I read the opinion page(s) nearly every day. Oft times I wonder if some authors were actually brought up in the same country as I was, our personal opinions being so diametrically opposed. I wonder how this could ever happen? I honestly have no idea.
I took an oath to obey, protect and serve the Constitution of the United States of America, not the parts I like or agree with, but the whole thing. How can many feel that certain civil rights given all of us in that document are of no matter, and feel they can be trampled upon? I am referring to the Second Amendment. Many out there, most if not all of which have no idea what they are talking about, are willing to trample on the civil rights given us in the Second Amendment to the Constitution. If there were venomous attacks upon the rest of the civil rights guaranteed by the Constitution that the Second Amendment has suffered, there would demonstrations in the streets! I only wish that other proponents of people’s civil rights would have the fortitude to speak up as they are so famous for when other civil rights are attacked.
The National Rifle Association is considered by many to be the largest civil rights organization in this country, with over 4 million members it defends the Constitution, particularly the Second Amendment. In that regard, the NRA is as important to this nation as the NAACP, NOW, etc., among other civil rights organizations. Like those organizations protect the civil rights of voters, the NRA is there to protect the civil rights of all law abiding gun owners.
Like those other organizations, the NRA has been ferocious in its defense of the Second Amendment, as well it should be. Would you want someone to protect your right to free speech with any less ferocity? Or, would you demand a defense equal to or greater than the opposition?
The NRA has been accused by one opinion writer in this paper as having “blatantly lied, manipulated, and falsely represented” the last gun control measures that were brought in front of the U.S. Senate for a vote. Doesn’t sound any different than the way the (not so) Affordable Health Act was represented by its proponents: “You have to pass the bill before you can read what’s in it.” In my most humble opinion, that was a far more egregious abuse of legislative power than anything the NRA has ever done.
The NRA has voiced its opinions and has put its money where its mouth is in the defense of the Second Amendment. In the McDonald v Chicago case, in a loss by the city of Chicago, the NRA spent over $1.5 million in legal fees. It also funded the majority of the legal fees in the Supreme Court case of Heller v The District of Columbia, where the court found that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right and agreed with a previous case (The US v Miller), where it was found that guns that are in common use fall under the protection of the Second Amendment.
Those cases as well as the right to privacy and possible government abuse of the information obtained in background checks were the real reason that the Manchin-Toomey bill failed to garner the necessary votes. This vote, among the other proposals that failed to pass, was done so in a very bipartisan way. Far from the strict party line vote for Obamacare.
If not for the NRA’s indefatigable support, this civil right may have been trampled. No less an egregious act as someone violating a person’s right to vote, or right to free speech.
Next time you attack the Second Amendment, consider it the same as attacking the right to free speech, the right to assemble, to vote, a free press, equal rights, et al. It is the same thing. When you attack one amendment, you may as well be attacking them all. I for one am thankful for all organizations that protect the civil rights we all enjoy, particularly the National Rifle Association.
The writer lives in Little River.