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. Mike Texoma

    Waayne LaPierre is not just another radical. He is dangerously anti-social.

    February 14, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Lilli

    NRA against drones....uh OH, the NRA supporters are sure to lose this war! La Pierre is lying to his flock as he monitors his millions in banks/investments (likely off shore) earned from too many who can barely pay the annual NRA DUES!! Wake up people!

    February 14, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. roro

    This man is a complete nutcase. It's like Koresh and the Jonestown zombie followers of complete hysterical hogwash.

    February 14, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. lolo

    Just Pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 14, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Namejanek

    Its about time.

    February 14, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. kctwoykn

    Wonder how many gun owners would risk there own personal possessions and property to protect there rights like our founding fathers did during the revolution that started in 1775?

    February 14, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    Sorry, GOPers. This guy is way too "hide under the bed" for me to take seriously.

    February 14, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. bcrunner

    This man is dillusional!! Plain and simple. He is watching his power over congress and the people of the United States slip away and he is going mad!! We are no longer afraid of you Mr. LaPierre!! During this past election your success rate electing Republicans or keeping races in the Republican hands was abysmal!! And, this time we will fight you at every turn!! I own 3 guns but I support the president's proposals. It's time to curb the violence. It will take years to turn this around, but it must be done.

    February 14, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. tony

    If they'd all each just kidnap a kid off a school bus, their glorious freedom would be restored and jobs would be created everywhere.

    February 14, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Steve Witte

    An onslaught of doom is what we have been experiencing with gun violence . LaPierre is delusional.

    February 14, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Publius Novus

    Conservatives truly live in a fantasy world. There are three things that are not going to happen in the United States. First, the federal government is NEVER going to round up and deport 11 million illegals. Second, the federal government is NEVER going to confiscate "your guns." Third, conservatives are NEVER going to allow themselves to be persuaded by facts.

    February 14, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Jerubbaal

    This guy is just plain sick. This is the type of rhetoric that Hitler and Goebbels used. The right wing fanatics are taking this country to a dangerous place that may lead to armed insurrection. These people are not purchasing these weapons for nothing, they are purchasing these weapons to maintain the statur quo – an America dominated by the white man. Why do you think they hate Obama so much? Fortunately, the Almighty has laid to foolishness the plans of the Deceiver.

    February 14, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Let's face it, the reason why the Founding Fathers established the system of "checks and balances," the Executive, the Legislative and the Judicial was to encourage our government to find "common ground" where compromise was the order of the day for the good of the Union. As President Obama said in his recent SOTU address, there are times when we will disagree on certain issues but there is no reason why we cannot work toward compromise and try to find common ground. Let's face it, if we're indeed one nation under God or a kinder gentler nation with a common purpose, then its time we start acting like it because as the saying goes, its either united we stand or divided we fall. And I'd like to take that one step further..."there's no red America or blue America, there's the United States of America." Just some food for thought Mr. NRA.

    February 14, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. skarphace

    See, this is what happens when you give a crazy man a spot at the table. When you listen to one rant, they keep ranting.

    February 14, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. columbus

    This guy is living in some other alternate reality, something like a Mad Max world. He has translated gun ownership into a survivalist lifestyle where weather, crime, government, are all elements of this dark age of danger and doom that we live in. Time to get back to the bunker Wayne, and take your meds.

    February 14, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. chill

    I can't make up my mind whether this guy is simply a lunatic or a traitor as well. I'm much more frightened to have guns in the hands of LaPierre and the crazies he is egging on to insurrection than law enforcement and our military. Why would any sane person still belong to that organization. Oh wait, that's right there are 4.5M of them versus 310 million plus of the rest of us.

    February 14, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Jim

    I own ten guns and have a Texas concealed handgun license, but this is just crazy talk. The NRA stopped representing me a LONG time ago! This guy is nuts!

    February 14, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. DAT

    This guy sounds about as UN-American as one can be. (Although, of course, he wraps himself in the flag and claims to be a patriot.)

    February 14, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. The Other Bob

    From the article: "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,"

    Not to mention your borderline-treasonous whipping the gullible into a frenzy with your paranoid blathering, Mr. LaPierre. Take your blood money and go away.

    February 14, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. Cathy


    Thank God for the NRA!

    February 14, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. ROGER

    The odds are that you will never need a gun. On the other hand, when you need a gun, you need it desperately. Shortly after the Sandy Hook shootings, a Georgia woman backed through her entire home with her two young children, trying to avoid a crowbar wielding monster. She and her children backed into an attic as her last hiding place. When the monster burst in, she filed all 6 shots from her revolver, hitting the monster 5 times and causing him to flee, only to be caught by police later (who did not arrive in time to help her). The monster was taken to the hospital due to the many deserved wounds. Then he went to jail, and eventually he will go to prison. Too bad she did not have a 30 round magazine in a semi-automatic pistol. She and her children really, really needed that gun. Stories such as this occur every day, but they are not reported.

    February 14, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. Sean

    Wow, The National Wild Turkey Federation- what a prestigious speaking engagement- Congrats!

    February 14, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. JeffersonLives

    Bring it on gun grabbers, like your poster boy Clinton told ya...Dont underestimate the power of the gun rights culture....We will not be disarmed, we will stand our ground, and will not relinquish our arms, regardless of whatever executive edicts that are handed down. We fought and beat the British gun grabbers in the revolutionary war, and we will remain vigilant in preserving our hard won liberty from the modern day gun grabbers.

    What is pathetic to me is that if and when the US is ever disarmed..and the Feds are running roughshot over all your civil liberties...what will all the complacent Democrats and liberals do in the face of government are all so keen on defending civil liberties, but somehow lose all credibility and consistency when it comes to defending the Second amendment.

    As a Libertarian, I defend them ALL, with no exception or moderations. What does "Shall no be Infringed" mean to all of you ? The Bill of RIghts is not open to amendments or's the bedrock of our liberty and all of them are important, you can't cherry pick which ones you like and don't like, otherwise you have Zero credibility.

    February 14, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. Aestro

    The NRA doesn't advocate gun ownership anymore, and certainly doesn't advocate responsible gun ownership. It is now an organization advocating treason by threatening violence against the government.

    February 14, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Permafrost

    just like the Tobacco Companies who knowingly sold poison to consumers for decades, the Gun manufacturers and the NRA are ethically and morally bankrupt organizations which need to be stopped.

    they do not have the country's best interests at heart and laws need to be enacted to reduce the cancerous proliferation of
    firearms which they have encouraged and facilitated.

    February 14, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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