Our Guns, Our Rights
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/03/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21357
For the past several decades, this country has been periodically caught up in anti-gun fear and hysteria, some generated deliberately by self-serving political forces and some by presumably well meaning liberals whose knowledge of firearms - and of hunting and sensible individual/family self-defense - usually adds up to Zero.
Gun rights organizations are often vilified by liberals as the "Gun Lobby" or worse - even though most of their funding comes from individual members and appropriate advertisements in their journals. (The NRA, I should add, also maintains significant programs in environmental protection, wildlife conservation, marksmanship - and widely known and utilized gun safety training.)
If the non-partisan NRA, for example, now with at least five million members and likely even more from this current fight, supports more Republicans than Democrats, it's simply because the Democratic Party has become, with increasing rapidity, the party of gun control. That hurt it badly in 1994, again in 2000, in 2012, again badly in 2014. It doesn't seem to learn.
Witness the current shabby attacks by the Democratic establishment, and Hillary Clinton in particular, on Bernie Sanders, a reasonable man, whose position on gun control is deemed "too moderate."