by Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President
If you want a glimpse of a genuine nightmare for America, just look at what’s headed our way.
But unlike a nightmare, this isn’t some fantasy. It’s a very real, very dangerous conspiracy of public deception intended to destroy your Right to Keep and Bear Arms. It’s targeted directly at you.
And it’ll succeed unless you recognize it, understand it, and take action now to stop it.
The best way you could do so is by carrying your new 2012 membership card (see sidebar story on page 29) in your wallet as a symbol of your commitment—and by renewing or upgrading your NRA membership or making a contribution to defending freedom today.
But first, let me give you the facts, evidence, congressional testimony and documented words and deeds that reveal the frightening but irrefutable truth about this sinister plot.
Over the past three years, the Obama administration and its anti-gun allies have been engaged in a silent but sophisticated long-term conspiracy to:
1. Neutralize gun owners and NRA voters as a political force in national elections, and thereby:
2. Win re-election to a second term in the White House, where they then will be immune to the will of voters and free to continue consolidating and misusing their ever-increasing power to:
3. Prosecute a full-scale, sustained, all-out campaign to excise the Second Amendment from our Bill of Rights through legislation, litigation, regulation, executive orders, judicial fiat, international treaties—in short, all the levers of power of all three branches of government.
And the key to their success lies in keeping gun owners like you in the dark.
Obama White House Pushes Gun Control “Under the Radar”
Now, President Obama, his administration and his anti-gun allies in the media have tried to shrug off, laugh off, shout down or shut down anyone who dares to investigate their clandestine, back-channel anti-gun activities.
They’ll spout platitudes about protecting sportsmen and hunters. They’ll insist they’ve done nothing to attack your right to own a gun.
They’ll even claim to have strengthened your rights, by restoring your right to transport firearms in luggage aboard Amtrak trains, or possess firearms in national parks.
But that’s just a diversion to distract you from their true beliefs and objectives.
Think about it: Before moving into the White House, Barack Obama spent his entire career proudly, publicly advancing the most radical anti-gun positions you can imagine.
He endorsed a total ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns. He opposed Right- to-Carry laws. He voted to ban nearly all common hunting-rifle ammunition.
In short, Obama never met a gun he liked, and never met a gun ban he didn’t like. The same was true of his running mate, then U.S. Senator Joe Biden, D-Del.
In fact, during presidential primary debates, Obama and Biden competed to be the most anti-gun candidate in the race.
Obama vowed to re-impose the discredited Clinton gun ban, and Biden bragged that, “I’m the guy that originally wrote the assault weapons ban.”
So what happened after they won the White House? Did Obama, Biden and the anti-gun extremists who soon filled the West Wing suddenly completely reverse their positions? No!
In an act of pure political calculation, they plotted to keep their gun-ban objectives concealed.
After all, Obama knew what happened in 1994, when the politicians who voted for Bill Clinton’s gun ban were swept out of Congress. Even Clinton admitted the nra was the reason Democrats lost their 40-year lock on control of the House of Representatives.
Obama saw what happened in 2000, when Al Gore built his campaign on the platform of gun control, and watched as the nra derailed Gore in the battleground states of Arkansas, West Virginia and even his home state of Tennessee—costing him the White House.
Obama saw how gun control was a loser—and NRA the winner—in election after election.
So his administration concocted a scheme to avoid the gun issue, lull gun owners into a false sense of security, and play us for fools in the 2012 election.
For the past three years, that’s exactly what they’ve tried to do.
But while they’ve rarely revealed their true agenda in public, in private they’ve remained true to their unchanged, if unspoken, ultimate objectives.
Ask Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, D–N.Y. Before Obama’s inauguration, she pressured Obama’s transition team to back her ban on ammunition magazines. But, as she later confided to Newsweek, “They told me that’s not for now, that’s for later.”
Since then, the White House has maintained almost military discipline in its “don’t talk about gun control” directive. Whenever anyone breaks rank on that issue, they’re quickly brought back to toe the line.
For example, within a week of their election victory, the Obama-Biden transition team had posted a web page—at change.gov—that listed several anti-gun objectives as priorities, including:
• Permanently re-imposing the Clinton gun bans
• Opening up sensitive BATFE gun “trace” data for manipulation by anti-gun politicians
• Imposing restrictions that would severely restrict gun shows
You can bet some webmaster lost his job over that mis-step, because within days the web page, and its anti-gun agenda items, disappeared into cyberspace.
Even Attorney General Eric Holder departed from the company line.
In his first month on the job, at a news conference in Mexico City, Holder said, “As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons.”
The phone lines must have been on fire between Washington and Mexico City that day, because Holder didn’t mention that plan again.
But that doesn’t mean that Holder and the White House aren’t planning and plotting, behind closed doors, to launch a massive anti-gun onslaught when the time is right.
Just this spring, gun-ban zealot U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., told The Washington Post that Attorney General Holder had visited him on March 29 “and tried to give us his assurance to help us with legislation” that Lautenberg and McCarthy were pushing to ban ammunition magazines.
The next day, March 30, 2011, according to The Washington Post, Sarah Brady—head of the gun-ban lobby formerly known as Handgun Control, Inc.—met with President Obama, who she said brought up the issue of gun control “to fill us in that it was very much on his agenda.”
According to Brady, as reported by the Post, President Obama told her, “I just want you to know that we are working on it,” and “We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.”
The Obama conspiracy might be trying to run this operation “under the radar.”
But even the steps they’ve taken so far clearly indicate—and concretely support—the all-out war on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms that they positively plan for their second term.
Prelude to War on Second Amendment Freedom
For proof, just look at the Justice Department’s clandestine and deadly conspiracy in the “Fast and Furious” scandal.
The only plausible explanation for “Fast and Furious” is that they wanted to somehow “prove” the administration’s false and fraudulent claims that—to quote President Obama—“more than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States.”
So the Justice Department and BATFE appear to have secretly conspired to allow, encourage and assist an illegal gun smuggling operation—even spending your tax dollars to buy guns for the drug cartels—knowing full well that thousands of guns were heading straight to the most violent criminals on both sides of the border.
We were never supposed to find out about that.
The “Fast and Furious” operation might have remained a secret if it hadn’t led to the murder of one federal officer—U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, where “Fast and Furious” guns were found at the scene of that murder—and possibly many violent crimes both in the U.S. and Mexico.
As I’m sure you know, two congressional investigations into this criminal conspiracy have been under way for most of the year.
Yet so far, President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have done nothing but shrug their shoulders, shirk responsibility and stonewall the investigations at every turn, as if Americans shouldn’t care that a massive criminal enterprise seems to have been run right out of our own Justice Department, just to set the stage for a future Obama gun ban.
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