Head of NRA Discusses “The Global War on Your Guns” With The Liberty Sentinel
GAINESVILLE – Gun-rights activists and enthusiasts waited in long lines at Barnes and Noble for Wayne LaPierre, the Executive Vice President and C.E.O. of the National Rifle Association.
LaPierre stopped in Gainesville on Oct. 26 to sign copies of his new book, “The Global War on Your Guns: Inside the U.N. Plan to Destroy the Bill of Rights.”
As he sat down having candid and at times lengthy conversations with members and fans, passer-bys may not have realized he was the leader of one of the most powerful non-profit organizations in the country. Supporters expressed renewed hope for their cause with the release of LaPierre’s extensively researched book. The N.R.A., which has over 4 million members, is also seen as a source of hope in what supporters call a “battle for freedom.”
Some attendees expressed concern with the direction the country has taken recently in terms of gun rights. “Unfortunately, critters like us are kind of endangered right now,” said Beatrice Straker after getting her book signed.
LaPierre discussed some of the themes of his book in an exclusive interview with The Liberty Sentinel. It centers on historical corruption in the United Nations, the anti-gun measures they have taken, and the threat he believes they pose to the American way.
“The U.N.’s philosophy is that governments should have guns and individuals shouldn’t,” he explained. “They don’t think in terms of rights or freedoms or liberty.”
He continued by asserting that the U.N. is a massive bureaucratic assembly of governments that are completely out of touch with their own citizens. The U.N.’s intention is to have an America without guns, he said. He reemphasized that their eventual goal is a world where individuals can’t own guns, only their governments.
“Thousands of NGO’s [nongovernmental organizations] surround the U.N.,” LaPierre said. “They go around the world having rallies and meetings trying to have guns banned for individuals.” LaPierre warned that the U.N. was moving towards an international treaty banning firearms and that their philosophy was starting to “infect us like a germ.” When asked about the massconfiscation of firearms after Hurricane Katrina, LaPierre explained that he was outraged.
“It was the largest seizure of firearms on our soil since British General Gates seized them from Boston colonists in 1775,” he said. “These are the types of situations where the 2nd amendment is most important.”
LaPierre elaborated on the NRA’s actions following the gun seizure explaining that they sued the City of New Orleans on behalf of thousands of plaintiffs: families and property owners who were left defenseless against looters.
“Fortunately we won, but unfortunately, they still haven’t returned all of the firearms,” he said. “The court has put the mayor of New Orleans in contempt of court recently for failure to return firearms to their lawful owners” .
LaPierre also said that with the help of Louisiana Governor-elect Bobby Jindal, they were able to pass a bill at the federal level forbidding the confiscation of firearms from law-abiding citizens during declared emergencies. Since then, dozens of states have adopted similar bills.
LaPierre sounded proud of the NRA’s accomplishments but stopped short of celebrating. He said the U.N. was making the fight more difficult.
LaPierre told the Sentinel that guns aren’t the only thing the U.N. wants to take away.
“They want to control the Internet too,” he said, adding that they had chosenChina as the location for their conference regarding Internet regulation. “If they succeed, it will destroy our freedom of speech.”
When asked whether he believed this was being done maliciously, LaPierre responded: “I don’t think you can look at the U.N. and not be shocked with its corruption, whether it’s their sex scandals with U.N. peacekeepers, or their Oil for Food program scandals, or the massacres in the-so called U.N. protected enclaves in Rwanda and Kosovo. The list goes on… these things are rampant.” He noted that the U.N. was full of “anti- American” tyrants. “Countries like Libya and Cuba have been put on the Human Rights Commission”.
A bill introduced into Congress by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) would revoke United States membership in the U.N. and relocate its headquarters to another country. LaPierre said it sounded interesting and that the NRA would look into it.
The U.N. flag was flown at Gainesville’s city hall on Oct. 18.
When asked how he felt about its agenda permeating local government, LaPierre responded, “That’s why I wrote this book; our freedom and the Bill of Rights are what make our country the greatest in the world, and the last thing Americans want is to let the U.N. succeed in taking that away.”
“If the U.N. were to succeed, it would be a sad day,” he told the Sentinel. “In a very real way, it would destroy the American way of life.”
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