Wayne LaPierre And The Apocalypse

BY Herschel Smith
11 years, 5 months ago

Kurt Hofmann has a must-read article on the connection between gun confiscations and gun registration (or so-called universal background check).  It’s an issue I have been discussing for some time.  Kurt begins his article this way.

St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner is a frequent and vocal critic of the NRA (see here and here for recent examples), often wondering if the organization’s leadership is merely naively optimistic, à la Neville Chamberlain, in its dealings with the forcible citizen disarmament extremists, or actively collaborationist, à la Vidkun Quisling. Honesty requires, however, acknowledgement of effective steps the NRA does take in defense of gun rights.

Read the rest at Examiner.  Taking off on this honesty though, I have also been a critic of the NRA before, begging, as it were, the NRA to put its full force behind educating the public to the dangers of universal background checks as a pretext for and necessary precondition to a national gun registry, which is itself a precondition for gun confiscations.

Today I received a flyer in the mail from the NRA where they said exactly that.  The NRA might be frustrating at times, but they are still the largest and most powerful gun rights organization in America, and it matters what they say.  I don’t partake in pitting one organization against another.  That’s a loser’s proposition, and it’s what the enemy wants us to do.  I sincerely appreciate each organization that protects gun rights and stands against the totalitarian state.  I will correct them when they wander, and praise them when they do well.

Moving on to Wayne, he is under criticism these days, most notably for his belief in a coming apocalypse and the prudence of guns to address it at a personal level.

National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre is again under fire after penning an op-ed that claimed Americans need guns to fight off rampant gangs, terrorists and psychotics.

LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president, claimed the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy showed what the future would hold, and why every law-abiding citizen needs to arm themselves.

“We saw the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia,” he wrote in the Daily Caller. “Looters ran wild in south Brooklyn. There was no food, water or electricity. And if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark, or you might not get home at all.”

Immediately LaPierre was attacked. Former GOP congressman Joe Scarborough said, “He has lost his mind,” on his MSNBC show Morning Joe, while President Barack Obama’s strategist David Plouffe called the NRA head “delusional.”

In his argument against new gun control laws, LaPierre described a world where Americans would be defenseless without guns and fall prey to everything from terrorists and Latin American drug gangs to civil unrest and looters in the wake of natural disasters. He said Americans would, in effect, be crazy not to arm themselves against the coming calamity and to rise up in protection of their Second Amendment rights.

Well, Joe Scarborough is a moron and so the balance of what he said is unimportant, but let’s consider the state of the union for a moment.

Pakistan is now our enemy.  We are withdrawing forces from Afghanistan after having lost the campaign because we wanted to wage nation-building instead of war.  Libya is now a disaster, and we left our men to perish in Benghazi with forces available to respond to their need.  Iran is headed towards a nuclear weapon and Israel is alone in her quest for self preservation.  War is coming to the Middle East, and we won’t be energy independent when it happens mostly because of the EPA.

Russia is reasserting itself unopposed in its “near abroad,” and China owns 1.17 trillion in U.S. Treasury Securities.  Our Southern border may as well not exist, and MS-13 is in every major city in the U.S., and most smaller cities, while some in the border patrol and law enforcement across America are bought off with drug money.  The cartels South of the border have morphed into transnational warlords who kidnap, extort, murder, traffic, and torture, and they’re moving North.

We’re in horrible national debt, and our unfunded liabilities reach a staggering $87 trillion.  Within ten years, the interest on the national debt will reach $10 trillion per year, the unemployment rate is still hovering around 8% or higher, the under-employment rate is still around 18% or higher, a recovery is nowhere in sight and won’t be until we get spending and entitlements under control, half of the American people don’t pay federal taxes, 47 million people rely on food stamps and that roll is growing at the rate of 11,000 per day, and the U.S. Marines are set to lose 20,000 men.

We are too broke to refuel our aircraft carriers, the administration has – for now – gotten away with walking guns across the Southern border in an effort to bolster support for gun control in America, food prices may soon soar, and amidst it all, the administration is working hard on that currently critical need to take guns away from the American people, which would of course be the catalyst for fourth generation warfare in America.

I think Wayne is on solid ground here.  In short, good flyer in the mail, good call on a former ally turned enemy, and keep it up.  As for the apocalypse, I don’t have to be told by anyone.  I’m doing my best to prepare for it.  Are you?

UPDATE: Thanks to Mike Vanderboegh for the link.

UPDATE #2: Thanks to David Codrea for the link.

UPDATE #3: Thanks to David Hardy for the link.

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  1. On February 15, 2013 at 10:51 am, Jean said:

    Mien Gott–You could have saved the gloomy news for Monday, its Friday- Scrarborough is an a** clown and that co anchor should be drawing a check from Pravda.

  2. On February 15, 2013 at 11:05 am, Draco said:

    Having been a voice in the masses for some thirty years I see the current path little changed. We have been assailed by socialist programs since the turn of the century and at time nearly broken by the creators of our plight, the paper money pushers. The experiment in socialis/marxist systems failed at Plymouth but we have been too asleep to realize that it has been ever reserected again and again. We continually see that so called utopian systems never prosper but we are again and again subjected to the corrupting influence of something for nothing propositions that destroy personal inititive, national pride and moral resolve.

    Socialism/Communism and all the other isms never serve anything but to conscentrate the power in the hands of a few. It is always violent, it is destructive to peace and is itself corruption of every positive human trait.

    Capitalism is equally evil. It is used to create monopoly and hands the wealth and productivity of a people to those who are so morrally corrupt that they would see another human perish than to give an alm to save a life. If they plead equality let them be the example. Free enterprise is akin to equality for all. But it seems that the monopolists schemes and the communists antagonism are comingled and strangles freedom at every turn. They are, on deeper observation, and research one and the same. No one ever sees the dictator give up their power as the money changers do not give alms. They are in fact hand in glove. Our own political system is awash with interests vieing for more even though they have no want. They seek to monopolize power even though they will not treat themselves with the same laws they put their thugs upon the people for.

    The Constitution states that there shall be no titles of nobility, yet the present condition is that the legislature, executive and judiciary combine to ensure a constructed elite class. Even the Marxists consider themselves elite while they preach equality. Listen to their actions and not their words, hear they creaping design for power and not the lies of their mouth, don’t dwell in the condition of denial but see them for what they are, mark who they are and remember that our part is to at least die well. We may spill our blood upon the ground but let us hope we are not cowards enough to have chains about our necks when we do.

  3. On February 15, 2013 at 1:45 pm, Steve Ramsey said:

    Anyone who wants to put down Wayne at this point needs to realize that he’s THE man right now. If we ever get to he surface long enough for a few deep breaths, then we can argue about him.

    The only place where he and I diverge, is that he leaves the threat from our own government out of the mix. It doesn’t mean, however, that he doesn’t believe it.

    For whatever reason, and no matter what the hard core among us think of him, it is readily apparent that politicians FEAR Wayne LaPierre.

  4. On February 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm, N1K2 "George" said:

    The President and the entire leftists/statists of America keep saying they’re not going to take your guns, with all their executive orders and legislative proposals.

    Watch what the shameful organs of the state are willing to do to grandma with her .22 revolver:


  5. On May 4, 2013 at 11:31 pm, Henry Bowman said:

    Wayne is at his worst not when he is “exaggerating” federal tyranny (e.g., “jackbooted thugs” flap), but when he is overestimating federal good will (e.g., “veterans’ gun rights are not at risk from this legislation”).

    In every case where NRA had argued that its course of action will lead to good result A, and Gun Owners of America has argued that it will instead lead to bad result B, GOA has been right. That’s not a good record.

    Their endorsement of what is now known as the Veteran’s Disarmament Bill; their endorsement of Bob Dole, Libby Dole, and Harry Reid; their backing of the “wrong” National Right to Carry Bill; their early opposition to constitutional carry in Arizona and Alaska; their opposition to the filling of the Heller lawsuit, arguably the greatest pro-gun victory in the past 100 years; and on and on.

    NRA may be the 8,000-pound elephant in the room, but GOA is the keen-eyed eagle.

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