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I used to be a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) but I dropped my membership a few years ago because I felt the organization was becoming too radical and I got tired of constantly being harassed for contributions (in addition to my memership dues).
However, I support the NRA’s position now taken to defend our constitutional right to own guns, and I will renew my membership in the organization to show my pledge of support to the Second Amendment.
I still differ with the NRA on some measures: I see no need for high-capacity clips that hold dozens of rounds of ammunition and I see no need for the assault-type rifle to be on the market for every common Joe to own. (These comments do not pertain to law enforcement officers or our military personnel.)
I used to teach hunter safety for the Missouri Department of Conservation. We taught our (mostly young) students to be sure of their target and wait for the shot that would make a clean, quick kill. I’ve killed my share of deer in the past, and I took every one of them with an old bolt-action, military-style .30-06. Most were downed with one shot. True hunters don’t need 100 rounds in the clip to be successful. And if you own guns for the sport of target shooting, you will have time to reload when you need to.
The White House held a meeting last Thursday that was supposed to have focused on keeping our kids safe and dealing with situations like the Newtown shooting. Instead, the Administration used the meeting to promote its own agenda. Below is a statement from NRA President David Keene released following the meeting.
Statement From the National Rifle Association of America Regarding (Thursday’s) White House Task Force Meeting
“The National Rifle Association of America is made up of over 4 million moms and dads, daughters and sons, who are involved in the national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy like Newtown from ever happening again. We attended today’s White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals.
We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment. While claiming that no policy proposals would be ‘prejudged,’ this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners – honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans. It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen. Instead, we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works – and what does not.”
True to my word, I am once again a member of the NRA.