to incite a riot with bloodshed!!

    February 14, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    This idiot is just like Taliban thug. He needs to shut up. Did he know 26 precious kids and 1000 died later that massacre?
    This nation desperately needs this Gun-Ban Law. Very dire need of this society. Second amendment is utter nonsense and bribe-oriented one.

    February 14, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. Wake up People!

    Good lord these people are nuts! I understand their right to bear arms but what about my right NOT to live in the Wild, wild west?? Why are their rights more important than mine?? Don't I have the right to walk down the street without some gun nut deciding I look dangerous and when he comes to confront me and I tell him to get out of my face and leave me alone, do I still have that right to do that?? Or does said gun nut have more of a right to say he felt threatened so he shot me?? Who stands up for me and mine??

    February 14, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. Linda

    Thiis man is a Crazy Man.....he should be removed from the NRA because he is turning a lot of members totally off to the NRA.......

    February 14, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "We will not appease. We will buy more guns than ever. We will use them for sport and lawful self-defense more than ever. We will grow the NRA more than ever. And we will be prouder than ever to be freedom-loving NRA patriots," he wrote. "We will Stand and Fight."

    And folks buy into this nonsense? Too funny by far. Let me know when LaPierre finally finds his big boy pants. Until then, he's nothing but a silly lobbyist making millions in profit from hard working folks who ought to know better then to trust a gun toting, cowboy wannabe with their hard earned dollars.

    February 14, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. ST

    This man La Pierre must be stopped immediately for the sake of peace of the entire nation. He is talking about protecting themselves!! With what if not guns? And what do guns do? They kill. Excuse my language but am obliged to say what about putting them all in the list of killers. Why can't they use sticks instead in protecting themselves if at all their intentions is not to kill?

    February 14, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe responded to the op-ed, writing on Twitter Wednesday that it's "hard to believe this is real. Every GOPer should read and decide if this delusional person will call the shots."
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    Correct. Americans did sit up and take notice of the fact that not one, not a single Republican, spoke out after the Newtown shootings until LaPierre spoke out and defined a position for them. The few who did speak out, spoke for stricter gun control laws. But, not one spoke out against stricter laws until the NRA defined the talking points for them.

    LaPierre does not speak for the vast majority of NRA members who support universal checks. LaPierre speaks for the NRA's board of directors, who are comprised exclusively of owners and top executives of gun and ammo manufacturers.

    February 14, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. rs

    One should never doubt the resolve of "Crazy" Wayne LaPierre and his bought and paid for GOP. Just yesterday in Arizona, the GOP controlled House passed out of committee HB2455, a Gun's Rights bill. This bill actually grants right to guns, dictating that they must not be destroyed if they become property of the government either through gun by backs, confiscation from criminals or abandonment- they MUST BE SOLD.

    The Taliban would love "Crazy" Wayne- he is after all the best defender of the rights of criminals and terrorists to get guns.

    February 14, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "You are a victim. You are being persecuted. You are being oppressed. You are under constant attack. 'They' are coming to get you. 'They' are threatening your life. 'They' are threatening your freedumb. 'They' are threatening your childrenses. 'They' want to take all your guns away. Your guns are your preciouses. You should be extremely angry. You should be extremely afraid. You should be ready to freak out at a moment's notice. You should be armed and ready to use your guns to defend your guns. Buy more guns. Buy more ammo. Buy a bunnker. Hide it all and disobey law enforcement if necessary. Give us money. Amen."

    Anyone who reads LaPierre's screed and yet cannot see it for what it is....a substanceless melange of baseless, conspiracy-laden fear-mongering and a focus-group-tested word salad of buzz words and superficial memes....is a freekin idiot. YOU ARE BEING USED. Period.

    February 14, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    The gun-huggers' pyramid scheme, otherwise known as the NRA.

    February 14, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. Robert

    I stopped when the guy suggest I buy a gun in response to an upcoming tornado...

    February 14, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Jack in Florida

    Funny how he was speaking to the National Turkey foundation...........kind of redefines, birds of a feather, flock together. Another rocket scientist in this cast of characters called "life."

    February 14, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Phyllis Gwendoline Williams

    "The Sword of the Spirit...is the Word of God (Revelation 19: 13; Ephesians 6: 17)
    "the Lord saveth not with sword and spear" (1st Samuel 17: 47)"and will not save
    them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen" (Hosea 1: 7)
    "Then said Jesus....Put up again thy sword into his place: for ALL THEY that take the
    sword shall perish with the sword" (Matthew 26: 52).
    "He that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword" (Revelation 13: 10).

    February 14, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Jim g

    I am an American gun owner and I do not want a nut case like LaPierre speaking for me. His fiery rhetoric is not helping the situation, he is just lining the NRA and his pocketbook with arms makers money. He is not talking about any cures just throwing gas on the fire...LaPierre, you are losing your base.

    February 14, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. Sniffit

    There's really only one way to describe this crap: APOCALYPSE P-RN.

    Fap fap fap yourselves silly, all ye gun nuts and revolution fetishists...reality doesn't care about your fantasies and delusions.

    February 14, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. Ken in MD

    So now it's all about fundraising for the NRA. Nice. Good to know whose interest they really have at heart.

    February 14, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. Patrick in Wisconsin

    How is it that this guy has not been charged with treason yet? This is ridiculous.

    February 14, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. Cathy

    Yes we are, Mr. LaPierre, yes we certainly are.

    February 14, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. Ryan

    Cheney/Rove/Norquist/LaPierre = Scary America! Sickening!

    February 14, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Ohnowitmakessense

    "Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face-not just maybe. It's not paranoia to buy a gun. It's survival,"

    The best way to fight a natural disaster is in fact a gun. Who knew.

    February 14, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. Scott

    Thank God for the NRA!

    February 14, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  24. Mike

    Right on! I'm a new NRA member myself as of last week.

    February 14, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. maf

    To own a gun is "survival"??? Pretty drastic statement. I am 54 and never had the need or want to own a gun simply to SURVIVE! There has to be a better argument than that Mr. LaPierre!!

    February 14, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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