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 NRA News “Love at First Shot” host and proud new mother Natalie Foster.
It’s incredibly telling that when asked about her enemies, Hillary Clinton’s first thought is her political enemies. It speaks volumes about her character and her motivations. For someone who helped prosecute Richard Nixon she seems to be doubling down on everything that eventually forced him from the presidency—an enemies lists, secret actions, flagrant disregard for laws and operating without accountability. Never has my right to bear arms been more important to me.
It’s fair to forecast that, if she is elected, we’ll see more of what she’s always done. Carelessly dealing with issues that don’t particularly matter in her mind—like the security of Americans at home and around the world. Instead she’s more interested in attacking political enemies. Why? Because they threaten her power. Someone who is more interested in her own power rather than in serving the American people, as our forefathers intended, is not a person who should ever be given that privilege.
As a new mom living and working in Los Angeles, I think about the safety of my family daily. Recently I received a neighborhood alert that a known rapist had been spotted in my area. I was shocked to find that the address where he was seen was only a block away from my home. My thoughts immediately turned to my firearm training and my right to protect myself. Yet just weeks prior, California legislators passed sweeping gun-control bills that will prevent me from protecting myself and my family as I see fit.
Never has my right to bear arms been more important to me. I became involved in the gun community just for fun, but I quickly realized how vital our Second Amendment is. Crime has increased dramatically in my area, and every time I put my son in his car seat I think about how vulnerable we are in that moment—and how my elected leaders have chosen to prevent me from protecting him.
California is not the only state suffering under oppressive gun laws. Massachusetts and Washington state, for example, have recently enacted devastating gun legislation that limits, and in some cases eliminates, gun ownership. If you live in Texas or Montana or other “free states,” you might think that these laws don’t affect your rights at all, but that’s tragically false.
No doubt many of these new laws will be challenged by groups and individuals who care deeply about our right to bear arms. As the lawyers work their way through the appellate courts, we know that a President Hillary Clinton would do everything in her power to fill the empty Supreme Court seat with an anti-gun liberal justice. Remember that our gun rights in the critical Heller decision were preserved in a slim 5-4 decision. That one empty seat that will be filled in the next administration very likely determines gun rights across our nation. If Clinton wins, these laws passed in anti-gun states could affect you regardless of the state in which you live. What we voters must understand is that our Second Amendment … is at risk here in a way that cannot be overstated.
What we as voters must understand is that our Second Amendment, the very amendment that protects the rest of the Constitution, is at risk here in a way that cannot be overstated. Many people believe that the removal of gun rights altogether is fiction—that it could never happen here. But that’s what many gun owners in Australia and England believed, too. And Clinton has been vocal about her desire to follow these nations in limiting or banning gun ownership.
Leaders are supposed to unite us for a common goal, or perhaps against a common enemy. Hillary’s derision of the NRA was an attempt to do just that. Make no mistake, there are plenty of Democrats who understand that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental human right of self-defense and defense against tyranny. Yet she called us—those who seek to protect that right for people regardless of race or gender or any other classification they use to segregate us—the “enemy.”
She may be trying to divide, but we members of the NRA are here to unite. We will stand behind the Second Amendment and all of the Constitution. As a nation we’ve been in dark places before. We can get through this. Educate your peers and your family members. It’s time we fight back.