American Rifleman - February 2015 - 14

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president's column
By James W. Porter II, President

Guns In The Home: The New Target

A

remarkable Gallup poll-finding
63 percent of the American public
believe they are more secure with
a firearm in their homes-has sharply
changed the professed goal of the antiSecond Amendment movement.
Leading this assault on our liberty, the
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
has finally admitted what has been their
target all along: "guns in the home."
Gallup's headline announcing its poll
results was straightforward: "More Than
Six in 10 Americans Say Guns Make
Homes Safer."
For the gun-banners, that finding was
just too much. The Brady Campaign's
Dan Gross fired back: "We are deeply
troubled by the results of this recent
Gallup poll. This dangerous misperception leads to thousands of unnecessary
deaths every year, including several
children every day."
So what exactly was he calling a "dangerous misperception?"
The plain truth. That a majority of
Americans believe that a core purpose
of the Second Amendment is to protect
armed self-defense. Or as Wayne LaPierre
has succinctly put it: "The only thing that
stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy
with a gun."
The Gallup survey, published in
November 2014, found significantly increased support for armed defense of the
home which "drastically climbed... nearly
doubled since 2000" when the polling firm
NRA OFFICERS
James W. Porter II, PRESIDENT
Allan D. Cors, FIRST VICE PRESIDENT
Pete R. Brownell, SECOND VICE PRESIDENT
Wayne LaPierre, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Edward J. Land Jr., SECRETARY
Wilson H. Phillips Jr., TREASURER
R. Kyle Weaver, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
GENERAL OPERATIONS

Christopher W. Cox, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION

first posed the question: "Do you think
having a gun in the house makes it a
safer place to be or a more dangerous
place to be?"
This Gallup research also gives a positive nod to Florida's landmark enactment
of model "Castle Doctrine" and "Stand
Your Ground" statutes, saying, "In the
decade since, Americans have become
more likely to view guns as a means of
self-protection."
In attacking the Gallup results, the
Brady Campaign's Gross announced that,
"It is Brady's goal to start a new, honest
national conversation about the dangers
of guns in the home and what we all can
do to mitigate those dangers."
In essence, Gross promised a massive
propaganda campaign to tell Americans just how stupid we are to actually
believe that firearms in one's home are a
critical element of personal safety.
Gross is not talking about "mitigating
the dangers" of bad guys with guns, but
about disarming good guys with guns.
Every time these gun prohibitionists use the word "conversation," you
know what's coming. In their lexicon,
"conversation" always means a one-sided
shout-down. Honest conversation? An
honest conversation would mean that
they recognize armed self-defense by
good people as a basic human right. That
will never happen. There has never been
anything honest about any element of
their agenda nor any such thing as give
and take. Just take.
And now they are flat-out saying
they want to take your guns and your
neighbor's guns.
The Brady Campaign's heightened
rhetoric about the evils of guns in the
home was expanded in a Nov. 21, 2014
statement, this time blaming gun ownership-by all good people-for mass
murder by deranged killers.
According to the Brady Campaign, "We
cannot ignore this simple truth:  Too many

shootings occur because proper weight
has not been given to the risks that come
with gun ownership. A gun in the home
increases the risk of an unintentional
shooting, suicide and homicide."
It's a huge lie, but then so is the very
notion of government preventing violence. Violence prevention? Those words
have nothing to do with mass killers or
violent criminals.
Why not just pass a law or issue an
order to "prevent evil?"
It's impossible, of course. You can
battle evil. You can defeat evil with good.
But no law, no order, no stroke of a pen,
no gun control scheme can prevent evil.
Immediately following the November,
2014 Ferguson, Mo., riots, Jon Belmar,
the St. Louis County police chief, told the
Associated Press, "I don't think we can
prevent folks who really are intent on
destroying a community."
But in Ferguson, America saw that
a handful of individual citizens, some
bearing AR-15s, were able to defend
businesses from rampant lawlessness
where government totally failed.
That's at the heart of the Gallup
findings. Americans know individuals
can meet evil with good, on the spot.
Individuals protecting themselves with
arms can stop evil.
That right, embraced and practiced
by those six in 10 Americans, exists only
because the NRA has been an unwavering force to protect the Second Amendment. Without your steadfast work and
your commitment over the years, the
Gallup question about guns in homes
would have been moot long ago.
With that message, each of us needs
to recruit every gun owner we know to
join the NRA at this pivotal moment for
our liberty and our nation.

For news about your NRA, visit: www.nra.org and www.nranews.com * View this column online at www.nrapublications.org

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