Yes Mr. President, the NRA Does Represent American Gun Owners
Earlier this week on national television, in a clear attempt to marginalize the NRA, President Obama, paraphrasing the content of a Huffington Post article of January 31, 2013, stated “The National Rifle Association does not speak for America’s gun owners.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
“The NRA is the largest civil rights organization in the world, and we have been part of the fabric of America since 1871.” Stand and Fight, (American Rifleman, February 2013, 56-60). NRA membership stands at 4.25 million, with 250,000 new members being added over the past month, or approximately 8000 daily. Are these all the gun owners in the US? No, of course not. In similar fashion the 2-3% of Americans who have served their country in its military do not represent all those who could have served, but it is certainly okay with the sluggards of society for these men and women to sally forth in their stead to defend this Republic from all those who would do her harm. In like manner it is okay with the millions of American gun owners who are not members of NRA for the active members of NRA to carry the water for all of them. In typical American fashion it is always easier to let the few take care of the many. After all it is cheaper and less troublesome to have someone else do it; however, these facts notwithstanding, the surge in new members indicates the importance of the NRA in the minds of American gun owners after the tragic school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The gun smoke had only just dissipated when the predictable knee-jerk hew and cry from the US government and the parasitic political culture of Washington DC, echoed throughout the land: we need more laws, take their guns! This war cry of the Left-wing socialists is yet another politically motivated anti-gun crusade. They are relentless in this ludicrous quest to disarm the law-abiding gun owners of America. Why? It is difficult, no impossible, to shove the socialist mantra down the throats of the largest standing army on earth – American gun owners and hunters.
The gun owners of America, affiliated with NRA or not, do not trust their own government. To wit: there are currently “41 Right-to-Carry states, with 49 states offering some avenue for armed self-defense outside the home.” Roll Up Our Sleeves, (America’s 1st Freedom, February 2013, 29). Sales of guns, ammunition, reloading supplies, and a plethora of survival gear are unprecedented in this country. This is not a population intent on accumulating the equipment they have always wanted but could not afford before their hostile government legislates against the ownership of these items; no it is much more serious than that. If Washington DC continues this siege against our 2nd Amendment Rights I cannot foresee an acceptable outcome. Our government is hell-bent on turning a large demographic of the citizenry into criminals. It is prudent to know that we gun owners of America will not be subjugated willingly. We will remain the free men and women of this Republic, with our guns in our possession. Freedom is the watchword, a creed by which we Americans live our lives, one Nation under God.
As Ronald Reagan so famously said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
To lose our 2nd Amendment Rights would guarantee the eventual loss of all of our Rights under the Constitution of the United States. The NRA is singularly responsible for the more than 100-year defense of our right to keep and bear arms.
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