LaPierre says gun owners are ready to 'stand and fight'
February 14th, 2013
09:35 AM ET
1 year 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. ShawnDH

    Hank whined: "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."
    _______________

    You're right...firearms will never be banned and nobody is proposing that at all.

    Of course the Constitution also says firearms will be WELL REGULATED but don't let the facts get in the way of your hysteria. Stop threatening violence based on nothing but your paranoia. That's why you are losing this debate.

    February 14, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Jonathan

    ""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. "

    Can someone explain to me how a gun helps you survive a hurricane? Shoot that wind, yeah!

    February 14, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Get over it

    It seems he's taken a page from Obama's playbook: stoke fear and division to get what you want. Make it seem the other side is at war with whatever you support. Well played. A game the president knows all too well.

    Regardless, no gun ban will have any traction right now. They might succeed in limiting magazine size and increasing backround checks, but no more.

    February 14, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. ShawnDH

    Bob cried: "The NRA might be the face of gun ownership to the media, but there are millions of us writing letters, calling our elected reps, ect..... We don't need Wayne to take marching orders from. In many respects we are WAY ahead of him."
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    Well there are millions more fighting for the common sense gun laws that the vast majority of Americans support and that in no way take away your right to legally buy and own a gun. Your hysteria and paranoia is embarrassing and ridiculous.

    February 14, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Jim

    The NRA should start an electronic pledge card system for voting in local, state and national elections. With zip codes you know exactly how many would be against gun control in an election area. This is a democracy and most of us vote. I will not vote for anyone who is not endorsed with an A or a B by the NRA. Folks running for office would get a very clear picture regarding the gun issue.

    February 14, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Kevinc

    LaPierre uses nonsense phrases to sell more guns. An animated duck uses nonsense phrases to sell more insurance. A cartoon leprechaun sells more breakfast cereal by proclaiming they’re after his lucky charms. The people who believe LaPierre are the same folks who believe talking frogs tell them to buy more beer.

    February 14, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Zach

    Both sides are wrong. Liberals want to ban certain guns as if that will make people stop killing each other. They'll just use different guns or illegal guns. Remember that someone going out to shoot someone is not that concerned about the law. However, conservatives are crazy to think that we DON'T have a problem with gun violence because of how many guns we have out there.

    Its ok to have guns, but come together and make the requirements to own one and the penalties for your gun being used in a crime EXTREME. If you a responsible American wants to own a gun, FINE. Any responsible gun owner should be the first person to stand up and say "there should be strong rules that are enforced regarding how guns are handled" because MORONS who own guns give them a bad name. I do not fear a responsible gun owner, but when you stand up and say that there should be no laws restricting the owning of a gun, I find it very hard to believe you are a responsible gun owner.

    February 14, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. sifleut

    The treasonous NRA that manipulates the Second Amendment to ensure sales for the 115 gun manufacturers in this country. Only in America...

    February 14, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Paul

    I own guns, but I am not in love with them. What I love is freedom and the freedom of having a choice. All of this anti-gun knee-jerk reaction legislation is getting old. All law abiding citizens are being demonized. Gun ownership is being made more expensive, and even criminalized, just so some people can feel “like we’re doing something”. The anti-gun legislation is aiming to reduce our freedoms. That is what we will fight against. I will be donating to the NRA and the Gun Owners of America (GOA) tonight.

    February 14, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Angel916

    alot of you gun right advocates sound real stupid right about now. You people don't care about another human being killed because of guns... Until it happens to someone you care. Stop with this we need to protect ourselves from the government. Do us all a favor and just go to hell with all of your nonesense.

    February 14, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. JJ

    Country to LaPierre and NRA: Sit your prepubescent behinds back down in those high chairs. If you so much as think of drawing your compensation tools for your tiny gonads on the lawful citizens of this country, stand ready to be smoked.

    February 14, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Just a Guy

    If Wayne LaPierre were really interested in protecting 2nd amendment rights, he would support reasonable gun laws like universal background checks, and reporting stolen weapons and so on. But he could not care less about the 2nd amendment. He is only interested in helping the weapons industry sell more guns and fear-mongering is the best way to do that. If you believe anything that demented crack-pot has to say, you are an tool. If you run out and buy another gun because of him, you are a foolish gullible pawn.

    February 14, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Bob

    Ask yourself what kind of person allows the garbage that sits in the halls of Congress to be there? Then look in the mirror. We are all responsible for allowing the likes of a Feinstein or Lieberman to dictate what amount of freedom we are allowed to enjoy. We need to drive them out. Stop being so complacent. These people do not wish you well. They are cut from the same cloth as the Bolshevik murderers of a scant seventy years ago and their ultimate aim is to visit the same horrors upon you and yours as they did in Russia. Show them you refuse to be a victim. Use your vote to oust them where you can. And this weekend go down to your local gun shop and buy a little extra insurance should the worse come to pass.

    February 14, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Will

    @Matthew

    Silencers are not illegal. You just have to get a license for them. Also, the NRA is NOT for re-arming criminals. The NRA IS for tougher penalties. Your attempt to mislead people is a failure.

    February 14, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. hingie

    You bet we will fight! To the very last bullet

    February 14, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Sam

    Well Jim, anyone endorsed with an A or a B by the NRA is NOT somebody for whom I'll be voting. All that tells me is that they can be bought by a large lobbying group whose positions are out of touch with 71% of its membership.

    February 14, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. tullymd

    The fact that he has any credibility shows the desperate state of our culture. In any other country he would be dismissed as a raving lunatic.

    February 14, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Will

    @ShawnDH
    I think you need to do some research as to what our founding fathers meant by the term "Well Regulated". It's not what you think it is.

    February 14, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Booger

    I am revoking my NRA membership. I want nothing to do with this lunatic's delusions. You can own guns and not be in the NRA.

    February 14, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. Bill

    and Jim, as a republican I will not vote for anyone who is taking money from the NRA. Good luck getting elected.

    February 14, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. Nietodarwin

    We responsible gun owners and strong supporters of the 2nd amendment DO NOT NEED LA PIERRE or the NRA to speak for us.
    He speaks for the gun lobby, not gun owners. All the polls prove it, end of story.

    February 14, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Dl

    I that guns were needed to fight off Govt tyrrany – isn't this considered that? When are you gonna put your gun where your mouth is?

    February 14, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. Michael Ashby

    Has everybody forgot about the THIRD AMENDMENT????? Why is it not spoken that we need the FIRST and SECOND Amendment to defend the THIRD...............read it folks.

    February 14, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. eric

    "Can someone explain to me how a gun helps you survive a hurricane? Shoot that wind, yeah!"

    It's what potentially comes after, a devastating hurricane or any other natural or economic disaster, is what the gun is for.

    In a civilized society with abundant resources and support, the need for a weapon is minimal. Without the aforementioned civility , things can go from bad to worse VERY quickly. Not being able to predict the future is why having a firearm makes sense. It's just a tool like anything else that you have, if needed.

    Not to have one puts you in a compromising position, to say the least, if the need does arrise.

    February 14, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  25. Shardik

    The NRA used to be a real organization supporting the rights of hunters and target shooters. Now it exists solely to fleece its membership and buy LaPierre another mansion.

    February 14, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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