9-11 Windfall for Anti-Gun Lobby
The anti-gun lobby wants you to surrender your freedoms in the
name of security. If Americans fall for it, they will get neither,
a new book warns.
"Smoke was curling over the ruins of the World Trade Center
when the gun-control lobby swung into action, seizing on that tragedy
to score points in the political arena," National Rifle
Association CEO Wayne LaPierre and his predecessor James
Jay Baker write in "Shooting
Straight: Telling the Truth About Guns in America."
"Seven days after the attack," they add, "the Brady
Center to Prevent Gun Violence issued its first press release
linking terrorism and the danger of guns in the home."
Truth be told, La Pierre emphasized in an exclusive interview with
NewsMax.com, gun control groups
and the media are putting America at risk by distorting the truth
about the Second Amendment -- America's best and original homeland
Not only are Americans' Second Amendment rights under assault,
LaPierre told us, but the new so-called "campaign finance reform"
law threatens the First Amendment right to free speech, as well.
The new law bars independent groups from buying ads for or against
a candidate 30 days before a primary and 60 days before a general
"If the McCain-Feingold [campaign finance reform] law
is allowed to stand, it will be open season on every group in America,"
LaPierre told NewsMax. He noted that the only way for Americans
to get "the other side" from the propaganda of the left-wing
media is to buy time during election contests and wade into the
Bottom line: The entrenched politicians want to make sure rank
and file citizens are denied the right to speak ill of them when
they face the judgment of the voters. And since incumbent politicians
have most of the publicity advantages, activist groups see this
as a measure to keep government officials in power by silencing
their citizen critics.
To LaPierre and others who want to have their say in a supposedly
free and open society, this smacks of the very thing the Founding
Fathers rebelled against when the United States of America was created.
The NRA chief argues it calls to mind King George throwing dissenters
"I have no doubt this law is a first step," he said,
"but this first step guts most of the First Amendment."
"The politicians can say anything they want," the "Straight
shooting" co-author complained, "and the media goes right
along with them." By "media," he means the giants:
Disney (ABC), General Electric (NBC), Viacom (CBS), Time-Warner
(CNN), and of course, the New York Times, the Washington
Post and other lions of the establishment press.
"They spend millions lobbying for their pet projects,"
he noted, "They can use their enormous influence and spend
all they want to promote their favored politicians, and [under McCain-Feingold]
citizens groups can't buy a thirty-second ad to talk back."
In effect, LaPierre sees this measure as handing the conglomerates
the right to grant "speech licenses to pet politicians and
The NRA's suit against the McCain-Feingold law is due to go to
federal court on December 4. The gun-rights advocate says it is
likely to be decided shortly thereafter, and will then go to the
supreme Court for a probable decision by that body in October or
The other of the twin threats to freedom-the effort to deprive
law abiding Americans the right to buy and retain guns to protect
themselves-is being marketed by the left as an effort to protect
America in the fight against terrorism. It does no such thing, LaPierre
"There have always been societies that try to purchase security
by giving up their freedom," he told NewsMax during a break
from a weeklong jam-packed schedule of NRA board meetings in the
Washington area this past week, "but we can't make America
safer by trading the currency of American freedom."
In fact, the exact opposite would be the likely result.
NRA files are bulging with instances of men and women assaulted
because they were unable to protect themselves.
One such case involves a woman who told the police that her ex-boyfriend
had threatened to drop by her house that night and kill her. The
cops said, "Let us know when he gets there."
She did. The problem was the stalker broke through her window just
as she was dialing 911. She did not have a handgun to protect herself.
No way the police could get there in time.
LaPierre, in his book "Shooting Straight" and in his
comments to NewsMax.com, says there are those who are cynically
using 9/11 as an excuse to threaten individual privacy. He warns
we cannot make ourselves more secure by creating a society in which
"privacy becomes a luxury and freedom becomes suspect."
As the NRA leader sees it, "The more we distrust each other
and the more government distrusts us, and the more we find our liberty
is frisked, ex-rayed, finger-printed and strip-searched," the
closer we are to losing both privacy and security. He cites "new
optical technologies" that can pinpoint an individual by his
skin, eyes, and feet.
In Great Britain, he notes, "the average citizen gets his
picture taken 300 times a day." Can this level of snooping
here in America be far behind?
The national NRA spokesman shoots down a number of "myths"
perpetrated by the gun-controllers. Among them: