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From The Editor | The Sign Says It All

From The Editor | The Sign Says It All

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This feature appears in the July ’16 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association. 

On the day before Mother’s Day, about 100 moms gathered in New York City to protest what they claim are weak U.S. gun laws. Promoted by the Michael Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, the marchers called for passage of restrictive laws ranging from so-called “universal” background checks to a complete ban on semi-automatic rifles owned and used safely and legally by millions of Americans. 

And all the while they lied about what they were doing—and what their goals really are.

“We’re really pushing for more gun safety regulations,” Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore disingenuously said from the podium. “It is not an anti-gun movement. It is not a partisan movement. It is a safety movement.” 

One woman held a sign that read, “Nobody carrying loaded guns in public is a ‘good guy.’”Of course, if that were true, these moms would seek to affiliate themselves with the National Rifle Association—America’s true gun safety organization. The demanding moms and their parent group, Everytown for Gun Safety, employ no gun safety instructors and teach no gun safety courses. Compared to the NRA’s thousands of safety instructors and myriad course offerings, the demanding moms are laughable in this respect.

Fortunately for those who seek the truth, at least one mom in attendance gave us a glimpse into what those in the organization really believe. Amongst the talk of “It’s all about gun safety” and “This is not a Second Amendment issue,” one woman held a sign that read, “Nobody carrying loaded guns in public is a ‘good guy.’”

The sign, obviously addressing NRA EVP Wayne LaPierre’s statement, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” is further proof that the demanding moms are not all about gun safety, but instead seek to disarm even those who have applied for permits, passed background checks, undergone required training to carry a concealed firearm, and are among the safest, most law-abiding people in the country.

These moms don’t even seem to realize that millions of their fellow mothers are concealed-carry permit holders who have decided to accept the challenge of protecting themselves and their families in a dangerous world. Instead, Moms Demand and other groups are perfectly happy to leave all mothers defenseless to achieve their political goals.

Next time you hear the demanding moms or someone from Everytown claim that they are all about “gun safety,” remember that sign. In truth, these gun control groups will never consider your gun to be “safe” until you don’t own it anymore and can’t buy another one.