I've avoided saying anything about gun control (or knife control) here in the Beginner's Guide, but I will say this and then let it drop:
If you do not stand up and speak out
to your elected represenatives you have no one to blame but yourself when you lose your rights. There are an estimated 80 million gun owners in the US. There is one reason why we still have our right to keep our firearms. The NRA. You can disagree if you wish, but no other group has put forward the effort and--yes--the cash to fight every scheme that is presented to erode away our rights. Many complain that the NRA just won't compromise, and I say you're darn right. Why compromise? If you look at the "give an inch and they'll take a mile" rule you will see that this is exactly what those who would destroy our rights are doing. Many complain that the NRA is always asking its members for money. Also true. The NRA Institute for Legislative Action, the Political Victory Fund, air time, tv time, educational programs, it all costs money. People forget that the NRA has also fought hard for their hunting rights into the bargain. All the members have to do is drop the letter requesting a donation in the garbage. The way I see it, with just the 3.5 million or so of us that are members now, if we each just gave a dollar
extra a year...
If just a quarter of the gun owners in the US joined the NRA...imagine a membership of 20 million.
But I don't believe it will ever happen, those who don't want to join will let the rest of us fight for them with our energy and yes, our money. After all, the anti's don't want their hunting guns, right?
And if that day comes that the government tells them they have to turn in their duck gun or deer rifle they'll cry "Why didn't the NRA stop them?"
Agree or disagree with me as you wish. This is the last word I will say on the subject, period
. We get too riled up over politics and I do not want to debate. There are other places and other times to debate this issue. I feel that this thread is best left for information for newbies to firearms, and that is where I will be directing my energy. Peace out.