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Julie Golob is the captain of Team Smith & Wesson and author of the book SHOOT: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition.
How do you respond to President Barack Obama’s statement that failure to pass more gun control is the “most disappointing” aspect of his presidency?
President Obama should be more than disappointed; he should feel responsible. Not for failing to pass more gun control, but rather his failure to enforce existing laws when firearms are used in violent crime. He should feel responsible for appointing Eric Holder to the position of attorney general—the man who placed firearms into the hands of violent criminals resulting in lives lost, including that of a Border Patrol agent. The president should feel failure that his own ideals of gun control, like those in his home state of Illinois and the city of Chicago, have simply resulted in more victims and deaths.
Gun control is a theory that appeases those who think words on paper will affect criminal intent to do violence. In truth, it robs Americans who wish to take responsibility for their personal protection and freedom of the right to do so. It’s a form of oppression cloaked in words like “reasonable” and “sensible.” It doesn’t attack the root of the problem, but exacerbates it.
Disappointment doesn’t even begin to cover how the millions of law-abiding citizens feel when they are robbed of their Second Amendment rights. The lawful gun owner feels attacked. There is fear that the government’s power will engulf and disable the people. It will render them defenseless against it, and make them victims of the criminals who disregard law to make violence.
There is confusion here. How is it that those who are ignorant about guns, firearm safety and the proven failure of gun control on crime become influenced so easily without knowing or even caring about the facts and the impact gun control has on the innocent? With that confusion comes sadness that many Americans have been lured into relinquishing freedom for a false sense of protection from their government.
President Obama’s failure on gun control may be disappointing to him, but it serves as a beacon that Americans are still passionate about freedom. Under President Obama’s reign, the government has failed to further limit and oppress the lawful gun owner. The words “reasonable" and “sensible” will likely always be used to influence citizens to support ineffective gun laws, but despite the president’s efforts, the rights of the people still matter.
While he may find that disappointing, I am one of many who is thankful.
A proud NRA Mom and author of the book SHOOT: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition, Julie Golob is the team captain for Smith & Wesson’s professional shooting team and has over 120 championship titles in seven different action-shooting disciplines. When not on the range, Golob works with several industry leading brands including Smith & Wesson, Federal Premium, Benelli USA and Safariland to promote the shooting sports. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Golob served with the elite U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit where she was awarded U.S. Army Female Athlete of the Year.
Watch for Golob to share her knowledge and experience as a firearms instructor in Season 2 of the NRA News’ “Love at First Shot.” The Web-based series is designed to help introduce people to the shooting sports in a fun, safe and memorable way with the goal of shifting perspectives and growing the shooting community. Learn more about the champion, author, veteran and shooting sports ambassador at JulieGolob.com.
Editor’s Note: The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Rifle Association.