NRA: Gun Owners Made This Election Happen

November 15, 2016

The National Rifle Association claimed credit for Hillary Clinton's defeat and laid out its vision for the future in a new post-election video.

"On November 8, you–the five million men and women of the National Rifle Association of America, along with the tens of millions of gun owners all over this country who followed your lead–achieved a truly extraordinary, historic, even heroic, accomplishment," NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre said in the video.

"In northern Florida and Pennsylvania, throughout Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan, in small towns and communities all across America, you were the special forces that swung this election and sent Donald Trump and Mike Pence to the White House," he continued. "You did this. Don't let anybody else tell you otherwise."

LaPierre said it was Clinton's gun positions, which her own campaign privately labeled the most "forceful" in history, that did her campaign in.

"Hillary Clinton made her hatred for the Second Amendment a central issue of this campaign, and as a result of that fatal mistake, she's on permanent political vacation," he said.

He went on to say that President-elect Trump would nominate a "constitutionally sound justice to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court" and called it a "generational victory for Second Amendment freedom."

However, LaPierre warned that there are still many obstacles that gun rights activists will have to overcome in the years ahead.

"For eight straight years, Barack Obama flooded the appellate courts and the federal judiciary with judges who truly despise Second Amendment freedom," he said. "More than 300 Obama-appointed anti-gun judges represent an infection for which there is no cure, other than time and vigilance. They will pose a threat to our gun rights for decades to come."

"We also face a growing group of anti-Second Amendment elitist billionaires, led by George Soros and Michael Bloomberg," LaPierre continued. "By pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into state and local elections, they have succeeded in confusing many voters into believing clever labeling like 'universal background checks' and so-called 'common sense' schemes will make a difference in the safety and security of our communities."

He then announced that it was time for gun rights activists to "go on offense and defeat the forces that have aligned against our freedom once and for all."

As a part of that effort, LaPierre called for Congress to pass a national right-to-carry reciprocity law "as quickly as it can be written and signed." He called for the end of gun-free zones on American military bases. And he called for new laws to "stop the tyrannical erosion of gun rights in states and cities where corrupt leaders use their political power to abuse the rights of American citizens."

"I'm talking about a deceitful web of gun bans, ammo bans, magazine bans, exorbitant fees and taxes, and registration schemes—all designed to undermine the meaning of the Second Amendment and the Supreme Court decisions that uphold it," LaPierre said. "The Court's Heller decision recognized the right of Washington, D.C. citizens to own a firearm in their home for personal protection. But eight years later, it is still almost impossible to legally buy a firearm in that city."

"If the anti-gun forces can get away with sanctuary city-type exclusions where they unilaterally defy the rights of American citizens, then your Second Amendment protections only exists if your local government recognizes them," he continued. "It must be illegal for corrupt, bureaucratic elites to deny law-abiding Americans their full measure of Second Amendment freedom."

LaPierre ended the video by calling on NRA members and other gun rights supporters to continue their efforts beyond the election.

"Our time is now," he said. "We must approach the coming fights with the same urgency and determined action that ended the political future of Hillary Rodham Clinton."