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From The Editor | Are You A Terrorist?

From The Editor | Are You A Terrorist?

It always amazes me how gun haters—spurred on by gun-ban groups and anti-gun politicians—can so easily transfer their hatred of firearms over to law-abiding American citizens who support the Second Amendment. 

A good example is the recent trend of referring to peaceable, law-abiding members of the National Rifle Association as “terrorists” or a “favorite political enemy.” The plain truth is, when Hillary Clinton, Dan Gross, the media and others call NRA “terrorists,” they’re talking about you and me.

In an Oct. 14 article in The Hill, Brady Campaign president Dan Gross criticized two Democratic presidential candidates—NRA D-rated Bernie Sanders and F-rated Lincoln Chafee—for not sufficiently conforming to the group’s radical gun-control agenda. In slamming Chafee’s debate performance, in which the candidate stated he would try to negotiate with NRA, Gross stated, “[t]his is not a negotiation with the NRA … We don’t negotiate with terrorists.”
  

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has also gotten in on the act. In June 2014, during a CNN “town hall,” Clinton remarked that gun-control opponents “hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.” Clinton later outdid herself in early October, comparing NRA to a state sponsor of terrorism when she told a crowd in Iowa, “NRA’s position reminds me of negotiating with the Iranians or the communists.” 

Trying to best Clinton and move to the front of the hate-the-NRA bandwagon, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a floundering Democratic presidential candidate, lashed out at you, me and other law-abiding Americans during the first Democratic presidential debate, exuberantly answering a question about his favorite political enemy with the words, “The National Rifle Association!”

The anti-gun media even like to jump into the fray. Just last month, New York Daily News columnist Linda Stasi wrote, “NRA should take its rightful place on the State Department list of terrorist organizations.” Last year, Mother Jones promoted a cartoon likening NRA to violent jihadis. Of course, the anti-gun Twittersphere and blogosphere are replete with similar inflammatory name-calling.



Indeed, it is these gun haters and NRA bashers who are out of touch with the mainstream, not NRA members. A 2014 Gallup poll revealed that 63 percent of Americans believe that having a gun in the home makes the home a safer place to be. Further, another 2014 Gallup poll showed that when asked “[i]n general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?” 52 percent of Americans opted to keep the laws the same or make them less strict.These name callers, declaring NRA to be terrorists or enemies, are talking about doctors, nurses, pastors, elementary school teachers and plumbers. 

In fact, a new Gallup poll from early October surveyed more than 1,000 adults on their feelings about the NRA, and found a “solid majority” (58 percent) of Americans have an “overall favorable” opinion of NRA. This number, which has been rising steadily since December 2012, is only two percentage points below its all-time high. The poll also revealed that a record number indicated their opinion of NRA is “very favorable.”  

The plain truth is, when Hillary Clinton, Dan Gross, the media and others call NRA “terrorists,” they’re talking about you and me. And when Martin O’Malley proudly declares the NRA to be his “favorite enemy,” he’s talking about you, your family and friends—and me, my family and friends. 

These name callers, declaring NRA to be terrorists or enemies, are talking about doctors, nurses, pastors, elementary school teachers and plumbers. They’re talking about brick layers, oil company executives, truck drivers, hairdressers and antique salesmen. 

Anyone agreeing with, or repeating, such putrid rhetoric should take a step back and rethink exactly who it is they are hating, and who it is they consider to be terrorists. If they hate law-abiding Americans—many of whom are their friends and neighbors—just for treasuring their constitutionally protected rights, that’s a sad state of affairs, indeed. 

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