Skip to comments.LaPierre Decries Threat of Anti-Gun Elitism
Posted on 06/19/2008 9:13:37 PM PDT by neverdem
Behind every gun control law is a ruling elitist class that cant stand your ability to take care of yourself.
Thats the view from National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, who addressed an energized audience at the annual NRA members meeting in Louisville, KY, the morning of May 17. Portraying the gun rights battle that he believes is about to erupt anew across the American landscape as an us versus them scenario, the veteran gun rights leader warned his audience that the ruling class believes that you shouldnt protect ourselves the government should.
They dont give a damn about you, he declared. They couldnt care less about your safety.
LaPierre described this ruling class made up of corporate and legislative leaders as being opposed to concealed carry and personal protection, while at the same time completely abdicating any responsibility to protect people.
He recalled how the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina brought this issue to the forefront, when victims of that storm could not depend on police for protection, yet the authorities ordered troops to go door-to-door searching for firearms, which were confiscated.
[I]t was that confiscation that led the NRA, along with the Second Amendment Foundation, to file a landmark federal civil rights lawsuit against New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Police Superintendent Eddie Compass, and subsequently his replacement, Warren Riley, to stop the gun seizures.
LaPierre said this ruling class has conspired with the media ruling class to bury the story of those confiscations. However, if a police officer roughs up an armed criminal, they run that footage over and over until youre sick of it, he noted.
The ruling class hates street cops, too, LaPierre stressed.
With repeated applause from the audience, LaPierre also bashed ruling class legislators who are opposed to so-called castle doctrine statutes that allow citizens to stand their ground and fight back against criminal attack.
Your home is your castle, he said. You dont have to retreat.
From his remarks, it was easy for the audience to follow LaPierre to the current situation in Washington, DC, where the Supreme Court is expected to hand down a ruling within days that defines the Second Amendment, and whether a handgun ban in the District of Columbia is constitutional under that definition.
Criticizing the ban, LaPierre noted, If I dont want to be thirsty, I drink water. If I dont want to be hungry, I eat food. If I dont want my family attacked, I own a gun!
He told the audience that the NRA will not consider the legal challenge to the gun ban a victory until law-abiding citizens in the District can purchase a gun legally and take it home.
His barbs then shifted to anti-gun New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and his attacks on gun dealers in other states.
Bloomberg is not concerned about prosecuting criminals, LaPierre asserted, after noting that only one out of a hundred felony arrests ever results in a trial in New York City. But instead of concentrating on prosecuting and imprisoning hard-core felons, he noted that Bloomberg has Wal-Mart taking photos of law-abiding citizens who are purchasing firearms.
New York is home to the United Nations, and that, said LaPierre, is a breeding ground of international global elitists. He warned that the UN wants to force on the world what the DC government wants to force on its citizens.
The ultimate goal of the global gun control movement, he said, is to disarm people all over the world.
But then LaPierre took the argument to neighborhood schools and college campuses, where he said that a gun-free zone for students is nothing but a risk-free zone for killers.
It marked a reversal of remarks he made in 1999 in the wake of the Columbine massacre, when he stated that we believe in absolutely gun-free, zero-tolerance, totally safe schools.
That means no guns in Americas schools, period, he said at the time.
But times have definitely changed, and LaPierrepredicting that he will be vilified for bringing it up, but I dont caretold the audience that The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
Instant responders, he said, alluding to armed teachers, school staff or in the case of college campuses, armed students, are always better than first responders.
Reminding NRA members that we built this nation with spunk, LaPierre said colleges and universities should honor concealed carry permits and licenses. While the NRA doesnt encourage firearms on campuses, we discourage bans, he said.
The time has come, he observed, for schools to develop security plans that include parents, teachers and other volunteers with concealed carry permits.
Armed intruders at schools, he said under this scenario, will be met with armed resistance.
He noted that every public opinion poll on self-defense and gun rights comes down on our side. LaPierre said the NRA speaks for more Americans than the Democrats and Republicans.
He closed his remarks by noting, The only true ruling class is represented in this room today, and I am proud to be one of you!
Dave Workman is the senior editor of Gunweek Magazine.
For those who want to become an NRA member:
I plan to join.
No endorsement? Perhaps I may reconsider & join again.
Just to remind everyone that confiscations do happen....
To disarm the people is the best and most effective way to enslave them. George Mason
Whenever . . . the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction. St. George Tucker
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
Thanks for the links.
It is with much trepidation that I await the SCOTUS decision.
“Behind every gun control law is a ruling elitist class that cant stand your ability to take care of yourself.
Wayne do you mean an elitist like harry reid whom you helped elect with your endorsement over Jim Gibbons?
Imagine, reid is one of the elitist! Who would have taught that?
With the supremes about to advise us whether we have "rights" the NRA (of which I have been a member since 1964) are telling us they now see the light? That their constant settling for the lesser of evils is over?
There is an enormous gap between what the NRA says and what they do
“Ruling class” against the Second Amendment, and against cops on the street???
Since when has LaPierre started talking down to his audience and using Marxist-Leninist jargon as utilized by Al Sharpton, Michelle Obama, et al??
LaPierre should be specific just who is in his perceived “ruling class”. Bush and Cheney, and millions of other leaders, are not “Michael Bloombergs”, (it should not be necessary to state...)
The LEFT, Mr. LaPierre, and specifically the leftist core of the Democratic Party, is the sworn enemy of the Second Amendment.
Careful there, There are a fair number of Republicans that are part of that “ruling elite” that believe the same as the “liberal” democrats. Bloomberg is an R, Guiliani is an R and they gun grab as a knee jerk reaction. Bill McCollum, Florida AG once stated that Gun rights can be limited as the Government needs for convenience of law enforcement. He clearly does not understand “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”!
I don’t see LaPierre “talkign down” to us. I see him echoing what many of us have been saying for years.
A darn good speech!
That's why I had a certain young man read it last night. Away from the eyes of his Mommy. We had a wonderful talk afterwards....
Perhaps it is necessary to state.
I'm an NRA member, and a GOA member. It's an excellent speech, aimed at whoever it fits... gun banners of any ilk.
Tell the young fella to bring it to school and pass it around. Maybe to ask a teacher if it’s true. That’s stir up the parasites in that school district.
Thats sure to stir up .......
NRA is going to have to do more than have LaPierre make good speeches. They need to display a more “in your face” activist attitude toward the gun-grabbing hack politicians in Washington. NRA’s Washington lobbyists need to be retrained to tell the good guys from the bad and to act accordingly.
Right on target.
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