Fannie73, we actually do have a patriotic duty to own firearms because of the 2nd amendment gives us the right to protect ourselves from tyrants. Draconian gun laws only keep law abiding citizens from procuring protection for them.
BTW, I still hear crickets from you and ASmith on the Debt Ceiling blog when you said this;
Funkie apparently doesn't know what is meant by "self parody," though he seems to like engaging in it.
My response has been posted over 1 day and 4 hours and counting; what say U?
I think the Second Amendment - which by the way wasn't written by the NRA - is what actually suggests that "individuals have a patriotic duty to own a firearm." Also, there were a few NON- NRA members named Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Adams, Hamilton, et. al. - not to mention a fellow named Abraham Lincoln - who felt the same way. Given a choice, I'll take their advice over the opinion of somebody named Madonna Gauding.
Having said that, I do think the NRA is on the wrong side of the issue on assault weapons, high capacity magazines, and universal background checks. Their PR generally overplays it as well. The really don't need to do or say anything. They should just shut up. Their best friend in all of this has been President Obama. Just look at how gun sales and public demonstrations have gone through the roof.
The biggest boon for gun sales - which serves the ends of the NRA - has been the Obama administration.
The Bottom Line: The recent explosion in gun sales and NRA membership applications points to one undeniable fact - the newest, bestest buddy of the gun manufacturers and the NRA is none other than Barack Obama.
Amen Seb...the current administration has raised gun sales by 700%!!! With that said, I am member of the NRA, I will be the first to admit that 95% of the current message is propaganda at best. However, the message of lawful firearm ownership rings true. If this right is lost it will be an uphill fight to re-establish a reasonable status quo. The other side of the argument has some questionable endstates as well. I can only hope that a objective approach produces actionable items that really do address the problem at hand.