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Your friend might also be interested to learn about NRA's Marksmanship Qualification Program
(mqp.nra.org). The program covers
23 shooting disciplines. The courses
of fire for this self-paced program
are structured to provide appropriate challenges for participants at all
levels of proficiency. As participants
achieve successive levels of proficiency, they earn certificates and
badges. The program website offers
downloadable templates for qualifiantigun groups have sufficient polit- Kind guidance is key to interactcation certificates, so if your friend
ing with new gun owners. They
ical power, such as New York or
achieves the " Pro-Marksman " level
need help, and lots of it, not overly
Massachusetts, they did shut down
judgemental declarations.
after a few trips to the range, you can gun stores. So people who needed
have a certificate ready. It's a nice
a firearm in an emergency were left
psychological boost for the new gun
defenseless. At every level of governowner to achieve a recognized level
ment-from the White House to city to take your AR-15, your AK-47. " O'Roof proficiency.
councils-the NRA fought to keep
urke later elaborated that the confisAs you help your friend learn
stores open and to re-open the ones
cation would be enforced by police
about firearms responsibility, you
that had been closed.
" visits " to people's homes. When
can also talk about civil rights.
Already the anti-gun groups are
O'Rourke endorsed Biden at a March
Again, listen more than you talk and making bogus claims about the
2, 2020, campaign rally, Biden pointed
don't be a know-it-all. 
dangers of " excess " guns-namely,
to O'Rourke and announced, " I want
As a member of this civil-rights
the guns purchased by your friend
to make something clear: I'm going
organization-and as a subscriber
and millions of other Americans this
to guarantee this is not the last you've
to a magazine that is all about civil
year. Your friend probably does not
seen of this guy-you're going to take
liberties-you know much more
consider his one firearm to be " excess. " care of the gun problem with me. "
about Second Amendment issues
By buying a gun, your friend
Your friend may not be ready to
than the average person. 
implicitly made certain judgments:
announce that he or she will follow
As with any political discussion,
Firearms can be life-saving defenCharlton Heston's famous words, to
the best approach is to show them
sive tools; ordinary Americans are
" Vote Freedom First. " But they are
the facts and let them draw their
capable of owning firearms responsi- probably ready to begin the process
own conclusions. Focus on areas of
bly; and, in an emergency, one cannot of considering how to integrate this
agreement to build common ground. always count on the police arriving
right into their voting decisions.
Also, this isn't the time to critiin time. You and your friend already
If your friend is ready to join
cize your friend's past votes for antiagree on these basic facts, so use that the NRA, a one-year membership,
gun politicians. Nor is it your duty
foundation for further discussion.
purchasable at membership.nra.org,
to defend pro-gun officials from
In terms of politics, the objective of costs less than a box of ammunition.
every possible criticism. Rather, as
your afternoons helping your friend
And if there were no NRA, your friend
appropriate in the discussion, let
isn't for them to say at the end: " I will
would not have Second Amendment
your friend know some key facts. Let
vote for freedom. " But when the siturights as we know them now.
them know about how gun-control
ation is appropriate, you can inform
Go to mqp.nra.org to learn more about
groups tried to use the pandemic as
them about Biden's stated desire to
a pretext to shut down all gun stores.
ban guns, bankrupt gun manufacNRA's Marksmanship Qualification Program.
According to the anti-gun groups,
turers and so much more. Biden was
acquiring a firearm to defend one's
endorsed by the gun-control groups
home and family is not " essential. " So that wanted to stop your friend from
said the Bloomberg-funded Everybuying a gun. Speaking in South
town group, the Giffords group, the
Carolina on Feb. 25, 2020, Biden
Brady group and the Coalition to
warned firearms manufacturers:
Stop Gun Violence. Almost certainly, " I'm coming for you, and I'm taking
your friend has shown that he or she
you down. "  
thinks the opposite. 
Meanwhile, Beto O'Rourke didn't
You might point out to your
do very well after he promised on
friend that in places where the
Sept. 12, 2019: " Hell, yes, we're going
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