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The NRA is a hostage-taking organization harming our country, and their goal of denying Dr. Vivek Murthy’s appointment as next Surgeon General.   

h/t: Sy Mukherjee at Think Progress Health

Conservative website The Daily Caller published in its entirety an over-the-top fundraising pitch from National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre that suggested the only way to save America is to buy an NRA membership.

The March 3 column posted in the Caller’s “Guns and Gear” section included the phone number for an NRA membership hotline and a link to a website where Caller readers can purchase a discounted NRA membership:

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Like other material published by the NRA at the Caller, the fundraising pitch was filled with paranoid rhetoric based on the conspiracy theory that the Obama administration is plotting to confiscate privately owned firearms. 

Warning that “2014 could be remembered as the turning point in the loss of your Second Amendment rights,” LaPierre urged readers to buy or upgrade NRA memberships, and wrote, “your NRA membership may be the only thing that can stop the Obama-Biden-Bloomberg gun-ban bulldozer.”

LaPierre continued: “Right now, President Obama is on the verge of putting together a royal flush — an unbeatable, winner-takes-all hand in poker — in his drive to ‘transform’ American society by disarming the American people.”

The fundraising pitch also included one of the NRA’s more outlandish conspiracy theories, the claim that the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty — an effort to crack down on the diversion of weapons to human rights abusers — “could set the stage for a national gun registry, to be shared with foreign governments.”

The reprinting of LaPierre’s fundraising pitch follows what is already an unusual relationship between a supposed journalism outlet and an advocacy group. Since its launch in December 2011, the Caller’s “Guns and Gear” section has frequently republished press releases from the NRA’s lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action, and op-eds from members of NRA leadership. The NRA has also bought advertisements on the site.

The special membership price offered for Caller readers is also evidence of the NRA’s never-ending use of fearmongering about manufactured Second Amendment crises for fundraising purposes. The current offer includes the exact same language from a 2012 membership special for Caller readers: “There has never been a more important time to join the NRA! … Remember: NRA is the ONLY firewall standing between your firearm freedoms and those who would take them away.”

h/t: Timothy Johnson at MMFA

In an email sent to National Rifle Association members on Thursday, the head of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) warned that politicians in Washington D.C. were “closing in fast on your Right to Keep and Bear Arms.”

“President Barack Obama and anti-gun politicians are on an all-out crusade to pass new laws that would: BAN tens of millions of rifles, shotguns and handguns…make it more difficult, expensive, and in some cases, ILLEGAL for you to purchase ammunition…and even FORCE you to register your firearms with the federal government,” NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox wrote in the email. “Some are even talking about a mandatory gun confiscation and ‘buyback’ program - where you would be forced to hand over your guns in exchange for a government check!”

The NRA-ILA is the lobbying arm of the NRA. Cox’s email came a day after President Obama announced 23 executive actions he plans to take to reduce gun violence in response to the massacre in Newtown, Conn. last month. Neither confiscation nor buybacks were on Obama’s list, nor were they part of the sweeping legislative proposals the President made on the subject.

Read the full text of the email here:

There are political fires raging across Capitol Hill right now and they’re closing in fast on your Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

President Barack Obama and anti-gun politicians are on an all-out crusade to pass new laws that would: BAN tens of millions of rifles, shotguns and handguns…make it more difficult, expensive, and in some cases, ILLEGAL for you to purchase ammunition…and even FORCE you to register your firearms with the federal government.

Some are even talking about a mandatory gun confiscation and “buyback” program - where you would be forced to hand over your guns in exchange for a government check!

NONE of this would have the slightest impact on making our children, our homes, or our communities safer. And that’s sad, because now more than ever, we need our elected officials to take serious steps toward improving public safety… particularly in our nation’s schools.

But the fact is, despite their statements, the main goal of the gun banners in Congress is not to make schools safer, but to ban your guns and abolish every last sacred right you have under the Second Amendment..until they reduce your freedom to ashes.

Your NRA-ILA is fighting every hour of every day to hold the line, but there is no way we can win without your full and active participation RIGHT NOW.

President Barack Obama recently pledged to raise $20 million to ram his gun ban agenda through Congress. And Obama’s got plenty of rich, gun-hating friends in Hollywood, along with anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who will shower him with the money he needs to strip you of your gun rights.

I don’t have friends like that. I’ve got something much better…YOU. You know what’s at stake. You love your freedom and your country, and I know you’re willing to STAND AND FIGHT to save both of them.

So please, whatever you can afford to give NRA-ILA right now, I need you to do it.

Whether it’s as little as $10, or as much as $150 or more, every single dollar will go toward winning this once-in-a-generation battle to save our Second Amendment freedom. AND EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR YOU GIVE TODAY COUNTS!

Your contributions to NRA-ILA support our fight on your behalf in the halls of Congress and across the country. Your contributions are the lifeblood of our legislative and legal initiatives, research, educational pieces, press activities, and all of our pro-gun advertising and grassroots activism.

There is no other way to put it: Our strength comes from you. Our ability to win comes from you. That’s why I’m asking you to help save our Second Amendment by making NRA-ILA stronger than ever before.

Thank you for everything you do to support NRA-ILA and defend freedom.

Please help as soon as you can.

Sincerely,

Chris

H/T: Eric Lach at TPM