New NRA Post-Katrina
Fundraising Campaign Targeting Mayors and Police Signals Return to Organization�s
Days of �Jack Booted Government Thugs� Extremist Rhetoric
and Incites Anti-Police Faction of Pro-Gun Movement�Pro-Gun Group That
Joined NRA in Lawsuit Against New Orleans Owns Web Site That Regularly
"This will probably
mint money for us," Says NRA's Wayne LaPierre of Post-Katrina Focus
of plans by the National Rifle Association (NRA) to launch a nationwide
campaign today targeting Mayors and Police Chiefs to pledge to never confiscate
firearms in the wake of a natural disaster or terrorist attack will only
validate the extremist views of the anti-law enforcement fringe of the
pro-gun movement, the Violence Policy Center (VPC) warned today.
The VPC warned that
the NRA was returning to the fear tactics it had embraced in the early
1990s during the Clinton Administration, when the organization adopted
the language of the anti-government militia movement, warning that "The
Final War Has Begun," calling federal agents "jack
booted government thugs" and "storm troopers," and comparing the FBI
to goose-stepping Nazis. The NRA abandoned the campaign after former NRA
member Timothy McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in
Oklahoma City in April 1995, killing 168 people.
VPC Executive Director
Josh Sugarmann states, "The NRA is expert at exploiting high-profile events
involving alleged infringement of their perceived `freedoms' as red meat
to motivate the pro-gun hard core. To raise money and retain the support
of this faction of activist gun owners, the NRA is willing once again
to place America's law enforcement and public officials at risk." In a
November 2005 interview with National Journal, NRA Executive Vice
President Wayne LaPierre said of the organization's focus on police actions
during Hurricane Katrina: "This will probably mint money for us."
Written attacks on
law enforcement are common on pro-gun web sites and discussion forums.
A web site�www.keepandbeararms.com�owned
by the Second Amendment Foundation, which filed a suit against the City
of New Orleans with the NRA challenging gun confiscations during Katrina,
regularly has posted comments attacking law enforcement. The web site
has a section titled "The Authorities" which features alleged government
intrusions on gun ownership and police misconduct. Posts on the site that
appeared following Hurricane Katrina and reports of weapon confiscations
- "I do not care
who you are, or what authority you claim to possess. If you attempt
to disarm me, I will kill you. It is becoming increasingly clear that
the government will use any tragedy or excuse to violate our rights
and further expand their totalitarian regime....When the government
begins to violate the rights of citizens under the auspices of keeping
order, hunt down and kill all who follow such illegal orders. Only in
this way will liberty prevail."
- "It was obvious
that the lawyer in question [who said that he would not give up his
guns, but later did] was talk talk talk, and not shoot shoot shoot."
- "Twenty JBT's
[jack-booted thugs] outside your house may be bullet proof but they're
not fire proof."
- "I hear that some
JBTs [jack-booted thugs] enjoy cocktails after work. One cocktail they
wouldn't enjoy would be a molotov cocktail."
- "The question is
simple: would you give the cops a piece of crap gun to send them on
their way. Or would you be willing to ambush the cops at your door and
then have to leave your home and family to go on the run. Would you
be willing to stay and fight and be killed. Or do you have people on
your street that would be willing to fight and put the cops in a cross
fire keeping them out of the area. The big question would you be ready
to die in a gun battle."
- "From my upstairs
window, I can cover the front yards of three neighbors. I make head
shots at that range freehand all the time. With .223 fmj [full-metal
jacket] and up, vest penetration shouldn't be a problem, either."
- "I have read several
accounts, that if it were me, there would have been gun play. I don't
say that lightly, however, I would not willingly be illegally disarmed
and/or have my dogs shot. I may go down, but I guarantee that I would
take more than one of the bastards with me. It is not too much of a
stretch with superior weapons to take down a few rogue police. I would
seriously try and avoid a confrontation with the military. For one thing,
they do not have an agenda, and for another they will have superior
firepower and numbers."
- "I will let the
government (city, state, or federal) take my firearms one round at a
time, after a good sight picture and trigger squeeze. Give me liberty
or give me DEATH!!!
Adds Sugarmann, "The
NRA calls this week's convention a meeting of �Freedom's 2nd Army.' It
is now clear who this army's enemy is: law enforcement and public officials."
The Violence Policy Center is a
national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research on violence
in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals.
The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research
on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related
death and injury.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Violence Policy Center
(202) 822-8200 x110