The NRA's Wayne LaPierre has written an essay urging Americans to buy guns for survival in what he predicts will be a rather apocalyptic future.
LaPierre, executive vice president of the nation's largest gun rights group, warns of economic collapse, extreme weather and crime in a commentary published by the conservative Daily Caller that is being ridiculed on liberal sites and MSNBC for its dramatic tone.
"Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals," LaPierre writes. "These are perils we are sure to face - not just maybe. It's not paranoia to buy a gun. It's survival. It's responsible behavior, and it's time we encourage law-abiding Americans to do just that.
LaPierre warns that President Barack Obama's policies could lead to a time when there would be no police protection.
"President Obama is leading this country to financial ruin, borrowing over a trillion dollars a year for phony 'stimulus' spending and other payoffs for his political cronies," LaPierre writes. "Nobody knows if or when the fiscal collapse will come, but if the country is broke, there likely won't be enough money to pay for police protection. And the American people know it."