NRA's Wayne LaPierre: Gun Rights at Stake in Nov. Elections

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Monday, 03 Mar 2014 03:54 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association warns that 2014 may be the year that Americans could start losing their gun rights protected under the Second Amendment.

"This year's election will decide whether we stop the Barack Obama-Joe Biden-Michael Bloomberg gun-ban machine and save the right to keep and bear arms — or lose much of our Second Amendment freedoms for generations to come," the executive vice president of the NRA writes in an opinion piece Monday for The Daily Caller.

He says that even first lady Michelle Obama knows how important the midterm elections are for the administration's gun-control agenda, which she spoke about at a fundraiser in New York City to raise money to help elect anti-gun Democratic senators, saying that the Senate measure that failed in April, which would have expanded background checks for gun purchasers, failed by only six votes.

"It's true," LaPierre says. "By winning just a handful of Senate and House seats in November's elections, Obama could effectively wield all the levers of federal power — executive, legislative, and judicial — to gut the Second Amendment that protects our families and defends our freedom."

LaPierre explains that President Barack Obama kept his true feelings about the Second Amendment and gun rights to himself during his first term, but since his second term has begun, Obama has been actively pursuing how to pass new anti-gun laws.

"The Obama White House has been holding weekly meetings with all the major players of the gun-ban lobby, planning a campaign aimed at your guns," LaPierre said.

"And what they can't win through legislation, they're imposing through executive actions, regulation, or whatever scheme they can think of," he adds.

In addition, the Democrats have been using their majority in the Senate to change the rules to make it easier for them to approve the president's judicial and regulatory nominees.

"If Obama strengthens his hand in November by winning just a handful of key U.S. Senate and House races, he'll have more power, more leverage, more allies, and more opportunity to dismantle the Second Amendment than any president in American history," LaPierre writes.

"Your firearms and freedoms have never been in greater danger — or needed you more to stand and fight to protect them — than right now," he concludes.

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