How many times have you heard that, either in person, or
when discussing gun control online? I’ve had friends say it. I’ve had
acquaintances say it. I’ve had anonymous strangers say it. I’ve had supposedly
“Pro-Gun” Democrats say it times beyond counting, and I’ve had allegedly
middle-of-the-road folks say it. Each time I hear it I respond with a
dissertation on the history of Gun Control in this country, but no matter what
I say it goes in one ear and out the other.
Maybe people will believe the words straight from the horse’s mouth.
I’d like to start this post by clarifying something. I am NOT an NRA Hater. I haven’t always been a member, that’s true, but I’ve always been a supporter, and I’ve always believed in the stated mission of education, training, and defending the Second Amendment.
I believe that our country NEEDS a strong NRA. I believe that if the NRA had never existed our gun rights would be far lesser than they are now. The NRA has done a great job of SLOWING the decay of our firearms freedoms, despite what I perceive to be a lackluster performance at RESTORING what freedoms we’ve lost. I know there are people, perhaps some of you reading this right now, who say that the NRA has done nothing but compromise our rights away a bit at a time- and it can certainly look that way. However, I suspect that by sitting at the table when these laws are made and by being a part of the process the NRA has prevented far worse things from happening to our rights.
I say all of this so that the reader may know where I’m coming from when I talk about the current state of the NRA.