NRA Executive VP and CEO Wayne LaPierre spoke at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service this week.
|“I believe that the Second Amendment hangs by one vote, and this 2012 election could break the back of it one way or the other,” said Wayne LaPierre, the association’s CEO and executive vice president, in a packed room at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.|
|(From left) Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, chats with U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, and state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel after giving a talk Tuesday in Little Rock. (John Lyon photo)||LaPierre, who has held his current post since 1991, said Obama already has named two people to the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who LaPierre believes “will spend the next 30 years trying to gut the Second Amendment.”
The high court ruled 5-4 in 2008 that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own a firearm for private use. Last year, the court ruled 5-4 that the Second Amendment’s guarantee of the individual right to bear arms applies to state and local gun laws.
Sotomayor joined the court in time to vote with the minority in the latter decision. Kagan joined the court later.
“Those cases, I believe that the court said what all Americans already knew, that it (the Second Amendment) was their individual right,” LaPierre said.