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Standing Guard
NRA America's First Freedom ^ | 3/23/2013 | Wayne LaPierre

Posted on 03/27/2013 7:42:02 AM PDT by Joe Brower

Standing Guard

By Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President
America's First Freedom magazine

Gun Owners and Gun Vendors Take A Stand

Across this nation, gun stores are virtually empty. There is simply no ammunition to be had. Backorders are running into the late Fall or next year, or maybe never. Gun sales are higher than at any time in history: more than one million in one month. And first-time gun buyers are exercising their right to keep and bear arms in unprecedented numbers.

All of this adds up to a massive civil rights protest the likes of which America has not seen before.

It is political spontaneous combustion. And I guarantee what we are seeing at the cash box will be repeated at the ballot box in 2014 if Congress votes for any gun control.

In all my years fighting the battle to preserve the Second Amendment, I have never seen a mass protest of this magnitude. As Americans learn more about the threat to their rights and freedom, it will continue to grow.

Politicians had better wake up to what it means for them in every corner of the nation. The men and women exercising freedom in this consumer-driven protest cross every personal political boundary and represent every walk of life.

And, yes, they are motivated by a palpable and very well-founded fear of what President Barack Obama’s government and the likes of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and self-appointed gun-ban nanny, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have in store for free, peaceable Americans.

Feinstein has introduced a presumptive ban on virtually all semi-auto rifles and shotguns with detachable magazines.

The New York law passed and pushed by Gov. Cuomo is worse. The news media called Cuomo’s massive ban “a good first step.” That’s what they will say about his next step. “Confiscation is not off the table,” he bragged.

Bloomberg is bankrolling huge propaganda efforts to convince Americans that he loves the Second Amendment while disarming law-abiding citizens across the nation. Even Bloomberg admits none of these laws would have prevented the massacre at Sandy Hook because, “there are too many guns.” He says he doesn’t want guns in schools carried by cops or trained guards. He doesn’t even want NYPD cops to take their guns home.

And Barack Obama is the worst. His administration promised “revenge” and he is delivering it—for starters in the form of 23 “executive” sneak attacks on our freedom—actions he claims have the force of laws. Orders so bad, they would never clear any Congress.

This is what is driving the consumer civil rights protest.

But it’s not just consumers who are voting economics. Every year in Harrisburg Pa., more than 200,000 people attend the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. This year, the event organizer (owned by a British company) announced it would ban semi-auto rifles, saying the presence of such products “would distract from the theme of hunting and fishing, disrupting the broader experience of our guests.”

That statement is straight out of the gun-ban playbook, you know the lie; these guns have nothing to do with “legitimate sportsmen.”

As a result of the exhibition ban, following the lead of giant retailer Cabela’s, a diverse group of vendors began pulling out by the hundreds and the show was shut down. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called it “an act of pro-gun solidarity. … The ban triggered a revolt among the show’s gun exhibitors that grew to a boycott by vendors and sponsors, including hundreds of companies, many of which do not sell guns.”

Nothing like this has ever happened before. These companies are putting their financial future on the line. They lost millions—and they did it for the principle of the Second Amendment.

The next time you hear someone in the media say “sportsmen” don’t care about semi-autos, tell them about Harrisburg. Every politician in America ought to understand what happened and contrary to media reports, it was not led by NRA.

It was a spontaneous combustion reaction to Barack Obama’s obsession with erasing our very culture of peaceable gun ownership.

NRA didn’t empty the gun stores. NRA didn’t close down the sports show gun-banners. You did it. Your friends and neighbors did it. In a time of harsh economic hardship, millions of ordinary Americans are speaking with their pocketbooks. And they are hammering the Congress as never before.

A member of Congress recently implored me to “turn it off.” I told him, “NRA didn’t turn it on. Barack Obama turned it on.” His “revenge” turned it on.

I told him, “Only you have the power to turn it off and you do that by simply saying and voting ‘No’ to any gun control scheme.”

We have the greatest solidarity in the history of the defense of the Second Amendment. Each of us needs to do our part. We need to let Congress know, repeatedly, that our freedom, and their tenure, is on the line.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: awb2; banglist; donttreadonme; guns; nra; rkba; tyranny; youwillnotdisarmus

1 posted on 03/27/2013 7:42:02 AM PDT by Joe Brower
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To: Joe Brower

What I see is a GREAT opportunity to start up an underground ammo manufacturing plant...rich within days....lol


2 posted on 03/27/2013 7:44:36 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

You know the Baraqqis likely invested heavily in weapons stocks prior to their assault on our freedom.


3 posted on 03/27/2013 7:47:18 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Joe Brower
Seeing lots of rocks from the crows nest. All rocks are not good rocks.
4 posted on 03/27/2013 7:48:41 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: harpseal; TexasCowboy; nunya bidness; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; wku man; SLB; ...
The NRA is not alone in the this struggle; there are several other good organizations out there as well, and I belong to them all. But the NRA is the big gun in this fight, and is getting almost exclusive focus by the dimwits in the media and political arenas. This is good.

But wait... ! This article has the main figure of the NRA saying that is not so. WE THE PEOPLE are making this happen, and that too is a good thing. Actually, it's a GREAT thing, because that's how our Constitutional Republic is supposed to operate.

I see a couple of time-honored principles at work here. First is the 'balance of terror' that the second amendment is supposed to invoke. You don't think Obama and his gang of Marxist mobsters wouldn't just be steamrolling over those who resist already if they didn't have too high a risk of getting bloodied? Second, 'Si vis pacem, para bellum'. I am firmly of the belief that all the kit sold in just the last fews months has been purchased so that it can be handed over on demand. Which actually relates to the first, doesn't it?

I guess that's because ultimately, like it or not, force and the threat of force is what decides these things. Always been that way... always will. Unfortunately.

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!

5 posted on 03/27/2013 7:49:22 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: jsanders2001

Learn the very valuable art of reloading. You can get started for about $350.00. This gives one a sense of satisfaction, lower costs, and personal security.


6 posted on 03/27/2013 7:49:42 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: All
Whoops, too busy. Missed a spot. I meant to say

all the kit sold in just the last fews months has NOT been purchased so that it can be handed over on demand.

7 posted on 03/27/2013 7:56:16 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: Joe Brower
A member of Congress recently implored me to “turn it off.” I told him, “NRA didn’t turn it on. Barack Obama turned it on.” His “revenge” turned it on.

I believe Wayne LaPierre dies a fine job of standing and fighting for the Second Amendment; I believe he does an even better job of representing the NRA membership. As good a speaker as he is, I have a hunch he's a far better listener than the vast majority of our elected misrepresntatives.

Small wonder the leftist extremists hate him so bitterly and blindly.

8 posted on 03/27/2013 8:18:32 AM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Standing Wolf

That was my favorite take-away line as well.


9 posted on 03/27/2013 8:23:42 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: mosaicwolf

Even that stuff is getting scarce. Dies for popular calibers are on back-order at a lot of places. I can’t find powder or primers anywhere, and brass/bullets are even scarce. It’s still worth it, but many newcomers may be disappointed if they can’t start making rounds right away.


10 posted on 03/27/2013 8:24:37 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: Joe Brower

Oh, I don’t know, I think it may in fact all be handed over on demand ... ONE ROUND AT A TIME!


11 posted on 03/27/2013 8:37:44 AM PDT by Dracomeister (The older I get the less I care about what other people think.)
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To: jsanders2001

Not a bad idea if I say so myself.


12 posted on 03/27/2013 8:45:07 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Joe Brower

Be Ever Vigilant!!


13 posted on 03/27/2013 8:45:25 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Joe Brower

pardon me, but, “making” what ‘happen” pray tell. From what I can tell, DHS has bought up all the ammo to keep it from legitimate consumers, and you are bragging that NRA is flexing its muscle? Who the hell are you kidding? So what, you have a gun but no ammo? Someone needs to shut DHS down somehow, don’t get complacent, we are in a heap of trouble here, we got no ammo and jokers laugh about underground ammo manufacturing, when they should be serious and get going on setting up same. I am a mom with kids and I am waiting for some men with some balls to do something about this situation, not make sick jokes and throw out their chests puffing about shutting down a gun show.


14 posted on 03/27/2013 8:50:01 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk
Complacent? Who are you talking to? If it's me, you're waaaay off base. And just like many others, I know all about the DHS and all the rest. Trouble? Yes. Make ready.

Sick jokes? Where?

If you're trying to get ammo now, I can understand why you're pissed off. Anyone who waited until the crisis hits and then reacts can expect to expend much more time, effort and money for much less return. My sympathies.

Millions of shooters, however, saw this coming from a long way off (like 2008) and took steps. Lots of steps.

15 posted on 03/27/2013 8:55:47 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: Joe Brower

sorry Joe, I usually vent at the writer of the article, not you, don’t even know who you are


16 posted on 03/27/2013 8:59:19 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Joe Brower

post number 2 yucking it up about underground ammo manufacturing, it isn’t funny at all


17 posted on 03/27/2013 9:00:51 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk
Well, it's meant as a joke, for certain, but I don't see what's sick about it. The reality is that if a businessperson with enough wherewithal (i.e.: capital) wanted to go into a profitable venture, ammo manufacture would be a good choice, at least short term. Heck, Black Hills started in a garage.
18 posted on 03/27/2013 9:05:44 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: Joe Brower

If it was that easy, but sadly only a few make primers and brass and powder, and copper and lead are not only expensive, but getting scarce.


19 posted on 03/27/2013 9:52:35 AM PDT by Dogbert41
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To: Joe Brower
all the kit sold in just the last fews months has NOT been purchased so that it can be handed over on demand.

You had me confused for a moment. I decided it was a grammar-glarp.

20 posted on 03/27/2013 10:02:39 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (An economy is not a zero-sum game, but politics usually is.)
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To: Carry_Okie

‘Grammar-glarp’. Yes, that sometimes happens when I post before my first cup of coffee.


21 posted on 03/27/2013 10:08:42 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: Joe Brower

Can you tell me some of the reputable online places to order guns? I remember seeing a few recommended here. (Cheaperthandirt.com....) We finally are back in a place financially that we can purchase some more and my husband is ready to buy some, but of course everything is extremely scarce and expensive. :(

There is one that is almost like Craig’s list for guns, but I can’t remember the name!

Which calibers are easier to find now (I know everything is out of stock, but are there any that are a little less scarce than others?)

Thanks for any advice


22 posted on 03/27/2013 10:11:48 AM PDT by boxlunch
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To: mosaicwolf
"Learn the very valuable art of reloading. You can get started for about $350.00. This gives one a sense of satisfaction, lower costs, and personal security."

Reloading is good for some, but there are no supplies--no primers, no brass, no powder or bullets. Readers here, have a look for yourself. Try to find those supplies at Web vendors for your chosen calibers now.

It's not a way to go for ammunition availability or cost savings (tools not so bad but supplies much more expensive than before). The initial costs (including tools, time, brass cleaning tools and supplies, etc.) will actually make ammunition more expensive for many of those who bother with handloading at all. In most cases, handloaders find that their initial list was short a few items. The costs are nearly always far greater than first assumed.

Many newcomers, already stocked up on ammunition, bought reloading equipment and supplies for "SHTF," "TEOTWAWKI" or whatever media-driven or bureaucrat-driven end-of-the-world narrative suits them). Prices are driven up, and much of the purchased equipment will go to waste or be offered secondhand for next to nothing. I've bought some tools for about 1/4 of the price of new equipment.

There have also been warnings from self-defense "experts" against using reloads for self-defense, which warnings the courts will be likely to enjoy for more confusion, ignorance and big bucks.

And anyone thinking of reloading should be prepared to learn a technology that requires double-checking everything and much patience in general. It can be dangerous for those who don't pay attention to details.

All of that said, reloading is good for long range match competitors (for those minute gains in accuracy at hundreds of yards), people in remote areas (shipping lower cost than driving to distant stores)--especially those with experience in machining, mechanics or much interest in those kinds of work. I've indulged in those activities, so it works for me at costs higher, all in all, than costs for factory ammunition.


23 posted on 03/27/2013 10:36:10 AM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: boxlunch
I've had excellent results with http://www.gunbroker.com/. As for what calibers are easy to find... well, I hear you can still find .45-70 and .44-40 on the shelves. Seriously, the current market is undergoing a drought beyond anything I have ever seen. I would stick to common calibers, and wait.

12 gauge shotguns are still available, and if you don't have one of those yet, that's a good investment, imho.

I would place orders in a few places, see who delivers first, and then cancel the other orders. Of course, that makes the deluge statistically seem even worse than it is.

24 posted on 03/27/2013 10:39:23 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: Joe Brower

The NRA was silent on at least one important anti-Second-Amendment bill in Colorado (SB197). People shouldn’t have their Second Amendment right violated for nothing more than an accusation without a felony conviction. That’s the kind of compromise and incrementalism that will see the rights of everyone violated before long.

I’ll go with GOA and state organizations from now on.

http://gunowners.org/


25 posted on 03/27/2013 10:41:29 AM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: familyop
I go with both. No one, and no organization, can be everywhere at once to the complete satisfaction of everyone.

The perfect is the enemy of the good.

26 posted on 03/27/2013 12:27:13 PM PDT by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: Joe Brower

Thank you! We do have a couple of shotguns but had been intending on getting some SA rifles and handguns. The craziness set in this spring before we were able.


27 posted on 03/27/2013 12:49:25 PM PDT by boxlunch
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To: boxlunch
I would also suggest that, if your local newspaper runs gun ads in the classifieds (some overly PC fishwraps do not), you can keep an eye on that as well.

My local paper has been carrying some AR-15s and whatnot for sale, very obviously by people who 'invested' right after the killings in CT and who are now looking to make a profit. Still, $1,500 for a NIB Colt 6920 isn't all bad, although Wal-Mart here had them for $1,100 in December.

28 posted on 03/27/2013 1:52:25 PM PDT by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: boxlunch

Perhaps you are thinking of Armslist.com

Hope that helps.


29 posted on 03/27/2013 6:26:44 PM PDT by Redcitizen (.)
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