CSGV Statement: NRA’s LaPierre Prepares for War with New Target in Mind.
National Harbor, MD — Just moments ago, National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre wrapped up his annual address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Executive Director Josh Horwitz issued the following statement:
“In the past, Wayne LaPierre has rallied NRA members by speaking of a tyrannical government coming to take away their guns. For a long time, that message worked. But now, with the NRA’s mouthpiece-in-chief installed as president, the NRA’s number one target is the ‘violent left’ — protesters who disagree with Trump’s dangerous agenda. LaPierre characterized these Americans as ‘anarchists, Marxists, and socialists’ who hate ‘everything America stands for.’ In typical LaPierre fashion, he peppered his speech with violent imagery and equated American opposition to Trump with terrorism and treason. As Trump works to ‘deconstruct the administrative state,’ LaPierre is mobilizing his militia to support the Trump state. Political dissenters are now the target, but fear and divisiveness are still LaPierre’s central message.”