Larry Pratt

Larry Pratt: 'Probably What Killed' Trayvon Martin Was His 'Broken Family'

In an interview with NewsMax’s Steve Malzberg yesterday, Gun Owners of American executive director Larry Pratt said that Trayvon Martin was killed because he had a “broken family.”

Pratt and Malzberg were discussing last week’s Senate hearing on Stand Your Ground laws, at which Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton gave impassioned testimony. At the hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz dismissed Fulton’s testimony as “simply mourning the loss of your son” and asserted that Stand Your Ground laws in fact “protect those in African-American communities.”

The gun activist and radio host heartily agreed with Cruz. “Had she looked at the numbers, she would have found that as a percentage of blacks compared to a percentage of whites…” Pratt began. Malzberg finished his sentence: “The laws benefit the African-American community down there more so than they do the white community, you’re right.”

In fact, a Tampa Bay Times analysis of Stand Your Ground cases in Florida found substantial racial disparities in the application of the law, including that “people who killed a black person walked free 73 percent of the time, while those who killed a white person went free 59 percent of the time.” A national study found a similar disparity.

Pratt concluded that Fulton had it all wrong and “probably what killed her son was the broken family that he was forced to deal with. That’s often an indicator that a young man is going to have trouble, of either race, of any race.”

Pratt has previously said that Attorney General Holder is “racist” and was using the Martin case to “intimidate” white people into not defending themselves against “black mobs,” and even alleged that Holder and President Obama were using the case to bring about communism.

Pratt: Impeach Obama Before He Takes 'Total Control'

Gun Owners of America head Larry Pratt appeared on the Talk To Solomon Show this week to issue his usual warnings about President Obama becoming a dictator. He told Solomon that Obama is “a very dangerous man” who “really has an impulse for total control,” calling on Republicans in Congress to refuse to fund Obama-backed projects. He says that this will provoke Obama to “spend money without authorization” and that will be “the time to impeach him.”

Pratt later discussed with co-hosts Stan Solomon and Steve Davis the best ways to repeal Obamacare, with Pratt urging that Republicans dismantle the health care law before “people start getting free stuff.”

“We’re on death row, Obamacare has put the American people on death row,” Davis charged, warning Americans will soon be “destroyed by Obamacare.” Solomon said that Obama administration officials are “sucking the brains out of America through their nostrils” and said he is “all for killing anything and everything and all things, I did not say anything about any people although if some of them on the left dropped dead I certainly will take the time to go to their funerals so I have a place to urinate.”

Davis chimed in: “Well there’s a death panel for that now.”

“But that doesn’t apply to Democrats,” Solomon replied.

Cuccinelli Touts Endorsement Of Radical Gun Group With Ties To White Supremecists, Conspiracy Theorists

Earlier this month, the extremist gun group Gun Owners of America announced that it was endorsing Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli in next month’s gubernatorial contest and urged its supporters to do “everything you can” to elect the Republican. Though Cuccinelli’s campaign doesn’t seem to have touted GOA’s endorsement at the time, it is now prominently featuring the endorsement on its website.

While it’s no surprise that GOA is backing Cuccinelli, Cuccinelli’s touting of the GOA’s endorsement should raise some eyebrows.

GOA is an extreme group that trades in racism and conspiracy theories. The group’s executive director, Larry Pratt is so radical that he was forced out of Pat Buchanan’s 1996 presidential campaign after it became public that he had spoken at white supremacist and militia movement rallies.  Just this past fourth of July, Pratt was scheduled to speak alongside a prominent white nationalist at an event hosted by an anti-Semitic rock band.

Today, Pratt regularly appears with far-right fringe talk show hosts including Alex Jones, Stan Solomon and Pete Santilli, where he has:

GOA’s legislative counsel Michael Hammond and its communications director Erich Pratt (Larry’s son) also push conspiracy theories on fringe media.

So, why is Cuccinelli touting GOA’s endorsement?

Pratt: Obamacare Could Lead To Gun Confiscations, Concentration Camps

Larry Pratt is back to repeating his debunked conspiracy theory that the government is taking guns from veterans as part of a Nazi/Soviet plot. The Gun Owners of America head floated the false rumors that doctors are part of a government effort to confiscate veterans’ guns while appearing on the Talk To Solomon Show, with co-hosts Stan Solomon and Steve Davis.

Responding to Solomon’s claim that “the Obama administration is working to disarm every veteran” and will use Obamacare to “literally take away the rights of every American to have a firearm," Pratt alleged that the administration is spearheading “backdoor gun control.”

“They are doing it to the whole country, they field tested it on veterans, and now it’s the whole country,” Pratt said. “We are looking at a major assault on the right to keep and bear arms, it is reminiscent of Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, where they used doctors as part of their torture routines and got people sent to the camps for improvement of their mental health.”

After Davis warned that “government-run health care” is encouraging gun confiscations, Pratt feared that doctors may soon be compelled to “submit medical information to the big computers in the sky” because of Obamacare.

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Larry Pratt: 'Everybody Understands Ted Cruz Runs the United States House'

Gun Owners of America head Larry Pratt is one of Texas senator Ted Cruz’s biggest boosters. Back in May, Pratt called the freshman senator “a real hero there that’s ridden into town from Texas” and ventured that he was “certain” that Cruz wouldn’t disappoint him. And the relationship works both ways: Cruz has nothing but praise for the gun group, and the New York Times has called him Pratt’s “key ally in the Senate.”

Cruz’s role in instigating the government shutdown has only intensified Pratt’s admiration for the senator. In a speech to a Pennsylvania Tea Party group last week, Pratt called House Speaker John Boehner a “sad sack” who has been “totally humiliated” because “everybody understands that Ted Cruz runs the United States House.”

Pratt also sang the praises of Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, principally because, according to Pratt, Lee was the one who first suggested that Cruz run for Senate.

Pratt is a big fan of the shutdown for a number of reasons. On the Talk to Solomon Show last week, Pratt applauded the shutdown of a huge portion of government services, saying, “Let’s just celebrate the fact that we’re only getting oppressed 57 percent of normal.”

Statistics 101 With Larry Pratt

A study published in the American Journal of Medicine last month shortly after the Navy Yard shooting found that in developed countries the rate of gun deaths is highly correlated with the rate of gun ownership. You might think this would be bad news for Larry Pratt’s “no-compromise” Gun Owners of America. But who needs science when you can make up your own statistics?

In an interview with conservative commentator Tom Woods yesterday, Pratt presented his own statistics to bolster the gun lobby’s orthodoxy that more guns make communities safer.

Pratt first presented the case of the Old West, which he claims was in fact “under control” and “peaceful” because “virtually everybody was armed.” In fact, as law professor Adam Winkler explains, gun violence in the Old West was “far more rare than we commonly imagine”…because most towns had strict gun control measures.

Pratt then tried to prove that gun ownership makes communities safer by comparing Great Britain’s murder rate with that of his home of Fairfax County, Virginia. While Pratt concedes that Britain’s murder rate is “admittedly very low,” he points out that Fairfax County’s is lower, which he chalks up to Virginia’s lax gun laws. What he neglects to mention is that Fairfax County is far from typical of Virginia or the United States as a whole…to start with, it’s the second wealthiest county in Virginia and fourth wealthiest in the entire country. The homicide rate in the entire state of Virginia is significantly higher than that of both Fairfax County and the United Kingdom.

Pratt then goes on to claim that while Britain has a low murder rate, its strict gun laws have made it the “fourth most violent country in the world.” We have no idea where he got that statistic, but claims that the UK is more violent than the United States have been thoroughly debunked.

The Old West was the Wild West only on the screen. In reality, because virtually everybody was armed, the Old West, as you more properly put it, was quite a place under control, peaceful. The shootout at the OK Corral was very atypical.

Now, let’s go over to Britain, because you pointed to them. In Britain, they do have a very low murder rate. But in Fairfax County, Virginia, where Gun Owners of America is located and where people can obtain a concealed carry permit for a firearm rather easily, and where you’ve got to assume that there’s a whole bunch of folks here in Fairfax County that are armed, we have a murder rate at 1 per 100,000. Whereas over in peaceful old England, it’s 1.7 per 100,000 and their violent crime rate, apart from murder – which is admittedly very low – their violent crime rate ranks them as the fourth most violent country in the world after Jamaica, El Salvador and Honduras. Boy, how’s that gun control stuff working out for you now, old Great Britain?
 

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Pratt Suggests Defunding VA in Retaliation For Imaginary Nazi/Soviet Gun Confiscation

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.”
 

Pratt Warns 'Diabolical' Obama Will Withhold Social Security During Shutdown

Gun Owners of America head Larry Pratt believes that President Obama stole the 2012 election, is raising his own private army to overpower the U.S. military, plans to send police after Republicans, will use the health care law to force gun owners to undergo electro-shock therapy, is “consistently helping Al Qaeda” because he “hates this country” and may very well be instigating a race war that will lead to the massacre of white Americans. So, perhaps it should come as no surprise that Pratt also thinks that if Republicans force a government shutdown over Obamacare, the president is so “diabolical” that he would fake an electrical outage to prevent senior citizens from receiving Social Security checks.

Speaking with leading conspiracy theorist Alex Jones yesterday, Pratt urged House Republicans to force a shutdown in their futile attempt to defund Obamacare. Pratt noted that “so-called essential” government functions, like the distribution of Social Security checks, continue during a shutdown…that is, unless “somebody as diabolical as our president were to issue an order saying, ‘We don’t have the money to run the electricity for the computers that are generating the Social Security checks, so therefore they’re not going to be able to go out.’”
 

Pratt: 'Obama Is Consistently Helping Al Qaeda' Because He 'Hates This Country'

Talk show host Stan Solomon’s recent violent rant against Trayvon Martin, Dan Savage and Michelle Obama apparently hasn’t gotten in the way of his friendship with Gun Owners of America head Larry Pratt.

On Tuesday, Pratt stopped by The Talk To Solomon Show, where he regularly discusses with Solomon why he believes President Obama will become a murderous dictator. Pratt floated the conspiracy theory that the US annex in Benghazi, which was attacked by Islamic extremists, was smuggling arms to Syrian rebels, including Al Qaeda.

“It’s just stunning that Obama is consistently helping Al Qaeda throughout the Middle East and I guess anywhere else he can as well,” Pratt told Solomon, “that’s how much I think Obama hates this country.” Later, he cited to a WorldNetDaily manifesto calling for Obama’s impeachment and urged the House of Representatives to begin holding impeachment hearings.

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Pratt: Obama Administration Officials Are Terrorists, See Americans As The Enemy

Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America seems convinced that the Obama administration will launch some sort of anti-Christian, anti-white race war any day now, and told talk show host Stan Solomon that the Department of Homeland Security considers the American people to be “the enemy.”

After Solomon brought up a 2009 FBI memo about a surge in activity among “white supremacy extremist and militia/sovereign-citizen extremist groups,” and the FBI mentioned that it would work with the Defense Department to share information “related only to veterans who draw the attention of Defense Department officials for joining white-supremacist or other extremist groups.”

Of course, this led Pratt to attack outgoing DHS head Janet Napolitano, accusing her of pursuing people who have a “limited government philosophy, that are pro-Second Amendment, that are pro-life, that are pro-traditional marriage.” The influential gun lobbyist seems to be referring to a right-wing conspiracy theory that DHS is targeting conservatives.

Solomon ranted that Obama administration officials “don’t care about terrorists, they encourage terrorists and frankly they are terrorists,” to which Pratt agreed.

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Pratt: Napolitano was telling us, telling specifically police agencies across the country to be on the lookout for those that could be terrorists, that would include people who have some sort of limited government philosophy, that are pro-Second Amendment, that are pro-life, that are pro-traditional marriage, those are the places where the terrorist pool is located, that’s where they will be coming from. We should’ve realized then that what she was actually saying is that the enemy of the Obama government is the American people.

Solomon: Bingo. That’s exactly it. They weren’t looking for terrorists, they don’t care about terrorists, they encourage terrorists and frankly they are terrorists.

Pratt: Yeah.

Pratt and Solomon: Obamacare Will Force Gun Owners to Undergo Electro-Shock Therapy

On a recent episode of the Talk to Solomon Show, Gun Owners of America executive director and actual influential person Larry Pratt played a sort of conspiracy-theory Mad Libs with host Stan Solomon, which resulted in the conclusion that Obamacare will force gun owners to undergo electro-shock therapy against their wills.

Solomon started off the conversation by reading from a Fort Myers, Florida News-Press story about a surge of people with severe depression or bipolar disorder seeking out electro-shock therapy treatment from a local hospital. He took this and ran with it, predicting that the government will soon force gun owners who resist home invasion to undergo the treatment.

Pratt agreed, saying, “I think part of that is what we’re seeing in Obamacare. This is going to be what you’re talking about several times over.”

Pratt: NSA Surveillance Will Force Us to Become 'Literal' Bomb-Throwers

On the latest episode of the Talk to Solomon Show, Gun Owers of American director Larry Pratt and his unhinged pal Stan Solomon start out having fun with words and end up threating to become "literal" anti-government "bomb-throwers."

In an episode of the Talk to Solomon show posted yesterday, Pratt and Solomon get very excited about the prospect of Sarah Palin running for Senate in Alaska (something that Palin herself has shown no public interest in).  Pratt tells Solomon that Palin would be a much-needed “bomb-thrower” in the Senate, at which point Solomon interejects with a clarification to the NSA, which he believes might be “monitoring” his publicly available show: “By the way, NSA, if you’re monitoring our show, that was just a manner of speech, ‘bomb-throwers.’ We’re not Muslim morons. We’re not Democrat idiots. We’re actually intelligent life forms, so drop dead.”

Pratt, however, evidently thinks Solomon is being too cautious: “Well, if they keep listening in on our conversations, who knows when it might become literal instead of a figure of speech.”

Pratt: 'Racist' Holder Wants to Keep White People From Defending Selves Against 'Black Mobs'

Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt has been one of the most outspoken proponents of the popular right-wing theory that Trayvon Martin’s murder and the subsequent police inaction had nothing to do with race and that President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and others are the real racists for daring to talk about racial bias in the criminal justice system.

Pratt brought his argument today to the sympathetic audience of American Family Radio’s Tim Wildmon and Jim Stanley, telling them up front that “Holder is a racist.”

In fact, Pratt tells them, Holder is considering civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in order to “intimidate the rest of the country so that we don’t think about defending ourselves” against “attacks by black mobs on white individuals.”

He cites, of course, the phony scandal surrounding two members of the New Black Panther Party who stood briefly in front of a heavily-Democratic polling place in Philadelphia during the 2008 election – the Justice Department eventually dropped charges against the unarmed member of the pair, provoking a Fox News-driven storm of outrage. Holder later told members of Congress that the phony outrage and comparisons of the Philadelphia incident to systematic voter intimidation and suppression in the Jim Crow South did “a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line for my people.”

Pratt, of course, takes Holder’s “my people” quote unrecognizably out of context in order to suggest that the attorney general doesn’t “belong in this country” and should move to Cuba:

Pratt: Obama Becoming Like Lenin, And Public Schools are to Blame

Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt paid yet another visit to the Talk to Solomon Show last week, to discuss how President Obama is moving in a “dictatorial direction” reminiscent of the “history of despotism,” which isn’t widely appreciated because of “a government-school spawned ignorance of history.”

Pratt started the conversation with his standard explanation that the Second Amendment exists so that “the people would always have the means to resist the government, by force of arms if need be.”

Efforts to expand background checks on gun sales, he warned, are  “a pretty dangerous notion, when the very people who are the target of our guns are able to determine whether or not we get a gun.”

Later in the program, Solomon tried to rally those who might not buy into his Obama-centric conspiracy theories. “The people who the Nazis slaughtered for the most part supported their policies initially,” he warned. “If you think because you’re black, because you’re gay, because you’re a Democrat, because you’re a liberal, that they’re not going to do equally or worse to you than they are to the rest of us, I believe you are mistaken.”

“Well, that’s the history of despotism,” Pratt replied, going on to compare Obama to Vladimir Lenin. “You’re absolutely correct that those that think that if Obama were to continue moving in his dictatorial direction that they would somehow be immune because they have been politically allied, big mistake, and it reflects a government-school spawned ignorance of history.”
 

Pratt: Obama, Clinton & Holder Using Zimmerman Case to Bring About Communism

Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt went on VCY America’s Crosstalk radio program yesterday to discuss the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. Pratt, whose well-documented ties to White Nationalists got him kicked off Pat Buchanan’s 1996 presidential campaign, eagerly jumped on board the prevalent right-wing theory that President Obama is the real racist for acknowledging the presence of racial discrimination in America.

“I really think the attorney general, as well as the president, are racist, and they look at the world through the prism of race,” he said. The president, the first lady and Hillary Rodham Clinton, he speculated, are in fact trying to exploit the issue of race to “divide people” and cause “turmoil” in order to ultimately “bring collapse to the existing order” and “build their own communist society.”

Pratt did see a glimmer of hope in the Zimmerman trial, however. He expressed surprise that a smaller percentage of African Americans believe Zimmerman was guilty than voted for Obama, which he argues means that “there must have been some pretty impressive evidence indeed to get five percent of those Democrat blacks to move from their normal Democrat default position.” 


I really think the attorney general, as well as the president, are racist, and they look at the world through the prism of race. And it’s also an issue that they like to exploit to keep things stirred up. I’m sure you’ve talked many times about the Marxist theorist Saul Alinsky. And one of his chief points is to seek to divide people so that you can have turmoil, and so that you can bring collapse to the existing order, because it’s the communist view that out of collapse they can then build their own communist society. That’s what Saul Alinsky was all about, that’s what the Obamas are all about, that’s what Hillary Clinton is all about. You know, Hillary wrote her senior thesis on Saul Alinsky. She actually had met him not too long before he died. So, these folks that we’re dealing with at the top of our government are intentionally looking for ways to cause dissention.

And yet, something interesting. Blacks tend to vote Democrat, at least in the national elections, about 92 percent of all the blacks voted Democrat. And yet, only 87 percent thought that Martin was a victim, that he was not the aggressor. You realize that, even though that’s only a five percent difference, there must have been some pretty impressive evidence indeed to get five percent of those Democrat blacks to move from their normal Democrat default position to the 87 percent figure. I frankly took that as encouragement, even though I’d rather not have them 87 percent think Martin is the victim. I think we made some progress in this trial.
 

Rep. Stockman Joins White Nationalist-Tied Groups in Effort to Weaken Gun Laws

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) has joined two far-right groups led by White Nationalists in filing an amicus brief in a case involving gun crimes. Stockman’s brief in United States v. Abramski seeks to weaken the power of the government to prosecute cases dealing with “straw purchases” of guns and false statements made on required forms for gun purchases.

As Warren Throckmorton first reported, the congressman filed the brief along with Michael Peroutka’s Institute on the Constitution and Gun Owners of America, led by Larry Pratt.

Peroutka is a board member of the white supremacist and secessionist League of the South and denounces the Union’s victory in what he calls the “War Between the States.” He even pledged to use the Institute on the Constitution to aid the League of the South and advance the cause of imposing biblical law.

Pratt’s ties to White Nationalist and anti-Semitic groups are also well documented, and he joined Peroutka at a July 4 event hosted by an anti-Semitic rock band. Pratt also fears that the Obama administration may be building a black paramilitary force that will target straight, Christian white people.

We wonder how a Republican congressman’s decision to team up with White Nationalist-linked groups will mesh with the GOP’s new minority outreach campaign….

Gun Owners' Pratt Claims DHS Buying Bullets to Prepare for Economic Collapse and Social Unrest

Gun Owners of America’s Larry Pratt continues to push the completely debunked conspiracy theory that the Department of Homeland Security is stockpiling ammunition to, as he put it recently, allow President Obama to raise a private army “equally as powerful as the military.”

In an interview at a recent conference in Oklahoma, Pratt falsely claimed that the DHS “won’t answer” right-wing questions about ammo purchases. “The most benign explanation” for the DHS’s purchases, Pratt said, is that the Obama administration is “destroying the economy” and preparing to respond to the ensuing “social unrest.”

Pratt: Trayvon Martin Outrage a Red Herring for Gun Control, Which Caused Benghazi

Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt joined Steve Malzberg on Wednesday to talk about the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, which he somehow managed to tie to the tragedy in Benghazi.

“They’re trying to use the race card to move against guns,” he said. “They really don’t want us walking around with a gun, able to defend ourselves.”

This mindset, Pratt says, affected Benghazi, where he claims “they withdrew armed guards protecting the diplomats in that town shortly before it was attacked” because “they just think being able to defend yourself is counter-productive.”

Gun Owners' Pratt: Teach Kids That Guns Are 'Just As Much Fun' As Water Pistols

Gun Owners of America director Larry Pratt appeared once again on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ radio program last week to discuss his work to stop gun violence prevention legislation.

Jones told Pratt that the gun lobby needs to “get on the offense culturally, because they’ve got the kids in their clutches right now.” Pratt agreed, saying, “I think we have to push back in whatever smart way we can do to make sure that kids see, yeah having a gun is just as much fun as you thought it was when you were shooting your buddy with a water pistol yesterday.”

Earlier in the interview, Pratt and Jones were discussing their endless admiration for Texas senator Ted Cruz. Pratt reminisced about the infamous exchange between Cruz and California senator Dianne Feinstein, in which Cruz condescendingly “explained” the Constitution to Feinstein and she responded, “I’m not a sixth grader.”

Calling Feinstein a sixth grader, Pratt said, “would be an insult to sixth graders.” Jones agreed, saying Cruz “was so polite and calm with the logic, that’s why that witch got so upset.”

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