In response to a Democratic presidential debate question on Oct. 13, 2015, Hillary Clinton put the 5 million members of the NRA at the top of the list of enemies she is most proud of.
This is unprecedented: On national television, a candidate for president of the United States named peaceable, law-abiding gun owners, who are simply trying to protect the Second Amendment, as her biggest enemies. She even listed NRA members ahead of Iran—the world’s largest sponsor of state terrorism. Drug cartels, Vladimir Putin, North Korea and ISIS terrorists didn’t even get a mention.
Clinton’s declaration made us wonder how NRA members feel about being recklessly declared her enemy. So we decided to ask them: How does it feel to be named Public Enemy Number 1 by Hillary Clinton?
Today we hear from Nikki Goeser, who saw her husband brutally murdered in a gun-free zone.
I sincerely believe that most Americans (no matter their political affiliation or lack thereof) are good citizens who don’t want to see innocent people harmed by violence, even though we don’t always agree on the best way to reach that goal. That includes victims of violent crime like myself, who are also members of the NRA. People like us have seen the worst of humanity and horrors that most will hopefully never experience.
In 2009, my husband Ben was shot and killed in front of me in a gun-free zone by a man who was stalking me. Because of the law in my state at that time, I had to leave the permitted gun that I normally carried for self-defense locked inside my vehicle that night. I followed that law, but my stalker did not. Despite this horrific experience, I never blamed the object that was used by an evil man to kill my husband.
What I learned from my own nightmare was that bad people do not follow these gun-control laws, which were naively put in place to try and protect the public. I have seen on the news, time and time again, stories of innocent people that were murdered in places where their right to defend themselves was stripped from them.
Most people probably do not realize that it is in these sort of public places, where regular citizens are banned from carrying guns, that evil overwhelmingly shows up to do the most damage. Those who want to harm innocent people know they will be faced with little to no resistance. Unfortunately, the “mainstream” media fails to tell the public these places are gun-free zones. Or as I refer to them, “Defenseless Victim Zones.” Since at least 1950, with just three exceptions all of the mass public shootings in the U.S. have taken place in these Defenseless Victim Zones.
It was horrific witnessing Ben’s brutal murder, and having no real way to try and stop my husband’s murderer. Knowing that we have people in our government who would disarm the next family out there makes me want to fight for their safety. That is why I joined the NRA. If wanting to ensure that nobody else has to lose a loved one the same way I did makes me an enemy of Hillary Clinton, then sign me up.
We can’t let gun-ban advocates win this fall’s elections, whether at a national, state or local level. To do so would only put us all at risk to those predators who could care less about you, your family or your laws.