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NRA to Gun Owners: Nice Work. Now Don’t Get Distracted

Lousy trigger discipline (courtesy

Email blast from the NRA ILA:

While both sides in the gun control debate regroup after our victory in the Senate earlier this week, I want to give credit where credit is due. The credit for Wednesday’s defeat of gun control goes to the countless gun owners and other Americans who drew a line in the sand—who sent emails and letters and made phone calls to their U.S. senators, urging them to protect private firearm transfers, semi-automatic firearms, and the magazines that millions of Americans own for self-defense . . .

There is no question that you shocked the enemies of liberty two days ago. Going into Wednesday’s votes, they thought victory was within reach. Many in the media had pushed the idea that resistance to the gun control agenda was futile, and some of our more aggressive adversaries may have started to believe their own propaganda. I’m sure some had convinced themselves that the intensity of their anger toward gun owners was all that was necessary to assure victory.

But you and your fellow gun owners proved them wrong. As you know, the best Americans do what they have to do, not for personal praise, but because it’s the right thing to do. They do what has to be done not only for themselves, but for their fellow Americans today and for generations of Americans to come. Nevertheless, on behalf of all of us at NRA headquarters, I want to thank you for answering the call.

As you know, however, we can take only measured comfort from this week’s success. In his bitter response to the Senate’s votes, President Obama said that this fight is far from over, and that’s the one thing that he is right about.

Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), sponsor of the gun control bill debated this week, has promised to bring his bill up at a more opportune moment. Obama’s “Organizing for America,” billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Gun Guns,” and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ “Americans for Responsible Solutions” will focus their efforts on defeating pro-Second Amendment senators in 2014.

I say to those groups and their leaders, that pro-Second Amendment senators stood with us and we will stand with them, as we have with other elected representatives who have supported the Second Amendment before them.

Over the last generation, gun owners have had tremendous success advancing our cause. The refusal of the Obama administration and anti-gun radicals in Congress to attack us during Obama’s first term is a testament to our strength. They became emboldened by Obama’s reelection and over the last four months, we have weathered an anti-gun public relations campaign as severe as any we have experienced. And we have won the first legislative battle at the national level.

Our adversaries are well-funded, though, and as determined as any we have seen before. The fight ahead will be as difficult as this organization and the gun owning community has ever faced. Prepare for what’s ahead. Every gun owner will be needed on the team. Elected officials who support the Second Amendment will be subjected to a well-financed, cleverly conceived campaign designed to convince them that they are on the wrong side of history. Our job and yours will be to expose that claim for the fraud that it is. Please find strength in the knowledge that the victories best savored are those that are hardest fought, and encourage our friends in Congress to do the same.

Thank you for all you did to win this fight, and for your readiness to win the fights that will come.


  1. avatar Joe says:

    Too late, she distracted me

    1. avatar C says:

      I’m sorry, what? I was miles away.

      1. avatar JAS says:

        EYES UP HERE boys!

        That’s low cut, high caliber, double action personified :).

  2. avatar William Burke says:

    AWWW! Wayne patted us on the head!! Touching, isn’t it?

    1. avatar jwm says:

      She can pat me on the head any time she wants.

      1. avatar Hal J. says:

        Or anywhere else, for that matter.

        1. avatar Daniel Silverman says:

          Here here!! Wait what it is we were talking about?

    2. avatar Kirk says:

      Bringing me from where I was to the image of Wayne Lapierre was, uh, jarring.

      Thanks for that.

  3. avatar Benchie says:

    I’m about to have an Accidental Discharge seeing that picture.

  4. avatar Randy Drescher says:

    Wayne who? No I won’t be distracted. Way to keep the finger out side the guard lady, your kicked to the curb now gorgeous, well…maybe not, Randy

    1. avatar ChrisMcLain says:

      She could make it up to me 😉

      1. avatar Pat says:

        She need to be….gulp….instructed.

  5. avatar tangledthorns says:

    Elections elections elections! Next year’s is very critical to protecting the 2A and if you live in VA, like I do, this year’s is important too!

    1. avatar Pascal says:


    2. avatar Hal J. says:

      Spot on regarding the 2014 Congressional elections. As my for state (Colorado) I’m not optimistic. Repealing the anti-gun bills that were passed this year would require the Republicans taking both houses and the governorship.

      Not likely, to say the least.

  6. avatar Hal J. says:

    As Han Solo said:

    1. avatar Pascal says:

      LOL! Awesome and correct. There is a long, long, long fight yet to go. This is but one battle of many sure to come. For states like CT, it may be 6 to 10yrs before our crap laws are heard in front of SCOTUS if ever.

    2. avatar NWGlocker says:

      Well said, Han.

  7. avatar Lead Slinger says:

    We have to win every time. They only have to win once.

    1. avatar Rydak says:

      Man if that aint the truth.

  8. avatar RepubAnon says:

    No, I’d say the National Rifle Association pines for gun violence. More guns in the hands of bad guys is used by the gun lobby as reasons to sell even more guns to the rest of the population. The deaths resulting from making it easy for the criminals and the crazies to purchase firearms makes people lose faith in the police – and then, they go buy guns.

    Worried about the evil government compiling a list of gun owners, or abridging your constitutional rights? Try looking at what’s been done to the rest of the Bill of Rights in this post 9/11 world. These days, speech that used to be considered protected by the Constitution can be characterized as “material support of terrorism” – for which people can be imprisoned. Sell a gun to someone that can’t pass background checks in a “private sale” – perfectly legal under Federal law (your state may vary).

    Case in point: the push to declare the Boston Marathon bombing suspect as an “enemy combatant” and shipping him off to Guantanamo for “harsh interrogation” and imprisonment without trial – all at the hands of the Executive Branch. If you’re nervous about government overreach, worry about what happens if someone with an agenda decides to expand the “enemy combatant” policies to, say, people talking about gun ownership as a way of fighting back against oppressive government policies.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      My originol response vanished, Repub. Defending the BOR starts with the 2a.

      1. avatar RepubAnon says:

        Without the rest of the Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment becomes meaningless and unenforceable.

        I’ll say again: preserving the rights of criminals and mentally unstable people to purchase weapons because maybe, possibly, someone might later pass additional legislation is a bad idea. As the government can easily get lists of gun owners by creating a big database generated from warrantless data-dumps from Internet providers (look up CISPA), defeating reasonable background check regulations is at best an illusory victory.

    2. avatar Rightontheleftcoast says:

      I agree with jwm. KISS. This is round one for 2A rights and theres much to be done especially at the state level. Read Army of Davids and tie in with Tea Party. That is using organizing tactics that worked to leverage NRA national lobby power and other groups for litigation. SAF GOA etc. This requires every man on deck to keep educating friends and family grassroots up and thats how blogs like TTAG serve us by becoming the go to site you can point them for truth.

    3. avatar Rightontheleftcoast says:

      PS I get your point Repub but this is about 2A. Theres plenty of places to go organize or complain about GITMO including Huffpo and the ACLU. Going further OT would be a distraction.

    4. avatar CarlosT says:

      RepubAnon, your comment is an argument for exactly why the bill needed to die. The fact that the rest of the Constitution and Bill of Rights has been violated so casually means the government can’t be trusted to respect any restrictions imposed upon it in new legislation. We live in a world where the government can spy Americans in secret, and when it gets out no one can sue them for violating their Fourth Amendment rights, because they can’t prove standing because the spying was secret and therefore they can’t prove that they specifically where spied upon. The current president has openly ordered the killing of American citizens without due process, and has a secret list of more he’d like to do the same.

      So we’re going to be adding supervising gun sales to the powers of that government, and ask them nicely to prosecute anyone caught making a list? In my opinion, you’re looking at this completely backwards. The fact that the Constitution has been mostly shredded isn’t reason to shred more of it, it’s reason to draw the line and start the process of restoration.

      1. avatar Joe says:

        I call troll…

  9. avatar Pantera Vazquez says:

    In the words of:

    Public Enemy-‘Don’t give up the fight’

    Bob Marley-‘Get up, Stand up, Stand up for your rights’

    Good lyrics to remember…………….

  10. avatar Aharon says:

    If I am recalling correctly, from having lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, that piece of leather jewelry on her right wrist signifies she’s a submissive. If it was on her left wrist it would represent dominant. Isn’t it amazing the things I learned in California?

    1. avatar Joe says:

      does she look submissive?

      1. avatar Aharon says:

        No more than many sr. partners in large law firms do.

        1. avatar Joke & Dagger says:

          What’s amazing are the “interesting” tidbits of info I learn from you Aharon. Rock on.

    2. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      Maybe someone flipped the negative, as ’twere…

  11. avatar TRUTHY says:

    Please send money, blah blah blah, please send money. I get it.

  12. avatar SightPicture says:

    Wow, hot.
    Sorry but,…..
    What was the article about again?

  13. avatar ErikO says:

    Kind of funny how much can happen when more than 1/7th of the gun owners of America get involved.

    Sorry, Cox, your fear mongering did NOT move those of us who are the non-NRA-ILA into action but thanks for the thank you.

    semper vigilans

  14. avatar dirk diggler says:

    Interesting no one is worked up about her having her finger in the trigger guard, but the supposed “hunter” in the MAIG video w his finger inside the trigger guard of the shottie has everyone upset.

    1. avatar CarlosT says:

      Well, I noticed it, but we’ve had that conversation in previous go-rounds with this picture.

    2. avatar jwm says:

      Dirk, I didn’t notice she had a gun until you mentioned it. After looking at the picture I don’t think she has a gun. It looks like a replica of a Walther. Do we call safety issues on non guns?

        1. avatar jwm says:

          Like the college and the nerf guns?

  15. avatar the last Marine out says:

    As Robert said it’s the phone call , not the girl ! , anyway the fight is not over this U.N. treaty can hurt the American gun market, Cheap import ammo and surplus arms has helped the poor guy keep shooting and with a 2A unfriendly government they too see how important that is. think cheap lots stuff, and when a guy gets a better job he too will buy top line American goods… I see young people all the time at the range and they do not have the $1000.00 plus $ guns…

  16. avatar Lance says:

    I think any legislation in the Senate is dead now. BUT the real fight is for the 2014 elections the fate of congress will be our constitution’s fate. We all must support pro gun candidates any wear and help keep congress from being Obama’s rubber stamp.

    As for this year 2013 I think the fights in congress unless another shooting occurs is over. The fight will take us to the summer to keep most states free for gun rights as anti gunner who lost in congress will step up in the states to kill freedom. lets keep united and win this war for the 2013-14 season.

  17. avatar Martin B says:

    This picture fits nicely into a movie about a dystopian post Apocalyptic America, where isolated survivors fight their way to some mythical peaceful nirvana in California or Florida… come to think of it that’s exactly what post Boston America has pretty much become. The unarmed are just waiting victims, now.

  18. avatar Trogdor says:

    That’s the before picture. The after picture is of the huge gouge in her face from the recoil of the negligently discharged pistol.

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