This feature appears in the February ‘14 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association. Cam will be back next week.
Of all the lies the anti-gun media is liable to tell about opposition to folks like us, perhaps the most scurrilous is the falsehood that gun owners and opponents of gun control (which is not always the same thing) are apathetic about modern-day horrors like the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary.
“How can you not act after something as horrible as this?” they ask. What they really mean is, “Why do you not agree with me on what should be done?”
Every supporter of the right to keep and bear arms that I know—from the cops on the beat in big cities to the suburban moms meeting their friends for ladies night at the local range—feel just as deeply and care just as much as those who call for gun bans, ammo taxes and expanded background checks in response to the senseless deaths of innocent men, women and children.
What we are not, by and large, are people who think gun restrictions and an assault on lawful gun ownership are effective solutions. Even INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald Noble asked, “Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with the evolving threat of terrorism?”“How can you not act after something as horrible as this?” they ask.
Noble went on to tell ABC News, “People are quick to say ‘gun control, people shouldn’t be armed’ … What I’d like to ask them is this: ‘Where would you have wanted to be? In a city where there was gun control and no citizens armed if you’re in a Westgate Mall [the shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, that was recently the subject of a terrorist attack], or in a place like Denver or Texas?’”
In other words, we’re not apathetic. We just think those calling for more unarmed citizens are wrong, and put our fellow Americans at risk.