Those of you who know me know that no sane person would ever say I’m anti-gun. The fact that I’m an NRA Life-Member, Instructor and RSO (I have since resigned from the NRA due to their political pandering towards people like Romny and Trump, both anti-gun goons) goes further to support the theory that I’m very pro-gun ownership and pro-2nd Amendment. What I am against, are half-truths, lies, panicky-ness, and zealotry. As such I do have some issues with the current leadership of the NRA.
This is one of them. I’ve just casually gone through three of their monthly magazines. In those magazines there are at least (and I have to confess to not be UBER thorough) fifteen articles about gun RIGHTS. Articles about how the gubment is trying to tramp on your right to own, carry, shoot, buy, etc. whatever firearm you want. Invariably, these turn into rants against Obama, or Biden, or Feinstein, their favorite targets. In those same three magazines, I saw ONE article about gun owner RESPONSIBILITY. An article about safes, which, if you’ve been paying attention, you know is something that I personally harp on. If you are a gun owner, then you should also be a gun safe owner is very much a mantra of mine.
The tone, which this current crop of NRA “leaders” have cultivated to create fear and division, is one of “I want, I want, I want” when in fact, we should take a primary position of “I MUST.”
Instead of “I WANT MY GUNS,” the attitude should be “I MUST be responsible with my guns.” The constant hew and cry against the Obama administration, while endorsing a gun-grabber like Romney for President, simply makes the organization look like a bunch of partisan boobs.
I’m struck by article about some idiot who went out and followed V. Pres. Biden’s advice on how to chase attackers off from the house. That is, take your double barrel shotgun outside and shoot it into the air. Now, anyone with a lick of sense knows that this is not only stupid and dangerous, but in many cases, simply illegal. I’m not even going to get into how many laws here in Texas this would violate, reckless endangerment, illegal discharge, disorderly conduct, and those are only the things that are at the top of my head. Well, our particular idiot did just that and sure enough was arrested. He now claims that he was just doing what the VP said to do. The NRA article is trying to make it out that this is somehow Biden’s fault. I do not agree. Biden said something ignorant, yes. But he’s not the person who shot the gun! As a gun owner, this person had a HIGHER duty to know the laws, to know what he is allowed and not allowed to do in defense of his property. It wasn’t Biden’s duty to teach him that – thought I DO wish the VP would shut the hell up about things he clearly has no knowledge of. That said, ANYONE who listens to the “advice” of a politician on the pulpit, falls squarely into the category of moron. Morons should NOT own guns. The NRA seems to think the man has a valid defense, but I’m of the opinion that gun owners have a higher responsibility than to listen to kneejerk advice – especially from a career politician who is know to suffer from foot-in-mouth disease. I hope this particular idiot is convicted and disallowed to own firearms. He’s making it harder for those of us who actually have a brain and giving ammunition to the Feinsteins and Brady Campaigns types out there.
I’m still wondering if there might be room out there for a new gun owner organization. One that pushes for the “Well Regulated Militia” as well as The Right to Bear Arms not being infringed? Sure would be nice to see a balanced approach for once, and not one based on politics, dogma and fear.