Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

Outrage of the Week: Up in Arms Against Safety?

Friday, August 10, 2012

This week's outrage comes to us from our nation's capital, where D.C.'s decidedly anti-gun mayor is apoplectic over a billboard ad placed last month by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. 

So what was it about the billboard ad that so raised the ire of D.C.'s mayor, Vincent Gray?  Well, the billboard says "Hey D.C. -- It's time for your first shot," and features a picture of a woman holding a paper target.  The billboard, which is simply an advertisement for NSSF's "First Shots" gun safety and training seminars, so incensed Mayor Gray that he called the sign "offensive" and "irresponsible."

A Washington Times
editorial this week reported that Mayor Gray complained, "To promote the use of guns in the city I think really is just anti-safety."

Anti-safety?  According to the NSSF website,
the First Shots program provides:

  • An educational introduction to the safe and recreational use of firearms
  • A clear understanding of the local requirements for owning and purchasing a firearm
  • Individual and group training
  • A rundown of shooting sports opportunities for all levels of interest, and
  • A chance to give shooting a try!

Nothing about that description sounds "anti-safety."  If anything, it sounds just the opposite. In fact, the NSSF program offers many of the same features as the NRA's extensive education and training programs.

Conversely, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson--a Democrat who has recently authored reforms to the city's gun laws--has a different take on the billboard.  The Times editorial quotes Mr. Mendelson as saying, "I see nothing wrong with promoting gun safety.  If this is a program which helps people use a firearm responsibly then that's a good thing."

The editorial goes on to note that the three-hour seminars will cover local firearms laws and safe handling and shooting fundamentals, and that the classes will be taught at shooting ranges in Maryland and Virginia.

In his anti-gun zeal, Mayor Gray demonstrated a very inaccurate assessment of a gun safety and training program that would actually benefit law-abiding gun owners in Washington, D.C.  Shame on you, Mayor Gray.  Your narrow-minded rush to judgment is outrageous.

TRENDING NOW
Governor Bevin Signs NRA-backed Constitutional Carry

News  

Monday, March 11, 2019

Governor Bevin Signs NRA-backed Constitutional Carry

The NRA applauds Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin for signing Senate Bill 150 into law, an NRA-backed bill that fully recognizes the constitutional right of law-abiding gun owners to carry a concealed firearm.

Activist Court Turns the Law Designed to Protect the Firearm Industry from Frivolous Lawsuits on its Head

News  

Friday, March 15, 2019

Activist Court Turns the Law Designed to Protect the Firearm Industry from Frivolous Lawsuits on its Head

On Thursday, the Connecticut Supreme Court created a dangerous new exception to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), a strong safeguard for our right to keep and bear arms.  

Nevada: Omnibus Anti-Gun Bill Introduced, Legislator Bill Introduction Deadline Extended

Monday, March 18, 2019

Nevada: Omnibus Anti-Gun Bill Introduced, Legislator Bill Introduction Deadline Extended

Today, Assembly Bill 291 was introduced by Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui (D-41).  This omnibus anti-gun legislation is a threat to both gun owners residing in Nevada and those who are visiting. 

Yesterday’s Scandal, Today’s Mandate: Anti-gunner Embraces Operation Choke Point as Official Policy

News  

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Yesterday’s Scandal, Today’s Mandate: Anti-gunner Embraces Operation Choke Point as Official Policy

On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) unabashedly embraced the tactics behind one of the most shameful policies of the Obama era, openly using the guise of her federal authority to berate and not so ...

Canada’s Senate Holds Hearings on “Rube Goldberg” Gun Control Law, Bill C-71

News  

Friday, March 15, 2019

Canada’s Senate Holds Hearings on “Rube Goldberg” Gun Control Law, Bill C-71

Last month, the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence (SECD) concluded two days of hearings on Bill C-71, the Liberal government’s gun control bill. (An additional hearing date has been set for March 18, ...

Levi’s Teams with Billionaire Michael Bloomberg to Attack Gun Rights

News  

Friday, September 7, 2018

Levi’s Teams with Billionaire Michael Bloomberg to Attack Gun Rights

Levi Strauss & Co. established its brand in the mid-19th century by selling durable clothing to working-class Americans. As Levi’s signature jeans gained popularity amongst a wider set in the middle of the last century, ...

Monday, March 18, 2019

Alert! Look Out ALABAMA! Here comes D.J. Parten's Bait & Switch

It looks like D.J. Parten is making a move on Alabama.  We’ve heard that he’s trying to establish himself in another state – Alabama.  So, if you know people in Alabama, forward this email to ...

Colorado: Senate Committee Rapidly Passes “Red Flag” Bill to the Senate Floor With Little Notice

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Colorado: Senate Committee Rapidly Passes “Red Flag” Bill to the Senate Floor With Little Notice

With less than 12 hours-notice to the public, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed gun control legislation, House Bill 1177, this morning.

Gun Controllers Want Credit Card Companies to Monitor and Restrict Lawful Purchases

News  

Friday, February 22, 2019

Gun Controllers Want Credit Card Companies to Monitor and Restrict Lawful Purchases

Gun controllers have become increasingly frustrated that their federal agenda has been repeatedly rejected by Americans through their elected representatives, leading them to seek to circumvent the legislative process and restrict gun rights by way ...

Washington: Gun Ban Bills Fail Crossover Deadline

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Washington: Gun Ban Bills Fail Crossover Deadline

Today, March 13th at 5:00PM, was the cutoff deadline for all bills to be voted out of the chamber in which they originated.

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.