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. RN

    let's say that the only legal guns are muzzle loaded guns. Then people could have a chance to get away.

    Look at Switzerland – people get to have guns – but you just cannot have the bullets.
    Look at their laws and you find that gun owners are responsible for any third party getting their gun and using it to commit a crime, the military gets to keep 50 rounds of ammo in a sealed box at home.
    If we have a ban on guns in CA and you can go to NV and buy RPGs and automatic weapons do you really think those weapons won't get into CA? There are no searches of cars as they cross state lines. We need a federal gun law that is strict and prevents you from finding a gun easily in one state and taking to another state or community that has strict laws.

    February 14, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Ron

    The fact you even have that gun is largely thanks to the NRA 4milvs600,000mil. Thats got to be the best post yet. You don't want to join them but you take the benefits of their work.

    February 14, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. pj

    They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
    Benjamin Franklin

    February 14, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. David

    After what took place with Christopher Dorner and the LAPD, proves that our government at least at this time cannot handle our security. The Second Amendment has already been sliced and diced enough, and anymore slicing and dicing will only hurt law abiding citizens and do nothing to criminals or the crazies. Even know I am not an NRA member, I stand with them at this point and time.

    February 14, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Brian

    Amen. We will stand and fight. The commenting populace here needs to put their pants on and use common sense. When society falls apart and riots begin, your governmentbeont be there for you.

    February 14, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    So do we really need guns to fight hurricanes and tornadoes? O' perhaps we do especially if a raging inferno breaks out and there are no more living firefighters to fight the blaze because some derranged gun towing right wing lunatic decides to take cheap shots at our firefighters like the idiot did in upstate New York two months ago.

    February 14, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Fedup1962

    All you have to do is read a little world history to understand what is at stake here. Registration usually leads to confiscation later. If you think it won't happen here, think again....Look at what is happening in New York. They are heading toward confiscation unless groups like the NRA stand up and fight. If you own firearms, and want to keep them, join the NRA. If you don't, shame on you.

    February 14, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. ShawnDH

    The vast VAST majority of Americans support the common sense gun laws that the NRA is fighting, and we're finished with extremists dictating gun policy.

    February 14, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. vincent

    Is that the reason why were getting tougher Gun Laws. Because NRA members are going to Fight. WIth whom? Against other Americans? What did the School Children in Conn, Columbine, Aurora Movie Theatre have against NRA?

    February 14, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. jim

    I joined and donated and bought a bunch of guns. Everyone should do the same.

    February 14, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Greg Morgan

    Time for the NRA to choose some new leaders. Sane ones.

    February 14, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. askdavey

    nra member better wake up about there leader; he knows the new laws will be taken effect soon and he wants you members to send i said members WAKE UP......lapierre, wants more donations, instead of working to make the laws better for all americans . he wants money from the members, wake up members you are out numbered by the rest of the country, so lapierre needs your money to fight the battle he will loose, and of corse it might be the big salary the members pay........NRA MEMBERS....try this, get some person to replace this creepy right wing nut job, and an independent that will work with congress and not scare the country with crime and revolutions but to work on common ground?.....when i hear him speak i just wish he would go clean a loaded gun,

    February 14, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. tony

    I am a veteran who own guns and i will never ever join the NRA, it seem like they are irrational people. Out of touch with reality

    February 14, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. JohnRJohnson

    OK. Any "gun owner" who decides at some point to defy the law of the land may "stand and fight", but he will also be arrested and put in jail. All of these Chris Dorner wannabes will simply meet the same fate as Dorner, FOR WHAT? The so-called "right" to own an assault weapon? If you want to fight for something, do it for something that will improve the quality of life in this country rather than the quantity of death. Fight for better schools, better roads, universal healthcare, or school lunches for poor children. These people make me ill.

    February 14, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. ShawnDH

    pj whined: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
    Benjamin Franklin"

    Whatever. Ask the children massacred in Newtown about their freedom. It's not "liberty" that the mentally ill, criminals and terrorists can just watz into a gun show and buy military-style assault weapons with no background check. It's insanity and we're changing it.

    February 14, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Chris

    Even if the President's gun agenda passed some states that have a gun history as part of their culture (Texas, Kentucky, etc) aren't going to enforce it. Just the way it is.

    February 14, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. FormerTeaPartyPerson

    Republicans, the politics have changed in this country after Sandy Hook!! If you stand with Wayne Lapierre and the NRA, you all will lose and give comlete control of our government to the democrats. I am a gun owner, and own an AR-15 with two high capacity magazines, along with a 10 round magazine. I will gladly give up the high cagacity magazines if the government passes a law banning such! If it would me one life would be saved, I am all for it. I am also totally behind the government requiring100% background checks. It only makes sense.

    February 14, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Downsouth

    I have tried to read alot of these comments and see the same liberal comments that I read during the last election. All the man and the organization is saying is that if we allow the government to start removing our rights then it will not stop there. I know there will always be assalt rifles and extended clips available, Mexico will be bringing them in just like the drugs that we have not been able to stop. They will cost so much that only the criminals can afford them once they rob from the people to get the money.

    February 14, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. JohnRJohnson

    If you're going to stand and fight for something, fight for things that will improve our quality of life rather than our quantity of death.

    February 14, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. ShawnDH

    jim cried: "I joined and donated and bought a bunch of guns. Everyone should do the same."

    Well congratulations on making yourself far more likey to get shot and 100% more likely to shoot somebody else. Big accomplishment.

    February 14, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @ winchester74

    You aint no Jimmy Stewart! Get a hold of yourself.

    February 14, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. TexaSam

    Sounds like ole Wayne is off his meds again. So, he waited for the "Connecticut Effect" (NRA invented term) to "fade", and comes up with this bologna? Folks, this is your brain on NRA greed. Don't let your kids grow up to be lobbyists. And remember, paranoia will destroy ya.

    February 14, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. AbleWitness

    The NRA is not opposed to background checks. The NRA is opposed to background checks wherein the federal government keeps a registry of applications. Obama wants a centralized database of armed citizens. Historic precedent: "And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms," Samuel Adams The "peaceable citizens" phrase speaks to an instant background check system, but keeping a federal registry speaks to inevitable confiscation.

    February 14, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Will_NOT_Give_My_Right_Away

    This country was founded to give all the freedom to choose and I for one own guns and choose to keep them and is someone chooses to try and take them away they better come ready for a fight....

    February 14, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Hank

    Firearms will never be banned here and if they are people should die and those doing the killing will be defending the Constitution. It's that simple, folks.

    February 14, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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