It’s not so much that the NRA was clairvoyant or anything like that. It’s just common sense. The more laws you have that clamp down on Americans’ freedoms to defend themselves, the more likely it is that there will be an increase in violence, and residents will have to depend on the police for protection in cases such as rioting and looting.
There is no doubt that if Baltimore residents and business owners lived in a place that respected the 2nd Amendment, these riots and lootings would be very different. Perhaps they wouldn’t have even happened in the first place.
At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing a couple years ago just after the Sandy Hook murders, NRA VP Wayne LaPierre as well as Baltimore Police Chief James Johnson testified. The Daily Caller reported:
Three advocates for additional gun control, one being Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson, squared off against three proponents for the Second Amendment, including NRA’s Wayne LaPierre.
When asked by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, “We need the firepower and the ability to protect ourselves from our government” — from our government, from the police — “if they knock on our doors and we need to fight back.”
“Do you agree with that point of view?” Senator Durbin asked NRA executive VP Wayne LaPierre.
LaPierre initially responded, “I think without any doubt, if you look at why our founding fathers put it there, they had lived under the tyranny of King George and they wanted to make sure that these free people in this new country would never be subjugated again and have to live under tyranny.”
Then the NRA VP continued with a statement that has since been proven to be true in both Ferguson, Mo., and now Baltimore, Md.
“I also think, though, that what people all over the country fear today is being abandoned by their government. If a tornado hits, if a hurricane hits, if a riot occurs that they’re going be out there alone. And the only way they’re going protect themselves in the cold and the dark, when they’re vulnerable is with a firearm. And I think that indicates how relevant and essential the Second Amendment is in today’s society to fundamental human survival.”