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 state sponsor of 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 Julie Golob, U.S. Army veteran, NRA mom, competitive shooter and captain of Team Smith & Wesson.
I have traveled the world competing in the shooting sports on six continents, experiencing different cultures and celebrating diversity and the value of communication.I fell in love with shooting at a young age. The days on the range and in the field are when I learned about the importance of stepping outdoors. I learned the crucial rules of gun safety that help protect us. I also learned about respect and gained the social skills required to work with people of all ages.
When I hunted with my dad, I learned about patience and how to honor life and nature. When I took my first shots in the shooting sports, I discovered something I wanted to be great at. In these things, I learned about setting goals and how to achieve them. I learned the value of hard work. I yearned to not only make my family proud of my accomplishments, and of me, but to live a life I could be proud of.
You see, on the range I was always learning and, as a result, excelling. While striving to be a good student in the wonderful world of the shooting sports, I also worked at being a good student in school. I learned the principles of our Constitution, about the important balance of law, order and freedom. I also learned about violent criminals like Jesse James, Bonnie and Clyde, and Al Capone, all true enemies of the public and enemies of all the things I valued even at a young age—honor, integrity, family, honesty, humility, patriotism, sportsmanship and, most of all, life.I do not need to assure you with words, Mrs. Clinton. I prove it with who I am and what I have done.
Because of shooting, I joined the United States Army and served my country for nearly eight years. I have traveled the world competing in the shooting sports on six continents, experiencing different cultures and celebrating diversity and the value of communication. Because of shooting, I fell in love with my husband, and we are raising two little girls whom I hope to teach those values I learned from my parents.
It’s beyond appalling that Hilary Clinton made the claim that the 5 million members of the NRA make her public enemy list. This presidential candidate—one most known for lies, deceit and lack of care with the security of our nation—dares to designate us as such? This goes beyond an attempt to garner the head nods and hallelujahs of the fearful ignorant. It’s not a sensational declaration we so often see in this age of politics. It is a profound statement. It marks the persecution of the American gun owner.
Clinton is doing her best to establish the people of the NRA as lawless brigands who do not value life. Indeed, we are the exact opposite. I look at the wealth of knowledge I have garnered because of guns—the life experience and culture, the respect for effective rules and freedom. I am no enemy to peace and a thriving American culture. I have defended and served my country and, as a member of a 5-million-member-strong NRA, I fight for it with my right to vote. I do not need to assure you with words, Mrs. Clinton. I prove it with who I am and what I have done.