If you thought Wayne LaPierre was a piece of work, you haven’t met Jim Porter, the incoming president of the NRA. Mr. Porter has been in the news in the past, following a speech he made a year ago to the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. In that speech, this Alabaman referred to the Civil War as the “War of Northern Aggression”, and spoke about the need for citizens to own and know how to use guns, not for hunting, not for personal safety against criminals, but in order to be prepared to fight the tyranny of the US government: ‘… the organization [NRA] remains vital today to train civilians to use firearms so ‘when they’re ready to fight tyranny, they’re ready to do it. Also, when they’re ready to fight tyranny, they have the wherewithal and the weapons to do it.'”
He also referred to the President as a “fake President”, and months before the Newtown Massacre and the President’s call for meaningful gun safety legislation, Porter said “this fight has just started…. I get so sick and tired of all these people with this fake president that we got, who want to say ‘he hasn’t done anything bad for gun owners.’ I say, let me tell you something that he’s done. His entire administration is anti-gun, anti-freedom, anti-Second Amendment.”
Here are excerpts from his speech:
What is even more scary is the fact that Mr. Porter is far from being alone in his perverted thoughts. A recent Public Mind poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University found that 44% of republicans believe that “an armed revolution might be necessary in the next few years in order to protect liberties.”
By contrast in California, Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed into law a bill I wrote about twice a few weeks ago (“California’s Gun Lobby: Further Assault On Our Intelligence” and “Gun Nuts Want Felons, Mentally Ill to KEEP Their Guns!”) that funds state agents to confiscate the 40,000 guns that are currently in the hands of California residents who are not legally entitled to gun ownership due to serious criminal convictions, mental illness, or that have had restraining orders issued against them for threats of violence.
Across the country, those are the people whose “right” to own guns the NRA spends millions of dollars to protect. For future battles against the US government.