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OFFICIAL JOURNAL

SPECIAL REPORT

standing guard
By Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President

No New Gun Control

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hatever gun-ban schemes
morph out of the evil assault in
Tucson-whether from the antiSecond Amendment axis in Congress,
from the media, from New York City's
billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg or
from a full-blown Barack Obama White
House campaign-the nation's innocent
gun owners can count on one thing:
NRA's unalterable opposition to any
further erosion of our unique American
freedom. No new gun control. Period.
Here we are again, with a random
mass murder, facing the same gunobsessed publicity hounds who always
show up in the aftermath of an unspeakable tragedy. Their disrespect for the
American people and our free society is
beyond shameful.
Tucson: 13 innocent people are
seriously wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords; six people
dead, including a gifted 9-year-old child
and a respected U.S. District Court judge.
For this horror, gun owners are told that
we must pay the price with an incremental loss of our rights and freedom.
Nothing is new here: Columbine;
Virginia Tech; the political assassinations
that marked the '60s-all aberrations.
Yet we are blamed.
By all accounts, the accused Tucson
assassin was a publicity-seeking, twisted,
loner-loser who terrified his community
college classmates and teachers to the
point of being taken into custody by
campus police and banned from school
unless he cleared a psychiatric exam.
Reportedly his parents had been warned
by the police. He had a death shrine in
his back yard. His former friends were
frightened over what he'd become.
Students in his classes-long before
he joined the ranks of other loner-loser
mass murderers-said they were afraid
for their lives. Yet, nobody did the right
thing. Nobody with the authority to seek
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this "deeply disturbed" young man took
advantage of the law. He was a prime
candidate. Had the authorities acted
appropriately, Jan. 8, 2011, would have
been just another day in Tucson.
Instead, the sheriff nonsensically
blamed talk radio and political activists.
That theme was picked up by a lynchmob media that desperately wanted to
reverse the nation's new political dynamic.
When it became clear that the accused
killer never cared one whit about politics
or conservative talk radio, the big media
rounded up the usual suspects.
Usual suspects? You and me. Our freedom. We are being blamed for the acts
of a deranged madman, who sent signal
after signal that he was dangerous.
The carnage in Tucson was committed by one sociopath with one gun.
That horrific event has nothing
whatsoever to do with you or me, or any
of the 80 million citizens residing in
50 percent of American households who
privately own 300 million guns, of which
there are 100 million handguns. This
bears repeating: we are 80 million decent
Americans who would never contemplate, much less commit, a violent crime.
That's why there is not a single gun
law that would have "prevented" this
murderer from committing his crimes.
The threat of capital punishment didn't
stop him. The FBI found evidence on his
computer that he studied and accepted
death by lethal injection. He was prepared to pay that price. He was obsessed
with other assassins.
Of all of the vitriol aimed at us in
the aftermath of the Tucson rampage,
perhaps the worst came from HBO's Bill
Maher during a profanity-laced January
appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show
With Jay Leno." Maher's diatribe began:
"First of all, the NRA should just change
their name to the Assassins Lobby ...
stop the bulls--t about the Second
Amendment in the Constitution."

Leno, for his part, unthinkingly
repeated the gun-ban mantra that
"nobody needs" a large capacity "clip."
I would ask Jay Leno, who owns one of
the finest collections of rare automobiles,
to turn that argument on himself: "Speed
kills. Nobody needs a Duesenberg, or a
Ferrari, or a Shelby Cobra with all that
horsepower. Think of the carnage were
an insane or unstable driver to get hold
of one of your super-fast cars."
And don't tell me that an automobile
didn't figure in the Tucson murderer's
plans. He got to his killing zone in a car.
Nobody would buy that. So why
should anybody buy the same argument
about innocent people who own guns?
Yet the self-anointed elite ruling classes
have pounced on the Tucson rampage to
demand enactment of a magazine ban
that would make transfer of any magazine
that holds more than 10 rounds a 10-year
federal felony.
But there is a single "nobody needs"
argument that every free American
should embrace. Nobody needs a phony
"solution" that would make the innocent
pay the price for the guilty.
Gun control doesn't work. It has
never worked. Legislation doesn't stop
evil. Bad people do bad things that can
be stopped through their swift removal
from our civil and peaceable society.
We must work together in the
coming months to fight the onslaught
of gun-ban bills that this tragedy has
spawned. We must keep the pressure
on the Congress and state legislatures
with a simple message: No new gun
control! And each of us must do our
part to educate others as to the dangers
to American freedom inherent in that
indefensible phrase "nobody needs,"
especially when it comes to the Right to
Keep and Bear Arms.


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