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NRA Fights For Truth And Justice

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By Wayne LaPierre

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ou know it as well as I do-politicians
let you down. Principles never do. And
it's by fighting on principle that the
National Rifle Association is the oldest and most
successful civil rights organization in the history
of mankind. In fact, throughout our history,
our fight for civil rights has seen us not only
defending the Second Amendment, but also the
First Amendment.
Eighteen years ago, when freedom-hating
politicians in Washington tried to muzzle political speech by making it a crime to mention the
name of any candidate for office 60 days before
an election, it was the NRA, the American Civil
Liberties Union and others who fought back to
defend the First Amendment.
And today, as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
and his attorney general Letitia James continue
to weaponize government power to silence and
destroy your voice, my voice and the voices of
all NRA members, we're fighting back again with
the help of the ACLU and others. Not only to
defend our right to free speech, but also the First
Amendment rights of all Americans.
Cuomo and James think that if they can kill
the NRA, they can extinguish the torch of freedom that NRA members have kept burning bright
for 150 years. What they don't understand is that
NRA isn't just a concrete building outside of D.C.
The NRA, our values, passions and principles
beat strongly in the hearts of tens of millions of
Americans across this nation. Cuomo and James
can no more kill the NRA than they can stop the
sun from rising in the east!
But now more than ever, you, me and every
NRA member need to recruit as many of our
fellow, patriotic Americans to join us as we
possibly can. It's our strength in numbers and
member commitment that will ensure our next
150 years will be as successful as our first!
You've probably heard me say this before:
When you fight for freedom, you get more of it.
And NRA members fighting together over
the past four decades have achieved a historic
restoration of freedom that all Americans can be
thankful for. The truth is, after everything's said
and done, you and I win because we fight for
truth and justice.
There are about 25,000 violent crimes a week
in the United States. The 911 calls are chilling.
The statistics are numbing. The innocent are
being preyed upon. Everyone knows it. Who is
more responsible for protecting our lives and
the lives of our loved ones than we are? Why
should we give up our right to survive? We all
deserve a say in our own destiny!
However, by refusing to arrest, prosecute
and incarcerate violent criminals, politicians
abdicate their responsibility to protect anyone.
So we're not going to apologize for
defending our most basic freedom, because
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far too often in a dangerous world, the Second
Amendment is all we have. The fact is, at
the scene of any crime, it's most often just
the criminal and the victim. Despite the best
intentions of our police officers, when seconds
matter, they're minutes away. And if a growing
number of anti-gun politicians get their way, the
police won't be there at all.
We know that all of human society is best
served when good people can arm themselves.
At the very root of our American consciousness
is the truth that I have a right to defend myself!
Even gun-ban elitists live that truth! They
have armed protection. They lean on political
connections to game the system and get their
carry permits. If you're a celebrity, a billionaire, a
.300 hitter with the Mets, a Wall Street executive
or a friend of the mayor-all of them get the
permits they want. They all believe strongly in
their Second Amendment rights. They just don't
believe in yours.
In fact, the history of the gun-control
movement has always been rooted in elitism,
racism, terror and oppression of the worst kind.
The very first gun-control laws put in force after
the Civil War were designed for the singular and
specific purpose of denying African Americans
their Second Amendment rights. Why?
Because racist politicians and their allies in
the Ku Klux Klan wanted to oppress, terrorize
and murder African Americans at will and
without resistance. It was the NRA-from our
founding-that fought for and helped secure the
Second Amendment rights of African Americans
and all Americans.
The fact is, before the color barrier was
broken in professional sports, before it was
broken in schools, lunch lines, water fountains,
in the media or in Hollywood, the National Rifle
Association of America was already welcoming
all Americans-we've fought for civil rights and
constitutional freedom for all Americans.
And I promise you: We will never ever stop
fighting for the right of every law-abiding
American to protect themselves with a gun!
I still remember that powerful news clip from
Hurricane Katrina, when a reporter asked an
African American woman-in the midst of all the
devastation, looting and lawlessness-if she was
okay. She paused, thought about it, and said,
" I have my Bible and my gun-I'm fine! " Our
strength is in the hearts of Americans like her all
across this country.
And so to Joe Biden, Charles Schumer, Nancy
Pelosi and their sycophants in the media, I say:
If you don't care about our Second Amendment
right to protect ourselves, then you don't care
about us at all!
Don't talk to us about your plans for safety-
unless you defend our Second Amendment rights.

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