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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soundoff (404 Responses)
  1. Marvin Jergens

    Also, I really don't care if you don't want to own firearms. That is your business. But when you try to take mine, I will donate more money to organizations like the NRA to stop you. And they will stop you. Are you willing to give money to an organization dedicated to eliminating guns? Guess what? You already are. It's called taxes. One of the worst things that you can here is someone saying: "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help".

    February 14, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. pj

    Universal background checks would require a data base of all firearms and owners.

    Subjecting all firearms sales to NICS is a step in the direction of gun registration. And if so, registration is nothing more than a prerequisite to the confiscation of some or all guns.

    February 14, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. Just Me

    MARVIN JERGENS ; There is a difference between the NRA and the "NRA LEADERSHIP". This is from a firearms owner.

    February 14, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. rs

    A simplistic argument at best. Guns have one purpose: to kill.

    February 14, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. tpf1979

    the democrats lost serious electoral ground with the passage of the civil rights bill, but it was the right thing to do. Same thing may happen with gun laws. It will be politically expensive- but it is the right thing to do.. The NRA and gun manufacturers are not defenders of the constitution- they are merchants of death and peddlers of paranoia.

    February 14, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Sparknut

    I wish the NRA would read the first line of the 2nd Amendment. There is nothing "well regulated" about the current situation with the resulting carnage mounting every day.

    February 14, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. RSHaley

    I am a hunter and gun owner, but enough is enough. No more assault weapons, no more large magazines and full background checks on ALL purchases. Anyone who objects are the very people who shouldn't possess firearms in the first place since they fail to exhibit the necessary common sense needed to show they aren't mentally disturbed.

    February 14, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. mike

    Show me a link from a respectable news organization where it is mentioned they are 'takin ur gunzz.'

    you cant, because no one is saying thats what they want to do.

    Gun owner

    February 14, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. rs

    Marvin Jergens-
    Yes, but Marvin, the NRA and their leader just proved beyond a shadow of a doubt they are anti-American kooks. Stand with them if you want, but they have no credibility. They actually support allowing illegal access to firearms by criminals and terrorists- and apparently support those who wish to slaughter children

    February 14, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Jack

    If anyone should be denied a gun permit it's this freak. He is a ball of anger and paranoia. Paranoia and guns don't mix.

    February 14, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. AZ Girl

    Wow, did this guy just come close to calling for civil unrest?

    You know I have a very healthy respect for guns, grew up wth them, own one, believe in my 2nd Amendment rights. But, also believe that along with that right comes responsibility. This is NOT responsible behaviour from someone who supposedly represents an association so deeply entrenched in American Society. If he was standing on a corner shouting this stuff we would all look at him like he was nuts and report him to 911.

    February 14, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. KP

    I just removed my NRA sticker from my car. This organization is becoming a joke. I don't believe for one minute that Obama is coming for my shotguns and ammo that I have in my house. Being an ex military vet, I don't believe civilians should have access to military style weapons. The NRA better get new leadership if they want anymore of my money.

    February 14, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. JulesT

    Cleary Mr. LaPierre is a very unstable individual, who actually believes people are going to listen to him and follow his irrational rants. What he does not realize is that the majority of gun owners are responsible and sane people who understand that there needs to be increased gun regulations that prevent people from attaining a very deadly weapon who should not have access to them. In saying this, this guy actually believes he is the almighty patriot of gun owners, in his Nepolian attitude he gives very little credit to people to make their own decisions on what to support.

    February 14, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC


    "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.
    I believe the insurrections to which he was referring were isolated hot spots and troublemakers from the Revolution. The 2nd Amendment is followed by amendments that define the limits of the "well regulated" militia. No quartering in private homes or illegal search and seizures.

    When viewed from the contextual perspective of the times in which they were written, the first several Amendments fulfill the mandate outlined in Pres. Washington's SOTU speech. Create a well regulated militia, one that didn't behave like armed pirates and mercenaries, and allow The People to participate in it. It all starts with the excellent quote above by GW.

    February 14, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Tom from Canonsburg

    Just more fear mongering by LaPierre. He's the reason for my leaving the NRA. Too many unqualified people owning guns. There should be mandatory training & certification.

    February 14, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. rs


    Universal background checks would require a data base of all firearms and owners.

    Subjecting all firearms sales to NICS is a step in the direction of gun registration. And if so, registration is nothing more than a prerequisite to the confiscation of some or all guns.
    Everyone registers their cars. How many of those does the government take?

    February 14, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Jack

    And they want to blame video games for the gun violence. Hey–video games don't kill–people with guns kill.

    February 14, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. v_mag

    In your fantasy, who would the 'gummit' send to take your guns? It would have to be the military. But all you gun nuts support the military and big defense budgets. Isn't that a bit ironic?

    Why don't you admit that virtually no one advocates that the populace be disarmed. What most people in this country support is restrictions on murder weapons. We want guns removed from circulation that are designed strictly to murder people. Sure, you could use such a weapon to hunt with. You could hunt with a rock and a kitchen knife, too, if you wanted to.

    But there is no doubt that an AR-15 is designed to be a murder weapon, not a hunting weapon. It should be in the same class with machine guns and RPG launchers. Don't try to muddy the waters by claiming that someone is trying to take all your guns. That's b.s. and you know it.

    February 14, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. ANS

    What an absolute nutjob this guy is!!! he is making his money shouting as loud as he can. I would love to ask this and other NRA execs one question: What would you do if your kids or family members were killed by lunatics who had automatic weapons and started to fire at the mall or church or school they go to. would they still keep advocating this senseless attitude in name of 2nd Amendment? That amendement was written in days of keeping balance of power in government, not when military grade assult and automatic weapons can be bought by just about anyone!!! Wake up people and stop listening to this non-sense..

    February 14, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Steve

    Gun registration is a good idea.

    February 14, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. DuluthMN

    Why be so quick to give away your liberties? The low hanging fruit here is the law abiding citizens who are the only ones government can take guns from, yet strangely they aren't the group causing gun violence problems. Bad guys, criminals, those gang bangers and drug pushers and thugs out there aren't going to give their guns up. They never asked permission to get them illegally in the first place. Will government keep you safe from them? Do you really think you're going to feel safe then when bad guys can do whatever they want?

    February 14, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. BRW

    As responsible gun owners, many of us have not needed promptings from the NRA and other organizations to start contacting our elected representatives.

    It is the opinion of a significant number of gun owners, that current proposed legislation infringes on the second amendment. If anyone actually sits down and reads what Feinstein has proposed, and has an understanding of how the courts have ruled on this issue in the past, they will easily see that it is unconstitutional. With the current members of the Supreme Court, I am confident that they would find Feinsteins proposal in violation of the Constitution.

    I think the dems may be a little out of touch on this topic. I have had more of my liberal democratic party friends contact me in the past few months to take them shooting and help them pick out a firearm(s) than I have had my entire life. It is not just the so called "paranoid" republicans out buying guns as liberal media commentators claim. It is a good portion of their own party that is out buying the very guns that leaders in the democratic party want to ban.

    I am with President Obama on this. Let's put it to a vote. It will never pass the house and it would put some Senate Democrats in a precarious position for the next election. I would love to watch the dems loose a bunch of senate seats in the next election over this.

    February 14, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Marvin Jergens

    Just Me – I understand what you are saying. However, as a gun owner, you must realize that once the government sees a little bit of daylight, they WILL NOT STOP. It is sad that it takes someone stamping their feet and screaming at the top of their lungs in order to wake people up. Ask Republicans. They got lazy in 2008, and look what happened. The Tea Party stamped their feet in 2010 and woke people up. Look what happened. The left is now pouring salt over open wounds in order to maximize the emotional effect of gun control. I say let Wayne stamp his feet. At least people are paying attention.We should all be doing it.

    February 14, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. 3rdWay

    The discussion is about ban ASSAULT WEAPON not gun in general. Lets replace the word gun in LaPierre's statement with assault weapon. See how the argument will sound.

    February 14, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. JoeW

    I own 4 guns. I grew up in PA as a hunter, small game and big game; 12 guage and 30-06.. I remember my fathers orange NRA hat. No this crazy flock (mis-spelled) wishes to suggest that we freedom loving gun owning good Americans will stand and fight with the NRA. Okay, let's think about that for a brief moment. Most NRA members think LaPierre is loony toons. Most NRA members do not agree with the lies. Most hunters understand that they do not need an automatic weapon. Most NRA members are not as crazy as this loon.

    Get this Wayne, we the 75% many of us who own some of those 300,000,000 guns stand against you and the rest of your loonies with guns. We believe that closing background loopholes should happen. We believe this because it is common sense.

    You are about to see further decline in your organization as a result of the illogical arguments and scare tactics you have employed. I am the freedom loving American that stands to fight your insanity. And there are alot more of me than there are of you.

    You are a fool.

    February 14, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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