Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

Standing Guard--August 2006

Thursday, July 27, 2006

STANDING GUARD

WAYNE LAPIERRE, NRA Executive Vice President

For the ultimate definition of the term “illegal gun,” look no further than the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans’ door-to-door gun confiscation

ith New York billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg emerging as the kingpin of a renewed culture war against private ownership of firearms, the phony term “illegal gun” is everywhere in the media. It is snake-oil designed to delude the general public, and it is a scam term used by those dedicated to smothering our Second Amendment freedoms.

For the ultimate definition of the term “illegal gun,” look no further than the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans’ door-to-door gun confiscation.

We must never forget the vision of armed government agents forcing their way into private homes and businesses and, at gunpoint, disarming innocent civilians of their only means of defense against the violent criminal anarchy that filled the vacuum left by a non-existent police presence.

In the minds of the enemies of the Second Amendment, there is no distinction between decent Americans who own firearms and violent criminals.

Illegal guns? With an official edict by the top law enforcement officer in New Orleans—“No one is allowed to be armed. We’re going to take all the guns!”—every firearm owned by good and honest citizens instantly became an “illegal gun.”

Our answer to the tyranny of New Orleans is a resounding never again!

To keep that promise, NRA successfully petitioned the courts to force the return of hundreds of lawfully owned guns declared “illegal” by the edict of rogue city officials who later claimed the confiscations never happened.

NRA has also pressed hard for enactment of federal legislation to ban such unconstitutional firearm seizures during any future declared emergencies. Similar state legislation has been introduced in legislatures nationwide and has gained passage in Louisiana, Florida, Alaska, Idaho, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Mississippi, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Virginia.

If the tyranny of New Orleans represents the worst nightmare for American gun owners, it is the dream—the endgame—of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s campaign to coalesce other urban machine politicians against gun owners who live free of the tyranny of gun-ban cities.

When Bloomberg talks about the flow of “illegal guns” from states with “weak laws” to his city, it is a big lie that ignores the fact that any and all aspects of gun-running or criminal violence with guns anywhere in the nation is covered by a single, tough federal statute and is punishable with mandatory jail time.

In spite of the clear intent of Congress to end malicious lawsuits bankrupting the firearm industry, Bloomberg and his big-city allies are using their “illegal gun” scam to pursue a new spate of suits in federal court.

Bloomberg is living proof that in the minds of the enemies of the Second Amendment, there is no distinction between “legal guns” and “illegal guns,” and never a distinction between decent Americans who own firearms and violent criminals. Whether it’s their greedy trial lawyer allies, or the Brady Campaign or the Violence Policy Center, the claim that “all guns start out legal” means they are after our guns.

That is exactly what Rebecca Peters, the self-proclaimed leader of the world firearm prohibition movement, says in demanding an immediate and binding U.N. gun-ban treaty that would trump our Second Amendment. Explaining her success in disarming licensed Australian gun owners of their registered semi-auto or pump shotguns and self-loading rifles, she said:

“… [M]ost illegal guns are simply legal guns that have been stolen or sold second-hand. Since the supply source for the illegal market is legal owners, imposing greater accountability on legal owners will cut down the flow to the illegal market.”

“Accountability?” In her words, that’s when government “recognized the inherent inappropriateness of these highly dangerous weapons and took away nearly 700,000 of them to be melted down into soup cans and bus-stop benches … .”

Whether it is on an international, national or local scale, the goal is the same—best summed up in a Washington Times article on the Bush administration’s forceful “No!” to a world gun-ban treaty, quoting a major U.N. supporter demanding “the need to rein in illicit weapons while they are still legal … .”

That is what Peters’ U.N.gun-ban treaty and what Bloomberg’s campaign of big-lie publicity and big-lie lawsuits are all about.

With the current pro-Second Amendment majorities in the U.S. House of Representatives and us Senate, their dreams cannot become our nightmare. That’s why in the coming federal elections, we must make sure that this pro-gun majority remains in place. If you know Second Amendment voters who are not registered, get them signed up. If you can vote early, do so, and work to educate friends, family and neighbors that the threat to our freedom from the Bloombergs and Peterses will become reality if one of their allies like Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi becomes speaker of the house, and Senator Chuck Schumer assumes a leadership role in the Senate.

IN THIS ARTICLE
Emergency Powers Laws
TRENDING NOW
Washington: Substitute Version of Gun Control Bill Passes House Committee

Friday, January 19, 2018

Washington: Substitute Version of Gun Control Bill Passes House Committee

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee passed Substitute House Bill 1122 out of committee on a 7-6 vote.  This bill, which would require gun owners to lock up their firearms or potentially face criminal charges, will ...

Washington: Trigger Modification Ban Passes Committee

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Washington: Trigger Modification Ban Passes Committee

Earlier today, the Washington state Senate Law & Justice Committee passed Senate Bill 5992 out of committee with a 4-3 vote. As drafted, this legislation has overreaching language that would ban modifications commonly made to ...

Crossing the Line – Firearm Preemption Protection Under Attack

News  

Friday, January 19, 2018

Crossing the Line – Firearm Preemption Protection Under Attack

Gun control groups are fond of describing preemption as a doctrine whereby a state has stripped local governments of their power to regulate guns.

Australia: Queensland’s Labor Party Government Targets MP for Gun Control Heresy

News  

Friday, January 19, 2018

Australia: Queensland’s Labor Party Government Targets MP for Gun Control Heresy

The sorry state of gun politics in Australia was put into stark relief recently, after Liberal National Party (LNP) Queensland Legislative Assembly MP Anthony Perrett took a principled stand in favor of his constituents’ gun rights.

Arizona: Signature Gathering Underway For Hunting Ban Initiative

Hunting  

Friday, January 19, 2018

Arizona: Signature Gathering Underway For Hunting Ban Initiative

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and their front-group “Arizonans for Wildlife” are currently gathering signatures for a ballot initiative that would ban the hunting and trapping of mountain lions and bobcats in ...

Washington: House Judiciary to Hear Gun Control Bills

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Washington: House Judiciary to Hear Gun Control Bills

On Thursday, January 25th at 1:30PM, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear several sweeping gun control bills.  NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters are strongly encouraged to attend the committee hearing to voice your opposition ...

New Jersey:  2018 Brings Bigger Challenges for New Jersey Gun Owners

Friday, January 19, 2018

New Jersey: 2018 Brings Bigger Challenges for New Jersey Gun Owners

A new Governor took the reins from Gov. Chris Christie this week, and a new Legislature has been sworn into office. 

Hawaii: Trigger Modification Ban Introduced in the Senate

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hawaii: Trigger Modification Ban Introduced in the Senate

Today, Senator Karl Rhoads (D-13) introduced legislation that would ban modifications commonly made to firearms by law-abiding citizens.  SB 2046 is currently pending a committee referral.  Please contact your Senator today and urge them to OPPOSE this ...

Indiana: Rifle Hunting Bill Passes Senate

Hunting  

Friday, January 19, 2018

Indiana: Rifle Hunting Bill Passes Senate

On Thursday, January 18th, Senate Bill 20 passed the Indiana state Senate by a vote of 47-2 and will now move to the House.  

Eighteen States, Law Enforcement, Doctors, and Firearm Rights Groups File Amicus Briefs in Lawsuit Challenging California 10+ Magazine Ban

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Eighteen States, Law Enforcement, Doctors, and Firearm Rights Groups File Amicus Briefs in Lawsuit Challenging California 10+ Magazine Ban

On Friday, January 12, several amicus briefs were filed in the NRA and CRPA supported lawsuit challenging California’s restrictions against magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. The lawsuit, titled Duncan v. Becerra, challenges California’s ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.