The National Rifle Association (NRA) is an organization that focuses on supporting the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. In other words, it supports the right of every American to bear arms (guns). The NRA is mostly made up of individual citizens who choose to donate money to support the mission of the organization. The majority of these citizens opt to become members of the NRA. Membership prices depend upon the length of time one wishes to be a member, with a lifetime membership being the longest option.
I choose to support the NRA because I believe the right to bear arms is intrinsic to a populace keeping its government in check. This was certainly at the forefront of the founding fathers’ minds when they passed the Second Amendment in 1791. After all, they had recently fought for independence against an oppressive monarchy. History has shown that governments and dictators disarming their citizens can be a red flag signifying that their intentions are impure. Josef Stalin of Russia, Mao Zedong of China, Adolf Hitler of Germany, Fidel Castro of Cuba, and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela all took guns from their populace before implementing oppressive and murderous concepts in their respective countries. Considering this irrefutable fact, why wouldn’t I want to support an organization that supports the Second Amendment?
Another reason I support the NRA is because they provide legal advice on navigating gun laws and regulations across all states. This is important because gun laws can vary greatly from state-to-state and it doesn’t matter if you are just passing through. If you aren’t following a specific state’s laws you will find yourself in serious trouble. Therefore, education is key and the NRA provides the information a gun owner needs.
Each year, millions of Americans of all ages partake in hunting. Without the NRA helping to support wildlife conservation efforts as well as the Second Amendment, hunting may not be as accessible. The NRA Women’s Wildlife Management/Conservation Scholarship is just one of the ways that the NRA is helping wildlife conservation. The scholarship was established by the National Rifle Association’s Women’s Policies Committee and is made possible by donations from female NRA members. The scholarship is worth $5,000 and is available to college juniors and seniors majoring in wildlife management or conservation. This helps to get more people involved in wildlife management, thus keeping more animal populations from being hunted to extinction or endangerment. The NRA’s support of the Second Amendment also helps hunters because regulations on firearms that would further limit hunters are constantly being pushed by those who dislike guns or hunting. The NRA-ILA (Institute for Legislative Action) works around the clock to fight against proposals that would take options away from hunters.
One of the most important reasons why I support the NRA is because the organization takes gun safety and education seriously. The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program educates children on what to do if he/she finds a gun. It also helps parents to talk to their children about guns and gun safety. Another aspect of gun safety is knowing how to properly use a firearm. The NRA provides many resources to help with this process as well as student courses where one can learn from instructors certified by the NRA itself. The courses offered include personal protection, firearm safety, pistol, shotgun, and rifle training. If you need it, they offer it.
The bottom line is that the NRA is an organization that defends an American right that is so essential to the people that it is only second to the right of free speech. They reinforce this right by educating gun owners on proper firearm practices, kids on how to respond to a gun, and the general public on how to navigate gun laws across the country. They also give back to the land by assisting with wildlife management and conservation efforts. Well, there you have it, all of the above is why I support the NRA.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” – Second Amendment
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