Every time there is a shooting the liberal left blames the National Rifle Association (NRA). The funny thing is that the Association cannot even carry a gun. It has no arms or legs; it is just an organization of likeminded people dedicated to protecting our constitutional right to bear arms.

The crazy people doing the shootings are not the NRA they are criminals who use a weapon to hurt other people. It could be an ax, a knife or a baseball bat they just want to hurt people. About 16 million people now have a right to carry a concealed weapon for self-protection since the cops are not around when many crimes happen and if they were, the bad guy would wait until they left.

Some people think a person should not have the right to protect themselves. Many times these are people who already have personal protection by armed bodyguards but most of us cannot afford that luxury. Like a women walking down the street and someone pulls up and tries to harm her, doesn’t she have the right to protect herself?  What about the older couple living in a neighborhood that now has changed its character?

In some cities and remote locations the police are not there at all. Don’t these people deserve protection? But the cry goes on take away guns and we will be safer, does anyone believe that that does not have bodyguards? Throughout our world there are many tools that if used wrongly can hurt or even kill us like cars, trucks and knives.

For myself and family, I would prefer to have the tools to defend our home. The police cannot possible be on site for most crime prevention, they just take reports and try to catch the bad people afterward. The tool you choose to defend yourself depends on many things such as income and skills but the choice should be mine not the government and according to the Constitution it is my right.

The NRA tries to protect my right to protect myself, what is wrong with that? They are just insisting that the government follow the constitution to protect our rights under that document. Some say times have changed and that we do not need guns as we have police and a standing army. But that is a problem, when government was under the English rule it became too demanding and the people resisted. Today the people still have the right to resist government oppression.

A good example is the Bundy case where the Bureau of Land Management wanted more money for cattle grazing on empty land. The people involved resisted and they had the means to do so. Right or wrong, people still have the ability to resist government overreach, which is also one of the reasons for the “right to bear arms”. The founding fathers had seen what too much government can do and how the British tried to take away the guns so the people would have no way to resist.

Under the Constitution the citizens are the militia and could resist the central government if it too became too powerful and hungry. We are free people and there are limits to the government’s power although some think the government has all the answers and should be able to run our entire lives.

There are still some who do not believe and want to be free people. Take the guns away and the government is in total power.” Vote new people into office” is the reply. We did that and look what the ruling class is trying to do to our President. For all his faults, the people voted him in and those that resist are the people who think they are smarter than the rest of us, if only they could get total control and there is a way, take away the people’s guns and then they have no power to resist.