NRA Explore

Anti-Hunters Want You Labeled as a Domestic Terrorist

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Being an integral part of America's remarkable wildlife restoration success story is, at times, a thankless job, but having some animal "rights" fanatics petition the White House to label us as "domestic terrorists" for our efforts is something new altogether.  These anti-hunting zealots state that NRA and other pro-hunting, pro-conservation organizations are a "menace in our midst" and "want our native predators like bears, wolves, wild cats, and the like decimated to the brink of extinction."  It's likely the petitioners are the same peaceful folks who have recently issued death threats to wolf hunters.

Of course, at the most selfish level, hunters do not want any game species decimated because there wouldn't be any left to hunt.  It seems pretty simple, but evidently not to all.  At the more altruistic level, sportsmen are the heart and soul of America's wildly successful conservation efforts over the last century.  We pay for these efforts through our excise taxes on equipment and purchase of hunting licenses, permits and stamps.  Hunting is the most effective means to ensure that certain species don't damage the environment by exceeding the carrying capacity of the land, or pose a threat to public safety.

Because of the efforts of hunters, all of the species cited in the petition as being "decimated" are doing better than they have in many decades.  Wolves have been delisted in the Rocky Mountains and Great Lakes regions.  In the former, populations continue to increase with regulated hunting and the same will be true in the latter region after this year's hunting and trapping seasons in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Bears are wreaking havoc in urban neighborhoods throughout America and new seasons are being established in states like Kentucky, Oklahoma, New Jersey and Nevada.  Cougars are expanding their range faster than scientists can intellectually accept.  They regularly dismiss sightings in certain regions of the country, only to have them confirmed when vehicles kill the toothy felines or trail cameras take pictures of them.

The NRA has always actively supported science-based wildlife management using regulated hunting.  Loony threats from radical anti-hunting organizations will not change this.  The fact of the matter is that America's sportsmen are most responsible for the restoration of countless species, including predators.  For this, they should be celebrated, not villainized.  It will be interesting to see if the petition is amended to include every state and federal wildlife agency in the country since they, like NRA, promote the management of predator populations through regulated hunting and trapping.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Federal Court Finds Due Process Violation in NY County's Confiscated Gun Policy

This week, a federal court ruled that the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department could not rely on its "retention ...


Friday, August 28, 2015

Call Guinness, New Record in Gun Control Stupidity

Despite the best efforts of the Brady Campaign and Michael Bloomberg's Everytown, a small group in suburban Chicago ...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

California: Los Angeles Will be Sued to Invalidate Newly Passed Ordinance Banning So-Called “Large-Capacity Magazines”

The NRA is supporting a lawsuit challenging the ordinance.  After a two year delay, the Los Angeles City ...


Friday, August 21, 2015

A Decade Later, Remember New Orleans … Gun Confiscation Can (and Has) Happened in America

August 29th marks the 10-year anniversary of when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, La. The memory of the ...


Friday, August 28, 2015

White House, Media Mislead on Crime Trends, Ignore Evidence that Could Save More Lives

Tragedy strikes – and the White House immediately shifts into exploitation mode, trying to use raw emotion to ...


Friday, August 28, 2015

Research Findings a Blow to Anti-gun Academics

For decades, anti-gun academics have attacked firearms and firearm owners by conducting “research” that purportedly offers insight into ...


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Weird Science

As gun owners see all too often, a favored tactic of the gun control crowd is to provide ...


Friday, August 28, 2015

Walmart Discontinues Selling America’s Most Popular Rifle

Americans acquiring the most popular rifle in the country will now be doing so only from traditional firearm ...


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Texas: Will You Vote to Protect Your Right to Hunt and Fish in November?

All too often people take for granted basic freedoms until it is too late.  The right to hunt ...

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered ...


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.