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June 4, 2013

NRA succeeds because it defends freedom

By Chuck Pinkey
The Daily Star

---- — Ryan Charles Pinkey was born Sunday, June 2, 2013, at 1:19 a.m., weighing in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces. A great job was done by Stacey, Adam, the doctors, nurses, midwives and staff of Bassett. He arrived kicking and screaming just like his father did 34 years ago.

When things settled down and Grandpa, yours truly, got to take a look, Ryan opened his eyes. He didn’t say much, but I knew what he was thinking! He looked at me and thought, “We’re going to be buddies. Let’s go for ice cream, Grandpa, and by the way, there’s a new sheriff in town.”

The National Rifle Association is a great organization with a rich history, and through its efforts in gun education and safety has saved more lives and prevented more tragedies than all the gun laws, posturing politicians, and gun control advocates combined.

Some perpetual naysayers maintain that the NRA is out of touch with its membership. Of course it is, and that’s why its membership stands at five million and growing. Yes sir, we keep joining and renewing because they’re out of touch with us.

We hear “five million members out of 80 million gun owners. Why doesn’t the NRA have more members?” Just give us time and we will. It wasn’t too long ago that our membership stood at two million.

Besides, there are 317 million freedom-loving Americans in the USA, yet the ACLU has but half a million members. Also, in America there are 40 million people of color, but the NAACP has only half a million members.

Look at NOW (ugh!), the National Organization for Women. It claims half a million members, too, out of 170 million women. I’d say, at five million and growing, our NRA is doing pretty well, comparatively.

We love the NRA because it never backs down, and it never compromises. Who better to plead our case in the contaminated septic that our nation’s capital has become? Ask yourself, if your son knew he was right, would you want him to back down, or would you want your daughter to compromise her chastity, or your wife, her fidelity? Of course you wouldn’t.

The main thing is that we and our NRA are on the right side of the Second Amendment issue. It is not just about blued steel and fine grain walnut, it is about freedom, and that freedom is given by God, not government. A good government protects that freedom. Consider, for a moment, does our government do that? Not hardly. 

If it did, we wouldn’t need the NRA. Look how congressmen and senators squirm like a hemorrhoid sufferer sitting on a cactus when they have to vote against the NRA. Ever wonder why that is? 

That’s because we’re talking true grassroots and a passion that has yet to crest. Many times I have said that we will die protecting our firearms ownership. Are those who would take that ownership away prepared to die trying? I know they are not, because they lack our resolve, and that is why we will win this struggle. 

It’s not about the money that opponents claim the NRA has. The NRA is well-funded, but financially small potatoes. You see, the gun industry is not huge. Sure, it donates to the NRA, but hardly enough to buy more than two or three senators. 

The NRA’s strength comes from its members, the five million-plus, and their families and friends who pony up and volunteer every time they feel the jewel of their firearms freedom is threatened.

Also, we are told time and time again that Americans want this gun bill or that gun act. If this is true, why does our president have to twist arms, bribe Congress, call in favors, and threaten senators to get their vote? All to no avail?

Our side merely has to remind them that they will have to face the voters on Election Day, and we will make sure their constituents remember how they voted. We will also donate, as is our right, to the candidate that supports the Second Amendment.

Just the other day on The Daily Star’s opinion page, a writer summarized quite nicely how guns have been demonized by those with the “gun control mentality.” He likened guns to fire and how an argument can be made that fire hurts and kills, and if one is only exposed to the negative side of fire, as we are constantly exposed to guns’ negative side, one would be completely unaware of fire’s tremendous benefits.

As he further states, “Doing exactly this with firearms seems to be gun control’s main strategy in making people averse to the idea of an average citizen possessing guns. There’s no better way to manipulate and subdue a populace than through fear.”

CHUCK PINKEY is a retired area businessman. He can be reached at The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board, but the author thinks they ought to.