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Anti-Gunner Repeats Silly "NRA Insurrection" Smear

Friday, May 1, 2015

Anti-Gunner Repeats Silly "NRA Insurrection" Smear

If Josh Horwitz, of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence were a comedian--and we aren't saying he isn't one--it would be high time for someone to tell him to "get some new material." Last week, for the umpteenth time, Horwitz portrayed NRA as the nation's leading advocate of "insurrection."

Even at cursory glance, the tiresome Horwitz allegation should raise the eyebrow of anyone familiar with the gun control debate. After all, the NRA is widely recognized as supporting an armed citizenry--otherwise known as the well-regulated militia--the purposes of which, as the Supreme Court noted in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), include "suppressing insurrections," not encouraging them.

Horwitz knows that, of course. What bothers him is the fact that the NRA and 65 percent of the American people recognize that one of the reasons that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms is to enable the people, if necessary, to perform another militia role noted in Heller--resisting tyranny.

Horwitz and other gun control supporters like him absolutely cringe at the thought of people resisting tyranny. It could hardly be any other way. For one thing, as history has shown, resisting tyranny could require the thing that gun control supporters most despise--guns! And then there's the fact that the American Revolution was sparked by the very thing Horwitz longs for--gun control! On top of that, gun control supporters are starting to realize that tyranny is their only hope of achieving their most radical gun control goals, since public opinion, as demonstrated by recent Pew and Gallup polls, is shifting against them and Americans' gun purchases are soaring.

Since he doesn't seem to have anything else to write about, Horwitz is probably already drafting his next "NRA insurrection" rabble-rouser as we speak. So here are some facts he might want to include.

The NRA was founded by Army officers. Retired military officers and former U.S. president U.S. Grant have served as NRA's presidents. A retired Marine Corps officer served as NRA Secretary from 1994 until earlier this year. And, we're particularly proud to note, NRA members and employees have served their country in the world wars, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, the Global War on Terrorism and other conflicts.

NRA's Law Enforcement Division instructors teach more than 2,000 law enforcement agency and military firearm instructors annually. Law enforcement and military personnel participate in the annual NRA Rifle and Pistol Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio, and in the annual NRA National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Our membership magazines feature articles by distinguished military veterans, such as this Introduction to the AR-15 by retired Army Special Forces Sgt. Major Kyle Lamb. NRA has fought (easy Josh, we mean that metaphorically) on Capitol Hill to protect active duty military personnel with respect to the privacy of their and their families' gun ownership. The NRA supports the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, under which certain active and retired law enforcement officers are able to carry concealed firearms for protection outside their home states. And if Horwitz needs anything else along these lines, he can call the NRA's Research and Information Division, and ask to speak to its former prosecutor, its former federal officer, its former Capitol Hill staffer, or its former Army NCO, all of whom can refer him to numerous other former government, law enforcement and military personnel on staff in the building.

The NRA isn't feared for the armaments owned by its employees and members, considerable though they may be. It's feared for its political, legal, and grassroots clout. That lesson is apparently lost on Mr. Horwitz, to whom we can only say, You can stop right there. We've heard that one before.

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