National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre is calling out President Obama.
“Americans are growing more and more sick and tired of Barack Obama,” LaPierre announces in a NRA video released Wednesday. “They’re sick of the sanctimony, the narcissistic celebrity, the dishonesty and growing number of failures.
“But more than anything, they have never feared for America’s future like they do right now,” he said.
In the 8-minute video, LaPierre explains that the president’s plan to “fundamentally change” America has manifested itself in many ways, not the least of which is through “what he misunderstands most about America – the Second Amendment, gun owners and the NRA.
“Against the will of Congress, and in defiance of our constitutional system, the president unilaterally decreed that anyone – any lawful citizen – who sells, trades or gifts even just one firearm might be vulnerable to arrest and charged with a felony,” LaPierre said.
“In the fog of vague rules and mysterious definitions, honest Americans are made vulnerable, forced into a maze of government bureaucracy, hiring lawyers to face the threat of consequences,” he continued. “When the law is a mystery, all that is left is fear.”
LaPierre points out that Obama’s recent executive actions mean older citizens on social security who have their financial affairs managed by someone else could be banned from owning a gun, and charged with a felony if they try to buy one.
He also cites the disturbing fact that the president plans to deploy four times more federal agents to enforce his edicts than military personnel sent fight ISIS terrorists.
“Let me be clear, the NRA will fight this illegal overreach more aggressively than we have ever challenged anything, but it will take time,” LaPierre said.
In the meantime, Americans will be forced to “tip-toe” through Obama’s gun regulations as terrorists, thugs and criminals ignore the rules and plot their next attack. LaPierre also highlights the Obama administration’s hypocritical reluctance to prosecute criminals for gun violations.
“Under the existing federal gun laws, he could take every felon with a gun, drug dealer with a gun, and criminal gang banger with a gun, off the streets tomorrow and lock them up for 5 years or more,” he said. “But under his direction, federal gun prosecutions have dropped dramatically.”
LaPierre goes on to describe one criminal in Obama’s hometown of Chicago who has been convicted of crimes five out of the last six years – including a gun charge – only to be released on probation to kill a cab driver.
“If the president really wanted to make America safer, he’d pick up the phone and tell his justice department to flip Chicago upside down until every criminal with a gun, criminal gang banger with a gun, and drug dealer with a gun is arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned to the fullest extent of the law,” he continued as news clips of city shooting scrolled on screen.
“That would make a difference. That would save lives.”
LaPierre explained why the NRA has resisted the president’s invitation to discuss gun laws through “pre-screened questions that lead to your long-winded answers,” and proposed a far better, unbiased way to discuss gun issues.
“I tell you what,” LaPierre said. “I’ll meet you for a one-on-one, one hour debate with a mutually agreed upon moderator on any network that will take it. No pre-screened questions, and no gas-bag answers.
“Americans will judge for themselves who they trust and believe on this issue, you or the NRA. Let’s see if you’re game for a fair debate. It’s your chance to show the American people you’re not afraid to meet the NRA on neutral ground.”
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