NRA warns Americans to arm selves for imminent zombie apocalypse

The head of the NRA is warning all Americans to get their guns ready, because the end is nigh.

In a bizarre piece in the conservative Web publication Daily Caller, NRA chief Wayne LaPierre warns that President Obama and Democrats, if not directly causing the end of the world, will at the very least sit by and watch it happen, so true American patriots need to get their guns nows to get ready for the coming apocalypse.

Oh how I wish I were exaggerating. Here’s LaPierre:

It has always been sensible for good citizens to own and carry firearms for lawful protection against violent criminals who prey on decent people.

Translation: We made gun laws so lax that now every criminal has a gun, but please ignore how we got to this point.  More LaPierre:

During the second Obama term, however, additional threats are growing. Latin American drug gangs have invaded every city of significant size in the United States. Phoenix is already one of the kidnapping capitals of the world…

NY Daily News on NRA[T]he border today remains porous not only to people seeking jobs in the U.S., but to criminals whose jobs are murder, rape, robbery and kidnapping. Ominously, the border also remains open to agents of al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Numerous intelligence sources have confirmed that foreign terrorists have identified the southern U.S. border as their path of entry into the country.

When the next terrorist attack comes, the Obama administration won’t accept responsibility. Instead, it will do what it does every time: blame a scapegoat and count on Obama’s “mainstream” media enablers to go along.

A heinous act of mass murder—either by terrorists or by some psychotic who should have been locked up long ago—will be the pretext to unleash a tsunami of gun control.

Translation: Please ignore the fact that the last time we “got hit” big by Al Qaeda on September 11, 2001, the NRA-types in the Bush administration wouldn’t let us check the FBI database to see if any suspected terrorists had bought guns. From the NYT, December of 2001:

The Justice Department has refused to let the F.B.I. check its records to determine whether any of the 1,200 people detained after the Sept. 11 attacks had bought guns, F.B.I. and Justice Department officials say.

The department made the decision in October after the F.B.I. asked to examine the records it maintains on background checks to see if any detainees had purchased guns in the United States.

Yes, in the immediate aftermath of September 11, when we were pretty much willing to sell every constitutional right to the highest bidder, the one thing we wouldn’t do is check whether detained suspected September 11 accomplishes had bought a gun.  Because that would have impinged on their constitutional right to murder 3,000 Americans.

Oh, and the NRA apparently now believes in global warming, Hurricane Sandy was not an aberration.  Again, from LaPierre:

After Hurricane Sandy, we saw the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia. Looters ran wild in south Brooklyn. There was no food, water or electricity. And if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark, or you might not get home at all.

Okay strike what I said at the top of the story, the NRA’s LaPierre is in fact blaming the zombie apocalypse on President Obama (big surprise there – the NRA has a thing for attacking Democrat, though they’re not partisan, really, I mean it).  LaPierre:

Meanwhile, President Obama is leading this country to financial ruin, borrowing over a trillion dollars a year for phony “stimulus” spending and other payoffs for his political cronies. Nobody knows if or when the fiscal collapse will come, but if the country is broke, there likely won’t be enough money to pay for police protection. And the American people know it.

Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face—not just maybe. It’s not paranoia to buy a gun. It’s survival. It’s responsible behavior, and it’s time we encourage law-abiding Americans to do just that.

Bra-vo, Mary.  Bra-VO!

And here’s my favorite part of LaPierre’s piece, and it’s also one hell of a “tell” from the NRA:

Responsible Americans realize that the world as we know it has changed. We, the American people, clearly see the daunting forces we will undoubtedly face: terrorists, crime, drug gangs, the possibility of Euro-style debt riots, civil unrest or natural disaster.

Gun owners are not buying firearms because they anticipate a confrontation with the government. Rather, we anticipate confrontations where the government isn’t there—or simply doesn’t show up in time.

Did you catch that?  Someone is awfully paranoid about the growing public perception that gun nuts simply want their guns so they can overthrow the government.  And despite the NRA’s claims to the contrary, scratch a gun nut and the first, or at most second, thing he’ll tell you is that he needs his guns to stop government tyranny.  He won’t tell you it’s about stopping the zombie apocalypse, he’ll tell you that it’s the only way to stop America from becoming Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union.  And I got news for you, he’s not talking about Nazi Germany’s hurricane response.

Don’t take my word for it.  Here’s the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre in a book he wrote, discussing the potentially imminent mass slaughter of gun owners by the government (not by a hurricane or by looters).  Via Media Matters:

In his book, America Disarmed: Inside the U.N. & Obama’s Scheme to Destroy the Second Amendment, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre likened the United Nations Small Arms and Light Weapons Destruction Day, held on July 9, 2001, to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels’ order that books authored by Jews be publicly burned.

LaPierre then suggested that the burning of guns could “help set the stage for mass executions of gun owners” just as Goebbels’ order precipitated the mass killing of Jews.

July 9 was not the first time bonfires were lit to destroy resistance to the power of the government. Nazi “Germany’s Josef Goebbels ordered all Jewish books to be burned in public in May 10, 1933. University towns were centers of Jewish Books Destruction Day.” As the Völkischer Beobachter (Populist Observer) reported on May 12, 1933, “The German student body of the Berlin universities assembled yesterday for a torchlight procession on Hegel Platz. They formed up, accompanied by a truckload of 25,000 books and writings harmful to the people. The procession ended at Opera Platz where as a symbolic act, these un-German writings were set aflame on a pile of logs.”

The burning of Jewish and un-German books was followed within a few years by the burning of Jews and other supposedly un-German people. Jewish Books Destruction Day helped change popular consciousness so as to pave the way for genocide. Likewise paving the way for genocide was the systematic disarmament of Jews and all other opposition elements, in Nazi German itself and in conquered territories.

How long until a U.N.-declared official day of hate is celebrated with governments actually killing people? [America Disarmed: Inside the U.N. and Obama’s Scheme to Destroy the Second Amendment, Pages 106-107]

LaPierre concluded by asking, “Will the mass burning of firearms help set the stage for mass executions of gun owners?” [Page 108]

Right. Gun nuts aren’t stockpiling weapons in preparation for a violent confrontation with the US government. I don’t know where we got that idea? Oh that’s right, from James Yeager, the CEO of Tactical Response, a Tennessee company that specializes in weapons and tactical training, who posted a video on Facebook and YouTube the other month, detailing what he’ll do if President Obama issues any executive orders on gun control:

“I”m not f’g putting up with this… if it goes one inch further, I’m gonna start killing people.”

(H/t Crooks and Liars)

Here’s a bit more from that proud defender of the Second Amendment, James Yeager, who is “not buying firearms because he anticipates a confrontation with the government”:

People are asking me what they should do.  I don’t know, but I did tell you to load your mags, make sure your gun’s clean, and pack a backpack.  If you haven’t done that, then don’t call me and ask me what to do next….

End of the word, via Shutterstock

End of the word, via Shutterstock

People are saying stuff like, ‘it needed to be said, but you shouldn’t have said it.’  Well, look around.  Who else is gonna say it.  Who else is gonna say it.  And all you f’g fair-weather Second Amendment people who are telling me that I’m doing a f’g disservice to the gun community, that I’m not gonna stand for the tyranny, f-you. Our country wasn’t founded by f’g fair-weathered pussies….

If you’re not prepared to go all the way, then you’re not prepared to go anywhere….

I don’t condone anybody doing anything rash.  I do not condone anybody committing any kind of felonies, up to and including aggravated assaults or murders, unless it’s necessary.  Right now it is not necessary.

And I understand that my video was very volatile. You have no idea how many people that sent me emails and texts and called me and was like, ‘right on, my shit’s clean, my bag’s packed, you tell me when and were.’  You have no idea how quickly I accidentally assembled an army. I assure you, a quite formidable army. But now is not the time, it’s not time yet. It is time to get ready. Start working out.  Start stretching,  Start practicing.  Start talking with your friends, coordinating on a local basis.

I don’t really know what to say to do next.  I’ve a wait and see attitude about the whole thing. But I stand fast with my message.  I have drawn my line in the sand.  Not one more inch.

Silly me.

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47 Responses to “NRA warns Americans to arm selves for imminent zombie apocalypse”

  1. Ken Leibold says:

    I can’t find Somilia on the map?

  2. Ken Leibold says:

    I am so glad I am not on the NRA mailing list… would drive me nuts to get such hate mail from Wacko Wayne. He is bat shit crazy.

  3. Ken Leibold says:

    In Florida, if you punch someone in the head and they respond to your attack with deadly force, you can shoot them dead legally. So which person’s rights takes precedence???

  4. Ken Leibold says:

    The NRA is already tax exempt. All those tax payers that are not NRA members are paying more taxes because the NRA does not pay any. The NRA is a religion!!!

  5. paul says:

    I read this waiting for the NRA Zombie part and……wait, there is no NRA Zombie connection except in this writer’s imagination. So when the NRA says the left is going to tell any lie, no matter how large or small, to excuse government gun grabbing, they certainly have a point don’t they?

  6. MacMacBong says:

    Retarded article is retarded article…

  7. matt says:

    So Leftist media is back at it again with exaggerative articles. No where, did I see the words ‘zombie’ or ‘apocalypse’ in this article, other than the times the writer mentions it. The title is a way for idiots to actually believe that they LITERALLY said “There will be a zombie apocalypse”, therefore giving the illusion that the NRA is stupid enough to say such a thing.

  8. So, where exactly was it stated that gun rights advocates are preparing for a zombie apocalypse?
    Swing and a miss (again)…
    This is about the worst sensationalistic garbage I have read in a while, and I read a lot.

  9. Indigo says:

    NRA is evolving and taking personal inventory. Let’s think of it as Redneck Scientology. Just another cult.

  10. Badgerite says:

    The NRA unmasked. I always thought that this was really what was underneath all of their Second Amendment bullshit. These aren’t the kind of people that have any real regard for the Constitution, or the laws of the country or even its people. (I doubt they have ever even read any part of it but the 2nd Amendment – there is more, you know, and it fits together as a whole ). They couldn’t care less about the innocent victims of their gun fetish and apocalyptic delusions and hatreds. Does not Wayne LaPierre come off as the most piss in his pants, yellow bellied coward you would ever not want to meet?

  11. Phil Johnson says:

    Wait , I was expecting to read that the NRA actually said something about the Zombie apocalypse only to find that the writer is the only one who used the term, very disappointed.

    nothing to see here, move along

  12. RepubAnon says:

    If anyone’s rights were being violated, you might have a point. However, the phrase “well-regulated militia” would seem to indicate that some level of regulation would easily pass Constitutional muster.

    On a side note – turn it around, and ask why one has an unrestricted Second Amendment right to bear arms with few if any restrictions, yet perfectly fine and reasonable to restrict our rights under the Amendments regarding freedom of speech, freedom from a search of one’s home without a warrant? Many other Constitutionally-guaranteed rights are constantly being curtailed in the name of “fighting terrorism” – but not the right to purchase tools with which to carry out “DC Sniper” -style terror attacks. Why is it OK for people on the “no-fly” list to be denied their Constitutionally-guaranteed right to travel within the US (or have it restricted) – yet impending totalitarianism if those same people have their right to purchase firearms subject to any restrictions?

    Shouldn’t the right to travel have fewer restrictions than the right to purchase firearms? Getting on a plane means subjecting oneself to porno-scanners and body searches, and having one’s travel history monitored for anything the government deems suspicious… except, of course, whether the person purchased a firearm. THOSE records are never kept, and cannot be reviewed by law enforcement.

    Why should the car driven by the DC Sniper be more carefully regulated than the sniper rifle used to shoot the sniper’s victims?

  13. RepubAnon says:

    Yeah, how DARE a Democrat get elected to office? Hate to break this news to you, but a “bipartisan” solution is not one where the Democrats buy into whatever extreme partisan solution the most radical Republican proposes.

  14. RepubAnon says:

    Gun nuts need not fear zombies (or anything else that only eats brains). Zombies pose no more threat to gun nuts than they do to Homer Simpson:

  15. pappyvet says:

    Ren [to Stimpy after many nights of not getting any sleep] Pss, hey Guido. Its all so clear to me now. I’m the keeper of the cheese… and you’re the lemon merchant, you get it? And he KNOWS it. That’s why he’s gonna KILL US. So we got to beat it… ya… before he lets loose the marmosets on us! Don’t worry little missy… I’LL SAVE YOU!

  16. perljammer says:

    You are, of course, absolutely correct with respect to amending the constitution. When I said “… things it should under no circumstances dick around with,” “it” means the Federal government, and “dick around with” means “change.” The Federal government has no power to amend the constitution — it (in the guise of Congress) may PROPOSE an amendment, but passing an amendment requires approval by 3/4 of the States. I think maybe that’s a clue about how easy the Founders thought it should be to amend the Constitution. But, it’s not impossible; it has been done 27 times.

  17. Naja pallida says:

    The first few Presidential elections, less than 1% of the country was allowed to vote and decide for the other 99%. This is what people really mean when they say “We live in a Republic, not a Democracy.” We’re a democracy, but where the Constitution sets the rules on who is allowed to vote, instead of simply going with the majority rules. We have spent 200 years trying to make the Constitution more inclusive, but for one of the few times in our history, one of the two major parties has a platform of specifically wanting to reverse that trend so that less people are permitted to vote.

  18. I don’t consider a piece of metal on par with Rosa Parks. Sorry, but there’s no way. The Constitution wasn’t talking about some guy’s right to own an AR-15 and get his rocks off playing dress up soldier. That is not the stuff of civil rights.

  19. If we ban guns, then only the living dead will have guns.

  20. benb says:

    National Geographic… How to prepare for a zombie invasion:

    LaPierre won’t say anything about it ’cause he knows he’ll sound crazy.

  21. pappyvet says:

    So is this before the vampire holocaust or after. I have plenty of raw meat but my garlic stash needs replenishing

  22. BeccaM says:

    Indeed. The first version of the Constitution was absolutely unambiguous about being perfectly fine with slavery and counting slaves as 3/5 of a human being for census-derived representation purposes.

    We had to amend slavery out of existence in America.

  23. BeccaM says:

    lol. Good point there.

  24. Naja pallida says:

    While I agree with you, they wouldn’t have made a process for amending the Constitution if it was never intended to be “dicked around” with. The framers assumed that it would need updating from time to time, and that has always been the assumption by a majority of the people as well… only with partisan gridlock in our government, it makes the point moot. We couldn’t get an amendment passed saying everyone should have the right to breathe air, without people freaking out over how if breathing was a right, it would have already been in the Constitution, or equivocating on what ‘air’ is.

  25. perljammer says:

    That’s an interesting interpretation. Here I’ve been thinking that the Federal government has only the powers specifically granted by the Constitution, and that the Bill of Rights exists not to “create” the rights it enumerates, but to underscore the fundamental importance of those rights and to put the Federal government on notice regarding things it should under no circumstances dick around with.

  26. karmanot says:


  27. karmanot says:

    The Republican’s are not spoiled children. That conotation doesn’t come near the level of treachery, treason and vicious animus that drives them. At the very least they are ignorant, stupid and venal—-and that’s bad enough. If comparisons are apt, I’d call them feral swine. No offence to pigs.

  28. karmanot says:

    Move to Somilia troll, It’s a libertarian paradise.

  29. nicho says:

    The right for every person to have their private arsenal (If it really exists at all) is a government-created right — and it can, and should, be taken away by the government.

  30. Brent says:

    Hey! let’s all have a mass-burning of Wayne La Pierre! Isn’t this guy classified as a terrorist yet?

  31. nicho says:

    And make them tax exempt? Don’t think they wouldn’t love that. Once you call something a religion, they can do all sort of crazy shit — and we’re expected to “respect their religious belifs.” No thanks!

  32. karmanot says:

    Yep, we’ll arm ourselves with a Bic lighter.

  33. karmanot says:

    He has a pet lizzard and some guard scorpians

  34. UncleBucky says:

    He uses the daily 3-ring binder from his local GOP/TPer call center.

  35. UncleBucky says:

    A cult religion!
    A religious cult! ;o)

  36. BeccaM says:

    Since they’re now engaging in myth-based end-times prophecy, maybe it’s time to call this particular sect of the pro-firearms movement — i.e., the ones who’ve gone crazy, as opposed to the majority of responsible gun owners who see no problem with banning assault weapons and extended magazines and instituting universal background checks for all weapons sales — what it seems to have become: A religion.

    Kind of like these guys:

  37. Dover Bill says:

    Brains… yummies.

    Oh, you are a conservative… well excuse me all to hell! and back, already!

  38. Naja pallida says:

    Maybe you can explain, which right takes precedence, one’s right to bear arms or one’s right to not get shot? After all, the right to bear arms is explicitly spelled out in the Constitution. The right not to get shot isn’t.

  39. nicho says:

    What nonsense.

  40. If a President whose every third utterance has the word “bipartisan” in it is “polarizing” it is, quite bluntly, the fault of a Republican Party who for a long while now have been acting like spoiled children who’ve been denied their candy.

  41. Drew2u says:

    You’re correct, the Republican Administration in congress constantly beat the racist and paranoia drums to stop the U.S. government from functioning; even going as far as disavowing their own bills as soon as the President looked at, and endorsed their bills.
    Crawl back into your hole, troll, you will find no solace for your fantasy-world here.

  42. pburns says:

    The last thing I would do is defend the NRA, however, critical of having your rights violated and also being critical of someone else’s rights not being violated is a bit disingenuous.

  43. tredglx says:

    The NRA is polarizing America? (guffaw, snort)

    Where have you been the past 4 years? That’s all this administration does – or has EVER done – is polarize America.

  44. Quilla says:

    Not yet on his enemies list but I am on his mailing list and received an immediately-tossed NRA member shield plus an offer to join (get a duffel bag!) along this screed from Wayne LaPierre: “Your constitutional right to own a gun is under attack by anti-gun politicians and President Obama’s political appointees, global gun ban diplomats at the U.N., militant anti-hunting extremists, radical billionaires and the freedom-hating Hollywood elite…When your local lawmakers see this shield on NRA member vehicles, they see crystal-clear proof that if they push gun registration, licensing and prohibition, they can expect defeat on Election Day…Remember: NRA is the one firewall that stands between our Second Amendment right and those who would take our freedoms away.”

    How tiresome for anyone to wake up every day and be so full of irrational hate.

    Does LaPierre have a real life, you know, one that might include a wife and kids? A dog, even?

  45. MyrddinWilt says:

    I think the NRA knows what they are doing. Polarizing the country on guns is the worst possible way to stop gun control but it is a great way for Wayne and his pals to line their pockets with millions from the gun makers.

    Back at the start of the abortion rights fight most people, myself included were pretty squishy on the issue. Then the pro-life lobby started amping up the rhetoric and running pickets and then murdering abortion providers and made abortion an all or nothing proposition. If you supported abortion in any circumstance you were a baby killer. So pretty much all the squishies went over to the pro-choice side by default because the pro life side was clearly nuts.

    The gun nut lobby is doing the same thing. If you don’t believe that private individuals need guns to defend America against the imminent zombie apocalypse then you are an ‘enemy of guns’. As I sad after Newtown, the NRA is going to oppose any form of control with equal fervor so why not press for a ban on all guns and ammunition?

    I think polarizing the gun control argument is exactly the right thing to do tactically for supporters of gun control. Gun violence is not going to decline any time soon without control. Women support gun control. The NRA is going to do everything it can to kill gun control in this Congress and might well cost the GOP the house in 2014 because of it.

    If the NRA does lose the house in 2014 then I guess we will have to make do with a compromise. But if the GOP holds on and it is 2018 or so before we get the chance to even pass background checks then the control regime is going to be a lot more comprehensive.

  46. Dave of the Jungle says:

    That would be rational.

  47. nicho says:

    Has the NRA — and its silly acolytes — noticed that Christopher Dorner is dead? He was heavily armed and highly trained, and yet, when government agents decided to burn him alive, none of that arsenal was able to save him. So, hopefully they’ll retire the shopworn argument that we all need guns to protect use from the government.

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