NRA Chief LaPierre Warns Utah's Gun Owners
Salt Lake City - February 24, 2013 - SALT TV NETWORK NRA president Wayne LaPierre delivered a dire warning to Utah gun owners Saturday, saying the federal governnment is using the Newton school massacre as an excuse to confiscate their firearms.
LaPierre made the politically charged statement Saturday while addressing a crowd of a couple hundred gun enthusiasts at the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo at the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City.
According to LaPierre, the Obama adminstration and others "bent on attacking the Second Amendment," are pushing for universal background checks in order to allow the federal government to track, and ultimately seize weapons owned by private citizens.
"There is nothing universal nor reasonable about it," LaPierre said. "This so-called 'background' check is aimed at one thing — registering your guns. When another tragic 'opportunity' presents itself, that registry will be used to confiscate your guns."
A fired up LaPierre went on to say the background checks were tanatmount to a national gun registry, one he claimed could easily be compromised giving criminals the upper hand.
"Imagine right now your name on a massive government list. You saw what New York Journal News did last December. They obtained the names and addresses of every handgun permit holder in two New York counties. They posted those names and addresses on an interactive map."
"So picture this: Your name, your address on a map — giving directions to your home that could include a list of the specific firearms you own. That's a pretty handy list if you're a seasoned criminal, drug dealer or gang member."
LaPierre's message was enthusiastically received by those in attendance.
The twenty minute stump speech touched on a number of familiar themes recently promoted by the NRA, including the lobbying group's call for the posting of armed guards in the nation's schools.
"From the moment the horrible tragedy in Newtown happened the NRA focused on what would make our schools safer," said LaPierre. "Every parent cares about protecting our kids at school and we proposed the presence of an armed police officer or security official in every school. There's not a mom or dad that wouldn't feel better when they dropped their kid off at school and saw a police car in the parking lot."
LaPierre also railed against prospective legislation designed to restrict the sales of semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15 rifle used at Sandy Hook Elementary. He also decried attempts to regulate the sale of extended ammo clips, saying law abiding Americans should be able to access whatever firepower was available.
"Our only means of security is the Second Amendment and when the glass breaks in the middle of the night, we have the right to all the capacity we need to defend ourselves. If they limit our access to semi-automatic technology and high-capacity magazines, they limit our ability to defend ourselves. And they don't have the right to take that right away!"
LaPierre's appearance coincided with an armed demonstration on Utah's statehouse, where several dozen gun rights supporters, many of them carrying assault style weapons, stood in a blinding snow storm while taking part in a "National Day Of Resistance" rally.