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 Maj. John T. Schwent Jr., USMC (Ret), veteran competitive shooter, executive director of Camp Valor Outdoors and head coach of the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Wounded Warrior Shooting Team.I feel offended that Clinton, as the Democratic candidate for president, is trying to demonize this American pastime.
Hillary Clinton is so far removed from the competitive side of shooting that she has no idea what any new gun laws will do to these sports. Whether it is Olympic shooting or a local club providing gun safety for kids, the education process undertaken in this community concerning firearms is quite extensive.
What is so shocking when an act of terrorism, or a shooting as a result of mental incapacity, occurs is knowing that the crime was committed by criminals, not by the object. The public discourse, however, continues to be centered on firearms and not the terrorists or mentally unstable citizens using them inappropriately. I find it alarming that the same scrutiny and public outcry does not correspond with the thousands upon thousands of vehicular deaths in this country each year.
I am an avid hunter and competitive shooter, and I have been coaching wounded veterans in the shooting sports for the last six years. This is how I spend my leisure time. I feel offended that Clinton, as the Democratic candidate for president, is trying to demonize this American pastime. As a responsible gun owner, I follow the laws in my pursuit of marksmanship excellence. To argue that mass shootings will stop once stricter gun laws are in place is not a sound argument. There are many countries where shootings have not stopped with passage of strict gun laws. And our own country is not even enforcing the firearm laws that are currently in place.
I will continue to shoot competitively and coach others in safe firearm handling and competition. I am the NRA.