American Rifleman - August 2017 - 12
Media Rage Against Trump and
His Promise of a Better Nation
By Wayne LaPierre
Executive Vice President
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or the older members of our political
family, none have seen anything like the
mass hatred leveled at a sitting president. Hatred isn't strong enough. It is coldly
staged, organized rage. It's everywhere in a
willing media, and it's leveled against what
should be the normal peaceful change in
government. It is manufactured rage against
the good Americans who voted for a change
of direction for our nation.
In all of this, the media rage-machine is
promoting talk of impeachment-on nothing
but blind anger.
But the rage is not just against a good,
duly elected president, Donald Trump; it is
against his promise of a better nation. The
rage is against all Americans who want to
end the planned decline of the United States,
orchestrated by eight years of Barack Obama
and his political machine.
The elite rage is against you, me, our
families, friends and co-workers who believe
in Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America
Great Again." The rage is against Trump succeeding and keeping his promises.
Those who are orchestrating this relentless campaign are the keepers of the swamp.
This is a class-hatred most Americans in
modern times have never witnessed.
I say most Americans, because as NRA
members, we are used to the bigoted hostility of the media and the enemies of freedom.
We have borne the brunt of it since NRA
emerged as the most potent lobbying force
in the nation.
This year, we are celebrating the 40th
anniversary of what has come to be known as
the "Cincinnati Revolution"-the unique and
proud moment in the history of the association when members rose up in a spontaneous
movement and took back their NRA from
internal players who were hell-bent on abandoning the defense of the right to keep and
bear arms which they found embarrassing.
But the revolution, which made possible the power and status of the NRA
today, began two years earlier, in 1975,
when a handful of leaders-including then
Congressman John Dingell and just-past
NRA President Allan Cors, among others-
convinced the Board of Directors to create
a separate, independent lobbying arm-the
NRA Institute for Legislative Action (ILA). It
was a far-sighted move that the members
The Institute was staffed by young,
diverse and-above all-totally dedicated
men and women who worked tirelessly to
forever change the political landscape of our
nation. For all of these men and women,
losing was not in their vocabulary.
These remarkable pioneers understood the
collective power of NRA members. Under the
astute leadership of former NRA President
Harlon B. Carter, almost overnight ILA established itself as a force to be reckoned with. In
its first year of existence, ILA won battles on
Capitol Hill never thought possible.
But as ILA succeeded beyond expectations, forces within the NRA were organizing
an internal coup intended to abandon and
destroy this new lobby and move the NRA
in a whole new direction. Literally these
forces within the hierarchy and on the Board
wanted to move the NRA away from saving
the Second Amendment into policy areas to
curry the respect of the Second Amendmentdenying media.
THE ELECTION WAS ABOUT
RETURNING TO WHAT
LINCOLN DESCRIBED AS THE
VISION OF THE FOUNDERS-
A GOVERNMENT "OF THE
PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR
Their scheme to turn away from the
Second Amendment was doomed by the
rank-and-file members of the NRA through a
spontaneous reaction that came to a head at
the members meeting in Cincinnati in 1977.
During an all-night session of the Annual
Meeting of Members, ILA was saved and the
NRA was put on a permanent path with a
single goal-preserving the liberty uniquely
reserved to individual Americans. It was a
birthright moment, and it indeed changed
the course of American history.
That outcome at Cincinnati-the total
dedication of NRA as the oldest civil rights
organization in the nation-was a forceful
transition into the NRA we know today.
That solidarity was met with a new and
more hateful reaction by the media. From
then through today, the media has referred
to Cincinnati as a takeover by "radicals."
What is radical about being dedicated to the
preservation of the Bill of Rights for all peaceable Americans? If that is radical, then we all
should embrace the word.