Third Century | Colion Noir

posted on August 30, 2015
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Hannele Lahti

As a law student, Mr. Colion Noir became a YouTube sensation, with his numerous common-sense videos on guns and freedom drawing millions of views. His clear message has been well-received by the young, the old and many in between, with such spot-on quotes as:

“The only person responsible for your safety is you. Cops can’t always be there. Obama definitely won’t be there.”

“This isn’t a black or white, Democrat or Republican issue. This is common sense. This is self-preservation. It’s about natural rights.”

“A guy telling me to get rid of my guns when I need them the most isn’t my friend, isn’t looking out for my best interest and doesn’t speak for me or the community that I’m part of.”

After graduating law school, Noir signed on as host of “NOIR” on NRA News, which brought an unexpected flood of criticism down on him, along with a corresponding groundswell of support. Today, Noir is responding to his critics in a positive way and vows to not back down in his fight for freedom.

I don’t have what you would call a traditional firearms background. I didn’t shoot my first gun until I was in my early 20s. One day a good friend of mine asked if I wanted to shoot his gun. Curiosity got the best of me, and I’ve been chasing that first high ever since.

Soon, I started learning everything I could about firearms. I shot more, entered competitions, made videos about guns and consumed myself with firearms. I did this not because guns filled some void or to compensate for any shortcomings, but because the science, mechanics and history were simply fascinating to me.

As my passion grew, I realized that firearms suffer from a very over-generalized and antiquated stigma. Countless people own firearms and use firearms, but they don’t talk about them publicly for fear of being judged crazy or paranoid.

I made it a point to take gun ownership out of the shadows of taboo, with the associated stereotypical caricatures, and show it for what it truly is. Firearms are safely utilized for sport, recreation, collection and self-defense by millions of individuals from very diverse backgrounds.

Fact is, everyone has the right to effectively defend himself or herself. There is nothing evil or violent about a responsible, law-abiding citizen with a firearm.

Recently, I have seen an almost systematic push to vilify anyone and everyone who advocates on behalf of our Second Amendment rights, as if we are somehow actually promoting more violence and murder. This line of thinking is simply absurd. Firearms have been one of the most effective means of self-protection throughout our country’s history.

I intend to continue doing all I can to protect our right to self-defense utilizing guns, while also showing the world how fun, amazing and fascinating firearms can be. I want people to understand that concealed carry is a lifestyle that encompasses so much more than simply carrying a firearm.

I don’t take myself too seriously. I just happen to be a guy talking about these things, and people want to hear about them.

I have many amazing supporters who have been with me from my first YouTube video. And now I have a group of new supporters who defend their rights—and defend me—to the best of their abilities. I owe it to them to continue doing what I do. They have allowed me to be a voice for a very diverse group of people who share my passion for our Second Amendment rights, and I take that responsibility very seriously.

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