LaPierre addresses the recent criticism of his methods by NRA newcomers. "Where were these guys during the tough times?" the NRA executive vice president asks, recounting the last 20 years of his service as a freedom fighter for the Second Amendment. "For 20 years, the government and media and pop culture have aligned in an "unholy trinity" that would have sent your rights to hell were it not for the NRA," he tells members at the Seattle, Washington, Annual Meetings. "If I were that easy to beat, they'd have your guns by now."