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Our Fight Is A Battle For The Right To Survive

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By Wayne LaPierre

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ou and I have never lived through a
moment like this one. In the past several
months, we watched an unprecedented
wave of violence sweep across our nation-
fueled by a deep-seated hatred for mainstream
American values, and actively encouraged
by politicians who openly despise America's
founding freedoms.
Across the nation, the same governors
who want to disarm law-abiding citizens have
unlocked prison cells and released tens of
thousands of violent felons onto our streets.
Murder rates have skyrocketed in our big cities
and small towns.
Wanton destruction blazed across our TV
screens for months on end, while law enforcement
officers were forced to stand down in the face of
firebombers, looters and armed, violent thugs.
And as our cities have burned and lives have
been cut tragically short, gun-ban politicians
have painted a bright-red target on freedom's
back-claiming that your values and your
political views and your lawfully-owned guns are
the root cause of this anarchy and bloodshed
that they enabled.
I never thought I'd see this level of insanity
in the United States of America. I never thought
we'd see major political leaders openly advocating for mob rule while declaring that American
freedom should be killed off like a rabid dog.
In Chicago, gun-hating Mayor Lori Lightfoot
allowed her city to be transformed into a war
zone, with more murders on May 31st of this
year than on any other day in recorded history.
Countless Chicago businesses have been
destroyed by arsonists and looters. Twentyfive thousand felons have seen their charges
dropped. In the most gun-controlled city in the
United States, citizens are sleeping on the floor
in fear of stray bullets from so-called "peaceful
protesters" and warring gangs.
Instead of getting tough on criminals,
Lightfoot diverted more than 100 police officers
to protect her own residence-declaring,
"I have a right to make sure my home is
secure"-and then called for more gun control
aimed at disarming those who obey the law.
In Virginia, extremist gun-ban governor
Ralph Northam signed multiple "gun-control"
bills into law this past year. Next, he slashed
penalties for assaulting police officers and set
thousands of convicted felons free, including
one who'd executed a law enforcement officer.
In Portland, Ore., anti-gun Mayor Ted
Wheeler apologized to the mobs when law
enforcement officers tried to intervene after
more than 100 straight days of rioting. But when
protesters arrived in his own neighborhood, he
put his tail between his legs and fled the city.
In Philadelphia, District Attorney Larry
Krasner has allowed seven times as many
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criminals to walk free compared to the
previous DA-including gun criminals. Krasner
openly boasts that keeping criminals out of
prison and on the streets is his "proudest
accomplishment." In the meantime, Philadelphia
is suffering a historic crime wave-and lawabiding citizens are waiting one full year just
to apply for a Right-to-Carry permit and the
chance to save their own lives.
In Minneapolis, the city council voted to
dismantle the police department-then used
taxpayer dollars to hire private security for
protection of their own homes and families.
In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo and
Mayor Bill de Blasio-anti-gun extremists to
the core-have unleashed a crime wave like
New York City hasn't seen in 50 years. They've
teamed up to eliminate cash bail, empty prisons
and dissolve the 600-member anti-crime unit
that was getting criminals and their illegal guns
off New York City streets.
Yes, this is the same Governor Cuomo
who-in his own words-tried to "put the NRA
out of business" by hounding and harassing
financial institutions who refuse to sever ties
with us. His Attorney General Letitia James
has filed a dangerous lawsuit threatening
to dissolve the National Rifle Association,
motivated by her own personal view that NRA
is a "terrorist" organization.
That's right. In Cuomo and James' insane
world, violent criminals are victims, and the real
enemy is "terrorists" like you because you join
together under the NRA banner to protect your
right to survive.
It's beyond crazy. However, in every one of
these states and cities where criminals are running rampant and honest citizens are now living
in abject fear, the leftist playbook to destroy
freedom is wide open for anyone to see:
Empty the prisons.
Ignore the mayhem.
Hamstring the police.
Surrender the streets.
Build an armed wall of defense around their
own homes and families.
Then, hold freedom hostage, and demand
that honest citizens give up their guns as the
price for ending the anarchy and bloodshed.
We've never seen anything like this in the
history of this nation.
For 150 years, NRA has stood like a rock
to make sure that law-abiding Americans will
always enjoy the freedoms that were enshrined
for us in the United States Constitution.
But this time, it's not just our Second
Amendment rights at stake. It's our country as
we know it-and literally our own right to survive.
Anti-gun politicians are trying to hold
freedom hostage until we submit to their list
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