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In response to recent mass shootings, the San Francisco City Council decided to tackle the problem head-on by…naming the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization. Such bravery!

Whenever there’s a mass shooting, there is a renewed call for “common sense gun laws” (which most often include stuff that’s already on the books), as well as a renewed attack on the NRA to be defunded, defunct, and disgraced. Whether it’s alleged ties to Russian money or promoting gun sales over gun safety, the Left will stop at nothing to make NRA stand for Not Relevant Anymore. (Hat tip to Dennis Miller for that one.)

Strap yourselves in, boys and girls, because this one is gonna get messy.

the NRA

What the Left thinks it means – a domestic terrorist organization that promotes laws and lawmakers determined to put guns in the hands of dangerous people, a Russian asset

What it really means – a convenient punching bag for the Left to cover up their own failings

In the interest of transparency, I am not a member of the NRA for numerous personal and political reasons. However, I do support their general purpose and gun safety efforts because they support the spirit of the Second Amendment as written, not as interpreted by Leftists. This will get me branded as a “low-IQ gun nut” by those who want to see guns more regulated than they already are, but believe me, I’ve been insulted worse by better people.

If you listen to what the Left says about the NRA, you would think Wayne LaPierre is lounging in a pool filled with the blood of innocent children killed by gun nuts and counting his ill-gotten gains as the Congressmembers he’s bought hang on his every word. They also simultaneously believe the NRA is going broke and needs money it gets from Russia to keep the doors open. Say what you will about the Left, they are consistent in making no sense whatsoever.

As you might have guessed, this dual-prong attack on the NRA has a purpose: to take out the biggest dog in the fight. Compared with gun control groups like Everytown for Gun Safety, the NRA donates more to further its legislative agenda than they do, and the NRA is more effective with its money. Therefore, the Left has to turn the NRA into public enemy #1 whenever possible, and with mass shootings, the Left has the perfect foil for their attacks.

By appealing emotionally to the audience (who are most likely less informed than the Leftists, which is no small feat), the fact-finding process is truncated into a blip on the cognitive radar and the seemingly simple solutions are advanced. Universal background checks! Ban assault weapons! Close the gun show loophole! Call the NRA a domestic terrorist organization! And so on and so on, ad nauseum.

But the problem is when those simple solutions run into facts, like the tiny little detail that none of the recent mass shootings have been committed by an NRA member. Zip. Zero. Nada. Eric Swalwell’s chances of becoming President in 2020 (as well as the number he was polling at when the dropped out). Furthermore, and this bears repeating as often as possible, the legislation Leftists propose to combat mass shootings has largely been a failure. Out of all the recent mass shootings, only 2 have involved someone who wasn’t subject to a background check.

But we’re supposed to believe the NRA is the problem here?

The truth is the NRA does have some issues to address, but by and large they’re not the problem; they’re just the easiest scapegoat for the Left to blame for their frequent failures on this issue. The NRA does far more than push pro-gun legislation or debate the Second Amendment with people who want nothing more than to make it a memory of a bygone era. They offer gun safety courses, including ones for children. I’ve seen some of their materials and they’re anything but advertisements for owning guns. They are informative, safety-conscious, and dare I say it…responsible and reasonable. How many gun safety courses do the pro-gun control Left offer?

Zero.

This fact calls into question not only what the pro-gun control Left wants, but also why they spend so much time bashing an organization that promotes actual gun safety, helps save lives through supporting people’s right to keep and bear arms, and hasn’t been involved in a mass shooting in recent memory. It’s simple; the Left needs people to be ashamed to be a part of the NRA in order to disarm the population (and, yes, this is their main goal no matter how much the Left protests or scoffs at the idea). They can’t win hearts and minds with their arguments, so they poison the rhetorical well to dissuade people from supporting the NRA.

But that’s where the Left runs into yet another problem. The NRA is only one organization of millions of members, but there are others who serve the same or similar functions, as well as those who don’t belong to the NRA and still support their ultimate mission. As you might have guessed, I’m in this last group because I understand the Constitution and want people to be armed if they so choose and are capable of the responsibilities that go along with the right to bear arms. And, yes, I know this last part is going to disqualify a lot of current gun owners, but it’s necessary to take away the Left’s ammunition when it comes to gun owners.

My issues with the NRA revolve around their inability to avoid Leftist traps in the media and in perception. They have let Leftists dictate the rhetorical battlefield too often instead of coming out and telling the truth before the Left has a chance to spin it. In many ways, they’re too nice to those who would love nothing more than to see them destroyed. They rely on intellectual appeals that work, but aren’t as snappy as a Shannon Watts interview. One well-informed NRA member could dismantle Watts in no time. Granted, that’s not a Herculean task, but to stand toe-to-toe with her and refute her statements while throwing a little intellectual judo into the mix would be a welcome change to the standard approved-by-the-PR-Department fare we’re used to seeing.

Yet, as imperfect as the NRA is, it is far better and more committed to curtailing mass shootings than the ones who have deemed themselves to be the ones with all the right answers. Let me put it this way. One side of the gun issue respects the individual and fights to retain the right of said individual to be armed. The other side thinks anyone who owns a gun is a maniac just waiting to shoot up a school, or an uneducated buffoon who would shoot themselves because they’re holding the gun wrong, or someone who is overcompensating for a small member with guns. (Boy, that small member argument is going to surprise Dana Loesch!) One side will treat you like an adult, while the other will always treat you like a slow child. One side tries to prevent people from being victims, while the other side needs a constant stream of victims to sustain itself.

Choose wisely. The life you save with keeping and bearing arms might be your own.