Notable national pro-gun group you should support
Many people think about joining pro-gun organizations all the time but never take that final leap and actually do so. Some of these people are on a tight budget which is understandable given the economic situation we are currently facing but many make a conscious choice not to support these organizations for another reason; because they don’t want to be on some ‘government list.’
Ask yourself these questions:
Do you have a conceal carry permit?
What about a hunting license?
Have you ever purchased a gun from a Federal Firearms Licensed Dealer (FFL) and filled out an ATF-4473 form?
Do you have a Facebook account and have you ever liked or shared a post about the Second Amendment?
If you answered yes to any or all of these questions there is a very good chance that you are on some type of government list.
This revelation shouldn’t startle you in the wake of post-Snowden but if it does, don’t freak out and delete your Facebook account, not renew your concealed carry permit or stop hunting, thinking it will somehow magically retract your name. The government may be a bungling bureaucracy but it rarely throws out such ‘valuable information’ unless they are incriminating internal e-mails *cough IRS*.
The best way to protect your Second Amendment rights is to join a pro-gun organization that is pro-actively doing something to secure those rights.
Let’s take a look at a few popular pro-gun groups that are working to ensure the Second Amendment for future generations.
Almost everyone has heard of the National Rifle Association (NRA) because it is a favorite target for liberal politicians to demonize but it has also been around for a long time.
The NRA was founded in 1871 by two union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate. After serving in the Civil War and witnessing atrocious marksmanship by their troops these soldiers decided to create the NRA in order to "promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis." Today there are over 50,000 NRA-certified instructors that teach upwards of 750,000 firearm owners every year. The original intent of the NRA was to promote marksmanship but it soon evolved into much more. In 1903 under NRA Secretary Albert S. Jones they began promoting and encouraging shooting sports for America’s youth and they continue to do so to this day. Without replenishing shooters by reaching out to the younger generation the shooting sports would soon become a lost art.
Another tremendous step the NRA took was in 1975 when they formed the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA). The NRA-ILA is a watchdog for gun rights; they are the “lobbying arm” and are involved in all aspects of the “legislative, political and legal arena.”
Currently you can find updates about pending gun control legislation and lawsuits on the NRA-ILA’s website. The NRA also publishes periodicals including: American Rifleman, Shooting Illustrated, American Hunter and America’s 1st Freedom. They have recently branched out into online media with NRA Freestyle and shows like NOIR which every gun enthusiast should checkout.
According to their website “Gun Owners of America (GOA) is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue.” The most public figure of GOA is Executive Director Larry Pratt who has battled the likes of Piers Morgan and been on numerous other television shows to defend the Second Amendment. Gun Owners of America currently has around 300,000 members nationwide with offices in Washington and California.
Another notable national pro-gun group is the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF). The SAF was founded in 1974 and their mission statement is “The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is dedicated to promoting a better understanding about our Constitutional heritage to privately own and possess firearms. To that end, we carry on many educational and legal action programs designed to better inform the public about the gun control debate.” The SAF has been involved in multiple lawsuits to uphold the Second Amendment including the notable McDonald v. Chicago case and they currently boast a membership of over 650,000.
Do not be cowed into silence for some irrational fear of being on some ‘scary government list’ because the truth is you are probably already on one.
About The Author
Travis Box is currently a college student studying American history with a concentration on the Constitution, Revolutionary War, politics and legislation. As an active hunter for 5 years and a recreational marksman for over a decade, his writing brings with it years of real world experience from both the field and the range.