NRA Exec. Vice President Wayne LaPierre spoke on Thursday to the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference
National Harbor, Maryland - On Thursday, February 6, 2014, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre spoke to a room packed with thousands at the 2014 CPAC conference:
There must be some NRA members out there! To each of you,
I thank you for being here with me and for your support and vigilance
in defending our freedom. You and NRA members all over the
country have made a real difference in making this nation and our
A little over a year ago, the NRA offered a simple, honest and effective
proposal to make our schools safer. The political and media elites
responded by calling me just about every nasty name in the book.
But Americans responded differently. In city after county after school
board after statehouse, teachers, parents, police and legislators
agreed with us and put armed security safeguards in place.
History has proven again the truth that President Obama and
anti-freedom activists everywhere deny and try to suppress —
the truth that firearms in the hands of good people save lives.
The political elites can’t escape and the darlings of the liberal media
can’t change the God-given right of good people to protect
themselves. For that fundamental human right, the NRA stands
unflinching and unapologetic. And in defense of our freedom,
NRA’s 5 million members and America’s 100 million gun owners
will not back down — not now, not ever!
Freedom has never needed our defense more than now.
Almost everywhere you look, something has gone wrong.
You feel it in your heart, you know it in your gut. Something has
gone wrong. The core values we believe in, the things we care
about most, are changing. Eroding.
Our right to speak. Our right to gather. Our right to privacy.
The freedom to work, and practice our religion, and raise and
protect our families the way we see fit.
Those aren’t old values. They aren’t new values. They are core
freedoms. The core values that have always defined us as a nation
and we feel them — we feel them — slipping away.
All across America, everywhere I go, people come up to me and say,
“Wayne, I’ve never been worried about this country … until now.”
Not with anger, but with sadness in their eyes. “I’ve never been
worried about this country … until now.”
We’re worried about the economic crisis choking our budgets and
shrinking our retirement. We’re worried about providing decent health
care and a college education for our children. We fear for the safety of
our families — it’s why neighborhood streets that were once filled with
bicycles and skateboards, laughter in the air, now sit empty and silent.
In virtually every way, for the things we care about most, we feel
profound loss. We are sad not because we fear something IS going
wrong, but because we know something already HAS gone wrong.
It’s why more and more Americans are buying firearms and
ammunition — not to cause trouble, but because we sense that
America is already IN trouble.
We know that, sooner or later, reckless government actions and
policies have consequences. That when government corrupts the truth
and breaks faith with the American people, the entire fabric of our
society — everything we believe in and count on — is in jeopardy.
Political dishonesty and media dishonesty have linked together, joined
forces, to misinform and deceive the American public. Let’s be straight
about it — the political and media elites are lying to us.
They lie bills into law. They pass legislation they haven’t even read,
yet eagerly defend on television. Health care policies, economic
policies, foreign affairs all seem repeatedly reckless.
The IRS is now a weapon. A weapon to punish anyone who disagrees
with them, and that means every one of you.
They try to regulate our religion. They collect our cell phone and email
data. They give us Solyndra, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, Obamacare,
massive unemployment, a debt that will choke our grandchildren and
one executive order on top of another.
Rather than expose government dishonesty and scandal — like
they used to — the media elites whitewash it. Move on, they tell us,
there’s nothing to see here.
Yet, one of America’s greatest threats is a national news media that
fails to provide a level playing field for the truth. Now it’s all
entertainment, ratings and personal celebrity. The next sensational
story and the deliberate spinning and purposeful use of words and
language — truth be damned — to advance their own agenda.
Here’s how you know the media is lying. They still call
They’ve never been honest about the NRA. They hate us,
just for saying out loud and sticking up for what we believe,
as if we have no right.
So they try to ridicule us into oblivion or shame us into submission.
But their moral indignation should be directed into their own make-up
mirrors. The media’s intentional corruption of the truth is an
abomination and NRA members will never — and I mean never —
submit or surrender to the national media!
People have become so weary of all the government and media
dishonesty, the all-too-commonplace lying, that most Americans
have stopped listening.
It’s why the president’s State of the Union Address was largely
ignored by the public. It’s why, according to a recent poll,
90 percent of Americans disapprove of Washington.
It’s why a majority of Americans, in poll after poll, say we don’t
trust the White House, we don’t trust Congress, we don’t much
trust either national political party, and we sure as heck don’t trust
the national news media!
We don’t trust government, because government itself has proven
unworthy of our trust. We trust ourselves and we trust what we know
in our hearts to be right.
We trust our freedom. In this uncertain world, surrounded by lies
and corruption, there is no greater freedom than the right to survive,
to protect our families with all the rifles, shotguns and handguns
We know, in the world that surrounds us, there are terrorists and
home invaders and drug cartels and car-jackers and knock-out gamers
and rapers, haters, campus killers, airport killers, shopping mall killers,
road-rage killers, and killers who scheme to destroy our country
with massive storms of violence against our power grids, or vicious
waves of chemicals or disease that could collapse the society
that sustains us all.
I ask you. Do you trust this government to protect you?
We are on our own. That is a certainty, no less certain than the
absolute truth — a fact the powerful political and media elites continue
to deny, just as sure as they would deny our right to save our very
lives. The life or death truth that when you’re on your own, the surest
way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun!
Now, what I just said will be sneered at and ridiculed as feverish fear
mongering by the very same people who produce the television shows
and movies that graphically depict and glamorize every evil act I just
mentioned. Let them sneer. They can’t change the truth.
They can’t change the fact that all over America, there are more than
100 million good guys — and good gals, too — good Americans with
guns, and a bunch of us are here right now.
We are good Americans. We love our country and we are not about to
stand idly by as the dishonest political and media elites strip our
The NRA, all we believe in and fight for, has become a metaphor for
the core American freedoms we all want preserved. Standing with the
NRA is a massive declaration of individual rights, an unwavering
determination to secure the survival of everything we cherish. Our
struggle is noble, as like-minded people coming together to protect
and defend what makes us free. We are exactly what our founding
fathers were and envisioned us to always be.
So I’ll put it to you — do you believe in that declaration of individual
liberty? Come on, let me hear you! Are you willing to stand and fight
for your rights?
There are two things I need you to do. First, go to the NRA booth,
right here at CPAC, and sign your name to a Declaration of Individual
Rights. Sign that declaration today and add your name to millions of
patriotic Americans just like you.
Second, stand behind your declaration — back it up — by joining the
NRA. America needs you as part of an even larger, stronger, tougher
NRA. It’s how you resist and tell the world that you’re going to fight
and protect everything you care about.
Trust, dignity, honor, civic duty, courtesy, kindness, the liberty to live
and believe as we choose. To be as accepted as we are accepting of
others. The freedom that only comes through the Second Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution — to live without fear and tyranny as
responsible, good people who exercise our individual right to keep and
bear arms to defend our families, our communities and our nation.
The NRA proudly stands for the America we all want. Where we can
speak and gather as we choose — unashamed of our patriotism,
unflinching in our defense of one unifying principle — individual
freedom for all.
Our Second Amendment freedom separates us from every other
country on earth. It makes us stronger than other countries. It makes
us better than other countries. To save all of our freedoms, there is no
cause nobler than saving our Second Amendment freedom.
This is your moment in history, your national movement, your time to
join us and stand and fight. Our opponents are shrewd and skilled in
spinning webs of deceit. Their coffers are full, their sights set squarely
on this fall’s election.
This election is going to be a bare-knuckled street fight. They’re going
after every House and Senate seat, governor’s chair and statehouse
they can get their hands on — laying the groundwork to put a Clinton
back in the White House.
They intend to finish the job, to fulfill their commitment — their
dream — of fundamentally transforming America. Into an America
you won’t recognize.
But mark my words. The NRA will not go quietly into the night.
We will fight.
This election will be won or lost on every street, every corner,
in every coffee shop or store or church in America — where every
NRA member lives and works and volunteers and campaigns.
Those NRA members — those great Americans — THEY are the
real muscle of NRA’s clout. Become one of THEM.
Join us and together we will stand and fight and win and take back
our country. Stand up right now and you tell me, do you want to save
this country and all that is good about America?
Come on. They need to hear you from the greenrooms of MSNBC
all the way over to the White House — will you stand with us to
defend freedom with all your heart?
Are you proud of your individual liberty and ready to fight like hell
to keep it? Join the NRA movement to reclaim our nation and restore
our core American values.
Never, ever back down. And always, always with all your heart,
stand and fight for our great American freedom!