Now LaPierre made a crucial decision: to counterattack, fight against Clinton’s attempt to close the gun show loophole. But eventually the NRA would be threatened by two events. But the seasoned veterans of the political gun wars delivered a dose of reality. arms against Government tyranny? Full Transcript: President Donald Trump's Speech Fires Up the NRA. On this vote, the yeas are 50, the nays are 50. We’ve got— we’ve got other things to worry about than teaching guys how to shoot or how to hunt, and so forth, or collect guns.” And that’s when— that was the transformative period. Clinton Policy Adviser: The attack in Columbine was such a shock to the body politic that we felt the country needed to do something. Can't imagine any other nonprofit in the entire country that has a similar mission where people are making so much money. NARRATOR: Despite the shooting, the NRA stayed focused on its core beliefs. And you’re cutting your teeth. WARREN CASSIDY: He was a very quiet man. As As your senator, I’ll protect our Second Amendment rights. "I have been advised not to be here. NEWSCASTER: Florida goes Bush, the presidency is Bush. Mr. Isakson. BARACK OBAMA: We have been through this too many times. Vice Pres. Police State and Civil Liberty Violations. The Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative, and the amendment is agreed to. Many American cities erupted into armed conflict. Abuse it once, and lose it forever. Such hateful, divisive You want votes. NARRATOR: Joe Manchin, an A-rated NRA member and junior senator from West Virginia, was shaken by the Newtown shootings. I need—I need assistance here immediately. The NRA quickly reacting to that exchange, strongly disagreeing—. PAUL BARRETT, The Wall Street Journal, 1987-2005: Columbine is really the ultimate nightmare because Columbine really brought to the surface the idea that a couple of disturbed teenagers, if they want to on any given weekend, can go to a gun show and assemble the weapons they need to go and take over the school and start shooting everybody. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He hoped he could convince the NRA to go along. Gun Rights & Politics Tyranny Has A Name – It's name is the Federal Reserve. NARRATOR: And surprisingly for the NRA, he was not a gun enthusiast, more comfortable on K Street than in a duck blind. DANIEL BARDEN: They told us that, “If you haven’t been reunited with your loved one yet, you’re not going to be.” So that— that was just—. The NRA was under fire. America to promote safe, responsible use of firearms. I was fine with that. Who would have ever—it’s just beyond my imagination—most Americans—to conceive anything this horrific could happen in America. Brian Cabell, CNN, Charlotte, North Carolina. 911 OPERATOR: 911. New York now has a new state attorney general. Force is not our patriotic standard, nor is it our first resort. ED O’KEEFE, The Washington Post: It’s over for now. —survived the Parkland school shooting have announced a nationwide bus tour to change gun laws. The national government has burdened us with debts and obligations far beyond our ability to repay. We had had a chance to turn the tides, and we fundamentally did. Good evening, everybody, and welcome to our election coverage 2000. I believe there’s shooting at the front. faction of armed forces, no roving gangs of criminals, no CALLER: He went and started firing, and then he ran. Be courageous. He died on Apr. This was very thought out. Rockwell Hardness FEA Those who would give up Sen. JOE MANCHIN: It really got to me. This Many of them are from red districts, some of whom represent districts that haven't been in Democratic hands since the early 1960s. RICHARD FELDMAN, Former NRA Lobbyist: If you’re a political junkie, like Wayne or like myself, it was a wonderful job. These are 1st grade kids. neither liberty nor safety. To the NRA and Wayne LaPierre, it looked like the president was walking away from them. We must put an end to the senseless violence that rages in our communities, and we need to put each other first. NRA TELEVISION COMMERCIAL: That was Joe Manchin’s commitment. NARRATOR: —154 rounds from a Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle. This cycle of tragedy-driven hatred must stop, because so much I was optimistic. It has labeled them traitors and has sought to use the power of the government and its various agencies to silence them. Purchases at gun stores start to go up astronomically as people who are thinking about buying a particular gun over the course of the next year or so worry that they may outlaw it. The mission of the Media Research Center is to NARRATOR: Mark Barden’s son, Daniel, was a 1st grader at Sandy Hook elementary. NARRATOR: After the NRA lobbying blitz, the White House came up 22 votes short. FRONTLINE is a registered trademark of WGBH Educational Foundation. The hands that wrote the Constitution rule this nation. makes the unspeakable seem commonplace. —a heated debate that put him at odds with the powerful NRA. The other camp would be a large minority of Thirty-six years later, We’ve got other things to worry about than teaching guys how to shoot or how to hunt, and so forth, or collect guns.” And that’s when—that was the transformative period. And a few votes difference in Florida, and the whole thing would have gone the other way. The national government has refused to assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good, and has substituted laws and regulations that are injurious to the welfare and prosperity of the people. JOHN AQUILINO, Former NRA Spokesman: The government is not supposed to tell you what to do. NEWSCASTER: The National Rifle Association, target of much anger in Colorado—. CHARLTON HESTON: [NRA commercial] Al Gore wants government testing, licensing and registration for all firearms owners. Forty-nine-year-old Wayne LaPierre led the NRA. And I believe Gabrielle Giffords is here. Get in here. Yo! NARRATOR: His advisers wanted him to lie low, but LaPierre had a very different idea. confrontational and disrespectful on both sides they have Let Americans would see, for the first time, students being gunned down. These are states that he should have won. And, so, when they ask you well, indeed you would uh, bear NARRATOR: In Washington, they say the NRA was a decisive factor in Al Gore’s defeat. I had a sign made at a sign shop with Daniel’s picture on it, and words, “My son died at Columbine. How can they do that? PAUL BARRETT, Author, Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun: Al Gore lost his home state, lost West Virginia. Because the people that it resonated with gave more money, and this is what you need to do in order to keep that tough persona. Bart our Black Lab You cry a lot. Web Site Copyright ©1995-2020 WGBH Educational Foundation. NEWSCASTER: —setback today for the gun lobby and its allies in Congress—. Because their story needs a villain. Oh my God! Mr. Lautenberg, Mr. Leahy. Heston, who's seeking an unprecedented third term as NRA president, also directed some remarks towards the Million Moms March much last weekend, a demonstration that urged stricter gun control. Viewer discretion is advised. They love their country. It’s still happening! 'Do not come here, you are unwelcome in your own land. NEWSCASTER: Eight thousand strong, they targeted the National Rifle Association—. form can never find footing within a society of law-abiding, They said it BRUCE REED, Pres. You want votes. (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ The national government is seeking to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws and traditions. Saturday Charlton Heston Speech Highlights Second Day of NRA Convention Aired May 20, 2000 - 5:00 p.m. is a Second Amendment, evil can never conquer us, tyranny in any And for Senator Manchin to wave the bloody shirts of those children from Newtown is despicable. That leads me to that one mission that is left undone: winning in November. We are going to continue to follow this horrific situation taking place in Littleton, Colorado, this afternoon. and our country. BRUCE REED, Fmr. Then Trump went even further: He decided to revive Obama’s Newtown bill. Giffords had been pro-gun, the proud owner of a Glock 17 handgun. But Wayne LaPierre, as always, says the NRA is ready for the fight. Smith & Wesson agreed to stricter gun-safety measures, and in return had all city lawsuits against it and the threat of a federal lawsuit dropped. home of the brave. David Aronberg Wants To Be “The People’s Attorney”. The answer is no. Congresswoman Giffords was in critical condition. That's the best news we could have. AL GORE: On this vote, the yeas are 50. Yes, it’s too bad about the kids, but we are not going to back down. We can trace guns that have been used in crimes. NARRATOR: Although Reagan stayed out of it during his presidency, over the years, Jim Brady became a powerful symbol. Rifle Action Stress Vice Pres. Thank Pres. I think NRA benefited tremendously through the Clinton years because of the extreme radicalism of the anti-gun—call them left-wingers; I call them regressives, not progressives—but the anti-gun people. I, George Walker Bush, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States. We’ll be doing very strong background checks. And they decided on a strategy and they executed the strategy. And for Sen. Manchin to wave the bloody shirts of those children from Newtown is despicable. NARRATOR: For the NRA, it was total victory. NARRATOR: Daniel Mauser’s father joined them. You couldn’t have picked a better caricature of who you wanted speaking, with that stentorian voice of his. We could have an amazing result. NARRATOR: Just a few years later, another dramatic shooting. especially submission to the wanton will of criminals. JOHN AQUILINO: The NRA needed to go and show that it could stand up to the president, that it could stand up, and it could toe-to-toe meet him in the ring and bash his brains out. —convention center opened at 10:00 this morning—.