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 Beth Alcazar, senior staff writer for the USCCA, certified firearm instructor, competitive shooter, chapter leader of The Well Armed Woman, and member of the D.C. Project.
Beyond my work with the USCCA, and in addition to the variety of hats I wear in the firearm industry, I’m first and foremost a wife and a mother of three. And when I think about who my Number 1 enemy would be, what comes to mind are the most vile, hateful, brutal and unforgiveable—the people, things, ideals or groups who would seek to destroy or do unthinkable harms to my family, my beliefs or my country. For that reason, I can’t imagine making a selection as disgraceful as Hillary Clinton did. She chose the NRA and its 5 million members as her enemy, above all other possible threats and all other evils? I can think of plenty of others that should have made that list. But she basically chose me—a mom with a gun—above scores of lying, thieving, murderous adversaries.
All Clinton’s selection really shows is that she chooses to be an enemy of faith. She chooses to be an enemy of freedom. She’s an adversary of hard work, determination, empowerment and good character. She’s an adversary of education, concern, safety and responsibility. With her statement, she chooses to take a stand against women. Against motherhood. Against the very core of our nature and our being—our passion to live and prosper, and our desire to preserve and protect life. If all those things don’t represent the organization she intended to reject, then she should take a much closer look. Because that’s who I am. And I am the NRA.To be perfectly honest, I don’t believe Hillary’s enemy list really says anything about me personally.
To be perfectly honest, I don’t believe Hillary’s enemy list really says anything about me personally. And I don’t believe it represents anyone associated with the NRA or any responsibly armed American, for that matter. But it does reveal a lot about her—and about her character.
So now it’s my chance to turn the tables. Let’s go back to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s quote, “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.”
Clinton claims that I am her enemy. So, based on Roosevelt’s quote, I need to consider what that says about me. If she were widely hailed as a woman of character, someone trustworthy, accomplished and admirable, I would probably give pause and reflect. But so many have described her as dishonest, “not qualified” and “extremely careless.” President Barack Obama even once said she will “say anything and change nothing.” Those are the exact words of her own political party, supposedly her very friends and supporters.
So, perhaps to be public enemy Number 1 of Hillary isn’t that bad, after all. Because, to me, to be Clinton’s enemy only validates that we are on the right path and we are doing the right thing. It proves how strong we, as Second Amendment advocates, have become … and what an impact, together, we have made.
That being said, I can’t help but shake my head at the thought of being on this enemies list. I know my heart. I know my intent. I know the truth. I live my life every day, striving to make a positive impact on those around me, determined to model and teach important information about safe and responsible firearm ownership.
I’m not the problem. I’m not the bad guy. I am not the enemy. I don't choose to carry a gun because I hate what’s in front of me; I choose to carry a gun because I love what’s behind me.