Wayne LaPierre doesn’t care if he’s called “crazy” by gun control advocates — because the National Rifle Association CEO says he’s got millions of red-blooded Americans on his side.
“As you can imagine, I don't get invited to many parties in this town, but that's ok. . . . I didn't come here to be popular,” LaPierre said in a rousing speech before the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday.
“The political elites — they may not like it. The liberal media can keep hating on me, but I’m still standing, unapologetic and unflinching in defense of our individual freedom,” he said to applause.
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“They can call me crazy, or anything else they want, but the NRA's nearly 5 million members, and America's 100 million gun owners, will not back down, not ever. I promise you that.”
Since the Newtown elementary school massacre, LaPierre has been trashed by liberals for his refusal to back new gun control proposals as well as his call for armed security guards in every school.
But he’s refused to soften his views and reiterated to the CPAC crowd his belief that President Barack Obama’s efforts to put more restrictions on gun ownership is ineffective and a violation of the Constitution.
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He also slammed politicians as “elites” for suggesting self-defense classes for women as an alternative to guns.
“You keep your advice. We'll keep our guns. The one thing a violent rapist deserves to face is a good woman with a gun,” he said.
“They call us crazy? They call me crazy and yet the people doing the finger-pointing are saying things that are absolutely bizarre.”
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