Speech by Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President
In one of the most well-received speeches of the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre laid it all on the line concerning the importance of the upcoming presidential election and the extreme danger of a second Obama term. The resulting media acclaim was second only to the widespread viewing of the speech as it was shared through various social media. Within a week, nearly 50,000 people had already watched the speech. By the time you read it here, it’s likely more than 100,000 people will have viewed it.
I’ve been leading the NRA—and our fight for freedom—for more than two decades now. We’ve had some tough fights. We’ve been through rough battles. But we’ve never backed down.
The NRA’s 4 million members are among history’s most committed, most active and most politically savvy defenders of the fundamental freedom that separates us from every other nation on earth. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the essence of what being an American is all about—living truly free as individual citizens.
No matter what other issues you may care about, it is the core principle of real freedom for each citizen that defines the uniqueness of our nation. There is no greater freedom than to own a firearm to protect yourself, your family, your community and your nation. Thus, Second Amendment freedom is truly the heart and soul of America.
Our soul is at stake in this election. This campaign is a fight for our country, our values and the freedom we believe in.
All of our Second Amendment liberty, all of the rights we’ve worked so hard to defend, all of what we know is good and right about America—all of it could be lost if Barack Obama is re-elected.
It’s all or nothing and I’m here to announce that gun owners, everywhere I go, are signing on, joining up and donating to our cause.
The fight is on and the NRA is All In!
Let me put that another way.
Time after time, election after election when freedom is at risk, gun owners step up and make a difference. We’re stepping up again. We’re not backing down and mark my words: When the sun goes down on Election Day, Barack Obama will have America’s gun owners to thank for his defeat!
The president and his campaign advisors don’t like hearing that. He’ll say he hasn’t pursued an anti-gun agenda. He’ll hit the campaign trail and give us lip service about how he’s left gun owners alone—during his first term.
Well, Mr. President, with all due respect, we’ve had enough lip service the first term to know we don’t need a second term! Sir, it’s time for you to go!
All that first-term lip service to gun owners is part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment—during his second term!
Getting re-elected has been Barack Obama’s top goal since the day he was sworn into office. From day one, he’s been looking ahead to 2012.
He doesn’t want to tangle with 4 million NRA members—or 30 million people who identify themselves with the NRA—or with America’s 100 million gun owners. So the president and his consultants made a political calculation to avoid the gun issue during his first term, to make us a non-player in his campaign for a second term.
Their strategy was clear: don’t enable anti-gun legislation and, when pressed on the issue of gun control, sing a few platitudes to hunters and shooters to make us think we’re respected. Hide, shroud and cloak any and all desires to attack the Second Amendment during the first term—wait for the second term.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been around long enough to see politicians have a sincere change of heart.
But Obama has already signed on to destroy the Second Amendment and our freedom.
He endorsed a total ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of all handguns.
He endorsed a ban on the sale or transfer of all semi-automatic firearms.
He backed a 500 percent increase in federal taxes on guns and ammunition.
He voted to ban single-shot, over-under and side-by-side shotguns.
He said the right of lawful citizens to carry a firearm for personal protection should be banned nationwide.
In fact, he supported efforts to prohibit Americans from keeping a gun in their own homes for self-defense.
He did all of these things when he thought gun owners didn’t matter. Now he wants us to think he’s had a change of heart but, clearly, Barack Obama is no Paul on the road to Damascus.
His was a pure political calculation, a conspiracy to ensure re-election by lulling gun owners to sleep. Obama learned from history that nra members can change history in close elections.
He remembers 1994. When Bill Clinton shoved his old gun ban down our throats, gun owners had their say at the polls in the next election—and control of the House changed hands.
Obama remembers 2000. Gun owners turned out in droves and beat Al Gore in Arkansas, West Virginia and even his home state of Tennessee. We made the difference in that razor-thin election, and we’ll make that difference again in 2012!
When I first explained that last fall, the news media went crazy—calling me crazy! But I’ve got news for all you reporters. You can call me crazy, but the media won’t win this election. Gun owners will.
We see the president’s strategy crystal clear. Get re-elected and, with no more elections to worry about, get busy dismantling and destroying our firearm freedom. Erase the Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights and excise it from the U.S. Constitution.
They’re already setting the stage for gutting the Second Amendment and our freedom. The president has already appointed two justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. When given the chance, Obama jumped to put Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan on the bench. They are two of the most rabidly anti-gun justices in U.S. history.
They’ve joined Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Court. Not long after hugging Obama like a giddy schoolgirl at the State of the Union, Ginsburg said this about our American Constitution, and I’m quoting her here: “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the Constitution of South Africa.”
Let me quote her again: “I WOULD NOT LOOK TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION IF I WERE DRAFTING A CONSTITUTION IN THE YEAR 2012. I MIGHT LOOK AT THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH AFRICA.”
So much for her oath to uphold and defend our Constitution.
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