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NRA Launches National Boycott Against ConocoPhillips

Monday, August 1, 2005

 

LaPierre says NRA will “spare no effort or expense” to defend firearm freedom of employees of anti-gun corporations --

NRA billboard campaign unveiled:

 “ConocoPhillips is No Friend of the Second Amendment”

 

(IDABEL, OK) – Vowing to “spare no effort or expense,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre launched an aggressive billboard advertising and national boycott campaign against energy giant ConocoPhillips, in response to the corporation’s anti-gun policy and actions.

 

            “Across the country, we’re going to make ConocoPhillips the example of what happens when a corporation takes away your Second Amendment rights,” LaPierre said at a rally of hundreds of supporters.  “If you are a corporation that’s anti-gun, anti-gun owner, or anti-Second Amendment, we will spare no effort or expense to work against you, to protect the rights of your law-abiding employees.  Their rights are worth more than your money!”

 

            LaPierre spoke at a rally to support Idabel employees fired by Weyerhaeuser because they kept legally owned firearms safely stored in their locked vehicles in a public access company parking lot.  Since the firings, the Oklahoma Legislature passed a bill to prevent such terminations, but ConocoPhillips filed a federal lawsuit to block the protective measure.

 

            “ConocoPhillips went to federal court to attack your freedom,” LaPierre said.  “Now freedom is going to fire back!”   At the rally, LaPierre unveiled a new billboard advertising campaign to target Conoco and Phillips 66 gas stations.  The billboard reads, “ConocoPhillips is No Friend of the Second Amendment.”

 

            LaPierre called on all gun owners and consumers to boycott all Conoco and Phillips 66 products, and asked Conoco and Phillips 66 retailers to urge their corporate brass to get on the right side of freedom and withdraw from the federal lawsuit.

 

            Most of all, LaPierre called on every state legislator in America to stand with NRA and protect the freedoms of law-abiding employees.  “You can’t say you support Second Amendment freedoms, then turn around and support anti-Second Amendment companies,” LaPierre said in a message to state lawmakers.  “Until ConocoPhillips supports the freedom of law-abiding Americans, we urge Congress and the state legislatures to turn a cold shoulder toward this corporation.”

  

On behalf of the fired Idabel workers, LaPierre reported that the NRA Civil Defense Fund is fighting in court to get those jobs back.  “Idabel, Oklahoma is a new Concord Bridge,” LaPierre said.  “Our forefathers didn’t run from the redcoats in 1775 and we’re not going to run from the corporations in 2005.”

 

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