Leah Barkoukis
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The NRA has been unwavering in their defense of the Second Amendment throughout the gun control debate and Wayne LaPierre will continue that message before a Senate panel on Wednesday.

Law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals,” LaPierre is scheduled to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Nor do we believe the government should dictate what we can lawfully own and use to protect our families,” he added.

The NRA released LaPierre’s opening remarks on Tuesday.

LaPierre will reaffirm the NRA’s commitment to “participate in a meaningful effort to solve these pressing problems”—keeping our kids and our streets safe—but will also reiterate that they disagree with “proposals that would only serve to burden the law-abiding,” which have failed before and will fail again.

LaPierre said the government must work to enforce gun laws already on the books, prosecute criminals who misuse firearms, and review the “full range of mental health issues” associated with gun violence. […]

He denied that universal background checks would curb crime, arguing that “criminals will never submit to them.”

“But there are things that can be done and we ask you to join with us,” LaPierre will say. “The NRA is made up of millions of Americans who support what works … the immediate protection for all — not just some — of our school children; swift, certain prosecution of criminals with guns; and fixing our broken mental health system.”

LaPierre recently slammed a section of the president’s inaugural address that referenced "absolutism". “We’re told that wanting the same technology that the criminals and our leaders keep for themselves is a form of “absolutism” and that accepting less freedom and protection for ourselves is the only “principled” way to live,” he said. “When “absolutes” are abandoned for “principles,” the U.S. Constitution becomes a blank slate for anyone’s graffiti and our rights and freedoms are defaced.”

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Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Assistant Editor at Townhall.com/Townhall Magazine.

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