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of the office of congressional ethics, any of the allegations that go to the office and are passed along -- i want to make important point -- the office of congressional ethics has heard more than 20,000 people raising ethics allegations. and of all those, the number of cases which they said a merited further investigation by the house ethics committee, was 75, give or take. so you can see that they are dismissing the vast majority of allegations that come before them. that is important. i spent time talking to members of congress, saying that the oce is your best friend, because if you get a clean bill of health from them it will have a credible answer and you can say, i have been cleared appeared host: -- cleared. host: you can read the report issue one.org. thank you for being with us.
that will do it for washington journal. we will take you live to the conservative political action conference, getting underway this morning, and the executive director of the nra coming to the podium. tragedyother terrible at an american school. each and every member of the national rifle association mourns the loss of the innocent. and continues to keep their families and that community in our prayers. we share a goal of safe schools, safe neighborhoods, and a safe country. opportunist wasted not one second to exploit tragedy for political gain. sal linsky would have been proud. the bright back speed of calls for more gun control laws, and
the breathless, national media eager to smear the nra. think about that. grief,midst of genuine in an understandable passion, as millions of americans searched for meaningful solutions, what do we find? chris murphy, nancy pelosi and more, cheered on by the national media, eager to blame the nra and call for even more government control. they hate the nra, they hate the second amendment, they hate individual freedom. in the rush of calls for more government, they have also revealed their true selves. the elites do not care one wick about america's school system and schoolchildren. if they truly care, what they would do is they would protect them.
it is not a safety issue, it is a political issue. and care more about control more of it. their goal is to eliminate the second amendment and our firearms freedoms, so they can eradicate all individual freedoms. [applause] what they want are more restrictions on the law-abiding. think about that. their solution is to make you, all of you, less free. they want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of a school security, the failure of the family, the failure of america's mental health system. and even the unbelievable failure of the fbi. [applause]
they fantasize about more laws stopping what other laws failed to stop -- fail to stop. the truth is, laws succeed only when people obey them. that is what the law-abiding majority in this country practices. but once again, so many existing laws were ignored. their laws do not stop illegal criminals from crossing our borders every single day. their laws do not stop this courage of gang violence and drug crime that savages baltimore, chicago, and every major american community. their laws have not stopped the plague of opioids and chinese that floodsfetanyl the streets and kills victims every single day in this country. no wonder law-abiding it
americans all over this country revere their second amendment that protects them more than ever. they do not care if their laws worker not, they just want to get more laws to get more control over people. but the nra, the nra does care. [applause] we -- we at the nra are americans who continue to mourn and care. and work every day and contributing real solutions to this very real problem. trulyractical action to protect our children. think about it. it is a bizarre fact that in this country our jewelry stores, all over this country, are more
important than our children. our nbas, our airports, games, our nfl games, our office buildings, our movie stars, our politicians -- they are all more projected than are -- more protected than our children at school. does that make any sense to anybody? [applause] do we really love our money and our celebrities more than we love our children? >> no, no. mr. lapierre: can we answer that question honestly? any of us, can we answer that question honestly, knowing that we surround and protect so much with armed security while we drop our kids off at school, that are so-called gun free zones, that are wide open targets for any crazy madman
bent on evil to come their first -- there first? in every community, pta's, teachers unions, local law enforcement, moms and dads -- they all must come together to implement the very best to strategy to harden their schools, including effective trained, armed security that will absolutely protect every innocent child in this country. [applause] that has to happen now. us. walks among and god help us if we do not harden our schools and protect our kids. the whole idea from some of our opponents, that armed security makes us less safe, is completely ridiculous.
if that is true -- just think about this -- if that is true, armed security makes us less safe, let's remove it from everywhere. remove it from the white house, from capitol hill, and remove it from all of hollywood. [cheers] [applause] take down the wall. mr. lapierre: any american school that needs professional consultation and help, with organizing and defining the solutions, should call the national rifle association's school shield program. [applause] provide immediate assistance and we will also provide it absolutely free to any school in america. [applause]
i will tell you this, that is more than anybody at the democratic national committee, or nbc news, or "the washington post" is offering. >> right. [applause] mr. lapierre: you know what, the shameful politicalization of tragedy, it is a classic strategy right out of the playbook of a poisonous movement. in my three decades of leading the nra, i have had the pleasure of working with a number of democrats who believe america to be the greatest country in the world, because of our free market capitalism, and because of our individual liberties. but during the last decade, the obama decade, many of those leaders have been forced out as a tidal wave of new european
style socialists seize control of the democratic party. [applause] [boos] mr. lapierre: obama promised a fundamental transformation of our country . and you know what, it began with his own national party. a party that is now infested with saboteurs who do not believe in capitalism, do not believe in the constitution, do not believe in our freedom, and do not believe in america as we know it. theirmay be gone, but utopian dream, it marches on. and president trump's election, while crucial, cannot turn away the wave of these new european-style socialists bearing down upon us. i am not just talking about bernie sanders. i'm in, he is near the end of his career -- mean, he is near
the end of his career. what about elizabeth warren, bill de blasio, andrew cuomo, cory booker, christopher murphy, and keith ellison? [boos] they are not democrats in the mode of john f. kennedy or to be o'neill -- tip o'neill, they hide behind labels like progressive to make their social palatable.da more and that is terrifying. [applause] and that should terrify every citizen who values the american ideal in this country of individual liberty. they politicize the department of justice, they weaponize the internal revenue service, the and perhaps cripple the fbi
the intelligence community, and seized and embedded leadership in all of them to advance their agenda. in every corner of our government is their ultimate dream. they intellectual leaks, think that they are smarter than we are. they think that they are smarter than the rest of us. and they think they are better than we are. they truly believe it, and you know it. the privileged and the powerful, they think they deserve to be in charge of every lever of power. the unitedw what, states constitution makes it absolutely clear that they are not in charge. we, the people, are in charge of this country. [applause]
but washington, oh my gosh, the city likes to ignore that. our intelligence community shrouds everything in secrecy, driving into darkness every dirty memo, and every dirty institutional secret and memory, in the name of national security . but when the leaks come, as so often occurs in the light of day, it reveals nothing about the security of our country and it reveals everything about the corruption of those in power. [applause] because in a captive society the loss of transparency results in the loss of truth. they have eliminated systems of
wrongdoing in these great institutions. there is no stronger supporter of our law enforcement than the national rifle association. my gosh, we are one of the largest law enforcement organizations in the united states, if you look at our membership. and we are proud of that. [applause] everywhere i go i get a police officer coming up to me, thanking me and saying, i am a member of your organization, keep up what you are doing. there are tens of thousands of incredible men and women at the fbi, these are honorable, decent, hard-working people. and they are dedicated to keeping our country safe every single day. [applause] and we are proud of them and we thank them. but as we have learned in recent months, even the fbi is not free of its own corruption and its own unethical agents.
look i know that you probably all share this sentiment and i get people telling me from coast-to-coast, they shake their heads when they say it to me, i can understand a fit of bad apples in organization as large as the fbi, but what is hard to understand is why nobody at the on stood up and called b.s. its rogue leadership. [applause] really, where was the systemic resistance that should protect every powerful institution that serves us? the lowest ranking marine knows to resist an on lawful order. the rank and file in every powerful institution must police its own leadership. too much of today's washington, nobody speaks out. nobody challenges authority.
everyone keeps their mouth closed and their heads down, and that is exactly how socialistic societies function. when leaders do whatever they want, when resistance and repercussion disappears, and when the fundamental concept of moral behavior is expunged, the state rules the day. and anyone who attempts to resist is smeared right into submission. [applause] yep. you know it. [applause] yes, the art of the smear, we live in a socialistic age of the art of the smear. it does not have to be true, it just have to stick somewhere, anywhere. it is designed to degrade, destroy, and it is all over the national media to serve their agenda. and socialism is a movement that
loves the smear. sexist,misogynist, xenophobia and more. these are the weapons, these character assassinations scream to permanently hang on their targets and create a growing segment of victims. ofause socialism feeds off manipulative victims. you name the group, and they will find a way to turn them into victims. they keep their movement growing by finding somebody to be offended by something every minute of every day. from the occupy movement, to black lives matter, to antifa, they agitate the offended, promote uncivil discourse, and ignore any sense of due process and fairness to destroy their enemies.
the elimination of due process is the very gold standard of the socialist state. imagine this, and this happened and it is true, imagine telling an elderly couple that because they sought help to do their taxes, that they could no longer exercise their fundamental thatd amendment right -- is exactly what obama did. his administration proposed to some social security recipients, who granted financial authority to a family member, friend or financial professional, was banned from purchasing a firearm, no questions asked, just like that. good. , law-abiding people were automatically, and unjustly, declared mentally incompetent
and put on a new government list. and oh how socialists love to make lists, especially lists that can be used to deny citizens their basic freedoms. and now some people are calling anyoneew list of anyone, who has a sought mental health care, to deny them their second amendment rights. look, this is really important and you never hear of this on the national media, so i want to say it to all of you now and i need your help in telling all of america this because it is the truth, the national rifle association originated the check system and it was our bill, nobody on the prohibited persons list should ever have access to a firearm, no killer, no felon, no drug dealer. [applause]
and anyone who is mentally incompetent or dangerous to society should be added to the check system and prevented from getting their hands on a gun. [applause] watch what i released three years ago and the media machine all over the country, they so callously and completely ignored it. watch this. mr. lapierre: here is what the media will not tell you, the nra has fought for 20 years to put the records of those educated -- to put the records of those mentally incompetent into the check system and until the politicians demand they are submitted, killers who are prohibited from owning firearms, will walk into gun stores and pass every background check they take. so if they really wanted to make a difference, the media would lead every newscast with a
reminder that the names of millions of a violent felons, criminal gang bangers, and mentally incompetent and dangerous people are missing from the background check system. but nobody gets ratings by telling the truth about how to stop mass killers. so they do not report that 38 states have met less than 80% of their felony convictions in the system, leaving more than 7 million felony convictions in the dark. they do not tell you the truth. instead, the only thing the average american has heard about background checks is the absolute fallacy that what we need is more. of system is only as good as the records within it, and the records only get submitted if the politicians demand it. the oregon killer, the charleston church killer, the santa barbara killer, the maryland mall killer, the l.a.
airport killer, the d.c. navy yard killer, the aurora movie theater killer, the tucson killer, the virginia tech killer, and both fort hood killers, what do they have in common? everything to one of them passed a background check. if you pass a net and the fish swim through the holes, you do not need a bigger net, you need tighter holes. when it comes to a background check system that is missing the names of prohibited people, the politicians do not want to fix it. thebest kept secret is check system would not exist at all if it were not for the nra. it is true. back in the 1990's, president clinton forced to passage of a mandatory waiting period on every handgun purchase in america, not a background check, a wait. the nra said as soon as the technology was available, the weight had to be replaced by an
instant background check done by the dealer at the point-of-sale. and the nra supported it, got the votes, and nra got a past. we demanded an on a system that was supposed to make sure that good people can purchase firearms as quickly as possible, a system that catches violent felons, mentally incompetent and dangerous, and every other prohibited person right at the point-of-sale. where they would be prosecuted for a federal felony. but they aren't. what has happened instead is one of the greatest failures in the history of american leadership. 80,000, roughly prohibited people committed a felony by trying to buy a gun. just 44 were prosecuted for it. does that sounds like a good number to anybody? when you hear politicians who will not fix the broken system, talk about expanding it, do not buy it.
demand what works. put armed security in every store, fix the broken mental health system, enforce the federal gun laws against every criminal on the street. prosecute dangerous people when they show up to buy a gun, and for god's's sake, put every prohibited person in the system. that is what common sense gun laws look like. [applause] you know, the whole discussion of the second amendment and the gun issue in this country has become so dishonest in the national media, and so dishonest among politicians, that you can barely stand it. that is not a new video, as i said. i have said for years, for
years, and i have been ignored by the same opportunists who do not give a damn, yet you see them on tv every day whining away. here is what i said on cbs way was 25 years that ago. [video clip] >> are you in favor of computerizing the mental health records of people? >> you bet. >> can we join hands on that and go to capitol hill right now? mr. lapierre: here is the real tragedy, charles schumer shook my hand to get all the mental health records into the system, then he went back to capitol hill and you know what he did? absolutely nothing. how many lives might have been saved if he had kept his promise? they are liars to the core and i will make this production right now -- [applause] a year from today many of those records may still not be in the
system, not if some of these politicians and their media enablers have their way. [applause] istead, what they will do they will keep coming after the nra. and when another monster slips through the cracks, the very cracks that they have enabled in the system, as the records of prohibited persons remain out of the database -- it will happen again. here is something that we must be careful of as we go forward, we all have to be careful that this does not become a runaway train. what if all of your medical records, perhaps your conversations with your doctor, your prescription information, do we really want all of that on a government list and in the government database? >> no. mr. lapierre: here is another one, a military veteran comes --
goes to his local v.a., comes home, tells the doctor he has trouble sleeping at night, or anybody who shares nightmares with a medical professional, they all become potential triggers that somebody, somewhere could be defined as a mental health barrier to owning a firearm. i heard a television anchor recently suggest that people seeking to buy a firearm should be interviewed first. i mean, interviewed first, who is going to conduct that interview and what will they ask? that is the challenge that we as a free society face. how do we create a step along the way called due process that protects the innocent, law-abiding people of this country from being falsely accused, politically abused, and permanently stigmatized
unjustly? come on, socialists oppose all of our most fundamental freedoms enshrined in the bill of rights. they do not like free speech anymore than they like the second amendment. they like only limited speech, controlled speech, could join by them through -- controlled by them through safe zones where they can shame the outspoken or riot to shut them up. think that we have full first amendment freedom in this country, try going right now at the berkeley and is speaking out in favor of conservative causes, or even the second amendment. [applause] this throwing socialist state dreams of manipulating schoolchildren to squeeze and squeeze information about their parents. they will be asking your kids if mom and dad spank them or what
they feed them for dinner. they will want to know what tv shows you watch, what magazines or newspapers you read, and do mommy and daddy own a gun? and all that private information will be entered into ultimate list, that cloud of data storage, that could not care less about due process and constitutional freedom and your privacy as an american citizen. hopthen it is just a short to the systematic destruction of our most basic freedoms in this country. and you all know what they are, but let me say them -- family, faith, individual responsibility, and self destiny, a free market economy, patriotism, respect for our national flag and a national anthem, personal liberty and justice for all.
[applause] more,back a decade or these essential freedoms and these essential values have been increasingly and sadly record and -- and rid of cold and disrespected and diminished in this country and it will not take long if we stay on the path we are on, to the race them completely -- erase them completely. that is the consequence of this new socialist wave in america. you know, i hear a lot of quiet in this room and i sense your anxiety. and you should be anxious. and you should be frightened. if they seize power, if the so-called new european socialists take over the house and the senate, and god for bid they get the white house again, our american freedoms could be
lost and our country will be changed forever. >> you are right. mr. lapierre: and the first to go will be the second amendment of the united states constitution. history proves it. inry time, in every nation, disease this political rises the, power, its citizens are repressed their freedoms are destroyed, and their firearms are banned and confiscated. it is all back in this country -- backed in this country by the social engineering and the billions of people like george soros, michael bloomberg, tom steyer and more. and gleefully promoted by those who have risen to power in the so-called national news media, and seized control of social media to spread their propaganda. they do not tell us news.
you all know it and people know it all over the united states, they say it to me every day. they do not tell us news, they tell us what we need to think. that is the way it is these days. on college campuses, a communist manifesto is one of the most frequently assigned texts. crawls marks is the most -- karl marx is the most assigned economist. and there are chapters and many universities and students are even earning academic credit for promoting socialist causes. classrooms, all over the united states, and i know that you think about this when you decide where you will send your kids to school and your kids think about it too, the u.s. constitution is ignored, u.s. history is perverted, and the second amendment freedom in this country is despised.
know, some people out there think that the nra should just stick to its second amendment agenda and not talk about all of our freedoms. requiresfreedom protection of all of our rights. and is second amendment isn't worth its own words in a country where all of our other individual freedoms are destroyed. [applause] so i promise you this -- the nra will not only speak out, we will speak out loud or and we will speak out stronger than ever before. -- louder and we will speak out stronger than ever before. [applause] we will do it through nra tv and our media operations, which will expand to reach a growing audience of americans that are
looking all over this country for the truth. they are going to do it with a strong voices like dan bertino and others who are engaging in new programming to make our message just as accessible as nbc, the new york times, and the rest of the so-called national news media. [applause] neverbe clear, we are talking about an armed resistance against the socialist corruption of our government. we are always talking about a resistance armed with the united states constitution and the bill of rights in our country. [applause] [cheers] those documents, the brilliance of america, of
all ofntry itself, is our freedoms are for every single citizen. and there is no greater personal individual freedom than the right to keep and bear arms, the right to protect yourself, and of the right to survive. [applause] it is not bestowed by man, but granted by god to all americans as our american birthright. [applause] so i call right now today on every citizen who loves this country, and who treasures this freedom, to stand and unflinchingly defended the
second amendment, the one freedom that protects us all in this country. [applause] and i refuse to leave this stage until i say one more time that we must immediately harden our schools. every day. [applause] every day young children are being dropped off at schools that are virtually wide open, soft targets for anyone bent on mass murder. it should not be easier for a madman to shoot up a school than a bank or a jewelry store, or some hollywood gala.
schools must be the most hardened targets in this country. and evil -- [applause] must be confronted immediately with all necessary force to protect our kids. [applause] i said five years ago, after that horrible tragedy in newtown, and i wish -- oh god, i wish more had heeded my words. so lean in, listen to me now, and never forget these words -- to stop a that guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun. thank you very much.
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