NRA stands in the way of chaos

By Rod Haxton, editor

It’s not easy to admit, but I’ve been wrong about gun ownership.

I’m not talking about your ordinary, everyday shotgun or hunting rifle. If that’s all you have in your arsenal, you aren’t a serious gun owner.

No, I’m talking about something with some major firepower like an AK-47 or an AR-15. And if they come with a grenade launcher attachment, well I’ll take two.

I had been riding the fence on just how much firepower would be overkill when I was finally convinced by NRA lobbyist Wayne LaPierre that I was seriously underestimating the need for all the semi-automatic weaponry that someone would have to pry from my fingers.

During a recent speech, LaPierre made a compelling case that the United States is facing imminent collapse - perhaps as early as Memorial Day, probably no later than Labor Day - and that Americans who aren’t armed to the teeth will be defenseless against the angry hoards of immigrants who are massing along our unprotected southern border for the first wave of the invasion.

I wish I was exaggerating, but I’m not.

And since LaPierre is not one given to hyperbole, it would be a grave mistake not to heed his warning.

“The president flagrantly defies the 2006 federal law ordering the construction of a secure border fence along the entire Mexican border,” says LaPierre. “So the border today remains porous, not only to people seeking jobs in the U.S., but to criminals whose jobs are murder, rape, robbery and kidnapping.”

Murder, rape and kidnapping are jobs for which people are pouring across our border?

If you were worried about these before, just wait until the minimum wage is increased.

LaPierre also warns that, “A heinous act of mass murder - either by terrorists or by some psychotic who should have been locked up long ago - will be the pretext to unleash a tsunami of gun control.”

When I first heard him suggest this, I had my doubts. Then I thought, what would happen if some heinous act of mass murder by say, terrorists, was used as an excuse to launch a war against another nation that we didn’t particularly like under the pretext of looking for weapons of mass destruction that don’t exist.

Only under a socialist, tyrannical Democratic president could such a bizarre scenario actually happen.

LaPierre’s argument had become even more compelling.

“After Hurricane Sandy, we saw the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia,” said LaPierre, “Looters ran wild in south Brooklyn. There was no food, water or electricity. And if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark, or you might not get home at all.”

According to Reuters, in the week following Superstorm Sandy, murder dropped by 86 percent, rape fell 44 percent, robbery decreased by 30 percent, assault by 31 percent, larceny by 48 percent and car thefts by 24 percent. Burglaries rose by three percent.

Obviously, murder, rape, assaults and car thefts were an aberration. The three percent increase in burglaries paints a clear picture of the chaos that occurs following a disaster when people don’t have electricity or guns. We’re sure that if the mainstream media had been doing its job it would have found a similar situation with armed gangs roaming the streets of Greensburg following the 2007 tornado that nearly wiped the town off the Kansas map.

But what really sold me on LaPierre’s compelling case for more guns was his reminder that the NRA is the “largest civil rights organization in the world.”

As a liberal, I can appreciate that the NRA was in the courtroom in 1954 when the Supreme Court ruled against segregation in the classroom in Brown vs the Board of Education; that it was on the front line with Martin Luther King, Jr., when he was marching from Selma, Ala., to the steps of the state capitol in Montgomery back in 1965; and when it joined Nelson Mendala in the fight against South African apartheid in the 1950s and 1960s.

LaPierre wasn’t clear on exactly what the NRA’s role has been as a civil rights leader, but you can bet that when it comes to freedom of choice they are more than eager to defend to the last bullet each individual’s right to believe whatever they choose, as long as it also means owning the assault rifle of one’s choice.

As this nation freefalls into a collapse rivaling the Roman Empire thanks to President Obama, we are certain to face hurricanes, tornadoes, riots, terrorists, gangs and lone criminals, LaPierre says. (Yes, the NRA has discovered a direct link between stimulus spending and natural disasters.)

The only thing standing between the U.S. and certain takeover by Mexican drug cartels following the next financial meltdown or hurricane - whichever comes first - is my AK-47, an endless supply of 30-bullet magazines and the knowledge that protecting my civil rights is the NRA’s No. 1 goal.

And to think, the NRA has been so misunderstood for all these years.

Rod Haxton can be reached at

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