Santorum: ‘Protecting the Second Amendment While All Our Other Freedoms Falter Is Not a Winning Strategy.’

by Jim Geraghty

Former Pennsylvania senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum began with a bit of humor in his speech at the NRA Convention Friday afternoon, but shifted to urging the audience to become more active in protecting all of the Bill of Rights, not just their right to own firearms.

Santorum began by pointing out that every member of his family is a member of the NRA, and noted with a smile, “My wife actually owns more guns than I do. The default gift for most men is flowers. For me, it’s ammo.”

He then segued to the various ways that Americans other liberties – of speech, of religion, of privacy – were under attack by the Obama administration and “elites.”

 “Freedom of worship is what you do inside the four walls of that church. Freedom of religion is what you do outside that church.”

“No one has been more successful in fighting the secular left, big government agenda than the National Rifle Association,” Santorum said “You have stood up to the hundreds of millions of dollars of the elite. In good times and bad, when it’s been hard to stand up, you’ve stood tall.

“I’m coming to you to say thank you first… but it’s not enough. Our rights are being assailed everywhere. Just protecting the Second Amendment while all our other freedoms falter is not a winning strategy. We need you to engage.”