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. snowdogg

    The guy is doing the advocates of reasonable gun control legislation a big favor with outbursts like this.

    February 14, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Reggie from LA

    Thank you so much. When the NRA (and it's mislead legions) stir up hate on this (that's all it is), it detracts from the purpose of an "NRA". When they say "America is against gun control." Who are they talking about. As a hunter, owner and marksmanship expert, authorities can register mine and check me out anytime. If they wanna wake me up and ask me about any weapons I own, let'm have at it. I'll open the safe and show them what they want to see and put it back where it belongs. I don't tuck it in my jacked and go 'round looking to "stand my ground". @Marvin Jergens is compensating for some deficiency.

    February 14, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. tffl

    Of course LaPierre wants more donations – right now he is only making $1M per year or so. Bumping his take substantially will require more money in the NRA bank account.

    February 14, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Steven Silletti

    A gun ban and confiscation program in the US is "IMMINENT". This is of course using the US Govs. broader interpretation of the word imminent, to mean ; someday maybe someone might think about it.

    February 14, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Ryan

    So you're going to fight, Mr LaPierre? The same way that you did in Vietnam? (Draft dodger) I do not own or need a gun (contrary to your hyperbole), and believe that our 2nd amendment rights come with responsibilities. Doing nothing, Mr LaPierre, is no longer an option.

    February 14, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Dr. Stan

    "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"

    He is a salesman, drumming up fear to sell more guns. Act now! Supplies are limited! This is not about protecting freedoms as much as it is about protecting business interests. Step away from politics for a minute, put on your cynic hat, and take a closer look at his motivation.

    February 14, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Larry L

    Marvin Jergens

    The federal government has absolutely no business in my gun safe.
    Nobody is looking in your safe for any legal weapons you own. Nobody is going to try to take away guns or magazines you now own. Where in the 2nd does it say you have a right to own any sort of weapon? How about anthrax spores? How about nerve agent? A stinger missle? Laws must be modified with technology and maybe many of the 9000 laws you claim to be on the books (not true) need to be eliminated. But background checks do keep guns out of the hands of some people who can be trusted to own them. Nobody needs a 30 yound magazine for anything but offensive operations and the 2nd does not give you permission to conduct terrorism against the government. It's common sense.

    February 14, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC


    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.
    You're taking the four words, "shall not be infringed", out of context. Did you know that Pres. Washington had given a SOTU speech calling for the creation of a "well regulated militia"? He was calling for a law abiding national army that was well trained. The nation was still young. While The Constitution provided for a framework to creating laws and governing, there was still much work to be done. There was no mechanims in place to carry out or enforce the laws as of yet.

    Read the subsequent amendments some day. They describe limits on the national militia's and the justice system's powers. It is all consistent with speech given by Pres. Washington calling for the continued developement and formation of functioning government that protected the nation's welfare.

    February 14, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "The NRA is not opposed to background checks."

    Yes it is. Tha is their absolutist position. Period. LaPierre has said so and even had a lovely little diatribe of complete and utter nonsense prepared for when he was predictably confronted with questions about why the NRA has totally done a 180 on the issue. His answer amounted to this: "we changed our minds because people who advocate gun safety hurt our fee-fees."

    February 14, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. jwm172

    proof that guns pose a real threat to regular citizens is the NRAs assertion that the gun owners will turn their weapons on us if we try to regulate gun ownership. Congress better act fast or the threat of armed rebellion may become reality

    February 14, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. 3rdWay

    The 2nd amendment also says the purpose for that right is "being necessary to the security of a free state". In nuclear ago, does having assalt rifles still serve the purpose?

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

    How much gun maker and ammo manufacturers stock does W. LaP own?
    The NRA needs to remove the execs who give the organization a bad name.

    February 14, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. DL

    The fact that these politicans will stand on the graves of these deads children and preach is pathetic. The fact is that nothing that has been proposed would have stopped the tragedy in Conn. This all will eventually lead to gun registration and confiscation. This is all about control of the masses and creating a totalarian state. THIS IS ALL ABOUT CONTROL.

    Responsible gun ownership, not leaving unsecured guns lying around is the key. When someone feels tha their life is over and wants to do damage before they checkout – NOTHING WILL STOP THEM – they will find a way.

    The next time someone torches a building with a can of gasoline and a book of matches, will we be required to show id when buying a gas can at Walmart?

    February 14, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    And how will the NRA respond when next time it's 30 murdered children instead of 20? lowering its membership fees by 80% instead of 70% like it did this time of course.

    February 14, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. Jack

    I am just as concerned with the radical group within the NRA; as I am the criminal's that can get a hold of these types of weapons.

    They are both emotionally charged and do irrational things! Especially LaPierre, who should be a voice of reason and concern. He has taken to airways acting like a raving fool!

    As a gun owner I am real concerned that this group of radicals are again influencing reasonable discussion on mental wealth, parenting, gun control and school safety!

    February 14, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. jwm172

    come into the modern world...guns are a cancer on society. Proof – the NRAs assertion that gun nuts like you will become violent if the ownership of guns is restricted. I want congress to act fast to eliminate guns completely so that the crazies aren't armed

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

    "The founding fathers wanted the public to be armed the same as the militia"

    So you're saying everyone should acquire tanks, cruise missiles, predator drones and smart bombs? Are you siure that's what they meant?

    February 14, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. bigd

    saying "no more assault weapons" is like saying "no more cars". why does everyone blame the weapon? does anyone blame a military knock off of a hum v because a drunk man slammed into a school bus, while driving a ford taurus? NO!!! there are NO laws that the government can pass that a criminal is going to follow. that is why they are CRIMINALS. do you really think that putting stricter laws on guns is going to stop a crazy felon from getting a gun, it makes it easier!

    February 14, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. penguin

    If people were required to have a thorough mental health exam before being able to purchase a gun, would Wayne LaPierre be allowed to buy one?

    February 14, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Religious Guy

    What would happen if a Constitutional amendment for no civilian gun ownership is on the ballot?

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

    What's wrong to have background checks when someone buys a gun? Nobody will take your right of possessing a gun,please be reasonable.

    A association like NRA has above the law in a country is ludicrous and only allow happens in the US nowhere else in the world.

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

    Marvin Jergens, do you think the President himself is going to take your gun personally? Maybe a local sheriff will do it? Or maybe the U.S. Army? Can you really imagine any of those folks coming to your house and demanding all your guns? If not them, who do you think will come for them?

    The military is made up of U.S. citizens, all of whom know that the Second Amendment guarantees that Americans may bear arms. You probably couldn't get a few hundred soldiers in the country to follow an order to storm a house and take a gun from a private citizen who had done nothing wrong. You surely couldn't get enough soldiers to go into every home in the country and remove weapons. What you are worrying about is pure fantasy. The idea has been planted in your head by Fox Noise, the NRA, and the rest of the wing nut right. It has no basis in reality and you have not sufficiently examined it to know that it lacks merit. Think about it honestly for awhile, and you will calm down, I assure you.

    BTW, I own a few guns. I'm not the least concerned that the 'gummit' will try to take them. I'm much more concerned with the real likelihood that they will be stolen or that a kid or crazy person will find a way to get one of them and do some mischief. That's the scary part about guns. Not that the government will take them, but that an individual will take them and hurt himself or someone else.

    February 14, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. Pan3

    What a nut!

    February 14, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. allens

    some very crazy peeps out there. the more i read about the nra, the more i want a gun to protect me against the nra. i am amazed at the number of people that are for today's nra. it is now a extremist organization. it borders on un american

    February 14, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. Religious Guy

    Who will define what a lawful self-defense is when the other person is dead from the gunshot and there are no witnesses pr video?

    February 14, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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