LaPierre says gun owners are ready to 'stand and fight'
February 14th, 2013
09:35 AM ET
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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. Jive Turkey Jr


    "A study at University College London in the UK has found that conservatives’ brains have larger amygdalas than the brains of liberals. Amygdalas are responsible for fear and other “primitive” emotions. At the same time, conservatives’ brains were also found to have a smaller anterior cingulate — the part of the brain responsible for courage and optimism."
    From the Telegraph in the UK.

    February 14, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. kylefromohio

    How is it that unelected citizen, think they have that much power over the We the People; they have a right to an opinion, but for God sake, Can you respect the rights other the other side of your opinion. Or must it be Charles Darwin all the time, and Jesus take a sit!

    February 14, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Kevinc

    Jim, I think your plan of voting only for NRA-endorsed politicians will backfire. More people are anti-NRA than are pro-NRA, so your system will make it easier to vote for non-NRA-sponsored politicians. The NRA opposes to Levi's jeans, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Sara Lee, Hallmark Cars, and the Kansa City Chiefs. Check the NRA's website if you doubt me. I am actually more inclined to support those businesses now that I know it irritates LaPierre.

    February 14, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Ray

    Can we just put these issues to a national vote and be done with it? Then we can show that the majority of this country aren't a bunch of extremists like this NRA hack and the people (not that I know any) that want all of the guns destroyed. These people are from a different world.

    February 14, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Jake

    Before you purchase a gun. You should be required to undergo a mental exam, plus post a ten million dollar bond for any damages that your gun does to the public.

    February 14, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. NRA-Member

    I bought annual NRA memberships for the entire family! Go get'em Wayne!

    February 14, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Joe citizen abroad

    This makes about as much sense as the Detroit Three telling people to use their cars to run over anyone who tries to enforce clean air, gas consumption, or safety laws. The NRA, with Dr. Doom as their mouthpiece, is basically fomenting revolution. And why? To protect gun manufacturers' profits. Not you and me. Follow the money.

    February 14, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Boomer in Mo

    Most NRA members are not violent people. Pepe LaPew needs to go though.

    February 14, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Canuck

    America: where you have the right to own a gun but have no right to affordable health care.... and then you talk about "American exceptionalism". What a crock.

    February 14, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Bill C

    I revoked my NRA membership years ago because of the weird crazy stuff they were putting out. Doom sayers who cannot read the constitution and use scare tactics to get their way. As a farmer and hunter, I am for firearms control, registering of all gun owners, requiring checks on all gun purchases and banning military style weapons, ammo and clips.
    the day I need more than one shot to get a deer is the day I will quit hunting. The NRA is a disgrace, and it is time to challenge them for their stupid views. Write your congressman and senator and fight the NRA!!! I will not support ANY politician getting money from the NRA. Any one have a list.

    February 14, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Thomas

    "Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals , Earthquakes , Volcanos , Asteroids , Snakes , Sharks , School Kids , Wife's , Wild Dogs ,Bad Cops .

    You bet we will fight! To the very last bullet

    February 14, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. pj

    If you own guns and are not an NRA member, you are the problem. The free ride is over. Get off the wagon and start pulling the wagon.

    February 14, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Marty Porter

    There have been many cases of looting, rioting, and civil unrest in my 47 years, and yet liberals deny this fact repeatedly as pertains to their gun control plans. If you can with a straight face claim that people never need to defend themselves from roving mobs, you're a better liar than I.

    Yet, when LaPierre states something as straight forward and historically accurate as that, he's roasted by liberals- and he's the insane one?

    February 14, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. ritmocojo

    What is classic about all his ravings replete with extremism is that the NRA could care squat about us gun owners. All this Fright Wing nut-job cares about is for the gun manufactorers be well taken care of. I dropped my membership months ago after those nuts in Nazizona came up with the counter gun-buyback the mayor of Tucson was having.

    February 14, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. VTGuy

    Stand your ground Wayne! Give the bleeding heart liberal lefties an inch... they will take the whole gun!

    February 14, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Wired

    Well regulated appears in the 2nd amendment. end of the Debate.

    February 14, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. Chainbark

    As somone who not only fired firearms before I was 12 but could repack shotgun shells, let me say this:

    If you need more than a 7 round magazine to protect your house, you're a lousy shot and you shouldn't own a gun.

    I you need a rate of fire greater than that of a bolt-action rifle to hunt effectively, you're a lousy shot and you shouldn't own a gun.

    Unless you are in law enforcement or a professional target shooter and you own more than four firearms, you need to go see your doctor for some of those blue pills or find some other way to deal with your masculinity issues.

    Wayne La Pierre is an unAmerican kook as is anyone who subcribes to his warped belief system.

    February 14, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Rick 7809

    At what point does a wack job like LaPierre go from an annoyance spouting NRA rhetoric to a madman inciting treasonous hate speech. I think the guy is getting close.

    February 14, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. rs

    Wayne La Pierre (and to a lesser extent their lackies posting here) really have made the best points on why we need gun safety laws- including registration and licensing. CRAZY PEOPLE like Wayne La Pierre and apparently anyone from the NRA are too freakin' crazy to own guns!

    Seriously- anybody out there that wants to preseve gun-owner rights better run far, far away from the NRA. Wayne just crashed the idea that they have any credibility at all. La Pierre and the NRA are now enemies of the United States- they declared it and now they need to suffer the consequences.

    February 14, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Russ in Md

    Reading the negative comments on here just adds fuel to the fire on how gullible progressive liberals are, when the Con Man in the white house wants to create more divide in America. With the fear that you exhibit in your posts, I am surprised that you can even leave your homes because the nice guy next door that helped you shovel your driveway or watched the Super Bowl with you probably has a gun. You just don’t really know nowadays, do ya?

    February 14, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. Chris

    @Canuck Yeah...easy for you to say about affordable healthcare coming from a country with only 34 million people and not as diverse ethicnically.

    February 14, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. Geo

    "Those whom the gods destroy they first make mad." The NRA has the strong position, established firmly the right of gun ownership, but their radical stance, their indifference to the effects of guns on the community, and hostile political inflexibility will probably lead to the downfall of this organization and eventually stricter gun control then would have happened otherwise, turning many people farther away from their stance, even as they excite the base. A politically savvy organization wouldn't behave like this, or make these statements. All rights have limitations, the same with gun rights. Guns are things, material objects, to make a fetish of them, to raise a material thing to an object of almost worship, violates deeper commandments, and all this, really, to increase the profits of this industry. Think of history, of great nations, or armies, at the height of triumph, then out of hubris, madness, blind arrogance, they throw their victory away and fall into the dust. The same politically. Your hold depends not merely on the True Believers, but also on those who believe in part, but are also skeptical in part.

    February 14, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. James

    I support universal back ground checks for all gun purchases and transfers. I even think the age for purchasing a hand gun and a semiautomatic rifle should be 21. I also think we need all states to participate in updating mental health database. I don’t support the fact that there has been no action regarding mental health. The political focus has overwhelmingly been on the tool (gun) used by these killers. As long as these people have no path to recovery or prevention, they will continue to kill, be it with a gun, knife, car, bomb, poison, oer even an electric guitar (yes that did happened).

    February 14, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. JT

    I'm not a huge supporter of the NRA (not a member by any means) but I don't see how his statements are tantamount to treason... after all the article says "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..

    That's about as clear as it gets folks. No conspiracy to fight the government... just someone taking out an insurance policy against what has historically happened time and time again in the absence of authority.

    February 14, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Chris

    "The devising and establishing of a well regulated militia would be a genuine source of legislative honor and a perfect title to public gratitude. I therefore entertain a hope that the present session will not pass without carrying to its full energy the power of organizing, arming, and disciplining the militia, and thus providing, in the language of the Constitution, for calling them forth to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions. " – George Washington, from his 6th annual Presidential message.

    A well regulated militia means not only an armed citizenry, but also and organized and disciplined one as well.

    The purpose of the Second Amendment to ensure that federal law is executed, to suppress insurrections and to repel invasions.

    February 14, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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