David Fellerath is a freelance writer who recently penned a op-ed for the Washington Post entitled, “I own guns. But I hate the NRA.”
It’s exactly the type of misguided nonsense you’d expect from a closet anti-gunner. I’ll break down some of the excerpts from it.
“I own guns. But I hate the NRA”
Let’s start with the title of the article. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. And certainly the National Rifle Association is far from a perfect organization. It has its flaws. But even those who have serious disdain for the gun lobby’s inflammatory rhetoric and doomsday prognosticating have to acknowledge that if the NRA didn’t exist, one’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms would not be what it is today. There’s no doubt that America would have gone the way of Europe with respect to firearms if it weren’t for the continued efforts of the NRA.
So, yeah, you can not like em, I guess. But as a gun owner you have to respect their grind and the way they’ve been able to keep gun-grabbers from gutting the 2A.
“But when a U.S. congresswoman was shot in the face, the NRA made certain that no law was passed that would have made her safer.”
Law don’t make people “safer.” Laws work retroactively in that they mainly provide a framework for the legal system to adjudicate how one ought to be punished for acting in a certain (unlawful) manner. Sure, to a marginal degree laws work as a deterrent to many citizens, but not to those drug dealers, gang bangers and sociopaths who break laws on a daily basis.
Would more laws have stopped the Charleston Shooter, the Sandy Hook Shooter or the Aurora, Colorado, shooter?
Don’t think so. If one wants to create a “safer” environment for oneself and family one has many options (guard dogs, security alarms, less-lethal weaponry), but the optimal action is to become an armed and trained citizen as one’s relative safety is ultimately proportional to their capacity to handle a threat or a danger.
“My guns are long guns, intended for hunting and skeet shooting. Relatively few crimes are committed with hunting weapons, which are designed to shoot animals, not humans. (In fact, knives are more commonly used to commit murder than long guns.) Meanwhile, the death toll from handguns is staggering, especially when we remember that the majority of gun deaths are suicides.”
Subtly, Fellerath is suggesting that the Second Amendment is about hunting and sports shooting. It’s not. It was created to defend against tyranny.
Moreover, he is insinuating that handguns ought to be banned, noting that most gun-related homicides involve the use of handguns. Yet, what he fails to mention is the staggering number of defensive gun uses where good guys with handguns used them to defend themselves, their property and/or their loved ones. Estimates suggest that there are at the very least 100,000 DGUs each year, a large percentage of which undoubtedly involve the use of handguns.
If one is going to be honest about the effect handguns have on society, one needs to examine all the relevant stats, not just the one’s that fit one’s agenda.
“Rather than being our American birthright, gun ownership should be a privilege earned after thorough examination and training, like driving a car. But in 21st-century America, arms-bearing is an inalienable right, thanks to 27 anachronistic words of a constitution ratified in an 18th-century world of slow-loading muskets.”
Again, Fellerath loses sight of the true intent of the Second Amendment, which is to safeguard against tyranny. By protecting one’s natural right to self-defense and one’s fundamental right to keep and bear arms, the founders and framers were also ensuring that a free people would remain free. There is nothing anachronistic about it, as dictators, despots and hegemonic regimes are always a threat to liberty.
As weapons technology evolves it only makes sense for a citizenry to keep up with the times.
These are just a few of the problems with Fellerath’s article. There are more. If you want to be mildly amused by the author’s misguidedness, you can check out the article by clicking here.