Standing Guard | One Election To Save Freedom

posted on October 25, 2022
Wayne LaPierre

Just weeks from now, after Americans head to the polls and the last votes are counted, you and I will be facing one of two scenarios: A venomous anti-gun president in the White House with rabid gun-hating majorities in Congress. Or, that same president with pro-Second Amendment majorities in Congress keeping him in check.

Just a few months ago, the Nancy Pelosi-led U.S. House of Representatives passed what would be the biggest and most crushing gun ban in American history. H.R. 1808 would ban millions of lawfully owned semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, pistols and standard-capacity magazines. Nearly every caliber of rifle and pistol would be impacted by this ban—even .22 rifles designed to hold what anti-gun politicians deem to be “too many rounds.”

Just hours after the bill passed, President Joe Biden praised it as a “common-sense action” and vowed to “not stop fighting” until H.R. 1808 was on his desk to be signed into law.

Because you’re an NRA member, I know I can count on you to get out and vote.

But more than ever, in this election, we need to multiply our votes with the votes of our like-minded family members, friends and colleagues. No one can sit out this election, and if you need any help convincing freedom-minded friends to vote, I can’t think of better motivation than the very real and devastating scenario I’ve laid out above.

In this election, we need to multiply our votes with the votes of our like-minded family members, friends and colleagues. No one can sit out this election.

Biden’s administration is stacked with gun-ban extremists from top to bottom. He has a Congress where every committee, subcommittee and leadership post is run by his anti-gun allies. And, of course, every single day he can rely on a multi-trillion dollar, anti-gun propaganda machine—that amazingly, some folks still refer to as “journalists”—who regurgitate his lies and bend over backward to cover for his many disastrous policy failures.

Despite all of it, NRA members like you continue to hold the line for our freedom. I’m proud beyond words because of what you and your fellow NRA members have accomplished since Biden was sworn into office.

That said, the only way we can guarantee Biden never gets the chance to sign H.R. 1808 into law, along with so many other disastrous anti-gun bills that are just waiting in the wings, is to win this election.

That’s it. This single election is our best and only insurance policy against losing our freedom.

I know you’ve heard me say this before, but it always bears repeating: This election is the most important election in our lifetimes. I tell you this now, just as I have in the past, because every election is the most important in our lifetimes. Because, unfortunately, you and I are always just one lost election away from losing our freedom.

Just imagine if Hillary Clinton had won in 2016 and had the opportunity to put three justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. We not only would’ve lost the recent Bruen decision, which safeguards our right to self-defense outside our homes, but the Heller and McDonald decisions would be well on their way to being overturned by now.

When we win elections, we get good men and women who safeguard our Second Amendment freedom. We get honest judges who uphold our constitutional rights. We get laws that restore lost freedoms and protect our right to purchase, own and carry firearms. We get the votes we need in Congress to make sure gun-ban bills never see the light of day.

But when we lose elections? Then we get judges who work to gut the Second Amendment. We lose our lawful right to self-defense. We get legislation banning guns, magazines and ammo. And a loss in this election would mean that very specific legislation makes its way to Joe Biden’s desk.

Every election is a historic, precious opportunity for the heritage of freedom that you and I work so hard to reclaim, safeguard and defend.

This one is the most precious opportunity of all. Let’s win it!


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