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There Is No Freedom Without
The Freedom To Defend Yourself
A
By Wayne LaPierre
Executive Vice President
ll of human history shows us that a
disarmed populace is a vulnerable
populace. Vulnerable to tyrants.
Vulnerable to criminals.
Human history also shows us that an
armed populace is a free populace.
None of this is theory. It is a documented,
empirical, undeniable fact.
And yet, politicians, the media and the
super elite in Hollywood and business, are all
working together to hide that fact. More to
the point, they're working to manufacture the
deceitful perception that legal gun ownership
is something to fear, loathe and eliminate.
That's why when a bad guy commits
a crime with a gun, the story is amplified
nationwide, along with all the familiar
soundbites blaming you, me and the NRA.
We never hear about how the bad guy
dodged prison for previous crimes because
of an insane revolving-door justice system.
We never hear about how law enforcement
refused to prosecute him when they had
the chance.
And we rarely ever hear when good
people use firearms to save their lives or
the lives of their loved ones. Those stories
are buried, if they're even reported, all with
the express purpose of creating the false
impression that guns are rarely, if ever, used
for good.
Just read the stories below and tick off
how many you remember hearing about on
the nightly news, or reading about in a major
daily paper.
In Syracuse, N.Y., a man was on the
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street waving a gun, threatening people
and firing into a crowd. Thankfully, a lawabiding
concealed-carry permit holder was
on the scene. He drew his 9 mm pistol and,
according to the county's district attorney,
saved the lives of several individuals.
This past August, four masked thugs
kicked in the front door of a Phoenix,
Ariz., homeowner. But the homeowner
retrieved his handgun and fired multiple
shots at the attackers, sending them fleeing
into the night.
In Weatherford, Texas, a 67-year-old
woman came home one day to find a strange
car in her driveway. She found two men
who had broken into an outbuilding on her
property. She drew her firearm and held the
two intruders at gunpoint until police arrived
to take them into custody.
In Lake City, Fla., a violent criminal
armed with a shotgun tried to break into a
home with children inside. The homeowner,
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a law-abiding gun owner, shot the intruder
twice and sent him running. Deputies
found the criminal later, took him to the
hospital and charged him with attempted
home invasion robbery and aggravated
assault with a firearm, among other
charges. " People have a right to protect
themselves, " said Sheriff Mark Hunter, " I
am glad that this resident was prepared to
defend their home and family. "
In San Antonio, Texas, a homeowner was
awakened to a man trying to break into
his home. The homeowner confronted the
intruder, shot and wounded him, and waited
for the police to come arrest the perpetrator.
In Woodbridge, Va., a 44-year-old woman
was leaving her house when a masked man
with a handgun accosted her from the side of
her home. A concealed-carry permit holder,
the woman drew her firearm and shot her
attacker, likely saving her life.
In Miami, Okla., a man was awakened
when a thug broke into his home through a
bedroom window. The homeowner grabbed
his shotgun, confronted the intruder in the
living room and fired once, killing him. As it
turns out, the intruder had been released
from prison just a few days earlier and had a
long, criminal rap sheet that included assault,
battery, theft and child abuse.
These stories, of course, are only the tip
of the iceberg.
The fact is, nearly every major study
shows that Americans use firearms to
defend themselves, their families and their
fellow citizens anywhere from 500,000 to
3,000,000 times a year. The exact number
is nearly impossible to pin down, because
an untold number of defensive-gun uses go
unreported, either by the media or by
the victims.
Anti-gun politicians know these statistics.
They know the facts. They just don't care.
They'd rather trade the truth for political
power and campaign contributions from antigun
billionaires. But make no mistake about
it: When they say you shouldn't be allowed
to own guns, and when they rail against NRA
and the Second Amendment, what they're
really saying is your life doesn't matter and
isn't worth protecting.
There is simply no freedom without the
freedom to defend yourself with a firearm.
As NRA members, this is why we fight.
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