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NRA to Anti-Gun ‘Elites’: ‘We Gun Owners Are a Heck of a Lot Smarter Than You’ll Ever Be’

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | March 25, 2016 | 11:44 AM EDT

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice

president and CEO of the National

Rifle Association.  (AP) 

Although anti-gun “elites” and much of the news media look down their noses at America’s 100 million gun owners as ignorant or intellectually un-evolved, National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said gun owners are engaged, determined, politically savvy, and “a heck of a lot smarter than” the elites will ever be.

“Well, I've got news for the elites who look down their noses at all of us and our rights,” said LaPierre at the Liberty University on March 23. “We gun owners are a heck of a lot smarter than you'll ever be. It's true."

He also stressed, “In all of the world, some of the smartest citizens are American gun owners."

Speaking at a convocation at the university, LaPierre said,  “It’s gotten to the point in this country where one of America’s greatest vulnerabilities is the failure of the media to provide a level playing field for the truth. And it’s up to all of us to hold their feet to the fire.”

“It’s up to all of you to call them out for their lies,” said the NRA vice rpesident and CEO. “When you see them doing it, stand up to them, get right in their face. Do something about it because it can make a difference.”

"So many of those elites, they think they're better than us,” he said. “They somehow think they're more sophisticated. They think they're more intellectually evolved somehow than we are. Or they think they're just somehow plain smarter than we are.”

“Well, I've got news for the elites who look down their noses at all of us and our rights,” said LaPierre.  “We gun owners are a heck of a lot smarter than you'll ever be. It's true."

"In all of history," he continued, "there's never been a group of citizens so engaged, so determined, so resolute and so unified in defending freedom, so politically savvy and individually prepared and responsible for protecting our families and our communities. Never have there been smarter, freer American citizens than America's 100 million gun owners."

"Let me say that again. In all of the world, some of the smartest citizens are American gun owners."

Wayne LaPierre, 66, has served as the executive vice president and CEO of the NRA since 1991. 

Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman

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