An Open Letter From an NRA Member to Anti-Gun Activists

By Don McDougall

Don McDougall
Don McDougall

United States -( I believe we need to come together as a country, we are as divided as I can remember. To be blunt anti-gun activism is a serious part of the problem. Also to be blunt most gun owners just was to be left alone.

If you were to stop using gun control as a political wedge, gun owners would be at the range, and out not fighting you to preserve our right. Over the past 20 years, the number of times guns have been used in crimes has dropped by 67%.

There IS NO EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE! I mean honestly, why do you keep saying that there is when you know that gun related crimes are down? Why do you propose laws and changes in laws that would not have any effect on crime or gun deaths?

If you look at the last highly televised mass shooting, NOT ONE of your proposed changes would have stopped any of it. If all your new rules were enacted, not one life would have been saved! Not one.

So why push for changes that would make no difference?

There are already laws on the books banning gun running and illegal gun sales. What we see historically is that administrations’ that call for new laws, are also the same administrations that reduce the prosecution of the existing laws. From 2004 to 2013 the number of ATF cases prosecuted DROPPED 42%. So all you’ve done is let criminals keep committing gun crimes, and then blame the average gun owner for the problem.

Why don’t you enforce the laws we have? If you do that, and they fail, THEN come back to us to ask to diminish our rights. We might listen. Yes, we all believe in background checks, what you don’t get is that it Is YOU we don’t trust. You’ve so clearly stated “Background checks are a good start!”. Where do you plan on planting your flag for the finish?

The existing laws IF enforced would meet all of your needs. But you choose not to enforce the current laws. The new laws you propose would not save a single life. Your actions would only serve to degrade our rights. NRA members are not the people doing the shooting. We are however the people you blame. 54% of all gun-related deaths are committed by black men under 30. That’s 4% of the population doing more than ½ of the killing. We don’t have a gun problem in America – we have trapped an entire generation in poverty due to liberal failed social programs. The solution to half or more of all gun deaths is to create jobs in the inner cities, fight gangs and drugs, and enforce the laws that are on the books. You blame us, law abiding gun owners for the carnage of Baltimore and Chicago and other cities.

The carnage that YOU created. Before you get too defensive here, Chicago has a murder rate 7X that of the rest of the country. This is an example of the future for America if you succeed.

You’re in for a surprise come election day. In the past seven years, the number of guns in the country are up 50%. While you claim that there has been a decrease in the number of people owning guns. (Seriously!) Some States count the number of people who have a guns. Those states are showing an annual INCREASE in gun ownership of 7% over the past few years. What this means is that the number of gun owners is a minimum of 30% HIGHER than you think. The fasting growing demographics are women and minorities. So while in 2008 there were 120 million gun owners, a rate once declining, there are now 160 million plus gun owners AND GROWING! Oh and I believe they will all be voting to preserve their right to own a gun come November.

Why? Because you force the hand of honest law abiding gun owners to get active in politics, you sell out our rights for no benefit except to use us as a get out the vote program. Warning ,,, new gun owners tend to be a bit more passionate about preserving their new found rights.

There ARE solutions we could work together on, gun safety, working to prevent gun run running. But none of that seems to matter when the goal of the anti-gun groups always leads to confiscation.

Hillary Clinton’s promise to overturn Heller and McDonald and eliminate the 2nd amendment seems a lot more plausible after the loss of Anthony Scalia. So I’ll close with an open question to the gun grabbing left.

If Stare Decisis does not exist for the 2nd Amendment does it also not exist for Roe V Wade? You may yet be hoisted on your own petard. (I know you’re going to have to look that up.)

About Don McDougall:

Don McDougall is an NRA instructor and member of the Los Padres “Friends of the NRA” committee. If he’s not at the range you will find him setting the record straight with on gun issues and gun safety on AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

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  • 30 thoughts on “An Open Letter From an NRA Member to Anti-Gun Activists

    1. I believe everyone who are sure of their second amendment rights, should get a free education on the Constitution and the bill of rights at Hillsdale College on line. There will be no question about what the founding fathers truly meant.

    2. When the UK banned guns, “hot” burglaries defined as burglaries committed while residents are home, increased form 13% to 50% and are climbing. Gun bans and Gun Free Zones just don’t work.

    3. Can you tell me where the number 160 million gun owners comes from? Possibly the NSSF? You didn’t cite a source. I wanted to email you but you don’t list your contact information in any of your articles.

    4. The answer to every one of the author’s numerous questions on why committed pro-controllers do what they do in support of gun control can be found in what they are supporting. Remove “gun” from “gun control” and you end up with “control”, and that’s what they’re after. They seek a country where those in charge of government have unlimited control over the population – no messy Constitution, individual rights, or armed population blocking their way. This is the exact opposite of what the Founders established. The controllers underlying purpose is not to prevent crime, about which they do virtually nothing, but control, which is advanced more easily if there is more crime. That is why no amount of evidence proving they are wrong deters strong advocates of gun control from what appear on the surface to be completely illogical paths.

      While committed pro-controllers may be intellectually dishonest, the vast majority of pro-control supporters are uninformed and accept as fact what their committed leaders say. Many of these supporters can be influenced by documented arguments, and that is true for any middle of the road types who have yet to take a stand on the subject, if any exist. Thus, the solution is education – to possess documented knowledge that can be provided to those amenable to facts who lack them, something much preferable to calling them names.

      Second Amendment intent is still being argued even after the Heller decision. There is every reason to believe that any alteration of the Supreme Court’s makeup of liberals vs conservatives will result in pursuit of a repudiation of the Heller decision. Books have appeared (from Michael Waldman & the N.Y. Bar Association) re-arguing Heller and supporting Justice Stevens’ Heller case dissent. The fact is that the Founding Era evidence directly contradicts Stevens’ arguments and the professional historians’ Heller brief that Stevens went along with. This evidence is voluminous, clear, and readily available.

      Thus, there is an opportunity here for pro-rights supporters to gird themselves with every documented fact regarding formation of the Second Amendment: who was involved, what they said, what they did, what they understood the terms to mean, where those terms were first used in America, and by whom, what a Mason Triad is (something almost completely ignored by the pro-rights community even though identified and documented almost a decade ago), and how period terms were used in America during the Colonial Period. This is not long lost information, it is long ignored information that came from a source cited in most of the pro-rights historical briefs in the 2008 Heller case. The information is found in The Founders’ View of the Right to Bear Arms: A Definitive History of the Second Amendment.

      Even more accessible, online at the touch of a button, is a much condensed version of this information, consisting of only the most essential points. It is found in The American Revolutionary Era Origin of the Second Amendment’s Clauses, which appeared in the Journal on Firearms and Public Policy in 2011. It is online here:

      I urge those interested in having a complete understanding of why the Second Amendment is worded as it is and why it was added to the U.S. Constitution to take a look at this information. If most Americans were well informed about these matters, not only would we not have many of the problems now facing our country, people would laugh at any attempt to infringe the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

    5. Don:
      If I may, you appear to be missing the basic point. The movers and shakers of “Anti Gun-ism”, I disregard the “lumpen” those who are, and or who permit themselves to be led around by the nose, are concerned with one thing and one thing only, CONTROL, the ability to order others around, preferably with no responsibility for the results, most often very poor, of the idiocy that they peddle.

      Your presentation is thoughtful and perfectly reasonable. Problem is that you are essentially talking to a brick wall. By the way, the anti gun cabal aside, some gun owners that I’ve run into aren’t much of an improvement, sad to note.

    6. I can’t find any source for either the quote from Hilliary or the statistic of 54% of the gun deaths are committed by black men under the age of 30. What are your sources for this?
      I agree that Ms Clinton is anti gun as they come but your quotes are false and therefore don’t help your cause.

    7. Lou, Jim,

      It is not the policy to here to respond to every comment. But you two had something worthwhile to say.

      Please remember that the audience in more than gun owners, and that it is the goal of the anti-gun left to define the NRA and to define the state of gun ownership and gun violence in America. We cannot let them define us or present their untrue version of the world.

      This article is educational, and it speaks the truth as best possible. Not every article is written for your eyes.

    8. BGB – I have two sources but they are both weak. The comment was apparently made to the reporter after the formal interview but it was not part of the article. . I’d brought your concerns to the attention of the editor. I also read the Snopes site that said it was unconfirmed.

    9. Here is the normal crap from organizations such as the National Education Association (NEA). Their daily paper tries to sensationalize a shooting, then in the second paragraph try to report truth hoping no one will read it was a murder/suicide.
      Two Students Killed In Shooting At Arizona High School.
      ABC World News (2/12, story 8, 0:30, Muir) reported that on Friday, the bodies of two teenage girls were found in a remote area of the Independence High School campus in Glendale, Arizona with single gunshot wounds and in the presence of a firearm. NBC Nightly News (2/12, story 6, 0:20, Holt) reported that police could not confirm whether the girls were involved in a murder or a suicide.
      The AP (2/15, Billeaud) reports that the shooting “initially caused panic among parents who could not reach their children but later emerged as a murder-suicide.” Police confirmed the existence of a suicide note, and said that “each girl was shot once and a weapon was found near the bodies.”

    10. It’s not ALL about the guns – it’s about the CONTROL! Before a people can be subjected to tyranny, they MUST be disarmed! After that, a “government” can do whatever they want to whomever they want – just look at the JPFO genocide Chart: “”. And it is a crucial part of their “agenda”. Don’t be fooled or persuaded that if the anti-gun crowd backs off of us, that is going to change everything – because it WON’T! There will just be other ways for them to ensure we all submit.

      Do NOT expect ANY kind of logic to work with anti-gunners – you are wasting oxygen and time. Their first agenda is simply to DISARM us – and that reality needs to be faced by EVERY American who treasures their Freedom and Liberties! Anti-gunners might as well be called our “domestic terrorists” – and they cannot be reasoned with as they have only one goal in mind for us: SUBMISSION!

      We have to fight this battle head-on for what it is and not pussyfoot around the REALITY. Just like the overseas terrorists, these anti-gunners DO NOT THINK like we do nor do they hold the same values and traditions dear. They do not cherish our nation’s Sovereignty, Constitution or our God. They desire the “collective” mentality and wish to destroy our individual independence as that is a threat to them.

      In order to preserve our nation’s heritage, we must know the enemy better than he knows himself. We must be on offense – not defense. Let’s not waste our time trying to impart “wisdom” to the 2A haters as that is throwing our pearls before swine. And we must pray to the God of Israel for wisdom and guidance for our strategies.

      “Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.”
      ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

    11. Can you source the Clinton quote from the Des Moines Register? I could not find a listing in that media outlet for that quote and Snopes labels that as false. Using inaccurate or falsely attributed quotes does not help a pro 2A stance.


      1. Nothing against Spanish, but to increase the understanding potential of your post would you supply a translation?

    13. I am a 2nd Amendment supporter and carry concealed (legally) everyday.

      Please show me the link to the Des Moines Registry where Killary makes the statement in that Meme.

      On 25 October 2015, a Tumblr page dedicated to fake Hillary Clinton quotes posted a meme of the Democratic presidential candidate that included a quote supposedly uttered by her during an interview with the Des Moines Register on 8 August 2015: I can’t find a story on the paper that supports this.

      I personally think that Clinton, Reid, Pelosi, Obama, Sheila Watters, Cummings and about a dozen others need to be imprisoned.

    14. Great job of venting.
      I can’t imagine that the writer is so naïve to not understand that none of what Hillary is saying about gun control is about the arguable merits of lack there of, of her saying that she will try to ban the private ownership of guns. What this is, pure and simple, is a calculated political ploy, to grab the attention of the media. It’s no more than the same tactic that Trump is using to grab the News Cycle from others running against him, by saying seemingly outrageous things.
      This is not to say that she, if elected, won’t carry out her threats. You can bet that she will. She has millions of dollars to repay to Bloomberg, and Soros in trade for their money. And yes, Hillary really does hate guns. Do you know that when she was Secretary Of State, she ordered that Marine Guards at US. Embassies not be allowed to have bullets for their guns?
      Sure,… We must come together as never before to elect a Republican President. But to waist time pondering the unfair and untrue claims made about guns by Hillary is a tragic waste of time and energy which can better be spent trying to defeat her and Sanders, and trying to find ways to completely thwart the very long term plans of the real gun haters to eventually render America a gun free society.

    15. Why not ban hammers,Axes,why not just go ahead and band all Tool,and all modern equipment because they can KILL,because it is the person behind the tool that kills NOT The TOOL OR THE CAR.

    16. If you banned all guns in the US, you would still have criminals with guns. Do these idiots not know that these same cartels in Mexico that bring in drugs, illegals, terrorists, prostitutes, and anything else they can make money off of would bring guns to criminals. The American people need to wake up and institute term-limits through the voting. Let’s ALL get together and elect people that support our values, not a regions self-interest. When a politician has been in DC more than 2 terms he then thinks he’s entitled. Vote them OUT!

    17. It is useless to try to talk sense into gun grabbers. They have a closed mind and don’t want to hear any reasons why guns are good for America. Our only answer is the ballot box and voting for candidates who have always been pro-gun. If they were ever anti-gun, even if it were 40 yrs. ago, don’t believe they have changed. It is just a back door scheme of anti-gunners to win elections. Never fall for it!!! Remember Obama in 2008???!!!

    18. Mr. McDougall, thank you for a well written, informative letter. Information disseminated to the public in a level educated voice is much more likely to influence someone positively than shrill, crude declarations.

    19. This comment piece like so many others is too complicated. It (and even the NRA) talks guns and NOT why we have the Bill of Rights and WHY it was written to specifically protect the rights of INDIVIDUAL citizens from the government the founders had just formed and the Bill of Rights NOTHING to do with protecting the government or giving the government of then and now any power over the citizens rights in the Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment was put in to specifically protect (arm) citizens from enemy’s both foreign and domestic and to jive exactly with the second paragraph second sentence of the Declaration of Independence–read it and understand why the Second Amendment is so important!

    20. we know their lieing about indiana, the crime rate in the State of Indiana in nowhere near the rate of Chicago..if brain dead liberals would open their eyes, they would see what prevents crime, i’d rather have Indianas laws instead of Chicago

    21. Remember that most crime occurs in so-called “gun-free zones,” such as Chicago, the People’s Republic of New jersey, NYC, Washington, DC. etc. On the other hand, CCW states like FL, AZ, TX, UT, etc. are blessed with an ever-decreasing crime rate. I wish the opinions expressed by John Lott were better disseminated, but it will not happen as long as the Obama-worshipping LameStream EneMedia remain in charge of molding public opinion.

    22. Yesterday, I watched that idiot Steve Harvey’s dog and pony show on national TV from Chicago. They had that creepy creature Valerie Jarrett on Video feed from DC explaining that the problem in Chicago is because of lax gun laws in Indiana. She parroted Obama’s lie that criminal from Chicago drive to Indiana and fill there trunks with guns to peddle in Chicago. Father Flaky and the useless eaters in the audience nodded their heads like the good little lap dogs that they are. I can not believe that so called intelligent people are falling for this tripe. It positively make want to puke!

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