National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre is warning conservatives of just who is behind the effort to “exploit” a tragic school shooting and tear down gun-rights supporters.
“European socialists,” he said, and they’re taking over the Democratic Party.
“Socialism is a movement that loves a smear. Racists, misogynists, sexists, xenophobe and more,” LaPierre said at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “These are the weapons and vitriol these character assassinations permanently hang on their targets because socialism feeds off manipulated victims.”
He specifically called out activists with the Occupy movement, Black Lives Matter and antifa. LaPierrer said they push for “uncivil discourse” and want to “eliminate due process.”
Those groups are among WND’s list of “Top 10 leftist groups wreaking havoc across the U.S. and sabotaging Trump.” A WND investigation found many of the groups have the fingerprints of leftist billionaire George Soros, Hillary Clinton and former President Obama all over them.
“The elimination of due process is the very gold standard of the socialist state,” LaPierre said.
Democratic lawmakers and activists have been calling for expanded gun-control legislation since the school shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead on Valentine’s Day. Even some Republicans have joined the call. President Trump has said he is open to strengthening the background-checks system, increasing the age for purchasing rifles to 21, banning bump stocks and “focusing very strongly on mental health.”
But LaPierre condemned “elites” who seek to take away firearms and Second Amendment freedoms. Meanwhile, he said, banks, airports and athletes get better protection in America than school children.
“What they want is more restrictions on the law-abiding,” he said. “They want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of school security. The elites don’t care not one wit about America’s school system. And school children. Their goal is to eliminate the Second Amendment and our firearms freedom so they can eradicate all individual freedoms.”
LaPierre also blasted “opportunists” for trying to “exploit tragedy for political gain” after the horrific school massacre. He said heightened security measures can help prevent school shootings, and he argued that efforts to limit the number of weapons available to Americans are “completely ridiculous.”
“Evil walks among us,” he said, “and God help us if we don’t harden our schools and protect our kids.”
NRA spokesman Dana Loesch brings the CPAC house down
NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch delivered a fiery speech at CPAC Thursday. She specifically pointed to the CNN town hall Wednesday evening where, she said, anti-gun activists nearly attacked her.
“Many in legacy media love mass shootings,” she said, looking directly at reporters covering the event. “You guys love it.”
She continued: “Now, I’m not saying that you love the tragedy. But I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying, white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media in the back. And notice I said crying, white mothers, because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend, and you don’t see town halls for them, do you? Where’s the CNN town hall for Chicago?… If it bleeds, it leads. Doesn’t it? … If it bleeds, it leads. But it has to be the right people from the right communities at the right time.”
Loesch also claimed she feared for her life after the town hall because anti-gun activists rushed the stage at the CNN event and screamed, “burn her.”
“You heard that town hall last night, they cheered the confiscation of firearms,” Loesch said at CPAC. “And it was over 5K people. I had to have a security detail to get out. I wouldn’t have been able to exit that if I did not have a private security detail. There were people rushing the stage and screaming burn her. And I came there to talk solutions.”