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OFFICIAL JOURNAL
Standing Guard
A Cynical Deception Like No Other
A
By Wayne LaPierre
Executive Vice President
s you and I survey the current
landscape surrounding our Second
Amendment freedom in this country,
it's impossible not to be optimistic and
proud of what we've all accomplished
together as NRA members.
There is an unprecedented level of gun
ownership in America. More and more
Americans are purchasing guns because
they know that there has never been a
more important time to own a gun-and to
have an ironclad right to do so. Permitless
carry laws are passing in states across the
nation-as are laws that protect our most
basic right to self-defense.
And is it any wonder, considering the
actions and inactions of anti-gun politicians?
You can see it every day in the paper and
on the news. Mayors all over the country
are acknowledging the fact that their cities
are experiencing a growing wave of violent,
deadly crime. Yet, at the same time, they're
throwing up their hands and saying they
don't know what to do about it.
Don't take my word for it. Just read some
of their ludicrous statements:
" We're not going to arrest our way out
of crime, " says Neal Noakes, deputy chief of
the Fort Worth Police Department.
" We've done almost all we can do, " says
Van Johnson, mayor of Savannah.
" There's nothing that's going to bring
this down in the near future, " says Cleveland
Mayor Frank Jackson.
" More police doesn't prevent crime, " says
Tishaura Jones, mayor of the most dangerous
city in the U.S., St. Louis. Jones ran for office
on the promise to defund the police, and
once elected, she did exactly that.
Not to be outdone in the lunacy
department, Congresswoman Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez let loose with this gem: " If we
want to reduce violent crime, if we want to
reduce the number of people in our jails, the
answer is to stop building more of them. "
Nancy O'Malley, a district attorney
in California, really highlighted how
her hands are tied like so many of her
counterparts nationwide. She recently told
the Washington Post that she has a 12,000case
backlog of criminals who will never be
brought to justice.
" We're just dismissing because we
know we won't see a courtroom, " she said.
" There was basically no consequence, " she
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went on. " We saw some people who were
released for low-level crimes come back and
commit higher-level crimes. "
Let's be clear. Every mayor in every city
in the United States has the ability to clean
SEPTEMBER 2021 I AMERICA'S 1ST
FREEDOM
up their streets tomorrow. Enforce the laws
on the books! Stop defunding your police
departments! Put an end to your revolvingdoor
justice system! Stop emptying the
prisons! Do away with no-cash bail!
But the fact is, they would rather kill the
Second Amendment than save lives. They'd
rather blame NRA members and law-abiding
gun owners for the violent crime wave they
know that they enabled, and, in many cases,
created, cultivated and encouraged. They'd
rather ignore the monsters plaguing their
cities and instead try to divert people's
attention to guns-inanimate objects-like
they have little legs and are walking around
terrorizing people.
EVERY MAYOR IN EVERY
CITY ... HAS THE ABILITY TO
CLEAN UP THEIR STREETS
TOMORROW. ENFORCE THE
LAWS ON THE BOOKS.
Every police officer who walks the street
knows that if you want to stop violent crime,
you take violent criminals off the street. You
draw a line in the sand. You send a message
to every other would-be felon that if you
commit the crime, you do the time. It's not
rocket science.
However, to the gun-hating politicians,
it's political science. That's the tragic truth.
Their goal is to brainwash America into
thinking the NRA, guns and the Second
Amendment are to blame. It's good politics
for them. It keeps money flowing into their
campaign coffers from billionaires like
Michael Bloomberg. It keeps their anti-gun,
anti-freedom base of supporters motivated
and angry.
When it's all said and done, what you
and I are witnessing right now is one of
the worst, most-cynical deceptions ever
perpetrated by the anti-gun political class.
But, as I said in the beginning, we have
reason for hope and optimism. Because a
growing number of Americans are seeing
through the spin. They recognize the political
theater for what it is, and they're embracing
their Second Amendment freedom in record
numbers. They're preparing for the world
that surrounds them.
And that freedom they embrace is made
possible by NRA members like you. For that,
they owe you a debt of gratitude. As do I.
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