It's hard to believe, but it has now been 15 years since “Cam & Company” had its first broadcast from the 2004 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Pittsburgh. Back when we began, the U.S. Supreme Court hadn’t issued its landmark ruling in Heller, striking down the Washington, D.C., gun ban and establishing once and for all that our Second Amendment rights are fundamental, individual rights.
We still had two states that didn’t allow for any carrying of firearms, and in only one state could a legal gun owner carry without a license. Now every state has, in theory at least, a way for individuals to carry a firearm for self-defense, though eight states still restrict that right by demanding “good cause” be shown before a permit is issued. Sixteen states, on the other hand, now recognize your right to carry without a government permission slip. And later this year, for the first time in a decade, the Supreme Court will hear another Second Amendment case, this time challenging a New York City gun law.
While we’ve come a long way since 2004, we still have a long way to go before our rights are secure from coast to coast. The threat posed by the well-funded anti-gun groups at this moment is greater than I’ve ever seen. It’s good to look back and see how far we’ve come, but not at the expense of ignoring the dangers right in front of our faces.
Frankly, it’s never been more important to get involved in the NRA and the fight for our right to keep and bear arms than right now.