Quote of the day—Wayne LaPierre

The Right to Keep and Bear Arms in defense of self, family and country is ultimately self evident and is part of the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution. Reduced to its core, it is about fundamental individual freedom, human worth, and self-destiny.

We reject the notion that American gun owners must accept any lesser amount of freedom in order to be accepted among the international community. Our Founding Fathers long ago rejected that notion and forged our great nation on the principle of freedom for the individual citizen – not for the government.

The cornerstone of our freedom is the Second Amendment. Neither the United Nations, nor any other foreign influence, has the authority to meddle with the freedoms guaranteed by our Bill of Rights, endowed by our Creator, and due to all humankind.

Wayne LaPierre
July 14, 2011
NRA Delivers Remarks at United Nations Concerning Proposed Arms Trade Treaty
[The rest of the remarks are of a similar tone. It’s not that long and it’s worth reading the whole thing.

Although it would take two thirds of the Senate and an anti-gun president to get it through I have often considered a version of this treaty as the biggest threat we are facing. An anti-gun president isn’t that hard to come by and in the long term thirds of the Senate might be feasible under some circumstances.

MAIG also deserves a high ranking but their agenda is more susceptible to local political action and court challenges. A ratified treaty is a much different and more difficult beast to deal with.—Joe]

5 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Wayne LaPierre

  1. The first thing we can do is refuse, ever, to nominate anti-gun Republicans. If that means the Dems win one seat, so be it. It’s better for the GOP, anyway, since they lose more by not getting stuff done for their base than by losing seats in Rhode Island or Delaware. If the GOP is seen by America’s 100 million gun owners as the party that led them out of captivity, that’s 100 million voters who they will have for life (and who, on the rare occasions the GOP loses even so, will make sure the winners can’t do anything with their win).

    First to go should be Richard Lugar, a man who despised us so much he wouldn’t even sign onto the pro-Heller amicus brief. Even the Maine sisters did that much. Lugar is in a relatively pro-gun state, too, so he has no business being in the Senate.

  2. Silly me, I thought that the Bill of Rights was supposed to be above anything that Congress could pass through normal legislative channels. It is the glue that holds the Republic together. Without a Constitutional amendment, how could the treaty be viewed as valid, even if we signed on?

    Again, silly me, we live in an era where the silly-putty Constitution can mean whatever they want it to. Didn’t you see the extra amendments that say that the government can control our health care, and how much executives get paid, and when you have made too much money and must spread it around, and…I think I’m going to go throw up now…

  3. Subordinating the Bill of Rights, or any part of it, to the will of the United Nations would, for me, be a blood violation of all the oaths I’ve taken to protect said system of Liberty, even at the expense of my own life.

    At the point that such a treaty were even to appear on the agenda of the Senate, I would consider that my call to action to put on a uniform again and reduce that threat by force of arms. I would use the First Amendment, for the last time in MY case probably, to encourage others to join me.

    Overturning any right enumerated in the Constitution or Bill of Rights is a treasonous action that can never be left unopposed. I’m sure the Supreme Court must have thought of this when they issued their judgment in Heller.

  4. If we wanted to be like the Euroweenies, we wouldn’t have broken free from England 200+ years ago.

  5. Perhaps we can work out some sort of exchange program. During my time in France and Belgium, I met a surprising number of people – particularly older people – who wanted to come to the United States. Perhaps we can organize an exchange of socialism-loving Americans for freedom-loving Europeans.

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