By Charlie Schmidt
Since we are in midst of domestic gun crimes caused by radical Islamic terrorists and the mentally deranged, I thought now would be a good time to have a frank and open conversation about guns and gun laws. If one were only to follow the mainstream media and the White House, you would think that the National Rifle Association (NRA) singlehandedly was responsible for guns of all shapes and sizes getting into the hands of evil and mentally unstable people. Depending on which news channel or paper you follow, the NRA is depicted as actually having a hand in pulling the trigger in nearly every mass shooting in the last 15 years. According to the media they are personally responsible, we are told time and again, for putting guns into the hands of bad people because they keep making gun ownership legal.
I struggle to believe that the average American has forgotten freshman year civics lessons about our law making process so I wanted to make a clarification for the under-informed or forgetful: The NRA has no law making abilities. Zero. None. If I was counting the number of times that there was a mass shooting followed by a speech by Democratic leadership or the President about how the NRA was to blame, I’d have to take off my shoes and socks because I would run out of trigger pulling fingers.
The left wing rhetoric is so astounding in the lack of detail around the foundation of how our country establishes, passes and enforces laws that one can only wonder what they will say next. Here is a quick review for you: 1) The Legislative Branch (Congress), which is in place due to public elections, passes laws; 2) The Executive Branch (President), who is in place due to public elections, signs laws; 3) The Judicial Branch (Supreme and Federal Courts) evaluates and enforces laws. While the NRA has been around since 1871, at no point in our countries history has the NRA had the ability to vote on a single piece of legislation. The argument is that they lobby the lawmaking politicians and contribute to gun friendly politicians financially, and I wholeheartedly can confirm that accusation as it is public record. According to www.opensecrets.org in the 2012 election cycle, the NRAs spending ranks #74 with almost $22 million dollars spent on political contributions. There is no doubt this is a big number but when compared to the #4 contributor, the National Education Association’s (NEA) $93 million, it puts the accusations nefariously back into perspective.
A little more history for the under-informed, gun laws haven’t drastically changed much because of “We the People.” People elect politicians, politicians make laws and Presidents sign laws – period. If We the People wanted to be disarmed, we would elect politicians that would vote to ban the average Joe, Juan or Johan from owning guns. It is not happening for a reason and it is not because of the NRA. It is because people are tuned into what’s going on in the news, in Chicago, in neighboring towns, and occasionally — in their own living room. This is the one issue where it is not black, white, brown or yellow. The left’s empty, publicized rhetoric that less guns make you safer falls on deaf voter ears time and again. The Democrats know that they can posture when the cameras are on but in real life, political life, their taxpayer funded career is over if they take away their constituents ability to defend themselves and their families. They can get all shined up to appear enraged and talk tough one minute and then turn to their armed security and ask for a safe escort back to their office the next. We The People see the hypocrisy and chuckle at the time, and feel saddened when the next massacre takes place but then hold our loved ones close and make an internal vow to not let it happen to them. The gun registrations, sales, and permit data does not lie.
With the ever growing threat of domestic jihad combined with the absolute atrocious murder statistics of nearly every major city, We the People aren’t blaming the NRA for what is going on with guns, not even a little bit. We the People are thanking the politicians of all political stripes for fighting for our rights to own weapons and defend ourselves, and it is not just a fad, it is now in its 3rd generation. While the media jumps on every mass shooting story like Obama onto a golf cart, they neglect the one that is prevented weekly, daily, and hourly by an armed citizen. It’s not sexy or headline grabbing but it is real and it is necessary. The next time the NRA is called out for a mass shooting because some ideologue has gone off the deep end (in a gun free zone), remember who makes the laws and who continues to uphold the laws.
The 2nd Amendment is there for a reason and was determined to be the second most important one mapped out by some pretty smart folks a while back. Today, the faces of those who are arming themselves are probably more shades of color than the Founding Fathers could have ever imagined but the intent of their words about our second most important right remains the same. The NRA is an organization no different than the NEA, putting money where their beliefs lie, but at the end of the day it is the people voted in by We the People that make the law. It is Congress, not the NRA who brings laws to fruition and who continues to need our support and reaffirmation every election cycle that their votes matter. Each member of Congress by design, is defined and elected by what freedoms they vote to uphold — or take away. We the People are the defense mechanism, par excellence, and they have no choice but to remember that.