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.

Jack Furnari


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