NRA’s LaPierre hits back at Obama’s inaugural speech

by David Sherfinski, The Washington Times  |  published on January 24, 2013

Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association’s executive vice president and CEO, blasted President Obama on Tuesday evening, claiming that Mr. Obama made a “mockery” of the Declaration of Independence in his inaugural address on Monday.

Mr. LaPierre, who has vowed to fight Mr. Obama’s attempts to pass new gun controls, honed in on the president’s reference to “absolutism” in his speech.

Tea party activists, and conservatives in general, have accused Mr. Obama of repeatedly violating the Constitution as the founders wrote it. But Mr. Obama, embracing what has become known as the theory of a “living Constitution,” said the document is aspirational.

“We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate,” Mr. Obama said. “We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years and 40 years and 400 years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.”

But Mr. LaPierre said Mr. Obama wants to turn absolutism into a “dirty word” and “just another word for extremism.”

“We’re told that wanting the same technology that the criminals and our leaders keep for themselves is a form of ‘absolutism’ and that accepting less freedom and protection for ourselves is the only ‘principled’ way to live,” Mr. LaPierre said. “Think about what that means. Barack Obama is saying that the only ‘principled’ way to make children safe is to make lawful citizens less safe and violent criminals more safe.”

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