COLLINSVILLE — NRA President David Keene told a local Republicans group that their second amendment rights are facing the strongest threat, yet.
Keene was the guest speaker of the Metro East Pachyderm Club, which met Friday night at the Double Tree Inn in Collinsville. He said President Barack Obama and his administration is waging the largest challenge to gun control.
"Remember during the campaign, he said I'm a believer in the second amendment," Keene said. "He said that yesterday. But he said that during the campaign and he said I'll not take your guns, I'll not take your rifle, I will not take your shotgun, I will not take your sidearm because I believe in the second amendment. We suggested that that was not true because he had a lifetime record of opposition to second amendment rights in this country."
He said the school shooting last December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., gave the president his opportunity to begin his attack on gun rights.
"The entire Obama administration turned on a dime and said this is our chance. This is our chance to do what we want to do all along," Keene said. "We can use this. We can use this to go after second amendment rights."
Metro-east businessman and former Republican congressional candidate Jason Plummer introduced Keene to the audience. Plummer noted the irony of the NRA president being a native of Rockford.
"The president of the NRA comes from Illinois, the only state without concealed carry," Plummer said. "But, I assure you that no one works harder to make sure that gets changed very quickly."
"I know being in Illinois and being a gun rights supporter is not easy," Keene said. "Sometimes being a Republican in Illinois is not all that easy."
Plummer said Keene has spent four days each week on the road since September speaking to Americans across the country about protecting their second amendment rights. Keene said that he, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and others are trying to reach as many American citizens to forewarn them about this challenge to their Constitutional rights.
"I've been running around the country," Keene said. "Wayne LaPierre has been doing the same. All of our friends have because we are facing a real challenge to the second amendment and to the rights of those who enjoy the shooting sports, who use fire arms for self defense and collect guns, who believe in the Constitution, for God sakes. A real challenge."
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