Wayne LaPierre

In all of our nation’s history, a handful of dates stand out – dates that meant life or death for America and our freedoms.

On July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers put their lives on the line and declared that America would be independent and free. On June 6, 1944, American troops landed at Normandy and America took a critical step toward ending history’s bloodiest war. And on September 11, 2001, we witnessed the deadliest terrorist attack ever to take place on American soil.

These events, and many others, shaped our destiny and still affect our lives today.

And as I travel the country talking to fellow National Rifle Association members, gun owners, and Americans from all walks of life, it is clear to me that the next decisive date in American history will be November 6, 2012 – the day America must decide whether President Barack Obama deserves a second term in the White House.

I say this because so many Americans genuinely, and rightly, fear that something is deeply wrong in our great nation. We fear that the America we know and love is in danger of jumping the tracks and spiraling out of control. We see a President whose values and goals are, in many ways, the exact opposite of our beliefs and what generations of Americans have fought and died for.

This is why all gun owners and freedom-loving Americans must ask this question: “If Barack Obama wins a second term in office, will my freedom, and particularly my Second Amendment freedom, become more or less secure?”

And then, we must consider the facts.

Every one of President Barack Obama’s big decisions – on health care, foreign policy, and the economy – has been rooted in stripping away our freedom and replacing it with increased government control over our lives. And although Obama has held off challenging gun owners and the National Rifle Association directly, he has spent his first term in office setting the stage for a massive second term assault on our gun rights.

Already, Obama has begun to stack our federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, with anti-Second Amendment judges who will advance his gun-ban agenda. If he wins reelection, Obama could have the opportunity to tip the fragile balance of the Supreme Court to an anti-gun majority that will reverse the recent Heller and McDonald decisions that affirmed the Second Amendment as an individual right.

Obama has already reversed our country’s strong stance against the coming United Nations gun ban treaty. The U.N. will unveil this sovereignty-killing monster next summer, and Obama’s State Department has publicly declared that achieving a “legally binding Arms Trade Treaty” is a “fundamental policy commitment.” The gun-ban lobby has been working toward this treaty for nearly two decades, and now, they are closer than ever to their goal of controlling civilian firearms ownership worldwide.

Barack Obama falsely accused the United States of arming Mexican drug cartels, and even blamed our Second Amendment rights for Mexican drug crime and murder. Meanwhile, it was the Obama administration that illegally facilitated the transfer of thousands of guns to violent drug cartels in Mexico. To this day, the Obama administration continues to stonewall congressional investigators and hide the details related to its deadly “Fast and Furious” scandal.

In flagrant violation of our rule of law, Obama unilaterally imposed gun registration in four border states – requiring gun dealers to register the sales of any law-abiding citizen who purchases more than one semi-automatic rifle within one week.

And just one month ago, Obama’s Assistant Attorney General, Lanny Breuer, told the U.S. Senate that all Americans should be forced to register their guns. Breuer even hinted at a possible ban on many common handguns, hunting rifles and shotguns, claiming: “Very few hunters in the United States or sports people and law-abiding people really need to have semiautomatic weapons or long guns.”

There can be no question that the Second Amendment, as we know it, may cease to exist should Barack Obama win a second term in office.

This is why I’m asking every NRA member, every gun owner, and every patriotic American to view next year’s election through the lens of freedom. If we fail to draw a line in the sand and defend the future of our Second Amendment rights, then we will lose the one freedom that gives common men and women uncommon power to protect all freedoms. And then, it’s only a matter of time before every freedom in our Bill of Rights is scaled back, diluted or even destroyed.

Wayne LaPierre

Wayne LaPierre is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Rifle Association of America.