May 14, 2015 By Jack Jodell.
I recently received a “FINAL NOTICE – REPLY MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN 30 DAYS!” unsolicited 3 page letter from Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the NRA (National Rifle Association). I usually just rip up and discard correspondences from groups like these which I regard to be paranoid and extremist. However, this time I decided to look it over and share it with all of you. You must remember Mr. LaPierre – his answer to the horror everyone felt at the Christmastime murder of dozens of innocent 6 and 7 year-olds at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT by a crazed young man with a semi-automatic weapon was that, had the teachers been equipped with guns, those young students would not have ben killed. Considering LaPierre’s insane response, I fully expected this letter to be shrill and alarmist, and, as I expected, this paranoid old fool did not disappoint.
“Dear Fellow American,” it began. “Today I’m sending out this ‘FINAL NOTICE’ to gun owners and freedom-loving Americans across the country to let you know that time is running out – this is your LAST CHANCE to save your freedom.
That is why I urgently need you to complete the enclosed membership application and join NRA. There is little time left. STANDING WITH NEARLY FIVE MIL:LION MEMBERS OF THE NRA IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO TO DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS.
Because right now, your firearm freedoms and your hunting and shooting traditions are under attack by hundreds of anti-gun politicians at the federal, state, and local levels.
And they are casting the votes, passing the laws and writing the regulations that will decide the fate of your gun rights.
Powerful gun ban politicians, judges and bureaucrats stand ready to fight for a far-reaching agenda that will BAN hundreds of popular rifles, pistols, and shotguns, LIMIT the number of guns you can own, IMPOSE crippling taxes on gun sales abd ammunition purchases and CLOSE our gun shops and shows.
THEY WANT TO MAKE FIREARMS OWNERSHIP A PRIVILEGE – NOT A RIGHT!
Law by law, regulation by regulation, they are determined to strip us of our Constitutional freedoms. If they succeed, firearms ownership and the Second Amendment will disappear, step by step.
That’a why gun owners like you must JOIN THE NRA RIGHT NOW. This is your ‘Final Notice.’ We won’t get a second chance to save the Second Amendment.
And if the NRA doesn’t STAND and FIGHT for freedom, nobody else will.”
This rant goes on to explain how the NRA is a “non-partisan, grassroots membership organization of millions of patriotic Americans who care about preserving our Constitutional rights and our nation’s heritage of firearms ownership.”, and how it sponsors a number of gun safety programs, “hunter education courses, crime-fighting initiatives, legislative advocacy, and family events such as its ‘Friends of NRA’ gatherings.”
Hmmm – some “heritage”. Some “crime-fighting”. According to documented statistics just released by Gun Violence Archive.org (www.gunviolencearchive.org/), there were 12,524 DEATHS due to gun violence last year! It would seem that the NRA and our entire country would be much better off if the NRA were to spend more on gun safety and far less on “legislative advocacy”, wouldn’t it?
But LaPierre’s crazy rant doesn’t stop here. He goes on to say, “Once I hear from you, I can walk into your Senators’ and Comgressman’s offices and tell them that a new RA member is watching their votes, listening to their words, and will do WHATEVER IT TAKES to defend our guns, our hunting, snd our freedoms.” Then this fanatic goes on to say he will give me $10 off if I join the NRA today at only $25 for the first year; $70 for three years, or $100 for five years! Such an incredible offer deserves a prompt response, which I now deliver, publicly, below.
Dear Mr. LaPierre,
I just received your letter asking me to join and contribute to the NRA. How DARE you send me a piece of drivel like this? You, sir, are a paranoid narcissistic LIAR who is more concerned with your own financial well-being and media popularity than you are with the health and safety of your fellow citizens. Your insinuation that anti-gun politicians are about ready to successfully take everyone’s guns away is a load of rubbish, and you know it! You also LIE , misinterpret, and grossly exaggerate when you say that the Second Amendment guarantees us all the “right” to own firearms. All the Second Amendment states is that “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” .That means A WELL REGULATED MILITIA (i.e. a group organized by the state and subject to its laws and regulations – NOT that every moron who wants to own a gun can have one, unquestioningly, and without any restriction whatsoever)! You arentrying to whip up the population into a frenzy of fear with your unnecessarily hyberbolic and alarmist tone, and I find this to be reckless and irresponsible. Furthermore, your fierce resistance to ANY form of state regulation of firearms contradicts not only your precious Second Amendment, but also the long held beliefs and practices of your predecessors in your very own organization! Beyond that, your inciteful rhetoric riles up other unstable and paranoid types and causes them to spread wild, insane rumors like the current Jade Helm 15 nonsense which has spread like wildfire among crazies and wacko conspiracy theorists in Texas and other red southern states.
Worse than that, your attempt to bully Senators and Congresspersons with your threats and blackmail is utterly disgusting. Have you no shame, man?
Mr. LaPierre, you are a sick, SICK man! I will NEVER join the NRA, and I DEMAND that you STOP sending me offensive material like this through the mail immediately!
You have the blood of thousands of innocent gun victims on your hands – keep it away from ME!
By the way, you may be interested to learn that your letter has led me to send a contribution to two gun control groups.
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