How the NRA should respond
By Paul Moomjean 02/21/2013
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution states that American citizens are allowed the right to bear arms. We all know and understand this. No one disputes this. Even President Barack Obama agrees that everyone should have the right to bear arms. But it is the other clause in the Second Amendment that seems to be ignored. After much debate, the Founding Fathers finally agreed on this terminology: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” A militia? For those who are ignorant as to what this term means, one definition of a militia is that of an irregular army made up of non- profession soldiers that can be called upon if needed to fight in numerous situations. This is where the NRA has failed to explain to us what the Second Amendment was created for, and it needs to reframe the argument to get the American people on its side.
After President Obama’s State of the Union speech, NRA Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre came out strongly against Obama, calling his speech a “charade,” and went on to state: “It was only a few weeks ago when they were marking their anti-gun agenda as a way of protecting school children from harm. That charade ended at the State of the Union, when the president exposed their fraudulent intentions. It’s not about keeping kids safe at school. That wasn’t even mentioned in the president’s speech.”
While I do believe President Obama has used children in a propaganda-esque fashion to get his agenda of eliminating certain types of guns and assault weapons out of the hands of Americans, I do believe he’s doing this with the intention of preventing more violence. LaPierre is adamant in his belief that Obama wants to take all guns away. What the NRA leader refuses to understand is, the American people want solutions to these shooting nightmares, not political rhetoric. Obama is offering just that. I may not agree, but his desire to stop the selling of assault weapons is at least looking like a proactive stance.
LaPierre’s tired lingo isn’t changing. “[The Administration] only [cares] about their decades-long, decades-old gun control agenda,” LaPierre said. “Ban every gun they can. Tax every gun sold. And register every American gun owner. The president has taken the art of public deception and manipulation to a whole new level.”
Once again, the NRA explains what President Obama is doing, but it never offers alternatives. LaPierre has to be more proactive in his attempt to maintain safety as well.
So may I offer a suggestion? Now is the time for the NRA to actually become organized. Now is the time for the NRA to become the leader in this war on school shootings. Now is the time for the NRA to form real groups for real people with real training to form the militias the Founding Fathers wrote about.
No one can convince me that the Second Amendment is just about hunting. Everyone living outside the towns hunted back then. That’s how you ate. And no one will convince me that the Founding Fathers were against everyday citizens having true assault weapons. That’s what muskets were for. Our founding fathers wanted us to be organized and trained for whatever the country needed us to do. The NRA needs to take up the torch of creating and “regulating” the militias the Founding Fathers discussed.
Having average Joe Shmoes stockpile weapons, constitutional or not, looks crazy. While I believe people should have the ability to own guns, having a small museum in your house doesn’t look the most rational. But imagine if the NRA proactively worked with neighborhoods, cities, states and, yes, even the president to help organize Americans into militia groups.
Had there been “a regulated militia” in the neighborhoods near the numerous school shooting sites, there might have been a group nearby to help. A group to help protect, and a group to, if necessary, take down the killer.
If Obama wants to protect and enforce the Constitution, and the NRA wants the Second Amendment to stay fully alive, this might be the only way.