This feature appears in the August ’16 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.
Following the horrific terror attack on a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., in June, all of the usual suspects—from President Barack Obama to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer—began calling for the same old non-solutions to terror, murder and criminal violence.
And true to form, gun-hating politicians and many in the anti-gun “mainstream” media started pointing fingers—mostly at the 5 million law-abiding Americans who are members of the National Rifle Association.
But even in the face of the media’s constant vilification, the majority of Americans understand that the NRA is far from an enemy to America. In its most basic form, NRA is simply millions of Americans who care deeply about their God-given, constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, and who have banded together to ensure that right isn’t trampled into dust.But even in the face of the media’s constant vilification, the majority of Americans understand that the NRA is far from an enemy to America.
In fact, if you have even a smidgen of knowledge about the organization, it’s hard to understand why NRA and its members are considered villains by anybody—which helps to explain why confidence in the media is at a historic low. Consider:
- NRA trains more law enforcement officers each year than any other organization, anywhere. - NRA trains military members who are actively fighting the war on terror (most recently, Indiana National Guard members after the attacks on recruiting offices in Chattanooga, Tenn.). - NRA provides grants for the purchase of body armor and training ammunition for law enforcement agencies. - NRA has 121,000 trained firearm instructors on its rolls, who teach thousands upon thousands of Americans gun safety techniques each year. (In comparison, so-called Everytown for Gun Safety has zero.) - Many of NRA’s 5 million law-abiding members have trained extensively to safely carry firearms in order to protect themselves and others. - Many members are active duty or retired military and law enforcement, who have proudly served on the front lines for their country and proudly call NRA their organization of choice.
And I’m proud to have you standing side-by-side with me at this critical juncture in history.Just consider this scenario: You are under attack by a heavily armed madman and have three people you can turn to for help—one wearing a Moveon.org beanie, one wearing an Everytown for Gun Safety t-shirt and one wearing an NRA cap. Which person would you choose?
If you chose either of the first two, you’ve been brainwashed by dishonest politicians and lying media members who want you to believe their false narrative so you won’t fight back as hard the next time they decide to attack our Second Amendment-protected rights.
In this extremely trying time for America and for America’s law-abiding gun owners, I’m proud to stand with the NRA in fighting those who would leave us disarmed against violent terrorists like those who killed so many in San Bernardino and Orlando. And I’m proud to have you standing side-by-side with me at this critical juncture in history.