America's First Freedom - August 2021 - 7

They Don't Understand " Us "
Leave it to the talented Stephen Hunter to so beautifully articulate " Why
Th ey Hate Us " (May, p. 24). Th e psychological, fi nancial and historical
aspects of why a signifi cant (and growing) portion of intolerant Americans
see the world as an us-versus-them scenario must be understood. Th e root
of the issue is ignorance, even though " they " think they are so educated. If
these self-righteous and ultra-judgmental folks channeled their hate into
something more positive, such as taking an NRA-approved training course,
perhaps there would be some hope. In the past year, I took a license-to-carry
course, followed by ongoing training with a professional instructor. When
I am at the range, I see men and women of all ages who love our country
and follow the rule of law, learning the skills and responsibilities of fi rearm
ownership. How many of the folks who regularly complain about " us " have
ever made an eff ort to educate themselves about types of fi rearms, background
checks, ammunition, training, self-defense and so on? Not many.
Not enough.
Th ank you, Stephen, for your real-world, down-to-earth and deeply honest
portrayal of the massive divide that sadly exists between us and them.
Russell Thibeault,
Via email
America's capacity to arm our military
for all contingencies. God bless.
Phillip Conner,
Via email
WE ARE NOT THE ONES AT FAULT
I am a 77-year-old NRA member
and strong believer in the Second
Amendment. Having just read Stephen
Hunter's article in the May
issue (p. 24), I was so moved by how
the author described the lawful gun
owner as the criminal in today's society.
Th ose who persistently blame the
ills of society on everyone else, and
on the legal gun owner in particular,
seem to delight in fi nding fault with
everyone but themselves. Selfrighteous
politicians rant and rave
about injustice, yet do nothing to
address crimes committed by criminals.
Th ey choose instead to restrict
the rights of law-abiding citizens.
Mr. Hunter did an outstanding job of
" telling it like it is " in today's world.
Raymond L. Tiff any,
Garner, N.C.
WELL DONE, GARY LOCKE!
Gary Locke's illustration on pages 24
and 25 of the May issue is an absolute
classic. It is one of the funniest
and most spot-on cartoon classics
I have ever seen. Th e article is very
well done, but the artwork draws
attention to it in a superb way! Well
done, Gary!
David Drinan,
Somers, Conn.
THIS INDUSTRY PROTECTS
OUR COUNTRY
Th anks to Clayton Cramer for the
article on the Biden-Harris administration's
assault on fi rearms
manufacturers and sellers.
An important aspect of having
the fi rearms industry is the capability
to shift from producing fi rearms
for the civilian market to producing
arms for the military in a time of war.
During World War II, a wide variety
of machine companies, in addition to
traditional gun manufacturers, made
fi rearms for the U.S. military.
If the Biden-Harris administration
is successful in closing fi rearms
manufacturing, they will profoundly
reduce America's ability to engage
our enemies in the event that signifi -
cant hostilities were to erupt.
Keep up the fi ght to ensure
THANK YOU FOR
AN ISSUE SHOWING
EMPOWERED WOMEN
Your May 2021 issue was the best so
far! " Why Th ey Hate Us " (p. 24) was
simply a captivating article, fl owing
like poetry surrounded by great
artwork. And the other articles-
particularly " Th e False Feminism
of the Left " (p. 10), " Self-Defense: A
Women's Movement " (p. 32), " Meet
the Sunshine Shooting Club " (p. 36)
and " Shooting Straight With Hollie
McKay " (p. 38)-were fascinating
pieces about fi rearms and women.
Th is female-loaded issue was beautiful,
and, from all the Second
Amendment loving women out here,
I want to say thank you, especially
since this arrived just in time for
Mother's Day.
Sara Hansen,
Berwick, Maine
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