Here is complete video of the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre responding to President Barack Obama’s 2nd Inaugural Address.
LaPierre made the case for the Second Amendment Rights of all Americans, and zeroed in on Obama’s statement that “we cannot mistake absolutism for principle.” LaPierre said Obama is trying to “redefine words so that common sense is turned upside down.” He pointed out that Obama is doing this in all realms of life, including in his desire to keep spending massive amounts of money we don’t have on social programs.
On Obama’s Gun Control push, LaPierre summed it up:
“Barack Obama is saying that the only principled way to make children safe is to make lawful citizens less safe and violent criminals more safe. That’s what it amounts to. Criminals couldn’t care less about Barack Obama’s so-called principles. They don’t have principles. That’s why they’re called ‘criminals.’”
On Obama’s desire to put the Federal Government in the middle of every private firearms transaction, LaPierre said there are “only two reasons for a Federal list on Gun Owners: To either tax them or take them.”
LaPierre got to the heart of the matter when he said of Obama’s desire to redefine everything in his own terms with his own meanings:
“When Barack Obama says, ‘We cannot mistake absolutism for principle,’ what he’s saying is that precision, and clarity and exactness in language and law should be abandoned in favor of his nebulous, undefined principles. I’ve got news for the President: Absolutes do exist. Words do have specific meanings – in language and in law. It’s the basis of all civilization. . . I urge our President to use caution when attacking clearly defined absolutes in favor of his principles. Mr. President: Just because you wish words meant something other than what they mean, you don’t have the right to define them any way you want, because when words can mean anything, they mean nothing.”
To buttress his argument about the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution being “absolutes,” he quoted from former Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black:
“There are absolutes in our Bill of Rights, and they were put there on purpose by men who knew what words meant, and meant their prohibitions to be absolutes.”
LaPierre said that what President Obama is doing in seeking to undermine the Second Amendment is that he “wants to redefine freedom, whittle away freedom, and infringe upon the freedoms that ‘We the People’ reserve for ourselves.”
From “Hannity” last night, here is an outstanding demonstration by World Champion Shooter Jessie Duff at the NRA Indoor Shooting Range in Virginia. Duff demonstrated shooting a variety of firearms first. She fired an AR-15, a Browning 30-06 rifle, a 12 Gauge Shotgun, a 9 mm handgun and a .45 caliber handgun. What was so interesting was that after she fired the rounds – three of each – she then went to the target area and pointed out the comparison between the different firearms in terms of the impact made by the different rounds. She particularly pointed out that the “big, bad, scary” AR-15 that everyone wants to ban shoots the .223 round which made the smallest impact of any of the firearms she fired! By contrast, the shotgun, which no one is talking about banning, left a gaping hole on the target.
Here is video of the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre on “Hannity” last night for an extended interview. LaPierre made it clear that the NRA will “stand and fight” for the 2nd Amendment rights of American citizens. He said President Obama and his allies are using the Sandy Hook tragedy to try and imposed a Gun Control agenda they prepared long ago. He continued to reiterate that the single act that can be taken right away that would immediately make America’s school children safer is to put armed security in every school – something the NRA called for a month ago, which was met with derision from the media. Now, President Obama has grudgingly signed onto at least some funding to give local schools the option of doing just that if they believe it to be the best course of action. His Executive order does not call it “armed security” but mentions “school resource officer,” whom you hope would be armed.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continues doing what he seems to do best these days – giving aid and comfort to President Barack Obama and his radical agenda. Here he labels as “reprehensible” the NRA web ad that simply points out the clear hypocrisy of President Obama being fine with armed guards at his daughters’ elite school, but not getting behind the NRA’s desire for every child in America to have the same kind of protection at their school.
“Reprehensible” is a good word for this situation. But it’s not the NRA ad that the word should be applied to.