Last night, National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre gave a speech “in defense of our individual freedom,” which you can watch below. He was calm and eloquent, explaining why all the the new proposed gun laws would only hurt “good, law-abiding people like you and me” and actually help criminals and crazies who won’t register their guns, who won’t participate in background checks, and who will most likely obtain weapons on the black market. The NRA has defended the basis for our democracy — the Constitution, especially the Second Amendment. It has done so very effectively. It is the NRA’s effectiveness that causes it to be the target of vitriolic defamation. The preface to LaPierre’s speech documents the slanderous hostility directed at the NRA, presenting terms/phrases used to describe the advocacy group like “paranoid,” “utterly tone deaf,” “evil,” “lunatics,” “the NRA headquarters is populated by crazy people,” “lobbyist for mass murderers,” and “desperate cornered rat.” Do these words from LaPierre sound evil?
… The Second Amendment is not just words on parchment. It’s not some frivolous suggestion from our Founding Fathers to be interpreted by whim. It lies at the heart of what this country was founded upon. Our Founding Fathers knew that without Second Amendment freedom, all of our freedoms could be in jeopardy.
Our individual liberty is the very essence of America. It is what makes America unique. If you aren’t free to protect yourself — when government puts its thumb on that freedom — then you aren’t free at all. …
Read the transcript to LaPierre’s speech and watch it below. Then decide if the NRA is “evil” and if the organization is made up of “lobbyists for mass murderers.”
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