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February 14, 2013 9:40 AM Wayne Lapierre’s Dystopia

By Ed Kilgore

If you’re sleepy this morning (as I am), and need a good jolt of noise to snap your eyes open, like a cattle-prod plunged into your bathwater, check out the latest shriek-fest from the NRA’s Wayne Lapierre, as published by the Daily Caller:

It has always been sensible for good citizens to own and carry firearms for lawful protection against violent criminals who prey on decent people.
During the second Obama term, however, additional threats are growing. Latin American drug gangs have invaded every city of significant size in the United States. Phoenix is already one of the kidnapping capitals of the world, and though the states on the U.S./Mexico border may be the first places in the nation to suffer from cartel violence, by no means are they the last….
After Hurricane Sandy, we saw the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia. Looters ran wild in south Brooklyn. There was no food, water or electricity. And if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark, or you might not get home at all.
Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face—not just maybe. It’s not paranoia to buy a gun. It’s survival. It’s responsible behavior, and it’s time we encourage law-abiding Americans to do just that.

In case you don’t recognize Lapierre’s Post-Apocalyptic America because you live in one of the many places where violent crime rates have been steadily dropping for many years now (nationally they are approaching rates unseen since World War II), perhaps you think we could just use some more cops in ol’ Wayne’s neighborhood so he doesn’t feel the need to build an arsenal of military weaponry. But no, Lapierre’s already anticipated that argument, and says we’ll soon have no cops at all because of Obama:

President Obama is leading this country to financial ruin, borrowing over a trillion dollars a year for phony “stimulus” spending and other payoffs for his political cronies. Nobody knows if or when the fiscal collapse will come, but if the country is broke, there likely won’t be enough money to pay for police protection. And the American people know it.

Read that paragraph again, and ask yourself how this man has come to be one of the most powerful political leaders in the country. I mean, really, people say stupid things all the time in the heat of the moment, on television or radio or just a street-corner argument. But Lapierre or someone who works for him had to write that incredibly stupid paragraph; he had to approve it; and I would hope an editor from the Daily Caller asked if he really wanted to claim that federal budget deficits mean cities and counties will soon have to eliminate police departments. Yet there it is.

In any event, Lapierre sounds more every day like a parody of himself: a hysterical old man who started out yelling at kids to get off his lawn and now has barricaded himself indoors with five years worth of canned food and shooting irons. This Valentine’s Day, he could probably use a hug. But I’m sure he’d rather have a high-capacity ammunition clip.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • c u n d gulag on February 14, 2013 9:51 AM:


    I’m fairly sure he’s not on drugs – well, at least minimally sure, maybe – but isn’t it time for someone to at least have a movie and book intervention for Wayne LaPierre-anoid?

    Methinks he’s got “Mad Max” and “Escape From New York” playing on an endless-loop on his DVD player, and he’s got “The Road” on every desk and in every john at home and at work.

    That is some post-Apocalypic nightmare landscape LaPierra-anoid’s got!

    “Visions” like this call for some serious medication under psychiatric observation.

    Straight-jacket, gurney, and a face-mask with mouth-guard are optional inside his gated cell.
    MANDATORY if he has to leave it!!!

    Perhaps LaPierre-anoid missed his calling – as a movie director or novelist of ‘end-of-times’ scenarios.


  • David in NY on February 14, 2013 9:55 AM:

    I recommend that anyone who hasn't actually heard Lapierre give the NRA headquarters a ring and listen to him fulminating against the fantasy Obama of his, and his followers, imagination. And hear is megalomaniacal claims that he is the main target of this fantasy's ire.

    It's appalling.

  • Russell aboard M/V Sunshine on February 14, 2013 9:59 AM:

    This is a craven attempt to create panic buying of guns and ammunition for the benefit of the manufacturers who financially support the NRA. Just craven.

  • Gandalf on February 14, 2013 10:03 AM:

    Where's the call for silver bullets to fight the vampires with? For that matter I just can't take Wayne the least bit serious because he didn't mention the immense threat of zombies ooooooooooooooooooooh!

  • scott_m on February 14, 2013 10:15 AM:

    Phoenix is one of the kidnapping capitals of the world? Sounds like Sheriff Joe Arpaio's not doing his job.

  • Dude on February 14, 2013 10:22 AM:

    Zombies. He forgot zombies. How could you forget zombies? They are a rising, existential threat, and they threaten our neighborhoods every night!

  • martin on February 14, 2013 10:44 AM:

    how this man has come to be one of the most powerful political leaders in the country

    I hope you really meant "political players" because the man is not a "leader", he is a lobbyist. And if the lobbyist are truly the political leaders in this country, than it IS time to buy a gun and start hoarding toilet paper.

    Captcha: arms allyim

  • Josef K on February 14, 2013 10:48 AM:

    Stunning. Wonder how long before Wayne is offered his own call-in radio show.

    It also occurs to me that he's in serious danger of being mistaken for an EDP (emotionally disturbed person) by some taser-happy cop. Perhaps its best he stay in the bowels of that postmodern cathedral the NRA calls its headquarters.

  • biggerbox on February 14, 2013 10:58 AM:

    His position is not completely illogical. I mean, if you take Grover Norquist's "drown government in the bathtub" approach out to its conclusion, and "smaller government" really means "no government", you end up with an apocalyptic anarchy much like we saw in Somalia, or the imagined LaPierre-land.

    Now, most of us would rather deal with the threat of such a situation by preventing it, not preparing for it. We try to build the fabric of a society and bolster the institutions of civil government. But weak men like LaPierre always fantasize that they will be the armed strong-men in their dark visions, so he's doing his best to make that dystopia a reality.

  • John Iwaniszek on February 14, 2013 11:00 AM:

    First of all, he clearly doesn't understand how the economy works.

    Second. A registration regime for gun ownership would not preclude his owning a gun for his own protection.

  • ericfree on February 14, 2013 11:02 AM:

    This morning's WaPo has an in-depth piece on Ackerman McQueen, the Oklahoma ad agency that's been doing the NRA's pr, and effectively controlling the organization, since the early 80s. They're the ones writing this stuff. They don't care if it's true, only that it's provocative and appeals to the fears of the NRA's paranoid target audience. Dystopian fear = big money.

  • Bo on February 14, 2013 11:06 AM:

    I wonder what Pepe Lapierre thinks about the cruise liner stranded in the Gulf of Mexico right now. I read that passengers are fighting over food and crapping all over the place. This certainly sounds like a situation where guns and assault rifles (with high-capacity magazines) are desperately needed.
    I mean really . . . how are these poor folks going to survive until they can be towed into port? Come on, Pepe. Get on this one right away!

  • PTate in MN on February 14, 2013 11:09 AM:

    It's funny, LaPierre's post-apocalyptic vision didn't include the threat that has me the most concerned, namely, gangs of armed, volunteer "law-abiding" vigilantes roaming around gunning down innocent people. Me, I'm not so worried about Latin American drug gangs, kidnappings, or a fiscal collapse that will end police protection, but George Zimmerman in his paranoia murdered someone for real.

  • jpeckjr on February 14, 2013 11:11 AM:

    I agree completely that Mr. LaPierre has crossed the borderline of personality disorders.

    Nonetheless, a calmer point can be made about the recession's effect on local police departments at least. The loss of a federal grant, because Congress didn't renew the program, has prompted my local police department to eliminate a very effective crime prevention / early intervention program. My city of 100,000 has reduced the number of officers from 102 to 74 in the last five years. We need a $2 mil upgrade to our police communications systems -- delayed due to no funding -- there are times it collapses completely and officers are not able to communicate with one another.

    Our city is generally safe, and the crime rate has dropped, although, as our very capable chief notes, it is not clear if the reduction is because crime is being under-reported. Our biggest crime challenge, frankly, is disorderly conduct and public drunkeness by the large college student population.

    We are not moving towards anarchy, here or as a nation, except in the minds of people like LaPierre. And more guns won't make things easier for the police. But the sad state of our public sector's finances is having a negative effect on law enforcement.

  • TooManyJens on February 14, 2013 11:17 AM:

    "It's not paranoia to buy a gun. It's survival. It's responsible behavior, and it's time we encourage law-abiding Americans to do just that."

    Hard to believe some people think the NRA is just a shill for gun manufacturers, isn't it?

  • dilbert dogbert on February 14, 2013 11:17 AM:

    I was cogitating about guns and cops and the effect of a well armed citizenry the other day as I read of police shooting at innocent folks when hunting for the LA shooter. What would have happened if the citizens went on a vigilante tear looking for the guy. Helping police you know. It could have been a blood bath. Not enough basements to hide in in LA.

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on February 14, 2013 11:24 AM:

    I mean, really, people say stupid things all the time in the heat of the moment, on television or radio or just a street-corner argument.

    Yeah, the GOTea have really been reminding me of a lot of those crazy old black men from back in the day (the 90s) who used to spout all kinds of crackpot conspiracy theories about The Man. Except back in the day, media had the decency to shield the public from the bat-crazy blather rather than give them an entire news network.

    I would rather like for all media outlets to preface these kinds of nutcase displays with a disclaimer that the following is outside the bounds of sane and informed discourse...

  • jhm on February 14, 2013 12:04 PM:

    One of the more depraved pro-gun sentiments I've seen in my local paper's letters to the editor:

    "An armed citizen (licensed and trained) need never live in fear; these people are prepared to defend themselves. Only unarmed people (and by “armed,” I don’t only mean firearms but also martial arts, mace or any other means of self-defense) need live in fear."

    These people just ain't right.

  • Gummo on February 14, 2013 12:14 PM:

    jhm --

    What's especially funny/sad/scary about that is that it's exactly 180 degrees inverted from reality -- it demonstrates what we're seeing over & over again -- that it's the heavily-armed folks who live in fear; their whole lives revolve around their paranoid fantasies. Without the adrenaline rush their fear provides, their lives would be empty.

  • lou on February 14, 2013 12:55 PM:

    This coercion to bear and carry is threatening to undermine our freedoms, not defend them. I am not responsible if I do not cave into the insanity of a gun culture gone totally ape shit? This shit keeps up and it is gonna make a lot of people think twice about living in this country and heading to someplace where people get their identities from the good things in life vs. the things that snuff life.

  • David MIartin on February 14, 2013 1:11 PM:

    Is it just me, or do most of the pickups and cars with NRA stickers seem to be driven by old men?

    Regrettably, dementia is often accompanied by a sort of paranoia (I'm not up on the appropriate terminology) and victims have been known to shoot their caregivers.

  • jonah on February 14, 2013 1:24 PM:

    "an editor from the Daily Caller"?????


    In fairness, I very rarely look at the Daily Caller. I do peek at National Review from time to time, and they obviously don't use editors. Also, I'm pretty sure about half their stuff is written by unpaid interns. The Daily Caller can't be any better.

  • Cayman on February 14, 2013 2:19 PM:

    You're all are worried about the NRA and Wayne? Meanwhile, Lew and Company are using you like the tools you are.

  • doug on February 14, 2013 2:27 PM:

    "In case you don’t recognize Lapierre’s Post-Apocalyptic America because you live in one of the many places where violent crime rates have been steadily dropping for many years now"

    That's funny because that is the exact opposite argument the MSM is making. They keep showing body counts and graphics like this.

    Considering gun sales have risen during this time as well as concealed carry laws- is this really the point the left wishes to make? We need more gun control because crime is going down?

  • Bubba on February 14, 2013 2:29 PM:

    Whatever do the Latin American drug gangs and the residents of south Brooklyn have in common? The Brown Menace! Also, by "terrorists", I'm assuming he's not referring to the South Carolina Unorganized Militia, but to more dusky-hued invaders from afar.

  • Southside on February 14, 2013 2:37 PM:

    Kabul is actually safer than strictly gun controlled Chicago. Go figure, Mayor Rahm. Toss in Vermont to the mix and most folk like Feinstein STFU. But then again she has a CCW.

  • barry1817 on February 14, 2013 2:45 PM:

    next time anyone that is against guns, needs protection from a criminal, they can remember that when your life hangs in the balance of seconds, 911 is minutes away.

  • Josef K on February 14, 2013 4:25 PM:

    From barry1817 at 2:45 PM:

    next time anyone that is against guns, needs protection from a criminal, they can remember that when your life hangs in the balance of seconds, 911 is minutes away.

    This isn't a video game, barry1817. If your life really does "hang in the balance of seconds", I doubt the average citizen will have the training, reflexs or presence of mind to retrieve their concealed .22 revolver from the depths of their handbag or briefcase, get the safety off, take careful aim, and fire a clean shot at their attacker. And that presumes a level of parity between attacker and potential vicitm (another fantasy).

    You'd do better handing the criminal your wallet and waiting for the trained professionals.

  • Tim Leavitt on February 14, 2013 4:26 PM:

    Perhaps Mr Lapierre should volunteer himself as the first name on his mentally derange data base. As I recall he did recommended registering the psychotic.

  • Don on February 14, 2013 5:19 PM:

    Wait...nothing he said is incorrect. There WAS looting after Sandy, the streets ARE dangerous after dark, MS13 HAS established gangs in almost every major city, etc. all verifiable facts.

    But then, YOU go on to say "violent crime rates have been steadily dropping for many years now (nationally they are approaching rates unseen since World War II)"

    It seems you are one of those who are always wondering why we need to imprison so many people since crimes rates are so low.

    Now you are saying we need gun control because violent crime is so low.

    Someone needs to see a shrink and it's not Wayne.

  • Tom Genin on February 14, 2013 5:36 PM:

    Apparently the author is unaware of Obama's "American Jobs Act" seeking $35 Billion of FEDERAL money to stop layoffs of Police in Cities & States. lol So lack of Federal money won't result in lack of Police, but more Federal money will result in stopping the lack of police? Hmmmm...

    And the clueless author also ripped LaPierre for asking for Armed Guards in Schools, do you remember that?

    He didn't follow up and tell you that the Town of Newtown ALSO just asked for Armed Guards at those very same schools.

    Again! Curious isn't it?

  • Doug on February 14, 2013 5:47 PM:

    Don, it is entirely possible for there to be looting after Hurricane Sandy AND for the rate of violent crimes to drop at the same time.

    doug, what was the number of deaths by shooting in any comparable period? Have you any facts that definitely correlate the increase in gun ownership with the decrease in crime or is merely coincidence? How many of those guns being purchased were by people who ALREADY own a gun? Nor does a decrease in overall crime refute the need for stricter measures on purchasing/owning some types of weapons.

    Southside, sit on it.

  • clawhammerjake on February 14, 2013 5:55 PM:

    I'm not even sure how many guns I own. Surely more than I need. I know I once had a 30 shot assault rifle, but sold it when I realized how useless it was. I'm not against guns, but I am against having high capacity guns in an urban environment. Gun laws that probably made sense in an earlier time have simply not kept up with the needs of our nation, and need to be strengthened. People hunting dangerous game, animals that can and do kill people, almost always use either a double rifle or a magazine rifle holding 4 or 5 cartridges. When an elephant or a lion is seconds away, you have to be sure. Spray and pray leaves you vulnerable. Is it any less so facing a dangerous human.

  • Kathryn on February 14, 2013 6:23 PM:

    Well I wanted to take a moment away from living in fear to remind all that Mr. Wayne LaPierre was excused from service during the Vietnam War due to a doctor's intervention documenting a "nervous condition". So just another patriot to join Dick Cheney, John Bolton, Rudy Guliani, John Cornyn and so many other big mouth cowards.

  • Paul Kersey on February 14, 2013 7:50 PM:

    Every feminist should be a passionate advocate of the Second Amendment. If a burly guy wants to take advantage of you, only a firearm will place you on equal footing. Having been in law enforcement for 25 years, I can tell you that pepper spray and stun guns are 50% effective at best. Any limitation on the ownership of firearms will be about as effective as banning certain drugs, that is to say, not at all. We love to interdict criminal activity, but that is extremely rare when you are talking about violent offenses. Instead of gun buy-back programs, we need programs to supply the needy with a means of self protection. Using the logic of the gun banners, the solution for drunk drivers would be a curfew for sober people. Limiting the rights of the law abiding to accommodate the drunks.

  • AMS on February 14, 2013 10:12 PM:

    This is more anti-government messaging: "The government can't protect you, it can only threaten your freedoms."

  • William J. Stewart on February 14, 2013 11:14 PM:

    It seems that the Author of the article is attacking the messenger for stating the obvious points:
    1. That Criminals do NOT follow the Laws, either existing nor proposed.
    2. That we provide Armed Guards for our Money (in Banks), for our Politicians, for Celebrities; but not for our Children.
    3. That Mentally Deranged persons will find a way to kill the undefended.
    4. That the Founders of our Nation recognized that the Individual Citizen would need to have and maintain an Armed and Trained presence to defend our Country from it's enemies both Foreign and Domestic.
    5. That an unarmed population are subjects and serfs, not Citizens.
    I spent over 40 years in Service sworn to uphold and defend our Constitution and our Country, and received abuse and slurs about my Service in silence as I believed in everyone's rights to state their opinion and observed the 'Opposition' disrupt and vilify any speaker whom they disagree with, the 'opposition in point being Liberal-Progressive-Democratic Party Supporters. Enough is Enough, I am now speaking out against such intolerance of 'Conservative' Speach.

  • STB on February 15, 2013 1:27 AM: