I try to keep up with any discussion on gun control, the Second Amendment (2A), and bills being considered that affect our right to keep and bear arms (RKBA). So, it’s only logical that I would find the following statements ignorant and just plain moronic:
In 2004 the Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) enacted in 1994 reached its sunset date and expired without being renewed at the behest of the NRA, and it was curious why an organization that boasted their advocacy for firearm safety and hunting was adamantly opposed to banning weapons created for the battlefield and not duck hunting or home protection. Since then, the NRA actively promoted assault-style weapon ownership and spent no small sum of money paying congressional representatives for their votes to oppose any gun safety laws the NRA considered a direct assault on the United States Constitution Republicans are loathe to acknowledge as the law of the land. Throughout the NRA’s lobbying efforts to arm every man, woman, and child in America, reasonable Americans wondered if the NRA had an extrinsic reason for pushing the proliferation of assault weapons in the population, and if they were concealing a different intent from their stated reasons of protecting the people’s right to defend their homes and shoot birds.
First of all, when author Rmuse states that the NRA is solely responsible for the expiration of the AWB he is being ignorant and short-sighted. The fact is that the majority of NRA MEMBERS wanted the AWB to expire as well as millions of non-NRA Americans that wanted to own these weapons.
The second ignorant statement about the NRA that I’d like to clarify is the statement that the NRA is an organization dedicated to merely protecting duck hunting or home protection. That’s simply false and completely ignore the very founding of the organization.
The NRA was founded by Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate to improve the marksmanship of troops under their charge. In FACT, the primary goal of the association would be to “promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis,” according to a magazine editorial written by Church at the time. Please tell me where in there the NRA’s stated goal was “duck hunting” or “home defense.”
The NRA is dedicated to preserving the 2A and right of Americans to defend themselves against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The NRA believes that the government shouldn’t be dictating which guns Americans should have at their disposal to defend themselves. However, the NRA is also interested in promoting shooting sports and gun safety. The NRA is a multi-faceted gun rights organization that doesn’t focus on just one purpose, but in fact protects all lawful uses of firearms. They are a 360 degree organization that focuses first on safety and then the safe uses of firarms. The NRA is committed to training, education AND marksmanship.
The third ignorant statement made was that the NRA wants to “arm every man, woman and child in America” with so-called assault weapons (for what it’s worth, AR does NOT stand for “assault rifle.” It’s an abbreviation of the original rifle design by Armalite, but I digress.). The NRA isn’t arming anyone with anything. They do host raffles and giveaways from time to time, but their purpose isn’t to arm Americans, but to ensure that Americans can arm themselves.
Liberals believe in big government. The government exists, in their eyes, to manage every aspect of our lives. We need to be told how to raise our children, what to eat, what medical care we should have, what kind of lightbulbs we should own, what kind of cars to drive, etc. The reason they are so opposed to certain types of semi-automatic defensive rifles is because they threaten their desire for nationalization of America under an umbrella central government. Liberal opposition to these guns is not about safety, it’s about control. If it were about safety, these liberal gun-grabbers would be screaming for less gun control, not more.
According to the National Post and based off the Pew Research Center, “gun-related homicides dropped from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011. That’s a 39% reduction.” It’s a 39% reduction at a time when the population has grown as have the number of guns purchased during that time. In fact, just over the past four years since President Obama’s election, millions of additional guns were purchased. Today, just trying to find one of the guns that Politicus USA is so afraid of is difficult to find and, then, at a significantly higher price. So, gun crime is down and guns in the possession of Americans is up. one can only conclude that the inverse of the liberal argument is true.
I understand that Politicus USA is an extremist liberal rag, but it’s important that when such idiocy is shared openly that it is immediately countered for the record. The NRA, as I mentioned previously, is not some nebulous, autonomous organization. It operates with the support and approval of over 5 million Americans and millions of additional, no-paying supporters. Their involvement in countering gun control laws increases and decreases as the attacks on the 2A increase and decrease. Right now, there are many in government that are trying to infringe upon the 2A and the NRA is working with equal fervor to counter those attacks. If you aren’t supporting them in this endeavor – or some other gun rights group – then you’re a part of the problem, not the solution.
In the landscape of today’s constant attacks on our RKBA, it’s imperative that we stand united and with a loud voice. The NRA provides that voice and is on the frontlines of that battle.