Live stream: NRA response to SOTU

posted at 4:41 pm on February 14, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

At 5:15 ET, Wayne LaPierre will provide the NRA response to the State of the Union address and its focus on gun control. I’m pretty sure that LaPierre isn’t going to cheer on Barack Obama’s call for weapons bans and magazine capacity limitations, but there might be some room to talk about background checks and mental illness — an issue that Obama all but ignored on Tuesday.

The last time LaPierre provided a response to Obama, the media hooted at his proposal to provide schools with have armed guards on campus … until they remembered that Bill Clinton proposed exactly the same thing during his presidency, and actually funded it through his COPS program. Obama ended up backing that idea a few weeks later, which somehow also went unmentioned in the SOTU. In fact, Obama didn’t mention school security once in his speech.

This is part of the NRA’s “Stand and Fight” strategy, which has already come under criticism from Obama strategist David Plouffe:

“Hard to believe this is real,” David Plouffe said in an early-evening tweet on Wednesday. “Every GOPer should read and decide if this delusional person will call the shots.”

In the op-ed, LaPierre used alarming images to rally gun-rights supporters against what he described as “the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia.” …

The op-ed’s determined and emotional message reflected LaPierre’s unapologetic defense of gun-owners’ legal rights, and it contrasts with Obama’s election-trail efforts to stigmatize the NRA — and also supportive GOP legislators — as complicit in horrifying gun attacks on innocent children and law-abiding middle-class people.

Many GOP and gun-rights activists believe Obama has launched a campaign to win the 2014 midterm House elections, chiefly via the use of emotional wedge issues.

Those wedge issues include what White House officials describe “gun safety” and “common-sense immigration reform.”

LaPierre warns that the media will attempt to turn gun owners into “social lepers”:

Inevitably, the anti-gun media and the gun-ban lobbies are demonizing the purchase of firearms. They call us “extremists” because we wonder whether we will be able to buy a semi-auto in three years or, even in some states, later this year. That’s despite the fact that President Obama long ago made clear that he wants to ban them all!

The media try to make rank-and-file Americans feel guilty about buying a gun. The enemies of freedom demonize gun buyers and portray us as social lepers. But we know the truth. We know that responsible gun ownership exemplifies what is good and right about America.

Responsible Americans realize that the world as we know it has changed. We, the American people, clearly see the daunting forces we will undoubtedly face: terrorists, crime, drug gangs, the possibility of Euro-style debt riots, civil unrest or natural disaster.

Gun owners are not buying firearms because they anticipate a confrontation with the government. Rather, we anticipate confrontations where the government isn’t there—or simply doesn’t show up in time.

To preserve the inalienable, individual human right to keep and bear arms—to withstand the siege that is coming—the NRA is building a four-year communications and resistance movement. The enemies of the Second Amendment will be met with unprecedented defiance, commitment and determination. We will Stand And Fight.

I assume that this will be the general tenor of today’s message, too, but I’m not convinced it will help the NRA advance its cause. I agree with the thrust of their policy position, but there are plenty of people who do who don’t want to hear that cast as a “resistance movement” or hear prophecies of Euro-style “debt riots,” which have been few and far between outside of Greece. The op-ed also functioned as a fundraiser, and those efforts usually require putting the worst case forward to reach maximum effectiveness, but the NRA is also competing in the court of general public opinion with these responses. LaPierre was vindicated in his policy position, but he needs to cast his message wider than the already-faithful among his membership.

The live stream should start at 5:15 ET on its own, but follow the link if you have issues. We’ll have this as an open thread in the run-up to showtime, plus below we have the NRA’s response to the proposal to limit magazine capacity.

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@LaPierre: This is not the response you’re looking for…

Archivarix on February 14, 2013 at 4:48 PM

“Hey Obama, F…Off!”

That is my response to the wannabe dictator.

Charlemagne on February 14, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Please be hydrated.

hillsoftx on February 14, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Please be hydrated.

hillsoftx on February 14, 2013 at 4:51 PM

LOL!!

NJ Red on February 14, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Does anyone really care what Plouffe has to say? The man is a hard core partisan hack.

Charlemagne on February 14, 2013 at 4:54 PM

LaPierre better not fold on background checks. This is THE camels nose.

Mr. Arrogant on February 14, 2013 at 4:54 PM

I wish they’d find somebody young, hip, “ethnic”, and female to give this response. Identity politics works.

Walter Sobchak on February 14, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Please be hydrated.

hillsoftx on February 14, 2013 at 4:51 PM

He could have a bottle of Arab Spring handy.

RickB on February 14, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Leftwinger Joyce Carol Oates thinks that the Right is engaged in “gun love” or some sort of, in her mind, queer (meaning, entirely strange) love-lust of and mating attachment with “guns”.

What that weird person doesn’t realize is that that statement by her, that perspective, says a great deal about her own perversion of mind and spirit.

Unfortunately, that’s the average outlook by many a Leftwinger. I do believe the Left, many millions of people, have used too many substances too irresponsibly and they’re now mentally deranged. Oats certainly seems to be.

Lourdes on February 14, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Those wedge issues include what White House officials describe “gun safety” and “common-sense immigration reform.”

Gun Safety = guns exclusively in the hands of government….which of course is presumed to keep the government safe.

Common-Sense immigration reform = an overwhelming multitude of new dem voters never to be overcome, leading to perpetual dem political power.

hawkeye54 on February 14, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Leftwinger Joyce Carol Oates thinks that the Right is engaged in “gun love” or some sort of, in her mind, queer (meaning, entirely strange) love-lust of and mating attachment with “guns”.

It’s part of the Left’s general tactic to make any position they oppose to appear unreasonable, fringe, or out of the mainstream. Alinsky tactic of ridicule.

Charlemagne on February 14, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Leftwinger Joyce Carol Oates thinks that the Right is engaged in “gun love” or some sort of, in her mind, queer (meaning, entirely strange) love-lust of and mating attachment with “guns”.

It’s part of the Left’s general tactic to make any position they oppose to appear unreasonable, fringe, or out of the mainstream. Alinsky tactic of ridicule.

Charlemagne on February 14, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Yes, agreed. Unfortunately, many of these tactical operations use media to air their insanity.

Lourdes on February 14, 2013 at 5:02 PM

LaPierre is making this too much about him. He’s starting to remind me of Michael Steele.

besser tot als rot on February 14, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Come and get it!

VegasRick on February 14, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Law enforcement was really super johnny-on-the-spot helpful with Dorner for four days. I also noticed that the joint appeal by Feinstein and Boxer for people to surrender their guns while Dorner ran loose received a big “Scroo-U” from gun owners; not one firearm was turned in that I know of.

Liam on February 14, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Let’s not forget that the left demands full Constitutional rights of due process for non-American Muslim terrorists yet is in full course to deny American citizens their right to bear arms without due process.

Kingfisher on February 14, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Let’s not forget that the left demands full Constitutional rights of due process for non-American Muslim terrorists yet is in full course to deny American citizens their right to bear arms without due process.

Kingfisher on February 14, 2013 at 5:21 PM

That is their version of ‘spreading liberty and democracy around the world’.

Liam on February 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

This is part of the NRA’s “Stand and Fight” strategy, which has already come under criticism from Obama strategist David Plouffe

Then it sounds like the NRA’s strategy is the right course of action.

Kingfisher on February 14, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Damn fine speech Wayne. Damn fine.

Called Obastard out on all if his hypocrisy and not giving a rats ass about the children.

Mr. Arrogant on February 14, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Plouffe should get a clue, thinking and saying other people are delusional is a red flag you might nuts yourself.

Speakup on February 14, 2013 at 5:43 PM

NOBODY Is limiting any of my magazines.

SHALL

NOT

BE

INFRINGED

TX-96 on February 14, 2013 at 5:52 PM

The NRA knows what they’re doing. They’ve got much higher support than Obozo or the GOP. In fact, Republicans could learn a lot from the NRA on standing their ground in campaign ads.

sauldalinsky on February 14, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Leftwinger Joyce Carol Oates thinks that the Right is engaged in “gun love” or some sort of, in her mind, queer (meaning, entirely strange) love-lust of and mating attachment with “guns”.

Don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it.

Bishop on February 14, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Leftwinger Joyce Carol Oates thinks that the Right is engaged in “gun love” or some sort of, in her mind, queer (meaning, entirely strange) love-lust of and mating attachment with “guns”.

She forgot to say “NTTAWWT”

cptacek on February 14, 2013 at 6:26 PM

SHALL

NOT

BE

INFRINGED

TX-96 on February 14, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Our right was infringed when they started making us register our firearms.
A lot of our other rights have been curtailed & eliminated as well.
I’m not kidding myself.
There is nothing to win here.
People suck & have been conditioned by Communists since the early 1900s & nothing but a huge kick in the a$$ is going to change any of this insanity.
And it sure as he!! isn’t going to be the nicey nice whiny butt no nuts GOP faves that turn things around.

Badger40 on February 14, 2013 at 6:28 PM

If you really want to know what Democrats will do, if they get the power, just look at New York and Missouri and you’ll have a clue. It’s time that someone hung gun control around the necks of the Democrats, but you still have to explain why we don’t want it, need it, or support it.

bflat879 on February 14, 2013 at 6:30 PM

White House gun control proposals

NRA chief LaPierre: President Obama’s gun control effort is a ‘charade’ – @CBSNews

11 mins ago from http://www.cbsnews.com by editor

canopfor on February 14, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Why has this not been brought up? AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to requiring owners of firearms to obtain liability insurance – which is talking about charging a million dollars for the policy.

Ukiah on February 14, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Look, I’m glad whenever I see anyone opposing anything that scum-f*** Obama does, but the NRA is still being too soft. It’s still letting Obama control the narrative.

It shouldn’t be focusing on the Sandy Hook thing. The whole ‘armed security forces in US schools’ thing is common sense, of course, but that should be an add-on. The main point should be: No limits whatsoever on armaments, life happens, and stand up and fight.

So basic. How hard is this to get? Even the NRA is gay now?

WhatSlushfund on February 14, 2013 at 8:04 PM