Gun Owners of America

Asked about Reagan’s position during an appearance on MSNBC shortly after Obama’s remarks, Erich Pratt of Gun Owners of America, suggested that Reagan only supported greater restrictions because he was senile:

ANDREA MITCHELL (HOST): What’s the problem with registering a gun? If you have a bushmaster, first of all, why would you have one?
PRATT: President Reagan owned an AR-15.
MITCHELL: And he supported gun control. He advocated…
PRATT: In his later years. We have to keep that in account.
MITCHELL: In his later years he was almost killed by John Hinckley.
PRATT: But all through his presidency he opposed gun control, that’s my point.

“Reagan Only Supported Gun Control Because He Was Senile, Prominent Gun Advocate Suggests” |

Uh-huh. Well, he must have been senile for quite awhile then…
GOoA's Larry Pratt: "Teachers Who Protect Kids In School Shootings Aren't Heroes" | Right Wing Watch

On VCY America’s Crosstalk last week, Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt agreed with a caller who said that unarmed teachers who protect students during school shootings aren’t heroes.

“When you see these stories on the news about teachers, and they’re saying they’re heroes because they’re running and hiding and locking doors and everything, and that’s supposed to be a heroic act. I think it’s sheer terror,” the caller complained.

“I’d rather they be a hero with a good shot,” Pratt agreed.

Earlier in the program, Pratt said that gun laws are only rational “if you want to be a dictator.”

“For those who are not thinking as totalitarians, gun control otherwise is not rational,” he said. “Now, if you want to be dictator, gun control is very rational. Like Hitler said, we’d have to be crazy to let the conquered people have guns. And crazy is one thing I don’t think he was. So, he understood that, but we apparently can’t think even as clearly as that monster.”

From the 04.03.2014 of VCY America’s Crosstalk:

h/t: Miranda Blue at RWW


After a shooting in Charleston, South Carolina claimed nine lives, President Barack Obama called for the nation to come to terms with the fact that no other advanced country in the world suffers mass shootings as frequently as the U.S. It won’t be until we acknowledge this basic truth, he said, that we’ll realize we have the power to put an end to gun violence


Ammosexual Leader: 'The 2nd Amendment Is About President, People Who Want To Take Our Rights' (AUDIO)

Ammosexual Leader: ‘The 2nd Amendment Is About President, People Who Want To Take Our Rights’ (AUDIO)

Oh, dear. There he goes again. Larry Pratt is the executive director of Gun Owners of America, a gun rights group that makes the NRA look like pacifists. He regularly calls for his followers to overthrow the U.S. government and often blows the dog whistle for them to kill President Obama. He’s brazen and dumb as a bag of hammers. He’s dumb because he just cannot grasp simple ideas like, for…

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(via GOoA’s Pratt Suggests Defunding VA in Retaliation For Imaginary Nazi/Soviet Gun Confiscation | Right Wing Watch)

It seems that Gun Owners of America head Larry Pratt never meets an anti-Obama conspiracy theory that he doesn’t like. So, when an InfoWars host last month told Pratt about a conspiracy theory that the Department of Veterans Affairs is arbitrarily disarming veterans and throwing them into psychiatric hospitals – a chain-email driven rumor that has been strongly debunked by a number of conservative bloggers – Pratt declared it “a return to Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia” and suggested that Congress defund the VA in retaliation.

Earlier in the interview, Pratt discussed his theory that President Obama is using health care reform as part of a communist plot to destroy America: “The communist understands that you have to destroy the existing system before you can rebuild paradise on the rubble that they have created in their revolution.”

Obama-Hating Gun Activist Gets Shut Down: 'In Six Years He's Yet To Come And Get Your Guns'

Obama-Hating Gun Activist Gets Shut Down: ‘In Six Years He’s Yet To Come And Get Your Guns’

It has been six years since Barack Obama became President. In those six years, not one person, besides someone who failed a background check, can say their guns have been taken. Somehow, the Republicans and conservatives have coaxed voters and pundits alike into living in a constant state of fear that the “big, bad Obama administration” is going to “take your guns.” But every now and again, we…

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Your Occasional Reminder That Larry Pratt Is An Actually Influential Person In Washington

Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt is one of those people we wish we could ignore. Every interview he gives devolves into a mess of anti-government conspiracy theories, thinly veiled racism, and good-guy-with-a-gun revenge fantasies. This puts him at around the extremism level of 9/11 truther Alex Jones and unhinged Internet newscaster Stan Solomon…both of whom regularly host Pratt on their programs.

But we can’t ignore Larry Pratt because, as we are reminded every few weeks, he remains one of the country’s most influential gun lobbyists. Today’s reminder of this unsavory fact came from the New York Times’ report on Michael Bloomberg’s plan to spend $50 million promoting gun safety laws this year. The NRA declined to comment, so the Times called the second best option: Larry Pratt.

“He’s got the money to waste,” Mr. Pratt said of Bloomberg. “So I guess he’s free to do so. But frankly, I think he’s going to find out why his side keeps losing.”

It was also the New York Times that reported last year that Gun Owners of America was “emerging as an influential force” in the effort to defeat new gun laws. The Times quoted Sen. Ted Cruz praising GOA, noting that Cruz was the group’s “key ally in the Senate.” (Pratt, for his part, returns the praise every chance he gets).

In the past year, Pratt has appeared on CNN and MSNBC. And just a few months ago, when Fox News Sunday hosted Gabrielle Giffords’ husband Mark Kelly to speak on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, they decided that Larry Pratt would be the perfect person to join him with an opposing view.

That Larry Pratt is an influential Republican lobbyist who is regularly quoted by mainstream news sources shows that it is basically impossible to be too extreme to be taken seriously in today’s right wing.

After all, back in 1996, Pratt was too extreme for even Pat Buchanan. Pratt stepped down from his role in Buchanan’s presidential campaign after his ties to white supremacists and promotion of the right-wing militia movement came to light. As Southern Poverty Law Center director Morris Dees said at the time, “He’s got one foot in that far-right fringe and another foot in mainstream Washington, which makes him really dangerous.“

That certainly hasn’t changed. In just the past couple of years, Pratt

Yet none of this makes Pratt too extreme to be a leading gun lobbyist who is influential on Capitol Hill, praised by Tea Party leader Ted Cruz, and regularly quoted in the mainstream media.

h/t: Miranda Blue at RWW 

There's No Getting Around It: Larry Pratt Is Encouraging His Followers To Kill Obama (AUDIO)

There’s No Getting Around It: Larry Pratt Is Encouraging His Followers To Kill Obama (AUDIO)

Trying to choose the craziest of the gun organization spokesmen is a little like trying to choose the dumbest Republican Congressman. It can probably be done, but not without professionals.

Between the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America, the NRA was the reasonable sane one, while Gun Owners of America was the one without the filter.

About six years ago, something happened (I…

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SC Shooting | GOA News
Just hours after the tragic shooting in a South Carolina church, President Barack Obama resumed his fanatical war on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners. “Now’s the time for mourning and for healing, but let’s be clear -- at some point we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,” Obama said. Really? Has the President forgotten just some of the foreign massacres that have taken place during his presidency -- shootings that claimed far more lives than the nine which were tragically lost in South Carolina?
By Gun Owners of America

Well said.  Thanks GOA.


Larry Pratt Must be some kind of a saint.

Here he is putting up with Chris Matthews, who is literally a raving lunatic.
Gun Guy Larry Pratt Wonders Why Our Blacks Can’t Just Sing And Be Happy Like The African Ones

Larry Pratt, the descriptively named executive director of Gun Owners of America, has figured out how to improve The Blacks in America: In a recent radio interview, he explained that American blacks would have a much better time of it if they could just be more like “the African from Africa.” You know, that one guy.

Pratt, who has previously warned about the private army of blacks that Obama is building to foment race war in the USA, spoke last month with Selwyn Duke on the “Gun Owners News Hour” — proving again that every rightwinger has a podcast — and they went over the usual news, like how Obama is converting the U.S. military into “a martial law ready” force by promoting minorities above whites, and then they got to the more arcane stuff about how American blacks could really learn a lot about good attitudes from Africans from the Africa:

“Generally, the African from Africa is a very pro-American person, a very happy person,” Pratt said. “I know several, and they’re always happy with a joke, a pleasant smile on their face, and they clearly don’t identify with the surliness that’s all too frequently the attitude of their fellow African Americans here.”

And Larry Pratt sure could learn a lot from trying to emulate human beings, now couldn’t he?


Larry Pratt Plans To Give Gun Range Owner An Award For Banning Muslims (AUDIO)

Larry Pratt Plans To Give Gun Range Owner An Award For Banning Muslims (AUDIO)

Jan Morgan, a woman who owns a firing range in Arkansas, recently got national attention for announcing on her website that her business is a “Muslim- free zone.” The message on the website explains her (rather flawed) reasoning for this:

This is more than enough loss of life on my home soil at the hands of muslims to substantiate my position that muslims can and will follow the directives in…

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