National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre urged gun owners to stand up to “academic elites, political elites and media elites” at the annual NRA convention in Atlanta on Friday, deeming those three groups to be “America’s greatest domestic threats.”
“They’ll seemingly stop at nothing, including tearing apart our country,” said LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president and CEO. “If we don’t stand up to them, and I mean now, an entire generation of Americans could be lost and our nation along with them.”
LaPierre’s call to action preceded President Trump’s speech at the convention — the first by a U.S. president since Ronald Reagan — and echoed the equally ominous remarks he delivered at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year.
There, LaPierre had warned of a sprawling “enemy,” including Mexican drug cartels, terrorists, liberal protesters and the mainstream media, who, he claimed, are “utterly dedicated to destroy not only our country but also Western civilization.”
Though more focused on those three supposed “domestic threats,” Friday’s speech was similarly foreboding in tone.
“We must do all we can to support our president, because as you know, there’s an intense war that’s being waged by leftist zealots to destroy President Trump and destroy his administration,” LaPierre said. “It’s all part of a larger war being waged right now against truth in America. It’s a calculated, orchestrated attack against the values upon which our great nation was founded, against our uniquely American true freedom.”
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