Final Thoughts on the Annual NRA MeetingPosted on 02 May 05:23
I first started shooting more than 30 year's ago and have always been a big supporter of the 2nd Amendment. However, I must admit there have only been a few years during that time where I have been an NRA member. At times, it just wasn't something I thought about and others I questioned if it was an organization that just wanted my money in pursuit of special interests. Admittedly, although I didn't directly fall for the leftist viewpoint maybe in the back of mind I had a concern about if the organization was operating without conscience. The most important thing I took away from the NRA event was gun rights was really their second priority. Specifically, the NRA priority is what I recognized the 2nd Amendment to be about, Liberty, and there is nothing that demonstrates "conscience" more than a promoting a free people.
During the event I often reviewed the event Twitter feeds. I don't know if it was just partisan politics or ignorance but there were quite the number of posts that read something like this (and I'm thinking of one specifically), "The NRA is just a bunch of white rednecks that want to use guns on people that look like me" (the picture of the writer was a black man). I attempted to engage him in debate, but he wouldn't. My first thought was how absurd that after a day where we met with and listened to a number of male and female individuals that served our country in the military, law enforcement, and politics who just happened to be black. My second thought was of course the statistics of gun violence, especially in anti-gun cities, don't support this leftists position on "rednecks" and guns.
The overwhelming theme of the event was the 2nd Amendment was put in place as #2 in the original Bill of Rights to protect a fundamental right of the people to be free, and one cannot be free if he cannot protect himself from threats either foreign or domestic. Overwhelmingly, history and statistics support this idea. Whether one looks internationally of within the United States, the idea that citizens should rely on their government for protection often just doesn't turn out well. With that thought comes the assumption that a government, as well as our neighbor, is wholesome in thought and deed. It hasn't worked any better for places like Chicago as it has for the any number of countries that stripped its citizens of their ability to own a firearm and then abused, enslaved, or or subjugated them to mass murder.
The most conscientious thing a government can do is give its citizens the right to free speech and the right to protect themselves, their families, and their fellow citizens. I question the motives of the individuals that oppose these fundamental rights.