The National Rifle Association, or the NRA for short, is an extreme organization that has far too much influence over elected officials in this country.
I do consider myself a supporter of the legal right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms for the purposes of self-defense, hunting deer, rabbits, and other game, and shooting sport. I even support “shall-issue” concealed carry laws and oppose assault weapons bans, for example.
However, the NRA, the largest, most powerful gun rights organization in this country, is simply too extreme, opposing even the simplest, most common-sense forms of gun control. Several months ago, Republican pollster Frank Luntz found that an overwhelming majority of NRA-member gun owners support five common-sense gun control measures:
- requiring background checks on gun owners and gun shop employees
- prohibiting individuals who are on terrorist watch lists from legally obtaining firearms
- mandating that gun owners notify police when their gun has been stolen
- requiring that those wishing to obtain a concealed carry permit be at least 21 years of age and have completed a safety training course
- prohibiting individuals who have committed violent misdemeanors and/or have been arrested for domestic violence from obtaining a concealed carry permit
For the record, I fully support all of the above gun control measures except for the fourth one, and even then, I support a safety training course requirement in order for one to obtain a concealed carry permit, however, instead of an minimum age requirement, I support a requirement that anyone wishing to obtain a concealed carry permit have either a high school diploma or GED.
The NRA also has far too much influence over elected officials in this country. The NRA recently goaded Darrell Issa, a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California, into orchestrating a witchhunt against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and the NRA even convinced 21 Democrats, 19 of which received campaign contributions from the NRA, to support Issa’s witchhunt against Holder!
I do not own a gun, nor do I ever intend to own a gun, but I support the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. However, at the same time, I realize that the NRA is too extreme and too powerful, and I’m not afraid to call them out on that!