Thursday afternoon, NRA’s Wayne LaPierre responded to President Obama’s State of the Union speech. Below is an excerpt:
It’s good to be here among friends. Your support has always meant a lot to me and I thank you for your warm welcome. Two nights ago, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union Address. In that speech, the president displayed a level of political fraud and public deception that cannot be ignored. Before we get to that, let’s go back about two months. Days after tragedy struck Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, the president held a press conference at the White House. “We’re going to have to look at schools,” the president said, later adding that Sandy Hook “… should be a wake-up call for all of us to say that if we are not getting right the need to keep our children safe, then nothing else matters.” Nothing else matters.
The NRA agreed about making our schools safer for our children. A few days after the president’s press conference, we announced the NRA School Shield program to put trained, qualified, armed police or security officers in every school in the country.2 The media scoffed at our proposal. The president said he was “skeptical.” But Americans agreed with the NRA, that nothing else mattered more than the safety of our schoolchildren. Already, more than 23,000 schools have armed guards and in all 50 states, government officials, local authorities and school districts are considering their own initiatives to protect schools with armed security — because when it comes to keeping our kids safe at school, nothing else matters.
That is, until the State of the Union address, two days ago. This was the president’s first State of the Union of his second term. This was the address in which the president laid out his most ambitious agenda, focused on the issues of greatest importance to him. In an hour-long speech, nowhere were the words “school safety” to be found. Less than two months after saying we had to look at our schools, the president made not one mention, in his entire speech, of the need to improve security for our schoolchildren. When nothing else matters — to every parent in America — President Obama had nothing to say about school security. And nothing he’s proposed has anything to do with protecting one child in any school.
A year ago, I began to warn America’s gun owners that, if re-elected, President Obama would set about dismantling the Second Amendment.3 That, with no more elections to worry about, the president would wait for the right political opportunity to exploit and launch the most aggressive campaign in history to destroy our rights. Bans on millions of commonly owned rifles, shotguns and handguns … bans on tens of millions of standard magazines … bans on private transfers, even between family members … import bans … a federal database to track firearms and their owners, tantamount to national registration of every single gun owner in the country. It was only a few weeks ago when they were marketing their anti-gun agenda as a way of protecting schoolchildren from harm.
That charade ended at the State of the Union, when the president himself exposed their fraudulent intentions. It’s not about keeping our kids safe at school. That wasn’t even mentioned in the president’s speech. They only care about their decades-old gun control agenda — ban every gun they can, tax every gun sold and register every gun owner. This president has taken the art of public deception and manipulation to a whole new level. Consider his proposal for so-called ‘universal background checks.’