Leah Barkoukis
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Based on Wayne LaPierre’s speech today at CPAC today, it’s abundantly clear that this is a man, who, in the face of harsh criticism and never ending ridicule, only grows more passionate and unwavering in his defense of Americans’ Second Amendment freedom.

“In their distorted view of the world, they are smarter than we are. They are special and more worthy than we are. They know better than we do,” the NRA chief said, referring to political elites and liberal media. Although freedom-loving Americans are the ones being labeled as “crazy” in the the gun control debate, LaPierre argued that insanity has consumed the media and political class in Washington.

For example, in wake of the Sandy Hook the NRA proposed putting armed guards in schools. Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security issued an informational video suggesting people consider overpowering an active shooter with scissors.

“Let’s get this straight,” LaPierre said. “To protect our children at school, we recommend a trained professional with a gun. They recommend scissors. And they say we’re crazy? That’s sheer madness.”

And who could forget about our vice president’s asinine and dangerous advice to women threatened by an intruder? Or that in light of sequestration, “instead of rational belt-tightening, the first thing the government thinks to do, according to law enforcement officials, is let thousands of criminal illegals out of jail,” he said. “It’s as if sanity, itself, has been sequestered in Washington.”

There are plenty of gun laws already on the books, LaPierre argued, but the criminal justice system doesn’t enforce them—especially in Chicago. “President Obama’s hometown ranks dead last in firearms prosecutions — 90th out of 90 federal jurisdictions,” he said. 

In closing, LaPierre reminded the crowd that this fight is about our freedom—which is on the line now and in elections to come.

“You are here because you want to make your own difference, take your own stand. Plant your feet firmly in the foundation of freedom, don’t be swayed by the winds of political insanity, and no matter what, let the elitists who scorn you be damned,” he said. 

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Leah Barkoukis

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

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