An Open Letter From NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre:
SEND PRESIDENT OBAMA HIS WALKING PAPERS!
By Helping Us Give Gun Owners The Truth That Gets Them To Vote!
By Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President
This is it. We're down to the wire. It's now or never, victory or defeat. The time for talking is over.
On Election Day, Nov. 6—only a month from now—Americans will vote either to defend or surrender freedom in the most consequential national decision in U.S. history.
And I pray you read these words in time. Here’s why:
Ever since our nation’s birth at Lexington and Concord, Freedom has always depended on gun owners like you and me to step forward to defend her with our voices, our votes, our fortunes and our sacred honor. Freedom only prevails when gun owners go “All In.”
History proves that the votes of gun owners and NRA members like you have saved or restored American freedom in recent elections—most notably in 1994, when we changed control of Congress for the first time in 40 years, and in 2000, when we defeated Al Gore in key states, denying him the White House.
But that power is a double-edged sword. If we don’t pick it up and use it, we lose it. Which means that gun owners who sit at home on Election Day have surrendered to President Barack Obama. We face a crisis right now. Because freedom’s foremost Election Day army—gun-owning voters—may be awol without a trace.
The only way Freedom can survive today is if gun owners across America go “All In” on Election Day.
I know you’ve given in the past, and I thank you for your support. I know you understand the danger. But too many gun owners in America don’t.
That’s why, as executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, I’m calling on you today to send Obama his walking papers by helping give gun owners the truth that gets them to vote on Election Day.
Here’s the truth that you and I need to reach them with right now:
Obama’s Past Proves His Future Anti-Gun Plans
Barack Obama and his national media cheerleaders will never admit it, but Obama has spent his entire political career—over 16 years—proposing, promoting or secretly supporting the most radical anti-firearm-freedom policies you can imagine.
Gun bans. Ammunition bans. Punitive taxes on firearms and ammunition. Bans on the use of firearms in self-defense, even in your own home.
So don’t be fooled by the Obama campaign’s slick slogans and promises to protect your rights. Don’t let your friends, family and fellow gun owners and hunters be fooled. Don’t let the “mainstream” media lie to you, either.
When the Obama re-election machine tries to downplay or deny Obama’s lifelong history of attacking your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms—and then the national media swear to those lies—set the record straight by citing chapter and verse of the truth.
And the documented truth is that his proposals, his votes, his positions and his public statements over the years all prove that Barack Obama is the most anti-gun president ever to occupy the Oval Office.
Just look at Obama’s history:
• Obama supports ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of all handguns (1996).
• Obama endorses ban on the sale or transfer of all semi-automatic firearms (1998).
• Obama supports 500 percent increase in taxes on both guns and ammunition (1999).
• Obama proposes banning gun stores within five miles of any school or park (1999).
• Obama co-sponsors legislation limiting gun purchases to “one gun a month” (1999).
• Obama serves on board of directors of the radically anti-gun Joyce Foundation (1994-2002).
• Obama votes to ban hundreds of common, conventional rifles and shotguns (2003).
• Obama votes to prosecute victims who use guns for self-defense in their homes (2004).
• Obama backs federal law to abolish Right-to-Carry nationwide (2004).
• Obama votes to ban common rifle ammunition (2005).
• Obama votes to expose U.S. gun industry to potentially bankrupting lawsuits (2005).
• Obama votes to reject pro-Second Amendment Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito (2005 and 2006).
• Obama supports Washington, D.C., ban on guns in the home for self-defense and refuses to sign bipartisan “friend of the court” brief urging Supreme Court to overturn it (2008).
• Obama votes to jeopardize federal criminal investigations by opening up sensitive BATFE gun-trace data for manipulation by anti-gun politicians (2008).
If you think that’s bad, well, let me tell you something, You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Because those are just the things Obama did before he occupied the Oval Office.
Since then, he’s continued to indulge his contempt for your right to keep and bear arms—sometimes openly, sometimes covertly, but always with an eye to the long-term goal.
Obama’s First Term Sets The Stage For His Second Act: A Second Amendment Rampage
Although Obama tried to run from his anti-gun record throughout his 2008 election campaign, as soon as he’d won the election, he went back to his anti-gun roots.
For example, Obama recently admitted—once again—his desire to re-impose the failed Clinton semi-automatic gun bans, a policy that he has supported, either quietly or covertly, since the day he won
For evidence, all you had to do was look at the Obama transition team’s website—at change.gov—which listed, as one of the incoming president’s agenda items, “making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent.”
The Obama administration’s anti-gun bigotry was on full display even in its employment application questionnaire, which asked applicants, “Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun? If so, provide complete ownership and registration information. Has the registration ever lapsed? Please also describe how and by whom it is used and whether it has been the cause of any personal injuries or property damage.”
Obama’s stance on your firearms and freedom was also clear from the anti-gun, anti-hunting radicals he appointed to his cabinet.
From Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, to regulatory czar Cass Sunstein—who said that all sport hunting should be banned—to Attorney General Eric Holder, whose contempt for your gun rights ended up with him being found in contempt of Congress. It isn’t hard to see what Obama has in mind and the lengths he’s willing to go to take your guns.
Consider this string of seemingly unrelated events:
Less than three months after his presidential inauguration, Obama claimed that Mexico’s drug war “is being waged with guns purchased in the United States ... more than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States ...”
Almost simultaneously, officials throughout Washington were suddenly all spouting the same 90 percent nonsense, from Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder to U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin.
Conspiracy To Excise Second Amendment Freedom?
Behind the scenes, the Obama Justice Department was engaged in a deadly scheme dubbed “Operation Fast and Furious,” in which agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
allowed thousands and thousands of firearms to “walk” across the border into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
There was no coordination with Mexican authorities. Thousands of firearms were allowed to simply disappear—that is, until they turned up at crime scenes on both sides of the border, including hundreds of killings in Mexico, and the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
The Justice Department officials used “Fast and Furious” to try to make Obama’s claim true—that 90 percent of the crime guns in Mexico come from the United States.
They have used the hundreds of murders committed with “Fast and Furious” guns as justification for Obama’s order imposing gun registration on rifle buyers in four Southwestern states.
If “Fast and Furious” was just an innocent but misguided screw-up—as Attorney General Holder repeatedly claimed—then why did he refuse to release subpoenaed documents and stonewall Congress for well over a year?
If the scheme had no ulterior motive and no supervision or even knowledge from above, as Holder and Obama repeatedly claimed, then why did Obama invoke “executive privilege” to block the release of thousands of White House documents related to the scandal?
What are the president and the attorney general hiding? Why are they so afraid of revealing the truth?
And why have they shown such a clear contempt for the rule of law in so many ways over the past four years?
If they really want to protect the American people, why have they refused to enforce federal immigration laws? Why have they allowed Mexico’s violent drug cartels to infest hundreds of American communities?
If they really want to reduce armed violent crime, then why did prosecutions of federal gun crimes bottom out on their watch?
Re-elect Obama and we’ll never know the truth.
An Anti-Gun Supreme Court Can Take Your Guns Without A Fight
In his first term, Barack Obama has stacked the U.S. Supreme Court with two of the most radically anti-gun justices in U.S. history—Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
During Senate confirmation hearings, both Sotomayor and Kagan used the same code phrase—“settled law”—to suggest they would support the precedent, set by the Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, that the Second Amendment is your fundamental individual right.
Yet after she was confirmed to the Supreme Court by the U.S. Senate, Justice Sotomayor showed her true colors and did just the opposite of what she’d said, voting in McDonald v. Chicago to allow big-city bureaucrats to deny the Second Amendment rights of residents!
And if Elena Kagan’s past history is any indication, I’ll bet you she’ll do the same thing the first chance she gets.
But here’s the much bigger and more frightening point: Both of our recent landmark victories for the Second Amendment in the U.S. Supreme Court have been won by a margin of just one vote.
If just one Supreme Court justice had voted the other way, both of those victories for firearm freedom would have been profound, permanent and precedent-setting defeats.
Worse yet, if Obama wins re-election on Nov. 6, over the next four years he will very likely get to appoint three more Supreme Court justices.
Do the math yourself: Your Second Amendment rights are finished.
Together with anti-gun Justices Sotomayor and Kagan, Obama’s next three justices could command strong majority rule over the Supreme Court for a generation or more.
An Obama-stacked Supreme Court will not protect your Second Amendment rights from a United Nations gun-ban treaty that denies you those rights.
An Obama Supreme Court will not overrule the president—he will continue to abuse executive privilege, exploit executive power and refuse to abide by the rule of law.
With four more years of Obama, your firearm freedoms are gone. And we’ll spend the rest of our lives mourning the freedom we’ve lost.
This intrusion on freedom is the same kind of Obama arrogance that says, “I know better than you how you should live your life.”
Every freedom we cherish as Americans is endangered by Obama. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
It’s all on the line: Your firearms, your freedoms, all of the founding principles and solemn ideals that have made America a beacon of hope for people around the world for centuries—it’s all in danger of being lost if Obama wins re-election.
It is up to us to step forward, go “All In” and defend freedom with our voices and our votes.
Send Obama his walking papers—and send him packing back to Chicago. Go to www.nra.org/SaveFreedom to make your emergency contribution, or renew your membership, right now.
On Election Day, Nov. 6, together we can, and together we must, reclaim our precious freedoms as the last, best hope for mankind on earth!
This is it. It’s now or never. Every time one of you puts a check in the envelope, we’re stronger. Every time someone doesn’t, we’re weaker. America needs you.
NRA EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
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You Have The Power To Defeat President Obama NOW!
Dear Fellow Member:
Only a month from now, on Nov. 6, you and I will face the most dangerous and decisive election of our lives.
This election will decide not only the destiny of our Second Amendment rights, but everything that’s good and right about America. It’s a fight for our country, our values and every freedom we cherish and believe in.
Since taking office, President Obama has diminished our freedoms at every turn, until every aspect of American liberty is now in a state of decline.
And Barack Obama has shown enough of his hand that there’s no doubt about what’s in store for our Second Amendment rights if he wins a second term.
That’s why I’m urging you to make an emergency campaign contribution of $20, $30, $50 or $100, or extend your NRA membership by one year or more.
With your special contribution or membership renewal, NRA will have the strength to reach gun owners with Freedom’s message and get them to the polls.
To thank you for your leadership at this critical hour, NRA will send you our official NRA “Stars & Stripes” pocketknife. With its die-cut “Stars & Stripes” stainless steel handle, shaving-sharp stainless-steel blade and super-rugged construction, I think this will be one of your favorite knives for many years to come.
Whether you can make a special contribution, or renew or extend your membership, I urge you to do it today.
I’ve seen firsthand how your hard work, your iron will and your NRA support have the power to change history. You’ve won victories that no one thought possible.
Now, everything you and I have fought for all our lives has led up to this one decisive moment and we can’t afford for even one NRA member to sit this one out.
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