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. Linsey Walker

    I've never owned a gun but a lot of what he says is true. We rely on the government to protect us from violent acts and violent people but it cannot protect us all the time. We need to protect ourselves. When confronted by a violent or crazy person you have the option of dialing 911 and waiting or protecting yourself. No one who intends to commit a crime is going to go through a BACKGROUND CHECK, only non criminals. And there is NOTHING that can stop a determined killer from killing except someone defending themselves and their children. If more GUN LAWS make us safer than why does the places with the STRICTEST GUN LAWS like DC and Chicago have the HIGHEST CRIME RATES?
    I am seriously thinking about getting trained and getting a gun.

    February 14, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer


    Yea, that self revolt against the U.S. govt sure didn't work out so well in Wacko TX a few years back. Just ask Ms. Janet Reno. You want to take on the U.S. Govt? So which Division are you goanna tackle first??? Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine??? Pathetic right wing lunatic.

    February 14, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. jake

    Live by the sword..die by the sword. Live by the gun...die by the gun. Pretty simple.

    February 14, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Larry L

    La Pierre is advocating overthrow of the federal government if we institute background checks and limit the new production (or import) of weapons with high capacity magazines? Isn't that sedition? Are those "well-regulated militias" planning violence? Isn't that sedition? Don't we have laws against that?

    February 14, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. winchester74

    Unlike the crazies who have gotten so much media coverage recently, we, the responsible, well trained gun owners of the NRA will always defend our right to own guns and handle them responsibly and safely – and if you don't like it – we'll blow your head off.

    February 14, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. Cooper

    The National Wild Turkey Federation? They couldn't have picked a better speaker!

    February 14, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Rick Reid

    What are these people going to do? Shoot everyone that doesn't agree with them???

    February 14, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Boo

    About 10-15 years ago this twit was all for background checks. You can access the video of him saying just that. And now he's become another paranoid gun lover....WHATEVER!

    February 14, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. Pig in a Poke

    They really do need a spokesman that is a little more rational, no back ground checks, really? Wouldn't that be just a little counterproductive to the end goal? This guy does not speak for me and I have many guns and love to shoot.

    February 14, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. Linsey Walker

    After reading a lot of the posts here I think the CRAZIES and the ones getting FIRED UP are the ones calling the NRA and any gun owners names. They seem to fear something, maybe the truth.

    February 14, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. DLE

    NRA members are trained little lemmings buy more guns so that LaPierre get's a big bonus from the gun manufactures.

    February 14, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. don

    What, are you going to shoot me? LOL. Not to worry, states are taking it upon themselves to do the right thing, so it will not be up to the Government. The NRA are bullies that need to be spanked. With that said, changes are coming no matter what the NRA does or says. They are nobody in my book. However, I DO believe in the right to bear arms against gangs, thugs and losers, but there has to be background checks and a ban an assault riffles, period. A pistol, shot gun and hunting rifles is all you should need.

    February 14, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Qi

    Gun sales lobby wants to ensure criminals and mentaly ill have equal access to firearms. I don't see this as a winner for GOP but what do I know.....

    February 14, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. critical thinking

    It was not until 2008 that the Supreme Court definitively came down on the side of an “individual rights” theory.1 Relying on new scholarship regarding the origins of the Amendment, the Court in District of Columbia v. Heller2 confirmed what had been a growing consensus of legal scholars – that the rights of the Second Amendment adhered to individuals. The Court reached this conclusion after a textual analysis of the Amendment,3 an examination of the historical use of prefatory phrases in statutes, and a detailed exploration of the 18th century meaning of phrases found in the Amendment. Although accepting that the historical and contemporaneous use of the phrase “keep and bear Arms” often arose in connection with military activities, the Court noted that its use was not limited to those contexts.4 Further, the Court found that the phrase “well regulated Militia” referred not to formally organized state or federal militias, but to the pool of “able-bodied men” who were available for conscription.5 Finally, the Court reviewed contemporaneous state constitutions, post-enactment commentary, and subsequent case law to conclude that the purpose of the right to keep and bear arms extended beyond the context of militia service to include self-defense.

    February 14, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Alk92

    The gun nuts are a loud and vocal bunch, but make no mistake about it, they are the minority.

    parents everywhere see these gun nuts as a potential threat to the lives of their children. We have seen the bloodshed caused by arming up society and the the vast consensus is that things need to change. Politicians who align themselves with this pro assault weapon fringe will be slowly but surely voted out of office. Sandy Hook will be on every parents mind when they vote. do parents want Adam lanzas walking around with assault weapons? No !

    February 14, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. LivinginVA

    " ...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,"

    Where the heck does he live? The vast majority of people I know (including nonagenarians) have never encountered ANY of those.

    February 14, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Wes

    CNN what is with the anti-gun propaganda. I would trust the NRA over paid politicians any day. If you libtards dont want guns, dont buy them. If I as a law abiding citizen wish to own one for sport, self-defense, or any other reason... well I will. So please CNN drop the anti-freedom propaganda... that is MSNBC's job.

    February 14, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. Keith

    He is not a nut. He is just doing the opossite of the gun control groups. He is letting us know that if we want something in America we have to willing to fight for it. I would not be so against new laws if i trusted our government. Just look at Obama's record. he let Eric Holder violate federal gun laws with Fast and Furious. The DC policy allowed David grgory thumb his nose at DC law. I thought in the US we were ALL equal under the law. If we don't need guns for protection why does Mayor Bloomburg have so many boday guards with guns?

    February 14, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. refman sees

    According to Lapierre anarchy is upon us and his members need to get the guns out to defend themselves from impending doom! Well, his misguided comments have cost lives as children and adults have killed numerous people in the last several months. The boogey man strawman argument will cost many more lives and he will be remembered as the man who started it all! Sarah Palin's target over Gabby Giffords picture is another example of how inflamatory actions cause mentally disturbed individuals to act out and do dispicable deeds in the name of those who post such crap. Sarah Palin had better ask God to forgive her for her actions and Lapierre knows what he is doing is causing deaths by guns in America. Just look at how much money he is making and where he lives and where he goes on vacation. He is duping the NRA members into making him rich!

    February 14, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. LivinginVA

    sigh....I used a word (in a quote from the article) that got me moderated, so let's try again:

    " ...Ri0ts. Terr0rists. G@ngs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face-not just maybe. It's not paranoia to buy a gun. It's survival,"

    Where does he live? The vast majority of people I know (including nonagenarians) have never encountered ANY of those.

    February 14, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. RAWoD

    The majority of gun owners I know would NEVER join the nutjobs of the NRA. Neither will I.
    It is time for America to stand together and scream ENOUGH - at congress and the NRA.

    February 14, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. freedom

    Look at the big piture! If they start taking your legal guns away and infringing on a Constitutional amendment, where will they stop? No one wants insane people to kill other people. Gun control won't stop that, though. There are many elements in our society that are contributing to our moral and ethical decay. And there are people who need mental health treatments. That's where it should start – not with infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens.

    February 14, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. OldWhiteMan

    "Onslaught of Doom"? What is this..a Batman movie? The gun industry was like $32B last year...and with all this fake hysteria from these guys will probably be a $50B industry. I still can't find ammo for my 9mm or .357 in any stores...I blame the gun industry and the NRA that they now control. There should be another NRA run by real people.

    February 14, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Jeff

    OK, so all of the recent publicized shootings have been caused by registered Democrats (except Laughner who was anti-government) but the GOPers are considered the nut jobs? From this registered independent's point of view, the Dems are looking just like their mascot.

    February 14, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Dude

    Hey Gymnast, you do realize that more than 200,000 people saved themselved from crime during that time period because they had guns, right? Of course you didn't.

    February 14, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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