by Wayne LaPierre
This is it. We’re down to the wire. It’s now or never, victory or defeat. The time for talking is over. On Election Day, Nov. 6—only a month from now—Americans will vote either to defend or surrender freedom in the most consequential national decision in U.S. history.
And I pray you read these words in time. Here’s why:
Ever since our nation’s birth at Lexington and Concord, Freedom has always depended on gun owners like you and me to step forward to defend her with our voices, our votes, our fortunes and our sacred honor. Freedom only prevails when gun owners go “All In.”
History proves that the votes of gun owners and NRA members like you have saved or restored American freedom in recent elections—most notably in 1994, when we changed control of Congress for the first time in 40 years, and in 2000, when we defeated Al Gore in key states, denying him the White House.
But that power is a double-edged sword. If we don’t pick it up and use it, we lose it. Which means that gun owners who sit at home on Election Day have surrendered to President Barack Obama.
We face a crisis right now. Because freedom’s foremost Election Day army—gun-owning voters—may be AWOL without a trace.
The only way Freedom can survive today is if gun owners across America go “All In” on Election Day.
I know you’ve given in the past, and I thank you for your support. I know you understand the danger. But too many gun owners in America don’t.
That’s why, as executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, I’m calling on you today to send Obama his walking papers by helping give gun owners the truth that gets them to vote on Election Day. (Please see the sidebar story on p. 35 for details on how.)
Here’s the truth that you and I need to reach them with right now:
Obama’s Past Proves His Future Anti-Gun Plans Barack Obama and his national media cheerleaders will never admit it, but Obama has spent his entire political career—over 16 years—proposing, promoting or secretly supporting the most radical anti-firearm-freedom policies you can imagine.
Gun bans. Ammunition bans. Punitive taxes on firearms and ammunition. Bans on the use of firearms in self-defense, even in your own home.
So don’t be fooled by the Obama campaign’s slick slogans and promises to protect your rights. Don’t let your friends, family and fellow gun owners and hunters be fooled. Don’t let the “mainstream” media lie to you, either.
When the Obama re-election machine tries to downplay or deny Obama’s lifelong history of attacking your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms—and then the national media swear to those lies—set the record straight by citing chapter and verse of the truth.
And the documented truth is that his proposals, his votes, his positions and his public statements over the years all prove that Barack Obama is the most anti-gun president ever to occupy the Oval Office.
Just look at Obama’s history:
• Obama supports ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of all handguns (1996).
• Obama endorses ban on the sale or transfer of all semi-automatic firearms (1998).
• Obama supports 500 percent increase in taxes on both guns and ammunition (1999).
• Obama proposes banning gun stores within five miles of any school or park (1999).
• Obama co-sponsors legislation limiting gun purchases to “one gun a month” (1999).
• Obama serves on board of directors of the radically anti-gun Joyce Foundation (1994-2002).
• Obama votes to ban hundreds of common, conventional rifles and shotguns (2003).
• Obama votes to prosecute victims who use guns for self-defense in their homes (2004).
• Obama backs federal law to abolish Right-to-Carry nationwide (2004).
• Obama votes to ban common rifle ammunition (2005).
• Obama votes to expose U.S. gun industry to potentially bankrupting lawsuits (2005).
• Obama votes to reject pro-Second Amendment Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito (2005 and 2006).
• Obama supports Washington, D.C., ban on guns in the home for self-defense and refuses to sign bipartisan “friend of the court” brief urging Supreme Court to overturn it (2008).
• Obama votes to jeopardize federal criminal investigations by opening up sensitive BATFE gun-trace data for manipulation by anti-gun politicians (2008).
If you think that’s bad, well, let me tell you something, You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Because those are just the things Obama did before he occupied the Oval Office.
Since then, he’s continued to indulge his contempt for your right to keep and bear arms—sometimes openly, sometimes covertly, but always with an eye to the long-term goal.
Obama’s First Term Sets The Stage For His Second Act: A Second Amendment Rampage Although Obama tried to run from his anti-gun record throughout his 2008 election campaign, as soon as he’d won the election, he went back to his anti-gun roots.
For example, Obama recently admitted—once again—his desire to re-impose the failed Clinton semi-automatic gun bans, a policy that he has supported, either quietly or covertly, since the day he won the presidency.
For evidence, all you had to do was look at the Obama transition team’s website—at change.gov—which listed, as one of the incoming president’s agenda items, “making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent.”
The Obama administration’s anti-gun bigotry was on full display even in its employment application questionnaire, which asked applicants, “Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun? If so, provide complete ownership and registration information. Has the registration ever lapsed? Please also describe how and by whom it is used and whether it has been the cause of any personal injuries or property damage.”
Obama’s stance on your firearms and freedom was also clear from the anti-gun, anti-hunting radicals he appointed to his cabinet.
From Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, to regulatory czar Cass Sunstein—who said that all sport hunting should be banned—to Attorney General Eric Holder, whose contempt for your gun rights ended up with him being found in contempt of Congress. It isn’t hard to see what Obama has in mind and the lengths he’s willing to go to take your guns.
Consider this string of seemingly unrelated events:
Less than three months after his presidential inauguration, Obama claimed that Mexico’s drug war “is being waged with guns purchased in the United States … more than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States …”
Almost simultaneously, officials throughout Washington were suddenly all spouting the same 90 percent nonsense, from Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder to U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin.
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