In defense of the NRA

The biased mainstream media headlines describing the National Rifle Association’s defense of our right to bear arms began with words like “defiant” and “deranged.”

All Americans mourned the massacre of the innocents of Sandy Hook. The day the photographs of all those murdered children were released, I broke down. I sat at my computer and cried. I’m a grown man, and like most grown-ups, I’ve experienced tragedy and sorrow. Crying is not something I do very often, but I did this time.

But through my tears, and after them, I still believed in my fundamental right, and my responsibility, to be the protector of my family, and my freedom.

The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre has been mocked by the mainstream media for saying, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

In a 2008 column published in the now-defunct Boca Raton News, I wrote:

While all human life is sacred, not all human life is innocent. The strong and the just are sometimes forced to protect the innocent by taking the life of those who would commit evil. All of us wish this weren’t so, but this is a reality of the human condition.

The most important pro-gun argument I know of isn’t found in the Second Amendment but in the Declaration of Independence. My creator endows me with the right to life. The right to life acknowledged in the Declaration of Independence is meaningless if you are not allowed to have the means to defend yourself from those who would take your life.

The right to protect my life and the life of innocents is not a right that any government entity can give me or take away from me. It is a right given to me by God and in accordance with natural law.

The right to bear arms is not only a right, it’s a responsibility. There is no compassion in allowing the murder of the weak by disarming the strong and the good. Protecting the weak and the innocent from violent criminals is a responsibility more Americans need to shoulder.

Owning a weapon doesn’t make someone strong, nor does it make one unafraid, but it does make you prepared to assume the responsibility of protector if, God forbid, you need to. It’s in this assumption of responsibility to protect the innocent, and the corresponding risk to one’s self, where strength is found.

I know there are other important arguments in defense of the Second Amendment, but defending the innocent is the one that resonates the most for me.

Today, I went to the NRA website and signed up for a five-year membership.

I stand by my words from 2008. I understand that as sad as it is, good must battle evil, and like LaPierre, I stand defiant.

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About Jack Furnari

Jack Furnari is a founding partner of BizPacReview.com, an editorial board member, and one of our writers. Jack can be reached at Jack@BIZPACReview.com, Google, & @Jackbpr

  • bocabarbara

    You are absolutely right. It is the easiest thing in the world for all these pundits and politicians to demonize guns and gun owners. They all live in safe neighborhoods and don't have to worry about defending themselves. I've always thought that the only way a woman can defend herself from an attacker is a gun, no amount of self-defense classes is going to do that. We all are torn apart from this horrible tragedy but making guns illegal only takes them away from law-abiding people not criminals or bad guys.

  • Tellitlikeitis

    Great article Jack. As a member and ardent supporter of the NRA, I am offended by the attack of Wayne by the mainstream liberal media. It is not only my right, but my responsibility to own a firearm to protect my family in the event of the unthinkable. We live in a time where our children must be protected from monsters like Adam Lanza by having armed security at our schools. I have the right and responsibility to protect my family. For those of you that think that depriving honest law abiding citizens from their right to own a firearm, I say to you, a la Charlton Heston, from my cold dead hands. I will not hear a window break in my house at 3am and cower in a corner praying for law enforcement to be here quick. I will defend my family with my 2nd amendment right and responsibility

  • https://twitter.com/MikeBPR Michael Dorstewitz

    I'm a firearm owner and long-time NRA member. LaPierre's remarks at the NRA press conference may not have been politically correct, but how refreshing is it to hear someone actually speak their mind?

  • Marla

    Thankfully people like you can articulate this for the millions of us who sit in disbelief that politicians ( who are ultimately just flawed human beings like the rest of us) would talk of taking guns away from the masses to "prevent" the evil that will exist with or without firearms. It is shocking to me that the NRA, and all of us who feel this primal urge to protect ourselves that you describe, is being mocked. It makes me very afraid. You expressed it quite well. I only hope you are not "preaching to the choir".

  • http://www.bizpacreview.com/2012/11/26/harringtons-campaign-against-wasserman-schultz-fleeced-small- Antonio Sosa

    Controlled by dictator Obama, his media will just parrot whatever propaganda the dictator wants parroted. The dictator's media demonizing the NRA is yet another reason for patriots to support the NRA!

  • eloise breault

    I do not have a gun , but I believe in our costitution the right to bear arms. If you do not think so go where they are not allowed.

  • Jeff Yount

    Beyond cavil, the ACLU has far more culpability in the Sandy Hook killings than the NRA.

  • Jim

    Good for you, I am a Life member. I think everyone should join and support the NRA

  • Adele

    I agree with the sentiment, but that's not the issue.. I'm all for our right to bear arms. However, I think LaPierre's performance has been terrible and what he is saying makes no sense. First, he was silent for the last week – the NRA was NOWHERE to be seen until his press conference on Friday. Why were they hiding? On today's Meet the Press, he gave a tepid showing at best. "Let's arm the teachers". Are you kidding? Have you met some of our nation's teachers? Columbine HS had armed security guards present during that crisis. Here's the bottom line – assault rifles and large capacity magazines should be seriously restricted. Nuts can still get a revolver, but they'll be able to be tackled and stopped before they can take out dozens of the rest of us.

  • bubba

    doesn't anyone realize[ not mention any names]..has been going thru the motions of getting guns banned way before what happened at that school..and the reason for the bans is..so we cant protect ourselves when the time comes..they want us to face a bunch of people with AK 47 AND M-16'S WITH OUR LEGAL 5 OR 6 SHOT REVOLVER..y'all think about it..it has nothing to do with school shootings..it has to do with us being taken over by force..all the signs are there..