NRA head Wayne LaPierre's paranoid gun manifesto

The group's outspoken leader isn't doing gun-rights advocates any favors

Wayne LaPierre pauses during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence on Jan. 30.
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"Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals." Is this the dystopian future America is heading toward? Or the fevered visions of a paranoid crank? Readers of "Stand and Fight," a new article penned by National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre, may be forgiven for concluding the latter. LaPierre's column, published by The Daily Caller, weaves horrors of every stripe to craft a tapestry of pure nightmare, which is then used, of course, to encourage Americans "to buy more guns than ever."

In LaPierre's world, "Latin American drug gangs have invaded every city of significant size in the United States." President Obama is eagerly waiting for the next terrorist attack on the homeland so he can "unleash a tsunami of gun control." The country's finances are so bad that in the future there may not be "enough money to pay for police protection." In fact, we may be on the cusp of "Euro-style debt riots." And most disturbingly, the U.S. may soon become like England, "where some of the nation's outstanding rifle competitors keep their hobby a dark secret from their neighbors for fear of social disapproval."

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Ryu Spaeth

Ryu Spaeth is deputy editor at TheWeek.com. Follow him on Twitter.