The CEO of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, took to the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday where he tore into Democrats who have made an issue of his organization’s opposition to new gun laws in the wake of the Newtown massacre. He slammed the “liberal media” for calling him and those who believe in the Second Amendment “crazy,” and insisted that neither he nor the NRA would back down from their opposition to new gun laws.
“I didn’t come here to be popular,” LaPierre said. “I came here to stand for what I believe is true.”
“The political elites, they may not like it. The liberal media can keep hating on me, but I’m still standing, unapologetic and unflinching in defense of our individual freedom,” he said to thunderous applause.
“They can call me crazy or anything else they want,” LaPierre continued. “But NRA’s nearly 5 million members, and Americans 100 million gun owners, will not back down, not ever. I promise you that.”
LaPierre said that the Second Amendment which protects individual gun ownership rights, is not a provision which should be subject to interpretation. “Our Founding Fathers knew that whiteout the Second Amendment and that freedom, all of our freedoms could be in jeopardy,” LaPierre said.
“If you aren’t free to protect yourself when government puts its thumb on that freedom, then you aren’t free at all,” he continued. “But they insult, they denigrate, they call us crazy for holding fast to that belief.”
“In their distorted view of the world, they’re smarter than we are,” LaPierre added. “They’re special. They’re more worthy than we are. They know better than we do.”
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