To underscore his fury, LaPierre introduced to the audience the family of NRA member Robert Krentz, the Arizona rancher who was gunned down earlier this year by a suspected illegal alien. Krentz’ tearful family, all NRA members, stood to a thunderous applause, and LaPierre promised that “the NRA will not forget Rob, and we will not forget you.”
Robert Krentz was known among fellow ranchers as a good Samaritan who often helped injured illegal immigrants trying to cross the boiling desert border into Arizona. But the 58-year-old was gunned down while tending to his ranch Saturday morning, and police suspect an illegal immigrant was to blame.—Fox News
“Robert Krentz was one of the good guys,” LaPierre stated. “Robert Krentz was one of us.”
“They killed one of us,” he told the audience. “They attacked an NRA family.”
LaPierre’s remarks clearly hit a raw nerve with his NRA audience, and he went on to define what he believes is the ‘real’ problem: Too many politicians in Washington would rather prevent a criminal from being caught than prevent a law-abiding citizen from being killed.
His remarks are hauntingly reminiscent of an effort launched by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, a Bellevue, WA-based group that joined the NRA in a lawsuit to strike down a San Francisco Housing Authority gun ban regulation, and is also a participant with NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation in another legal action that struck down an illegal parks gun ban in Seattle this year. (SAF and Gun Week are exhibiting at this weekend’s NRA convention here in Charlotte.)
“We need to control our borders, not perfectly legal firearms. Our government should seriously restrict access to our country by people who have no right to be here, rather than restrict the gun rights of citizens.”—Alan Gottlieb
In September 2005, CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb launched a politically-incorrect effort (something he excels at) to “Control Borders, Not Guns.” The group printed thousands of bumper stickers with that message, in English and Spanish. He told this column yesterday that CCRKBA will probably revive that campaign now to support the State of Arizona’s effort to do what the federal government won’t: enforce the law. Read More
Gun Digest recommends the 2010 Standard Catalog of Firearms, 20th Edition, by Dan Shideler.
About the Author: Dave Workman is an author, senior editor of Gun Week, communications director for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, award-winning outdoor writer, former member of the NRA Board of Directors.
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