Wayne LaPierre’s paranoia at CPAC

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NRA head Wayne LaPierre is seriously unhinged and fomenting civil war, this time over the Second Amendment.

The following is an excerpt from his 45-minute diatribe to conservatives and legislators at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference:

“You should be anxious and you should be frightened. If they seize power, if these so-called neo-European socialists take over the House and the Senate and, God forbid, they get the White House again, our American freedoms could be lost and our country will be changed forever. And the first to go will be the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

You should be frightened, all right — of this man. Who is he talking about, Angela Merkel and the German Social Democratic Party? Because it certainly can’t be the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survivors, or the American voter — the foundation of our system of elections, 68 percent of whom, to his dismay, believe in a ban of military assault-style weapons.

LaPierre purposely distorts the premise underpinning our system of government — the right to vote and the peaceful transition of power — to his largely armed and sometimes misinformed base. Elections are based on voters; no one seizes anything.

As specified in Article V, there are only two ways to eliminate the Second Amendment, aka amend the Constitution. The first takes a vote of two-thirds of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, followed by ratification of three-fourths of the state legislatures. The second method is by convention, called specifically for that purpose, by two-thirds of the state legislatures and ratified by three-fourths. That’s it.

LaPierre’s schizoid hysteria born of ideological paranoia over a gunless America could not be further from reality, not with well over 350 million guns in circulation. The problem is his speech aims for people already armed to the teeth, itching to use their “tools,” even over baseless lies.

The Constitution was created as a way to preempt armed conflict over general elections. LaPierre’s speech is nothing but a call to war.

Deborah A. Baro