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. pj

    It is already happening. Look at New York, California and Illinois to name a few.

    February 14, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Surfer George

    "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."

    In the end, his rhetoric is all about selling MORE guns –

    To stupid people.

    February 14, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Greg

    I find it interesting that the man now firmly against universal back ground checks( Wayne LaPierre) is the VERY SAME MAN that said in 1999," We think it's reasonable to provide mandatory instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show," Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said in 1999 after the Columbine High School shooting in suburban Denver. "No loopholes anywhere for anyone." SO now he has flipped ,flopped just a Washington politican..I guess now that someone actually took him up on it, he back strokes..SO which is it Wayne, were you lying to us in 1999 or now???? Get your story straight before coming to us about the end of the world as we know it...

    February 14, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. steve harnack

    Keep it up Lapierre. Your fanaticism gets even more outlandish and mentally unbalanced and the backlash will do more for the enactment of some common sense controls than simple advocacy could ever accomplish. You are proving that you ARE who we thought that you were. People who constantly preach gloom and doom can never be fulfilled until their dream comes true so, whether they are aware of it or not, they have to work to make their dream a reality. The trouble for them is that new generations are more aware, more accepting of others, and are not going to to be manipulated by fear. What Lapierre and his ilk fear most, passing time and a change of the guard, has already happened.

    February 14, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. nvorr

    If we must register everything else in our lives (eg. selective service, cars, school, to get married, etc...), then why shouldn't we be required to register something as lethal as a firearm? Has anyone taken away your vehicle, education or marriage, etc....

    You want s.e.x. offenders to register, but not someone who wishes to be a gun owner. Let's get real!

    February 14, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Jason

    The 2nd amendment is my right to carry. I do not need a politician to tell me otherwise. This country was founded as a republic which simply means "Rule by Law". The law of the land is "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." For those who say otherwise are sheep waiting to be victims. The founding fathers wanted the public to be armed the same as the militia incase the government turned on it's people. The current laws already prohibit the people and no further laws are necessary. If you want to look at strict gun control laws look no further than Chicago. The gun murder rate is the highest in the country. Laws only restrict those who follow them.

    February 14, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Rick

    What are they gonna do, SHOOT us?

    February 14, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "There is a difference between the NRA and the "NRA LEADERSHIP""

    No there is not. You pay your dues and membership fees and give that leadership the money it uses to do these disgusting, societally damaging things...the money it uses to lobby our congresscritters to block sane and reasonable gun legislation that they fear will attenuate gun and gun accessory sales. Membership in the NRA makes you just as much a part of the problem as LaPierre is and there is no getting around that. You pay his salary....and he makes millions peddling this radicalized, delusional demagoguery.

    February 14, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. dmak44

    I am a gun owner and I view background checks no different than having to register a car which can be a lethal weapon. Lucky Pierre does not speak for me or many of my gun owning friends. We need a gun owners association who is more representative of sane gun owners and not pawns of the firearms industry.

    A former NRA member

    February 14, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Bro. David

    The NRA represents the epitome of the spiritual vacuum growing in the US.

    February 14, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. John

    North Korea and China don't allow any private gun ownership and look how peaceful their citizens (subjects) are.

    February 14, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Angie

    Enough all ready – Obama is not taking guns away, just the mass killing ones, we do not need assault weapons, we need common sense ,and a government that will say enough is enough. NRA all you want is power and money,you do not care about untold lives that have been lost, due to these assault rifles. Yes, there will always be guns and unfortunately killings, but if we eliminate the mass destuction ones.........many, many lives would be saved. Once again, we cannot let power and money win, if we do not change. I'm a Republican, but one that knows right from wrong, and Obama is right on this.The NRA will say and do ANYTHING to stop this – but let us, the people speak laws HAVE to be changed and the NRA greed silenced once and for all. God bless America.

    February 14, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    People say that buy guns to protect their homes, family, etc. Let's work from that basic assumption. They feel able, confident and practiced enough to defend their homes. Still with me? Good. Most all of them sound proud and ready.

    So if they are so confident that they are suitably armed and defended, then why they so worred about the government conducting an illegal search and seizure to take away their guns? Can't they shoot straight?

    February 14, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. gotsomesense

    Marvin Jergens: not trying to demonize any group, but the NRA is against a common sense item which they were for in the past. Background check is a must for all buyers and should be done by all sellers. You say the mentally ill should not have a gun, but how do we know if they had any issues if you DON'T Check? As for NY, the Supreme Court have already taken this up, in 2008 and stated 5 to 4...that although you have a right to own a gun, the government has the right to regulate what gun you have a right to own. The dicision was written by Justice A Scalia, "Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited..."

    February 14, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |

    La Pew is correct. As a gun owner I am ready to stand and fight ...for stricter gun laws! That guy is a disgrace and needs to be fired in fine public fashion. All sales should have a background check...period. All guns should be registered...period. It's not the gov can send storm troopers to all houses at the same time to confiscate all guns. IT CAN'T/WON'T happen. FIRE La Pew!!!

    February 14, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Larry L

    @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
    Marvin – don't be a chump for La Pierre. Nobody is trying to take your firearms! If you now own an AR, AK, or any of the other military wanabee weapons you'll keep them! Stop believing the lies from the N.R.A. La Pierre is lying! Do the research somewhere credible – not Fox News.

    People want better background checks and no NEW high-capacity magazines. Since the N.R.A. won't come to the table with anything other than fear-mongering those who know nothing about guns will be left to make the laws. That's why you keep hearing the term "assault rifles". Nobody is at the table willing to explain that an AR is only more capable due to the ability to modify the trigger (ratcheted devices, etc.) or use high-capacity magazines, You can expect attempts to regulate the new production and importation of weapons designed to fire at very high rates or use very high capacity magazines. That's common sense.

    February 14, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    Put this dirt in jail under Endangering national security.

    February 14, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Jacquie

    LaPierre is a delusional idiot. No one anywhere is talking about taking away the right to bear arms. All anyone is saying is there's no need to own a gun capable of gunning down 30 people in 10 seconds. Foolish man......The NRA should remove this man because anyone with half a brain listening to this foolish rhetoric should be embarrassed to have him as their spokesperson.

    February 14, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Colorado

    This man is a LOBBYIST. Since when do we take as pure honesty ANYTHING

    February 14, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. janer52

    gun owners will fight because they don't understand that the NRA has nothing to do with them, but is influencing them with fear tactics. no one has suggested taking guns away...rather stopping the 'right' to have assault weapons (which have no place in a civilized society) and large magazines. how can anyone dispute background checks? the NRA disputes it because it may hurt gun SALES and believe it...that's all they are interested in.

    February 14, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. Lucas

    Wayne LaPierre, America's Undertaker.

    February 14, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Justin

    I have a question for Wayne ... How in the hell is a gun going to protect you from hurricanes and tornadoes????? It is beyond belief how cowardly and scared he is and how irresponsible of him it is to say the things that he does ... That being said, I'm about as liberal as they come and I do NOT in any way believe that people's guns should be confiscated or the 2nd amendment repealed, and neither do the vast majority of people on the left. Right-wingers like Mr. LaPierre do not function in a world that is anything close to reality, and that is why it is impossible to have a rational discussion about gun violence. When the starting point on the right is the belief that Obama (and therefore those who support him) are interested only in obliterating the Bill of Rights. There is NO support for this belief other than biased and baseless conjecture and conspiracy theory.

    February 14, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Colorado

    This man is a LOBBYIST. I was sure most of the people of this country knew that. I was sure most of the people of this country knew that ALL LOBBYIST's LIE!!!!!!!!

    Guess I was wrong.

    February 14, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. mommytwice

    Absolute insanity. How do these people sleep at night?? Okay, fine. For the 800th time, no one is trying take away guns. No one is trying to create a police state. Background checks are already on the books...they just need to expand and enforce them. And NO ONE outside of the military or police needs assault weapons! What kind of lives do these people lead that they truly believe they need access to assault rifles?

    February 14, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Rich Waffle


    It is almost comedic to read some of the back and forth over gun ownership and the rights afforded to us as citizens of this great country.

    I am curious how many of the people on here that are for more stringent gun control laws, magazine limitations and such are military veterans? I would say a very small percentage at best. The rest of the dirt worshiper, tree hugging liberals who went to college on mommy & daddy's dime. The ones who had their heads filled with their own professors/institutions blend of propaganda wouldn't stand beside me or nor anyone to defend our country if the need came about.

    Thanks for your vote............

    February 14, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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