An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Welcome, NRA – and please don’t shoot!
We hope you enjoy your stay here, and nothing ticks you off.
First things first. Welcome to Charlotte, NRA conventioneers. We hope you have a fun visit to the Queen City, and we sincerely hope all 70,000 of you have only happy experiences and nothing upsets you. Especially if you are packing heat. We know not all of you are, but it does give a body pause.
Gosh, what a lukewarm welcome!
While we don’t want to sound churlish in our welcome, we must note that this editorial board and the NRA tend to differ on many gun-related issues. For instance, we don’t believe the Second Amendment grants unlimited freedom of gun-ownership any more than the First Amendment grants free speech rights so absolute they include the right to wrongly shout “fire” in a crowded theater.
Gee, I wonder if “this editorial board” leans a WEE bit to the left? Perhaps they should actually do some studying on the 2nd Amendment, and the NRA.
For instance, after the failed Times Square bombing, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked Congress to support a measure to stop anyone on terrorist watch lists from legally buying guns and explosives. The NRA opposed the ban.
I can well understand why the NRA opposes such a measure. So do I. You see, I might be on that “terrorist watch list”, even though I’m no threat to the people of the U.S.A. At the rate this administration is going, it’s not inconceivable such a thing could happen.
This week, in an incident that shocked many, an 8-year-old Charlotte third-grader took a loaded handgun to school Tuesday and fired it in a room full of students.
Blaming the NRA, any 2nd Amendment supporter groups, or individuals, is absolutely ludicrous. This is exactly the reason there is a need for such organizations. If the 8 year old had been taught gun safety, the proper use of weapons, perhaps this incident wouldn’t have happened. Blame the parents, and the kid. Even 8 year old kids should know the difference between right and wrong. Problem is, editorial boards, such as yours, have blurred those lines.
The National Rifle Association was founded in 1871 by Union Army veterans dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops. Its goal was to “promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis.” But by 1975 things had changed. The political lobbying arm, founded that year, now has a staff of 80. Because of its robust lobbying and politicking, the NRA has become synonymous, in many eyes, with extreme right-wing Republicans.
Another ridiculous statement, propagated by such leftist ‘editorial boards’. I know Democrats, who could in no way be mistaken for “extreme right-wing Republicans”, who are strong advocates for the 2nd Amendment, which protects the right of self defense, granted by GOD! If that self defense includes a need to defend ourselves from a tyrannical government…..
The conference schedule does not belie that impression: Speakers include Sarah Palin, Fox entertainer Glenn Beck and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Anyone who could equate Sarah Palin, who supports RINOS in the upcoming elections, with “right wing” really has investigative issues. And I wouldn’t exactly call Newt on the right either. Beck? Try watching his show once in a while, you might get an education. Entertaining? Yes, actually he is. But I’ve always found those to be the best ‘teachers’.
We think there’s a need for a group devoted to gun-fanciers, but one which sees that Second Amendment freedoms come with responsibility and that reasonable limits, such as denying guns to insane criminals, are OK. And while the NRA does offer gun-safety programs for kids – and offered some in Gaston County this week – we’d prefer a group that puts far more of its muscle into that admirable effort and less into fighting reasonable laws to make it harder for 8-year-olds to shoot up their classrooms. The NRA’s leadership has cast itself, instead, as a highly partisan lobbying group. And that’s a shame.
What’s a ‘shame’ is a newspaper who would equate me with a terrorist. Instead of denigrating the NRA, or any other similar group, why not do a little REAL journalism. The majority of LEGAL gun owners are extremely patriotic, believe in the U.S. Constitution, and are extremely law abiding. I’m sorry there are people who live in Charlotte, or anywhere else, for that matter, who are so uneducated, and fearful, that they can’t see the difference between REAL terrorist, and us.
I guess, other than the hotel, we won’t be spending as much money here in Charlotte as we could, since we are rather UNWELCOME! Way to go Observer! One of these days, you just might need us to protect your sorry, libtard asses!