LaPierre says gun owners are ready to 'stand and fight'
February 14th, 2013
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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. Josh

    My second amendment right shall not be infringed by the current administration of the USA. We the people are prepared and more ready to fight now than ever. I am no felon and I will keep all of my legal firearms and high capacity magazines, no man or administration is equipped to fight a battle against law abiding Americans that refuse to allow our rights to be infringed. That's how it is America

    February 14, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Kilroy

    Hey Jason --

    Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. [United States v.] Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons.

    Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia ...

    February 14, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Frank

    Time to divide... Go to your side and we will go to ours! And good luck with the crime...

    February 14, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. rockysfan

    This twit can rant and rave all he wants, 20% is NOT going to control the other 80%. I am a gun owner and I will NOT cowtow to the NRA. THEY ARE NOT THE BOSS OF THE US!

    February 14, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. cleareye1

    The NRA hysteria is driven by lies and emotional appeals to people unable to see the truth of this debate. No one wants to confiscate guns, no one wants to disarm anyone trying to protect themselves, no one wants to eliminate the NRA, but 90% of Americans want to be sure about who is allowed to buy guns. The fact that criminals get their hands on guns is due mainly to the vast number of guns in existence with thousands of new ones hitting the streets everyday. Few gun owners would be willing to guarantee they would not allow a criminal to access their guns under some penalty. The criminals don't make guns, they steal them from NRA members and others that don't respect the dangers of owning guns.

    February 14, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Vic

    If the murder of 20 children can not change our spineless politicians, this country is doomed. Le Pierre has to answer to a higher being than the gun manufactures. What will the next mass murder result in?

    February 14, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. ummy gummy

    LaPierre is the biggest gun saleman in the country. He works for the gun makers, anyone that does not see that is not very smart. How can anyone be against background checks for guns?

    February 14, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Vic

    A memorial placque should be erected at each murder site with the names of ALL politicians that voted against gun control.

    February 14, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Sam

    Let's not mince words here...a semi-automatic weapon similar in form and function to military small arms is designed to deliver a high volume of fire, over a short period of time, with reasonable accuracy, over a medium range distance. These factors in combination have one purpose by design, and that is to effectively and quickly kill a number of people.

    But why have them then?...simple...because until the government monopoly of force at the federal level is neutered and matched by the states, then it is ultimately the people with these weapons that provide the ultimate guarantee against federal overreach. Harsh?...don't think so...just stating fact.

    February 14, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. MadDog

    I see, read and hear a lot of Fear Mongering going on. When, in the course of this nation's history, has anyone EVER confiscated a legally owned firearm? I am in favor of stronger background checks for all sales outside of family member to family member. Does that constitute infringement of the 2nd Amendment? Some would say it does, stating that any background check is the government's attempt to collect information on gun owners. Extreme Paranoia. Without even mentioning the 2nd Amendment, let me ask: What about the rights of those second graders to "Life, Liberty and the Pusuit of Happiness"? Does your 2nd Amendment trump a person's right to even HAVE a life? So let me ask the Million Dollar Question: In all seriousness, what does the NRA and those screaming "Leave My Second Amendment Alone" suggest? Take the emotion out of the discussion and offer a sane appraoch that could even make a dent in the problem. Let's have a sane discusssion. Offer a solution or alternatives.

    February 14, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Van

    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."
    Wrong the people behind the trigger are the ones to blame which all have been brainwashed LIBTARDS.

    February 14, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. ted

    It is all about money, isn't Lapierre? I can imagine some real poor folks choosing between giving NRA money and the lottery and food. You guys are delusional idiots. No one is going to take away the second amendment or your guns. But we do need an intelligent conversation about guns and it is obvious that you have no interest at all. You are a dinosaur.

    February 14, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. GSoros

    Jaon is on target. The 2nd Amendment is your concealed carry. You should NEVER put your name on a government 'gun owner' list. That would be similar to putting the Star of David on your front door in Germany during WWII. The end result will be the same.
    They have already infringed too much on the 2nd Amendment (and others) and those unconstitutional laws should be abolished. American gun owners with FA weapons and 150 round magazines would be no more of a threat to innocent people than they are now with SA. If the government can have it, you can too. After all, the 2nd is about our RIGHT and DUTY as Americans to protect ourselves and our families from a tyrannical government, like the one staring down our throats right now. Unfortunately, I can't afford FA weapons, much less a stealth drone , a satellite, or any other technologies and advantages available to the current dictator.

    February 14, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. MrManhattan

    Where does this guy live? Syria? Antigua? NYC just recorded the lowest murder rate since reliable records have been kept, and even "occupy Wall Street" pitched in with all levels of government to help the survivors. While there was some looting, that was probably just Ted Nugent looking for free guns!

    February 14, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Donaldbain

    Phew, what a loony. The NRA should be taking up the fight FOR background checks and AGAINST assault weapons. All the talk about buying more guns and using them more is just crazy. The hunters should be fleeing the NRA in droves because the `leadership` is making them all look bad. If you can`t pass a background check, you obviously should not have legal access to guns. I know it isn`t just about hunters and it is more about any idiot with money having an AR-15. No real hunter would ever use such a weak sister weapon and if you can`t hit your game without a 20 round magazine, you shouldn`t be hunting in the first place. It isn`t about your freedom, it is about safety and what makes sense. It ain`t 1776 any more so you don`t need to worry about the Redcoats. Besides, if the gubmint decides to take your guns away, a few nose picking hillbillies have no chance against the police or the regular army, Sure, you might pick off a few cops or soldiers but you will quickly be made extra dead for doing so. Remember, in the American Revolution, the militias turned and ran home, only the regular (well regulated) army stood fast.

    February 14, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. S

    not an nra member, just wondering if there is a way that membership can impeach this guy?

    February 14, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. MYW

    La Pierre insights the NRA to begins their Jihad! When the 2nd Amendment was written, America had no standing Army. We needed just that. And we formed an Army from Militia made from the 2nd Amendment Musket-bearing militia – each musket was a muzzle-loaded, smooth bore long gun, fired from the shoulder. We needed this – not high capacity magazine assault style guns. Even our hand gun laws need to be tougher. La Pierre should welcome background checks to reduce the number of criminals and mentally ill with handguns and other guns. What is he thinking? Is there any logic here. I have no wish to take away muskets from people, but LIKE RONALD REAGAN, I believe a semi automatic assault rifle is NOT NEEDED except by Armed Services. Want an assault rifle(?), join the Armed Services! I think LaPierre and his four-year plan for a "resistance movement" is insighting and pushing for a CIVIL WAR – does that not sound like a violent jihadist to you? I think he needs to look at so called "responsible" gun owners like the one that Dornin for example – and for all the world, why would the NRA say they no longer want to support background checks? I know of mentally ill who carry guns – some with concealed carry permits. And they passed their background checks. How can a person committed to a mental institution three times get an arsenal of guns?? Because our background check system sucks! We need to fix it, make it stronger, and enforce it! Does he not want to fix this? The more La Pierre talks, the more I think he is delusional and paranoid – the more think he needs to think about his own state of mind! ... And he has a concealed carry permit - I guess that makes two I know ...

    February 14, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Laverne

    Wonder would Mr. Lapiere feel different if one of his kids or wife got shot in head over something senseless. This man has sold his soul and loyalty to the gunmakers years ago and he can't say anything different. Hell, what goes around comes around and irony is a bitch!

    February 14, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. penguin

    Jason forgot the coma after the word arms. A common intentional "mistake" by 2d Amendment advocates. The 2d Amendment as written makes no sense. I believe the right to bear arms does not come from the 2d Amendment but is infered within the four corners of the document-much as the right to travel and the right to privacy, rights not specifically enumerated in our Constitution. Limitations proposed to gun ownership do not curtail one's right to own guns for protection or hunting. If our Constitutional rights are so absolute then I would be able to own a tank and/or an armed jet or helicopter to satisfy both my right to bear arms and my right to travel

    February 14, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. REDLEG56

    How many Wayne LaPierre's and David Keene's does it take to combat Commnism and terrorism? We dont know because they refused to try it. They preferred to hide behind the women in the military raher than taking up arms themselves to support and protect freedom.

    February 14, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "What will the next mass murder result in?"

    Another round of discounts to NRA membership fees.

    February 14, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. cleareye1

    The NRA is an effective promotional arm of the gun makers. TV advertising would never generate the sales that good killing followed by a scare campaign about gun confiscation. This is capitalism in its most hideous form.

    February 14, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. bnutty

    There are not 600 million americans. It's actually a little more than half of that.

    February 14, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Shannon

    If he just calms down a bit, he will see that all of this will go away. All this fearmongering is doing is driving ammo and gun prices through the roof. People will quit buying in recor numbers because the products are not worth the prices they're asking. No one's taking our guns away; if they could, they would have done it by now. Now, everyone calm down and quit buying guns for about 3 months, I want a new .308, but I'm not paying what they're asking now.

    February 14, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. RF

    Lapierre is walking a fine line between voicing his opinion
    and treason!

    February 14, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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