This video was live streamed on guns.com Thursday Feb 14 at 5pm est. Transcript below:
It’s good to be here among friends. Your support has always meant a
lot to me and I thank you for your warm welcome.
Two nights ago, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the
Union Address. In that speech, the president displayed a level of
political fraud and public deception that cannot be ignored.
Before we get to that, let’s go back about two months. Days after
tragedy struck Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, the
president held a press conference at the White House.
“We’re going to have to look at schools,” the president said, later
adding that Sandy Hook “… should be a wake-up call for all of us to
say that if we are not getting right the need to keep our children safe,
then nothing else matters.” Nothing else matters.
The NRA agreed about making our schools safer for our children. A few
days after the president’s press conference, we announced the NRA
School Shield program to put trained, qualified, armed police or
security officers in every school in the country.2
The media scoffed at our proposal. The president said he was
But Americans agreed with the NRA, that nothing else mattered more
than the safety of our schoolchildren.
Already, more than 23,000 schools have armed guards and in all 50
states, government officials, local authorities and school districts are
considering their own initiatives to protect schools with armed security
— because when it comes to keeping our kids safe at school, nothing
That is, until the State of the Union address, two days ago. This was
the president’s first State of the Union of his second term. This was
the address in which the president laid out his most ambitious agenda,
focused on the issues of greatest importance to him.
In an hour-long speech, nowhere were the words “school safety” to be
found. Less than two months after saying we had to look at our
schools, the president made not one mention, in his entire speech, of
the need to improve security for our schoolchildren.
When nothing else matters — to every parent in America — President
Obama had nothing to say about school security. And nothing he’s
proposed has anything to do with protecting one child in any school.
A year ago, I began to warn America’s gun owners that, if re-elected,
President Obama would set about dismantling the Second Amendment.3
That, with no more elections to worry about, the president would wait
for the right political opportunity to exploit and launch the most
aggressive campaign in history to destroy our rights.
Bans on millions of commonly owned rifles, shotguns and handguns …
bans on tens of millions of standard magazines … bans on private
transfers, even between family members … import bans … a federal
database to track firearms and their owners, tantamount to national
registration of every single gun owner in the country.
It was only a few weeks ago when they were marketing their anti-gun
agenda as a way of protecting schoolchildren from harm. That charade
ended at the State of the Union, when the president himself exposed
their fraudulent intentions.
It’s not about keeping our kids safe at school. That wasn’t even
mentioned in the president’s speech. They only care about their
decades-old gun control agenda — ban every gun they can, tax every
gun sold and register every gun owner.
This president has taken the art of public deception and manipulation
to a whole new level. Consider his proposal for so-called “universal
At first glance, it sounds like a reasonable, good idea. But there’s
nothing “universal” about it. It’s a universal failure from the start.4
Think about it. Criminals won’t be part of their universe. They’ll steal
their guns or get them and everything else they want on the black
Even when felons do try to buy a gun and are flagged by the system,
they’re almost never stopped. In 2010, out of 76,000 denied
purchasers, only 13 were successfully prosecuted under federal law
for illegally attempting to buy a gun. That universal failure
endangers us all!
The mentally ill will never be part of their universe. For the last
20 years, since the NICS system came on line, government has failed
to include records of those judged mentally ill by a court of law.
If we can’t even get those records into the system, are we truly to
believe that government can require medical professionals to add the
records of mentally disturbed patients into the system? They’ll never
be part of President Obama’s universe.
The only people who will be checked are law-abiding, normal, sane,
decent Americans. It will our names — the names of good people —
that will be put into a massive database, subject to potential federal
registration and abuse of privacy. And none of it — from universal
checks to universal gun bans — none of it does anything to keep our
children safer in their schools.
That’s not what President Obama wants. That’s why he didn’t even
mention it in his speech.5
But it’s what we want. We care as parents and we care as law-abiding
We are the millions and millions of Americans who take responsibility
for our own safety and protection of our children as a God-given
right. We are proud to exercise that right, are not ashamed of it and
deserve nothing less than absolute respect and admiration as lawful
And for our Second Amendment freedom, Mr. President, WE WILL
STAND AND FIGHT! We will not be duped by the frauds in the
White House or the Congress who would deny our right to semiautomatic technology and all the magazine capacity we want to
defend ourselves and our families.
Mr. President, the National Rifle Association is nearly 5 million
members strong, and growing by the thousands every day. We will
continue to support what will work to make our children and our
families safer. And what you failed to even mention in your speech —
fixing our broken mental health system … swift, certain prosecution of
every criminal with a gun … and because millions of our children
remain today as vulnerable and unprotected as ever — we renew our
call for armed police and security officers in every school in America.
When it comes to keeping our kids safe at school, nothing else