Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I joined the NRA

Can you believe it? I, myself, a 40-something-year-old American mother-of-6, joined the National Rifle Association. Not only did I join, but I paid in advance for an extra year of membership. Why? Because I feel that our rights as citizens of this country are under attack. And the Second Amendment to the Constitution is one of those VERY important rights that needs to be defended. I sent in my money.

Those of you who know me from way back are aware that I have studied Karate, Jujitsu and Judo, along with brief work with ancient types of Japanese weapons. While studying at those dojos, I was invited to trips to the shooting range, and took courses there, most memorably a combat pistol shooting course. It was educational and informative.

I believe strongly in gun safety. I also believe in Americans' right to defend themselves against all enemies, foreign and domestic. And, as a woman who has received death threats in the past from an Ex (a firearms expert), I have personally felt the comfort of having a firearm available for use in my home.

On another occasion, I remember sitting up all night long on the night of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, with a borrowed pistol in my lap. I waited alone in my apartment with my sleeping preschoolers in the other room, not knowing if rioting would come to my door. As it was, the riots did come close to my home. There was looting in the Burbank Costco, a store I frequented regularly. Above is a photo borrowed from a friend. This message was on the outside of someone's house in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina.

For many years I believed the rhetoric of the gun-control proponents who said that banning assault weapons would make us safer. The reality is, that criminals will get the guns they want, including fully automatic weapons. Disarming law-abiding citizens only encourages the lawless. Many guns called "assault" weapons are simply semi-automatic rifles, which squeeze off one shot at a time.

The NRA has this to say about banning assault weapons: "In America, the burden of proof is not upon those who wish to exercise rights, it is upon those who wish to restrict rights, and there is no evidence that an “assault weapon” ban reduces crime. An irrational bias against guns, mixed with an assumed sense of intellectual, social or cultural superiority to gun owners, may seem to gun control supporters like sufficient grounds to ban firearms, but such notions are insufficient in a democracy."


Bungalow Bill said...

You might consider joining the Gun Owners of America too.

LL said...

Disarming the public means disarming the law abiding public.

Amanda said...

"I want a blog that can be read by my family members someday. They don't all know about it right now, but if something were to ever happen to me, I would hope that they would find it and find comfort in being able to read more about me."

Moms On The Go said...

Wow, you go girl! It must be a nice feeling to know you can always protect yourself.

Opus #6 said...

Bill, I'll look into that.

LL, right!

Moms on the go, yes, it does help one to feel calm.

Amanda, you are an expert on my blog content. I am honored. That was written a long time ago. My blog has been "outed" by me, and every member of my family over the age of 14 has full access to my blog, and they comment here sometimes. The context of what I wrote was actually referring to women who bad-mouth their husbands on their blog. I disapprove of gals who stoop to calling their husbands "lame-o-cheap-skate" or other mean terms behind their back.

TJSharky said...

It's amazing how bad of a reputation the NRA has, considering some of their principle beliefs are responsible gun ownership and gun safety. Yes, you can argue that the Second Amendment is archaic, but until it's changed, we still have that right. Feel proud that you are doing what you feel you must to keep your family safe.

Wendie said...

I used to believe in gun control until I realized that criminals will always have guns, regardless of any bans on gun ownership. You are so right when you say law-abiding citizens are the ones who will suffer.

Belinda said...

I am definitely going to have to look into that! With the way this administration is going it won't be long before they try to completely re-do the entire constitution... including the bill of rights. Unaccepable! Might as well stock up on your gun supply too!

BTW, thanks for your comment. :) Me too!

Melodie said...

I am following your blog through MBC's Follow Me. Due to the content you post I likely would not have followed you otherwise because I share completely opposite opinions from you. However, you left a comment on my blog today, which I very much appreciated, and so I followed the link to your blog and was therefore reminded of it. However, the fact that we have LLL in common brightened me and your titles are very compelling, and so I read a few posts. What I can say, is that although I continue to hold different beliefs than you when it comes to politics and guns (and I am Canadian so it doesn't really matter since we won't be competing at the polls) I appreciate reading your different point of view. When a person is left or right or opposed or for this or that, they generally follow the articles that support their beliefs. While this is all well and good, I think it is just important to take the time to read information from the other side of the coin, if only to further support our own beliefs, but sometimes, once in awhile to learn something new and see in a new light why someone might just believe things differently.
So I appreciate following you a little better today, because when I want to read something from someone else's point of view, I know where to go. And meeting in the middle should be what it's all about.
Breastfeeding Moms Unite!

RightKlik said...

New member here too...Just got my card in the mail.