LaPierre says gun owners are ready to 'stand and fight'
February 14th, 2013
09:35 AM ET
5 years 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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soundoff (404 Responses)
  1. marty

    This man, LaPierre, and his current NRA organization are becoming more and more threatening to the safety and welfare of US citizens. It's past time to decry the sniping, erratic behavior of these anti-democratic excuses for patriots. LaPierre's own descriptive words said it best – they are "social lepers".

    February 14, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. digital18

    just got my tax return. going out saturday to get a S&W shield (40) and a PPK. I have no trust in the government or in my fellow man to do the right thing. You want my guns --> ammo first....

    February 14, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Andi

    Sounds to me like he's saying if you don't like laws, defy them. If you don't like the government, shoot them

    February 14, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. SeeThruIt2

    If you wonder why Washington is disfunctional, look at those who set up these "us vs them" attacks on the politicians.

    The head of the NRA made a statement. When the Whitehouse Chief of Staff or the President go public with a comment tying that to the GOP, they (the President and his staff) are then responsible for the divisive political attacks that follow. They can't get bipartisan support when they've already started the blame-game before the legislation is even out of committee.

    February 14, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Mr. Moderate

    Wow, what a bleak view he has for this country, its stunning. Fact is civil unrest is rare, if non-existent in the face of hurricanes and tornados. Gangs are in specific neighborhoods in cities, well away from the rural constituency. Frankly, these are thinly veiled referenced to racial fears.

    I think he sums up the true purpose of the NRA at the end when he talks about buying and using guns more than ever. Its all about financially enriching him and the gun manufacturers.

    February 14, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Aaron

    People's perspectives are interesting. Some pro gun folks may go a bit overboard but some anti-gun folks have some weird tendency to think that guns are only used for evil. Guns are used for good every day. It's a tool folks, just like an ax, a knife, a drill, a car, a tooth pick. Can't there by SOME acknowledgement that it is the crazy people not the tool? More people are killed by drunk drivers than by guns each year yet there is no outrage at the auto manufacturer's, auto owners or car clubs. In fact, we put the blame on drunk DRIVERS...the individuals not the car. But with gun related homicides we say, "So and so was killed by a gun" rather than, "So and so lunatic killed someone." I don't get it. I really don't.

    February 14, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Ol' Lefty

    I'm a gun owner and NRA Member. I support the Second Amendment. But LaPierre and folks like him are either nuts or shills for gun manufacturers. Time for some sweet reason in this argument.

    February 14, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Just Me

    Put LaPierre in a large vacate field. Place all NRA gun nuts ( Note: Not all NRA gun owners are gun nuts. ) in a tight circle facing LaPierre. Tell them to shoulder their firearms and shoot towards the center. Keep firing until all of the noise stops. This should seem as a fun exercise to the unintelligent members of the NRA.

    February 14, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "They are cut from the same cloth as the Bolshevik murderers of a scant seventy years ago and their ultimate aim is to visit the same horrors upon you and yours as they did in Russia"

    You win today's gold star for delusional blather. Now, run along back to Mamabird Limbaugh's nest, so he can vomit more psychotic, schizoid talking point nonsense down your throat so you can come back to regurgitate it all over the national discourse.

    February 14, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Marvin Jergens

    You people are demonizing the NRA, and for what? You dislike guns, so you have to have a focal point. They are an advocacy group just like many others out there that lobby the government. What about Planned Parenthood? Name another organization that fights as hard to protect one of our ten ammendments. Any ammendment. The press will scream about the first ammendment, but then again, we don't have groups all over the country trying to take it away. The NRA fights to secure our second ammendment rights. They will not give ground, and I applaud them for it. We've already lost the fourth ammendment. Is anyone screaming about that one? If you think that additional gun control laws will change anything, you are seriously wrong headed. There are over 9,000 gun laws on the books, and they are not being enforced effectively. The anti gun nuts are striking while the iron is hot. That's it. Period. The "assault" weapons ban is nothing more than Dianne Feinstein's legacy. It will not pass, and everyone knows it. Also, look for the NRA to file lawsuits against the state of New York to try to reverse their most recent draconian gun laws. Will they be successful? Who knows. I do know one thing. The federal government has absolutely no business in my gun safe.

    February 14, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Andi

    also, these rabid nuts with guns scare me – we need to arm ourselves against THEM, not the government

    February 14, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. CG

    What a sales pitch. Yes, why be content with the arsenal you already have? I mean with all the looters and terrorists roaming around the countryside, you can't possibly feel safe until you sink every spare dime you've got into snatching-up the newest, most expensive guns you can find! And if that doesn't convince you to hand over your cash, then how about buying a few more guns just as a way to stick it to Obama and all of his liberal pals?

    February 14, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. JustAO

    NRA members, get rid of this fool. Him and the NRA will be the advocates for the government taking your guns if this is how you want the majority of americans to view your organization. There are way more non-gun owners than gun owners in this country and the number is increasing with each gun violent tragedy. Please believe that.

    February 14, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Joe

    Molon Labe Life member of the NRA, and another check is in the mail. The liberals position on gun control will cost them the mid-terms. Mark my words folks!

    Obama is dangerous. The low information voters on this site can't see it.

    February 14, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Mr. Moderate

    "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,"

    Well now I know why Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast, they have some of the strictest gun laws in the country.

    February 14, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Just An Average Guy

    Follow the money. This is how LaPierre makes his living. The status of his livelihood is at stake, here. It's greed at its best. It would take a much bigger man than LaPierre to do the right thing for our country.

    February 14, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. TomGI

    Wayne isn't going to fight anyone. He's just a gas bag lobbyist that will continue to run his mouth on the same old "2nd Amendment" argument and collect his million dollar salary from the gun and ammo manufacturers.

    February 14, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    ""Can someone explain to me how a gun helps you survive a hurricane? Shoot that wind, yeah!""

    They're talking about their fantasy's of the "end times" and the apocalyptic breakdown of all of society and the "race war" that they envision Obama is the harbinger of. It's all nothing more than apocalypse porn ....revolutionary and survivalist fantasies baked into their oh-so-smooth brains by growing up in an area that acculturated them to believe such nonsense, to fear such nonsense, to be angry and resentful and connect their egos and self-worth to their guns and the ability to emulate Chuck Norris in Delta Force while running around in the woods on the weekends. They never stopped wishing GI Joe was real.

    February 14, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. Ray

    What's up with our inability to make electronic threats against the president? I mean, the forefathers wrote about this in the 1st Ammendment just like they knew we would have rapid fire weapons when they wrote the 2nd Ammendment.

    February 14, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Matt Hunter

    The minute you turn your guns in the Federal Tax rate in America will jump 25% and you won't be able to use a public restroom without a retinal scan.

    February 14, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. albert

    This terrorist leader and his organization need to be deleted. Gun owners need to start or find an organization that will defend the constitution in a manner that is not Anti-American and that will not further divide the country. This man is spreading fear and hatred to people that own guns! I know many gun owners that are fed up with the NRA's fear mongering propaganda. LaPierre is in this for the money and the money only. This is his bread and butter. This anti-American coward needs to go.

    February 14, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. sanity

    Mullah LaPierre and his God-given centuries-old document.

    February 14, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    I wish you the best of luck defending this newest LaPierre lobbyist-made, gun-manufacturing Alamo. I only ask that you stay away from me and mine. Stray bullets are deadly.

    February 14, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. Fed-Up

    I'm a Life member of the NRA and sometimes I cannot help but think the most constructive thing Mr. LaPierre could do for everyone involved, would be to sit down and shut up! He is about as far off the mark in one direction, as Dianne Feinstein is off in the opposite direction. It's time for both of them to retire and let sensible people work together and get something constructive accomplished.

    February 14, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. Bill Friedline

    Reckon we ought to just go ahead and take that "In God We Trust" malarkey of the LaPierre's world, God cannot be trusted to protect you! God said "don't worry! Paradise awaits you". But Wayne and his ilk don't believe it for a second. Neither do his so-called Christian followers.

    February 14, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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