By AATTP contributing author, Sky Palma
NRA President David Keene promised on Thursday that American gun owners would do “whatever is necessary” to “get rid of those in public office” that they perceive as attacking their Second Amendment rights.
At a protest rally of about 7,000 people in New York, Keene predicted that the NRA would “soon have five million members” as a result of outrage from gun legislation passed in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.
“Because of the fact that we, as believers in the Second Amendment, are willing to do something that most people in this country are not willing to do, which is not just to stand up for our rights, but to support those people who stand with us and work to get rid of those in public office who do not,” the NRA president told the crowd.
“So we’re with you,” Keene said. He continued,
We’ll help you defeat the politicians that would deprive you of your rights. We’ll help you overcome these statutes in court. We’ll do whatever’s necessary to make certain the Second Amendment rights that we have had passed down to us are going to be passed down to future generations.
Earlier this year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo implemented a law that would expand the state’s assault weapons ban, ban high-capacity magazines and address gun ownership by those who have mental illnesses.
Thursday’s demonstration shows how deeply the NRA’s paranoid rhetoric is resonating with the pro-gun public. Although there’s no evidence that new gun laws would do anything more than ban high-powered weaponry along with implementing stricter background checks, the false narrative that there is an impending universal gun-grab orchestrated by the government, is completely dominating the pro-gun lobby’s talking points and ad campaigns.
Watch a portion of Keen’s speech in the video below.
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