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Sat Jul 19, 2014, 05:50 AM

 

The Zealot: Larry Pratt Is the Gun Lobby's Secret Weapon

One morning during the winter weeks after the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, the gun lobbyist Larry Pratt made the short drive from his offices in Springfield, Virginia, to the Arlington headquarters of the Leadership Institute, a training center for young conservatives. Pratt and the Institute's founder, Morton Blackwell, share a history in conservative activism going back four decades, and Pratt had spoken there many times, providing legislative updates on the politics of guns. Today, there seemed to be a jauntiness to the oddly boyish-faced 71-year old, who'd found himself at the center of a national media story just beginning to fade. He opened with a joke.

"Piers Morgan sends his regrets he won't be able to attend," Pratt deadpanned.

The audience chuckled at the reference. On December 18th, 2012, four days after Adam Lanza's killing spree, the CNN host had invited Pratt to debate gun control, as most major networks have over the years. When Pratt stated that gun-free school zones and, by extension, gun control advocates like Piers Morgan were to blame for the tragedy in Newtown, Morgan stuttered and seethed. "You're an unbelievably stupid man, aren't you?" said the host.

Pratt's critics have called him many things over the years: extreme, radical, pernicious, creepy, dogged, effective. But no one who's studied his multi-faceted career could describe him as stupid. On CNN, Pratt was smart enough not to tell Piers Morgan what he really thinks about the Second Amendment. Because what he really thinks resonates deeply with the theocratic tenets of Christian Reconstructionism, which holds that American government should be ordered according to events and dictates found in the Old and New Testaments. Nor is Pratt so stupid as to use his regular access to mainstream media to promote the "active measures" he believes American gun owners will one day be forced to unleash on a secular federal government. As he explained in his 1999 essay, "What does the Bible Say About Gun Control?" Pratt writes, "If Christ is not our King, we shall have a dictator to rule over us, just as Samuel warned."

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-zealot-larry-pratt-is-the-gun-lobbys-secret-weapon-20140714#ixzz37uFyWpzM

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Jul 19, 2014, 07:32 AM

1. He doesn't seem to be that big a secret; not withstanding his appearance on Piers Morgan.

 

Do you have any thoughts to add to this issue?

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Sat Jul 19, 2014, 08:54 AM

2. What does the Bible say about guns?

The same thing it says about bicycles: nothing.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Jul 19, 2014, 09:09 AM

3. He's too dumb to realize guns kill people.

Who would listen to a wack job like that.



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Sat Jul 19, 2014, 09:29 AM

4. That a man like Pratt can prosper says a lot about

 

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The quality and effectiveness of the controller-banner.

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