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NRA’s LaPierre: America Is Falling Apart, So You Should Get A Gun

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NRA’s LaPierre: America Is Falling Apart, So You Should Get A Gun

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Be afraid. Be very afraid. They’re coming for your guns, your ideals, your religious freedom, your identity, and your country. Band together in fear.

That’s the message that Wayne LaPierre, Executive VP and CEO of the NRA, gave to attendees of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which started today outside Washington D.C. Speaking to a boisterous crowd in a packed ballroom, LaPierre said that contemporary America was unlike anything he had seen before. No longer are “neighborhood streets filled with bicycles and skateboards and laughter,” because “something in our country has gone wrong. The core values we believe in, the things we care about most in our lives are eroding. The right to free speech, the right to gather…to practice our religion and raise and protect our families the way we see fit. Those aren’t old values, they aren’t new values, they are core freedoms that have always defined us as a nation, and we feel them slipping away.”

LaPierre has a laundry list of what’s eroding America: the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups. Benghazi. President Obama’s executive orders. Obamacare. The NSA. LaPierre also repeatedly bemoaned the “elite” media and pro-gun-reform politicians, who he says “have never been honest about the NRA. They hate us. Just for sticking up and saying what we believe, as if we have no right.”

Gun owners must be careful, LaPierre warns, or Democrats will use the upcoming midterm elections to lay “the groundwork to put another Clinton back in the White House.”

Since the government offers no protection — “We don’t trust government because government itself has proven unworthy of our trust,” he says — “We are on our own. That is a certainty.”

And, he added, “when you’re on your own, the very best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” (LaPierre repeatedly made a very strong distinction between the “good guys” with guns — a group that apparently includes every NRA member and every CPAC attendee — and the bad guys, who seem to be mainly burglars and drug dealers.)

This rhetoric, and the rhetoric of his entire speech, is nearly identical to that which he used when addressing CPAC last year. Then, the country was considering one of the most serious gun control efforts in years. Today, thanks in part to the NRA’s work, those efforts are dead. And yet LaPierre and his supporters still consider themselves the little guys, with their backs up against the wall.

LaPierre’s portrayal of gun supporters as a minority means they need to band together — nay, crusade — to fight for what he views as their rapidly disappearing rights. “Standing with the NRA is a massive declaration of individual rights…There is no nobler cause than saving the Second Amendment.”

“We are good Americans. We all love our country,” he continued. “And we are not about to stand idly by as the dishonest political and media elites try to slip our values away.”

All five million NRA members, and one hundred million gun owners, “will not back down, not now, not ever,” the NRA leader declared. “Freedom has never needed our defense more than now.”

LaPierre received a standing ovation for his speech and loud cries of support throughout his presentation — his session was the best attended of the afternoon. After he finished, scores of CPAC attendees spent the rest of the day sporting pro-NRA stickers, as the sounds of broadcasts from “NRA News” reverberated throughout the conference halls.

Photo: Pete Marovich/MCT

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27 Comments

  1. MBDElf March 6, 2014

    Okay, we need to stop presenting these stories and views as what these people actually think and believe — and remember that they are trying to get OTHERS to believe it. They are without a shred of honor, dignity, truth, or honesty. They have an AGENDA, and that is to pervert the thinking of hundreds of thousands of otherwise rational people…because their small-minded, fear-driven hate cannot FLOURISH otherwise.

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  2. Independent1 March 6, 2014

    The irony in what La Pierre is saying is that many states have in fact loaded up with more guns, and all it’s succeeded in doing is increasing the firearms mortality rate in those states. More than 90% of the states with the highest gun ownership are by far the least safe states; in total contradiction of La Pierre’s notion that more people need to buy guns to supposedly be safer.

    Fact is, that buying a gun would just increase a person’s likelihood of being killed by a gun by almost 5 times;especially if that person was a woman (like the mother killed by the Sandy Hook shooter). Not only are more than 90% of the states with the highest percent of gun ownership GOP-run states; it’s these states with the highest gun ownership that also lead the nation in the number of people per 100,000 who are killed by guns. So if the states with the highest gun ownership are the states with the most gun related homicides – how can the NRA keep saying that guns make you safer?? They can’t!! because it’s just one more blatant NRA lie!!

    Here are some gun related stats:

    Gunshot wounds impact severely on the criminal justice as well as health care systems. Some basic statistics are important in understanding the magnitude and severity of the social and economic burden to the U.S. The subject remains contentious. (Glantz and Annas, 2009)

    In the U.S. for 2010, there were 31,513 deaths from firearms, distributed as
    follows by mode of death: Suicide 19,308; Homicide 11,015; Accident 600. This makes firearms injuries one of the top ten causes of death in the U.S. The number of firearms-related injuries in the U.S., both fatal and non-fatal,
    increased through 1993, declined to 1999, and has remained relatively constant since. However, firearms injuries remain a leading cause of death in the U.S., particularly among youth (CDC, 2001) (Sherry et al, 2012).

    The rates of firearms deaths in the U.S. vary significantly by race and sex.
    The U.S. national average was 10.2 deaths per 100,000 population in 2009. The highest rate was 28.4/100,000 for African-American males, more than quadruple the rate of 6.3/100,000 for white males. (CDC, 2009)

    The number of non-fatal injuries is considerable–over 200,000 per year in
    the U.S. Many of these injuries require hospitalization and trauma care. A 1994 study revealed the cost per injury requiring admission to a trauma center was over $14,000. The cumulative lifetime cost in 1985 for gunshot wounds was estimated to be $911 million, with $13.4 billion in lost productivity. (Mock et al, 1994) The cost of the improper use of firearms in Canada was estimated at $6.6 billion per year. (Chapdelaine and Maurice, 1996)

    If these peaked your interest, here’s the link to even more stats that may surprise you:

    http://library.med.utah.edu/WebPath/TUTORIAL/GUNS/GUNSTAT.html

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    1. Bud Thibodaux March 7, 2014

      You seem to be very confused about guns

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      1. Independent1 March 8, 2014

        I’m not confused in the least – I know full well that owning a gun is nothing more than a liability – it’s gun owners who are misled and confused about guns; they are not a good means of protection. Here’s an excerpt from an article in the state library of Utah which in case you’re not aware is a red state. The excerpt pretty much bears out what I’m saying – the NRA is lying about guns being a good source of self-protection!!

        The issue of “home defense” or protection against intruders or assailants may well be misrepresented. A study of 626 shootings in or around a residence in three U.S. cities revealed that, for every time a gun in the home was used in a self-defense or legally justifiable shooting, there were four unintentional shootings, seven criminal assaults or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed suicides (Kellermann et al, 1998). Over 50% of all households in the U.S. admit to having firearms (Nelson et al, 1987). In another study, regardless of storage practice, type of gun, or number of firearms in the home, having a gun in the
        home was associated with an increased risk of firearm homicide and suicide in the home (Dahlberg, Ikeda and Kresnow, 2004). Persons who own a gun and who
        engage in abuse of intimate partners such as a spouse are more likely to use a gun to threaten their intimate partner. (Rothman et al, 2005). Individuals in possession of a gun at the time of an assault are 4.46 times more likely to be
        shot in the assault than persons not in possession (Branas et al, 2009). It would appear that, rather than being used for defense, most of these weapons inflict injuries on the owners and their families.

        Here’s the link to the whole article. That stats associated with gun ownership are not very good:

        http://library.med.utah.edu/WebPath/TUTORIAL/GUNS/GUNSTAT.html

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  3. Dominick Vila March 7, 2014

    Perhaps we should consider the hidden benefits of paranoia, which in this case may be found in investing in the arms industry, psychiatric clinics, and funeral homes. If you can’t fight them, join them! Judging by the amount of gun sales in most States, and the high incidence of gun violence and gun-related deaths, I think it is fair to say that there is a buck to be made out of what the GOP, Tea Party, the NRA, and the arms industry is proposing.
    I think that instead of reliance on astrologers, psychiatrists, placebos, and make believe, what we need is someone like Ike, who was not afraid to voice his opinion on this issue.

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  4. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh March 7, 2014

    I love this guy. Here are my rebuttals, for what they’re worth.

    LaPierre has a laundry list of what’s eroding America:
    the IRS’
    targeting of conservative groups – under Republican Presidents, the IRS targeting progressive groups and the FBI investigating them for “unamerican Activities”
    Benghazi. – 911, especially in light of numerous intelligence agencies AND the INS following the eventual perpetrators, but doing nothing about them
    President Obama’s executive
    orders. – Bush’s “signing statements”, i.e. “I’m gonna sign this law but this is why I am not going to obey or enforce it.”
    Obamacare. – The Medicare Doughnut Hole
    The NSA – The NSA (the whole Data Mining operation was set up under Bush.

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  5. Oarboar March 7, 2014

    There are gun owners, and gun nuts. And this just goes to bolster my contention that gun nuts don’t give a crap if America falls down around their ears just as long as they can hold on to their guns.

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  6. tdm3624 March 7, 2014

    Sure the NRA raises money through creating the specter of every gun owners worse nightmare (confiscation), but to be fair I hear the same fear-mongering from the other side (your neighbor will someday snap and kill you). So be afraid…be very afraid.

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  7. Lynda Groom March 7, 2014

    Fear and distrust of our government is how these guys build their bona fides. They play into the dark fantasies so many have of the ‘other’ to keep the rubes ginned up and afraid. Why? Because it works on the rubes. The ‘other’ can be one of various groups of our fellow Americans. Of course the LaPierre’s of the nation don’t believe that their twaddle is contributing to the very ‘falling apart’ they claim is happening all around us.

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    1. Independent1 March 8, 2014

      If the rubes who go bananas for guns would think about it for a minute, what else would they expect the leader of a club whose entire existence depends on the continued love of guns say other than “the skies falling, go out an buy yourself a gun”. And “you really need a gun for self-protection”.

      While in reality, owning a gun is more of a liability than a means of self-defense. And it’s not just me saying that, it’s those involved with medicine in the state of Utah (a red state) who support what I’m saying.

      Here’s an excerpt:

      The issue of “home defense” or protection against intruders or assailants may well be misrepresented. A study of 626 shootings in or around a residence in three U.S. cities revealed that, for every time a gun in the home was used in a self-defense or legally justifiable shooting, there were four unintentional shootings, seven criminal assaults or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed
      suicides (Kellermann et al, 1998). Over 50% of all households in the U.S. admit to having firearms (Nelson et al, 1987). In another study, regardless of storage practice, type of gun, or number of firearms in the home, having a gun in the home was associated with an increased risk of firearm homicide and suicide in the home (Dahlberg, Ikeda and Kresnow, 2004). Persons who own a gun and who engage in abuse of intimate partners such as a spouse are more likely to use a gun to threaten their intimate partner. (Rothman et al, 2005). Individuals in possession of a gun at the time of an assault are 4.46 times more likely to be shot in the assault than persons not in possession (Branas et al, 2009). It
      would appear that, rather than being used for defense, most of these weapons inflict injuries on the owners and their families.

      The link to the whole article which really puts the risks associated with owning a gun into perspective:

      http://library.med.utah.edu/WebPath/TUTORIAL/GUNS/GUNSTAT.html

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  8. Bud Thibodaux March 7, 2014

    The NRA is falling apart? Please disconnect the tube from your brain to your rear end causing you to fog up. This must be a left wing loon sect here. Get a life and fog off.

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    1. Sand_Cat March 7, 2014

      No one said the NRA is falling apart except you. Maybe you should try using what brain you have.

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      1. Bud Thibodaux March 7, 2014

        Liar Liar you did say that. Member of Menza!

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        1. Sand_Cat March 8, 2014

          Any more infantile comments?
          So your strategy is to fail to read the article and make some asinine statement about it, then just repeat the statement when your carelessness is exposed? You must be a great Republican/”conservative.”
          I believe the name of the group is “Mensa,” though I guess the use of “z” for zero is appropriate in your case.

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          1. Bud Thibodaux March 8, 2014

            I’m a Democrat and unlike you I’m aware of what’s going on with my country. My party is destroying the country that I have served and nim whits like you have no clue. you are a total dip stick.

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          2. Sand_Cat March 8, 2014

            Yeah, just like you’re a member of Mensa.
            Idiot.

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    2. jamesdontcare March 8, 2014

      Bud,
      ignore the demoheathen kitty cat.
      Not worth a response

      Reply
      1. Sand_Cat March 8, 2014

        Why don’t you two jackasses have your love affair elsewhere? You’re both hopelessly out of your element here.

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  9. jamesdontcare March 7, 2014

    Fear and distrust of government is for the intelligent people only.
    The demoheathen idiots who believe in such things as American idol and important things like that do not fear government because they are too stupid to be afraid.

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    1. Sand_Cat March 7, 2014

      What would a moron like you know about intelligent people?

      Reply
      1. Bud Thibodaux March 7, 2014

        Hey Sand Cat you need to find the litter box and bury your head in it.
        Then hold your breath.

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        1. Sand_Cat March 8, 2014

          Thanks for confirming my original assessment.

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    2. latebloomingrandma March 8, 2014

      America is a great experiment in self-government. We the people are also the government. Why are you living in such fear and paranoia? There’s medication and therapy for that.

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    3. Independent1 March 8, 2014

      “do not fear government because they are too stupid to be afraid.” Even the guy who wrote the 2nd amendment made fun of idiots like yourself. He made fun of the paranoids at the Constitutional Convention by saying that through their paranoia they were expressing their “chimerical fears” Fantasies of their imaginations.

      Here’s the last 2 paragraphs of Madison’s Federalist 46 paper:

      The argument under the present head may be put into a very concise form, which appears altogether conclusive. Either the mode in which the federal government is to be constructed will render it sufficiently dependent on the people, or it will not. On the first supposition, it will be restrained by that dependence from forming schemes obnoxious to their constituents. On the other supposition, it will not possess the confidence of the people, and its schemes of usurpation will be easily defeated by the State governments, who will be supported by the people.

      On summing up the considerations stated in this and the last paper, they seem to amount to the most convincing evidence, that the powers proposed to be lodged in the federal government are as little formidable to those reserved to the individual States, as they are indispensably necessary to accomplish the purposes of the Union; and that all those alarms which have been sounded, of a meditated and consequential annihilation of the State governments, must, on the most favorable interpretation, be ascribed to the chimerical fears of the authors of them.

      Go back in play in your sandbox kiddies!!!! Make the most of those fantasies of your imaginations!!!

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  10. jamesdontcare March 8, 2014

    ditto the bud Thibodaux response

    Reply
    1. Sand_Cat March 8, 2014

      What, cat got your pen? Not even bright enough to make your own comment, or just aware that it’s likely to be dumber than everyone’s but your Bud’s?

      Reply
  11. jamesdontcare March 8, 2014

    cat lady, you are very rude, and quite angry.
    The angry defensive people usually are feeling guilty about themselves.

    Reply

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