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Gun Owners to Know
Shooting Straight with
Rep. Debbie Lesko
By Frank Miniter, Editor in Chief
W
hen a voice rises above the political fray with something real,
honest and fundamental about America right now, people
stop to listen. Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) offers such a voice
on the Second Amendment today. She uses an American
common-sense approach to point out the flawed thinking of those who
argue that infringing on the rights of law-abiding gun owners will somehow
talk criminals out of breaking the law.
And it isn't easy for a member of the U.S. Congress to bust through the din
in the lower chamber; after all, there are 435 members of the U.S. House of
Representatives. Okay, this isn't anything compared to the English Parliament's
650 members, or the French National Assembly's 577 deputies. But
it is numerous enough that few members are recognizable outside of their
districts-and, in fact, many can walk down a main street within their own
districts without being recognized.
Of course, this is part of the brilliance
of the Framers' design. The
size of the House of Representatives
keeps its members' politics mostly
local, as few are able to gain the
name recognition to become nationally
known.
This also means that, now and
then, members of Congress-if they
are representing their constituents
and not just selling out to Washington,
D.C., power and money-must
stand up against the dominance of
the federal government.
One thing that makes Rep. Lesko's
stance on the Second Amendment
so intriguing is that she began
to understand this freedom later
in life. She says she actually had to
overcome an irrational fear of guns
to appreciate what this freedom is
all about. This makes her an important
spokesperson for the Second
Amendment at this moment in time,
as her perspective helps her connect
with the millions of new gun owners
who have also recently discovered
the importance of this right.
So we thought we'd ask Rep.
Lesko to explain her view and tell us
Photos: Bill Clark (l.), Michael Brochstein (top) / AP
how we can better reach and communicate
with America's millions
of new gun owners, many of whom
are women.
A1F: As the Biden administration
pushes its gun-control policies, what
is it like to be a defender of the U.S.
Bill of Rights within this Congress?
Rep. Lesko: The Democrats are
very radical right now, which is
totally opposite of what President
Joe Biden (D) said he was going to
do. Speaker of the House Nancy
Pelosi (D-Calif.) controls the agenda
in Congress and, with her approval,
Judiciary Committee Chairman
Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) is pushing
all kinds of gun-control bills. They
don't trust individual Americans
with their freedom; instead, they
want to use the federal government
to control people by diminishing
our freedom. This is why, in 2022,
we need to make sure we support
candidates who support the Second
Amendment, so all of these radical
gun-control bills will be stopped in
their tracks.
To do so, it's critical to learn
where candidates stand on key
issues that are important to you.
Here in Congress, it is all about the
math. If more politicians who want
to pass gun-control laws are elected,
then there are going to be more
infringements on this basic right
passed. It's that simple.
I do try to work with my Democrat
colleagues on issues we can
agree on; unfortunately, many of my
colleagues across the aisle simply
think we have to control guns more,
and I just don't believe that. The
trouble isn't guns, as no gun-control
law is going to stop a criminal from
simply breaking those laws. What
we need to do is target the criminals
who commit violent crimes.
A1F: Did you grow up with guns in
your home? If not, how did you first
learn about this hands-on freedom?
Rep. Lesko: Years ago, I was afraid
of guns, so I can relate to people
who are afraid of guns. I can understand
why some people wrongly
think guns are things that lead to or
even create violence. I was brought
to my senses, I guess you'd say, at a
Republican meeting where there was
a pro-gun-rights advocate debating
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