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STANDING GUARD

President Biden Would Rather
Kill Freedom Than Save Lives

Y

By Wayne LaPierre

Executive Vice President

THE POLICIES
THAT BIDEN AND
HIS POLITICAL
ALLIES HAVE
FORCED ON
THE AMERICAN
PEOPLE...PROTECT
CRIMINALS AND
PUNISH LAWABIDING CITIZENS.

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ou and I are now in the battle of our
lives. Two of the most extreme, gunhating politicians in America-Nancy
Pelosi and Charles Schumer-control the
U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S.
Senate. Anti-gun legislation is on the move
in Washington, D.C., like we haven't seen in
a generation.
For his part, President Joe Biden (D)
has told gun owners point-blank that he
doesn't want to wait " another minute,
let alone an hour " to begin full-blown
confiscation of tens of millions of
lawfully owned firearms. As a precursor
to his ultimate goal, Biden has penned
numerous anti-gun executive orders, and
he nominated gun-ban lobbyist David
Chipman to head up the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Chipman is an anti-gun extremist
to his core. Under his leadership, there
is no question that the ATF would be
transformed from an agency charged
with cracking down on criminals, to an
agency that cracks down on law-abiding
gun owners.
Of course, this is all in keeping with the
Biden agenda: Ignore the criminals and
persecute the law abiding.
We saw it last March, when a madman in
Colorado murdered 10 innocent citizens in a
supermarket. Biden didn't put the blame on
the killer. He claimed he didn't have enough
" information " to condemn this heinous
criminal for taking 10 precious lives.
Instead, Biden pointed his finger straight
at law-abiding gun owners and told America
that we were to blame-you, me and our
Second Amendment freedom.
The fact is, we are now living in a twisted
political nightmare where our nation's
president and congressional leaders are
shielding violent criminals while waging
open war on the freedoms that make this
country the greatest nation on earth.
In their world, law-enforcement officers
are thugs to be defunded and disbanded,
while those who murder and terrorize
innocent citizens are somehow " victims. "
In their world, murderers and gun
criminals should be let out of prison to
" protect " them from COVID-19, and honest
people should be forced to live with these
violent felons in their neighborhoods and
communities.
In their world, wealthy and powerful
people have an ironclad right to 24/7
armed protection, while regular citizens
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deserve to be stripped of our guns and of
the freedom and security that the Second
Amendment guarantees.
Last year, we were forced to bear witness
to the full impact of their failed vision in
cities and towns across this country.
In Los Angeles, murders were up by 30%.
In New York, 40%. In Chicago, 50%.
In New Orleans, murders increased by
61%. In Seattle, 74%. And, in Milwaukee,
the murder rate increased by 94% in one
year alone.
Tragically, thousands of men, women
and children across this country are dead
because of the policies that Biden and his
political allies have forced on the American
people-policies that protect criminals and
punish law-abiding citizens.
The truth is, Joe Biden knows he could
save thousands of lives by simply enforcing
gun laws that are already on the books-
and by putting violent criminals in jail where
they belong.
But Joe Biden would rather kill freedom
than save lives.
And now, you and I are in a fight like
we've never faced before.
The battle lines are drawn. It's hardworking Americans versus privileged elites.
You and I and the NRA versus the guncontrol zealots who stand behind armed
guards while proclaiming that the U.S.
Constitution doesn't apply to us.
This is the battle we hoped we'd never
have to face. But I know it's a battle we can
win if we stand and fight together under the
NRA banner.
On that note, I'm proud to announce that
tens of thousands of new NRA members
continue to join our family each month.
Our sustained growth in membership is
a loud-and-clear message that patriotic
Americans will never give up their right to
arm themselves against the violent criminals
being turned loose on our streets.
This shows every politician in America
that we'll never compromise when it comes
to protecting our lives, our homes and our
loved ones.
Make no mistake, as the NRA continues
to grow stronger each day, Biden, Pelosi and
Schumer are forced to confront this reality:
If they want our guns, they can take them-
as our friend Charlton Heston used to say-
from our cold, dead hands.

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