Larry Pratt, the director of Gun Owners of America, has taken some extreme positions on guns and gun control over the years. Now, he’s threatening to shoot politicians, or at least hopes his members are willing to do so in order to make “anti-gun” politicians “behave” if they think they can pass gun control legislation.
Pratt even opposes the NRA’s main talking points that guns are for hunting and self-defense, telling Rolling Stone Magazine:
“[Guns are] for restraining tyrannical tendencies in government. . .Especially those in the liberal, tyrannical end of the spectrum. There is some restraint, and even if the voters of Brooklyn don’t hold them back, it may be there are other ways that their impulses are somewhat restrained. That’s the whole idea of the Second Amendment.”
He then wondered if gun owners are going to be willing to stand up for their rights:
“That is an exceptionally important point to raise. We can have all the guns in the world, and if we don’t have the will to use them [against the government], then they are useless.”
This is the same man who went on national radio and incited panic among the anti-Obama crowd claiming he had reason to believe that the administration was planning a door-to-door gun confiscation.
Pratt is attempting nothing more than to be a bully and scare politicians and the pro-gun control advocates. When you know the majority of the country wants stricter gun laws, your best bet is to threaten those who have threaten your business.
Democrats have taken notice, and have called for Pratt to be invesitaged. Speaking to the Daily News, Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney said of Pratt:
“He is actively encouraging his members to take violent actions against elected officials they disagree with.”
“His rhetoric opens the door to other attacks on members of Congress and other officials who support gun safety laws. And this just shows you how outrageous and extreme the pro-gun movement is.”
Pratt is anti-democratic and wants to rule by fear, not vote. Lawmakers and voters need to be able to make voice their opinions and vote for what they believe is right without fear of being shot by fanatical gun proponents.
The Republican Party does not seem to mind Pratt’s extremism and take meeting with his lobbying group and politicians like Senator Ted Cruz have praised Pratt for his strong stance on upholding the second amendment. The New York Times even called Cruz, Pratt’s “ key all in the Senate.
With the gun debate heating up, those kinds of key allies should have the American people concerned about who is calling the shots in Washington.
(h/t Addicting Info)
Photo: Christopher Gregory via Rolling Stone.