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Standing Guard

By Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President

“We Can’t Wait!”

It wasn’t long ago that an arrogant president—thinking he had public support—passed one of the most anti-gun federal bills in American history. Gun owners were furious, and an activist groundswell shook the country from coast to coast. In the first election following Bill Clinton’s gun ban, NRA members achieved an enormous victory and forever changed the political conversation about guns and freedom.

That was 1994. Today, no national politician runs an anti-gun campaign or openly opposes the Second Amendment, because we’ve made certain doing so spells political doom.

We have been enormously successful in restoring Second Amendment freedom to honest Americans. But those hard-earned victories are vulnerable so long as Barack Obama is president. Despite his claims to the contrary, the threats we face today are as real and dangerous as any we’ve faced before.

Our opponents are as active as they were 20 years ago. They’ve just learned to work on gun control, as Obama told Jim and Sarah Brady, “under the radar.”

Just look at his attorney general, Eric Holder. Back in 1995, Holder was an outspoken anti-gun voice, publicly saying we needed to “brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.”

Now Holder claims to support the Second Amendment. But his Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was caught running thousands of guns directly to Mexican drug cartels in “Operation Fast and Furious”—a program that led to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

That disastrous operation was deliberately designed to undermine public confidence in the Second Amendment. And in its aftermath, Holder blames our freedom.

At the same time, President Obama used “Fast and Furious” to force an illegal gun registration scheme upon law-abiding Americans in four border states. Supposedly the problem isn’t violent drug cartels, the Justice Department that armed them or the Homeland Security Department that ignores them—it’s the good citizens along the border buying guns to safeguard their very existence.

The president’s favorite saying for months has been “We can’t wait!” for Congress to act.

Well, you won’t hear about it from Obama, but Congress is acting; working to hold Eric Holder in contempt for his behavior in the “Fast and Furious” scandal.

In a 48-page draft contempt resolution, House Oversight Committee Republicans wrote that his Justice Department has issued “false denials, given answers intended to misdirect investigators, sought to intimidate witnesses, unlawfully withheld subpoenaed documents, and waited to be confronted with indisputable evidence before acknowledging uncomfortable facts.”

But this administration doesn’t just stonewall Congress; it also arrogantly stonewalls the free press. When Free Beacon reporter C.J. Ciaramella recently requested comment from the Department of Justice on a new book detailing the “Fast and Furious” scandal, he received a link to an article from Media Matters—a George Soros-funded, far-left website.

Americans have had enough of this administration’s elitist contempt for our freedoms and our way of life.

The president is right about one thing: We can’t wait. If we sit back and count on a victory in 2016, we will face four long years under an emboldened anti-gun president. With no more elections to worry about, Obama will finally be free to launch an open assault on the Second Amendment.

Now is the time to stop that from happening. It’s up to each of us to ask ourselves one simple question every day from now until November: Am I doing everything I can to win this election?

Thanks to seemingly endless fundraising, Obama’s war chest will hold more than $1 billion. But critical elections are won and lost at the grassroots level, where no one can match the NRA. We need to do everything we can right now to put an end to the long line of Obama failures and attacks on our Second Amendment freedoms. That’s why I’m spending every waking hour convincing gun owners to join the NRA and go “ALL IN” to defeat Obama.

We have the opportunity to be the deciding force in this election, just as we’ve been in the past. But it’s going to take all of us. No one can sit on the sidelines. Everything we’ve fought for and won over the past two decades can be lost with a single vote in November.

Don’t wait for someone else to make the difference. Be a leader in your community, at your gun club, and among your friends and family. Spend this summer educating everyone you know about the threats we face and encouraging them to match your commitment. If every American gun owner shares our passion at the polls, we’ll win. But it’s our job to get them there, by going “ALL IN” for the Second Amendment.