NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre gave a speech responding to President Obama’s inaugural address for the 56th Annual Weatherby Foundation International Hunting and Conservation Award Dinner, and if you think the title of the event is long, wait until you hear LaPierre’s speech.
Specifically responding to President Obama’s line that “we cannot afford to mistake absolutism for principle,” which many saw as a reference to the gun control debate, LaPierre responded “Absolutes do exist.”
“It’s the basis of all civilization. Without those absolutes, democracy decays into nothing more than two wolves and one lamb voting on who to eat for lunch.”
LaPierre said that our Second Amendment rights are such absolutes, and that they’re not open for reinterpretation.
“They are God-given freedoms. They belong to us in the United States of America as our birthright. No government gave them to us and no government can ever take them away,” he said, also remarking that the president “doesn’t understand you, he doesn’t agree with those freedoms you cherish.”
The Washington Post notes that LaPierre also referred to the controversial ad that called Obama an “elitist hypocrite” for having his children protected by armed guards. He said that President Obama wants to allow criminals and elitists weapon freedom, but not the rest of Americans.
“We believe in our right to defend ourselves and our families with semi-automatic firearms technology. We believe that if neither the criminal nor the political class and their bodyguards and their security people are limited by magazine capacity, we should not be limited in our capacity either,” he said.
You can watch the video of LaPierre’s speech below, via Mediaite: