Why The Washington Post is Full of Crap on Gun Rights

By Don McDougal : Opinion

NRA Troll, Matt Valentine
NRA Troll, Matt Valentine
Don McDougall
Don McDougall

California – -(Ammoland.com)- Last week the Washington Post ran an editorial by a so claimed “gun owner” and constant anti-gun writer / troll, Matt Valentine, who hates the NRA and insists you should too. ( https://goo.gl/StQVXB )

What the opinion piece does not discuss is how all these gun owners, including this freedom hating hack, all benefit from the NRA and its policies.

Take your local shooting range for example.

Range Safety : Every range has range officers to keep you safe, they are NRA trained, the instructors are NRA trained and the safety courses all gun owners should take are NRA provided.

Paying For Your Range Visit: The ONLY reason you can use a credit card to pay for your range fees is the NRA helped block Obama sourced regulation, Operation Choke Point, that would have banned banks from keeping gun stores and gun ranges as clients.

Without the NRA, NO place to Shoot, No one to teach you how to be safe, and nowhere to buy a gun.

The NRA does a lot behind the scenes for non-members. It is more than just protecting your right to own a gun.

Like National School Shield, bet you never even heard of this have you?

The NRA works with schools and communities to share ideas and policies for school safety. The 2nd Amendment Foundation provides grants to fund these programs. Created after Sandy-Hook, this program actually makes our 55 million school children safer.

The left will tell you the NRA doesn’t care, I will tell you the only ones doing ANYTHING meaningful IS the NRA.

Eddie Eagle Stop, Run Away, Tell an Adult. A simple message that helps reduce accidental shooting. Brought to you by the NRA to protect your children.

Range Insurance – In many states the ONLY available insurance for a gun range comes courtesy of the NRA. No insurance means no range and that means no place to shoot. Non-NRA people owe your ability to go to the range to this NRA insurance program.

Operation Choke Point – Banking and other financial institution have all been pushed to shun the shooting community, the NRA has help counter this effort by the Obama administration.

Part of the Obama era policies included pressuring insurance carriers to drop gun ranges and to assist community groups in forcing gun ranges to close by changing the zoning. So thank the NRA for keeping the range open.

Range Conservation – Many staffed shooting range and outdoor education centers are funded through grants from NRA Foundation gives. The NRA also teaches range design and range operations courses.

Refuse to Be A Victim How to avoid being a victim is the core of course. Sometimes the best thing to do is avoid a situation where you can be hurt and to know how to avoid a conflict.

Gun Safety Training – 150,000 NRA certified instructors teach basic gun safety to new gun owners. In my last four classes only one was an NRA member. After the Pulse shooting the LBGTQ community turned to NRA instructors for help is staying safe. Few if any are members of the NRA.

Who trains the trainers? The NRA has training courses for police firearms instructors. By helping train our law enforcement everyone is safer and better served.

The NRA has a program to teach gun store staff how to identity potential suicide victims. Early intervention can and does save lives.
I can go on…

Friends of NRA – has provided over $600 million to youth programs and law enforcement.

Women on Target – has reached more than 1 million women.

These are just a handful of the programs and activities the NRA engages in that helps and support the shooting community as a whole, and America as a whole. Please note that NOT ONCE have I mentioned preserving your right to own a gun.

The NRA is not perfect, but 100 million gun owners agree that the 2nd Amendment gives us the right to own a gun. The NRA is our only national voice. We choose not to make an enemy of the good because it lacks perfection.

So Washington Post, go ahead, tell us we should all hate the NRA, and how your leftwing elitist policies should be the only ones we adhere to. You’re a fool, and 100+ million American gun owners agree with me on that. Well based on your editorial 99,999,999 can agree on that.

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 onAmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

  • 29 thoughts on “Why The Washington Post is Full of Crap on Gun Rights

    1. First I will preface this with the disclosure that I am a long-time life member of the NRA. Albeit I would not join the NRA now knowing what I know. I woke up after decades of observation, self-education, information gathering and clear-headed assessment.

      There are no sacred bovines here.

      Amendment II does not ‘give’ the people the right to keep and bear arms, the right to self/family/community defense and also the right to offensive capability, all are essential and fundamental natural liberties. Amendment II merely enumerates and recognizes this pre-existing Liberty and places a clear and easily understood prohibition on govt from infringing upon it.

      As for the NRA and their self anointed status as America’s ‘staunch defender’ of the right to keep and bear arms…pfft.

      Barring the NRA having the faux status of an American Institution relied upon and falsely trusted by generations of Grandpas, Grandmas, Dads and Uncle Skippys…Amendment II would likely remain a Bulwark of the Republic and remain a prohibition against govt infringing upon the RKBA, as enumerated.

      The NRA, by their own admissions, has been ‘in support of workable gun-control since their founding’. They consistently and historically have worked hand-in-hand with govt to support and even draft, then institute, a web of govt infringements over the uninfringeable…they certainly do not desire the loss of people’s ability to own, buy, sell and carry (all with a myriad of controls as to what, when, where and by whom of course) firearms…how then to rake in vast amounts of money and be a ‘player’ on the national stage.

      I will state that the NRA does yeoman’s work on ranger development and certain firearms training and that is the
      area they should confine themselves to, since they are Quislings reference Amendment II and the natural rights enumerated therein.

    2. To all concerned … Rep Thomas Massie R-KY introduced HR 2909 To honor any CCL issued by any state or subdivision there of regardless of state of residence, in DC.
      and HR 34 to repeal GFSZA of 1990. ( Gun Free Safe Zone Act of 1990 )
      Makes you wish he was your rep doesn’t it.

    3. Forty some years ago Neal Knox and others stood up to the classic target and trap shooters who were more concerned with a proper prone position and the shooting sports that did not use other than round black bullseyes.
      It was called the Cincinnati Revolt. The NRA began to drive the debate and legislation on the Second Amendment.
      It was important to select which battles to fight.
      The NRA isn’t perfect and since it is run by human beings, perfection is unlikely. It isn’t the only good organization.
      There are some bad organizations out there, financed by Soros and Bloomberg to look like a pro-gun, pro-hunting organization. The undermine and divert effort.
      I joined as a Life member back in 1966, which cost $100 then. Adjusted for inflation that is $500-$1,000. In the past few years I’ve upgraded to Benefactor. Maybe someday I’ll win the lottery and can actually be a benefactor.
      I’m not sure, but I know very few people who aren’t NRA members.

    4. Eddie Eagle – Stop, Run Away, Tell an Adult. A simple message that helps reduce accidental shooting. Brought to you by the NRA to protect your children.”

      STOP DON’T TOUCH LEAVE THE AREA and TELL AN ADULT. That’s the message,

    5. I’ve been a NRA member since 1985 when I joined the army. The NRA is for the city folks more than the country folks who have a place to shoot and family members to teach them how to shoot safely. The NRA has school programs for the the kids that don’t have family members that are gun owners and not in the gun owners culture. Love or hate the NRA but they and the state gun rights groups are the only thing stopping the government from outlawing private gun ownership. Support your state gun groups or the NRA because they are the only thing keeping you from being a felon.

        1. My feeling is that they are a diversionary group financed by Bloomberg.

          Can somebody prove that an error?

    6. Without the NRA, NO place to Shoot, No one to teach you how to be safe, and nowhere to buy a gun.

      Not quite… yes, NRA have done much to make these things easier and more universally available.

      No place to shoot? My backyard, my friends’ backyards, plenty of public places. Nes, NRA have helped ease the regulatory pain of establishing these things. Absent NRA, they would still happen, smomehow.

      No one to teach you how to be safe? Nonsense. HOW was it done prior to NRA? Parents, friends, uncles, Granddads, friends…. there are many organisations and private clubs that teach gun safety and accuracy taht is every bit as good as NRA’s. Sorry to pop your bubble, but its true. And there are plenty of private individuals who also teach these things both as volunteers and as paid professionals.

      Nowhere to buy a gun? Get real……. as long as guns are legal to own, and trust me, long after they are no longer, there WILL be places to buy them. NRA have not created them.

      This thing reads like a government propaganda screed….

      I quit supporting NRA back when they abandoned my state on some critical issues, then slammed the Heller and Mac Donald cases, claiming them as their own when others had carried the water for years to keep them going. WHERE have NRA been as BloomieBux have literally bought tyrannical background check laws in several states these past years? And WHY is it sill impossible to own a handgun in Washington DC, after TWO SCOTUS cases declaring their anti gun laws unconstitutional? Come ONNNNNnnnnnnn

      1. Thanks you saved me from a rant. I personally have no stakes in the NRA as I’ve always seen them as opportunist scum. To me they aren’t as pro 2nd as they would all like us to believe.

      2. Without the NRA you would have lost your right to own 30 years ago. It’s easy to hide from he facts when someone else has your back and has done the heavy lifting.

        1. We lost our Second Amendment Rights here in Kalifornia even with the NRA having several full-paid staff on the ground 24/7 thirty years ago…and it’s only gotten worst since. The NRA has always been the “last” to step into a fight here in Kalifornia, if they even decide to get involved at all, which they often don’t. Might be different elsewhere, but here in Kalifornia, the NRA has barely slowed any Gun-Hating legislation, from Sacramento or County Superiors or from the fascist City Councils. Been here 63 years and leaving soon for a “free State,” I’m all done with the Fascists here and the Johnny-come-lately, if at all, NRA.

          1. California turn liberal/socialist Democrat about 50 years ago. Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan did not slow the leftward march much.
            Reagan learned that the lies he was told about gun control and waiting periods were lies. When he became President he had finished his conversion from Democrat to Conservative Republican.
            People thought Schwarzenegger was Conan, but he was Musulini.
            Jerry Brown is still Moonbeam.

      3. @Tio Nico, I hate to disagree, but absent the NRAs efforts a myriad of federal agency regulations would prevent you from buying a firearm, shooting in your back yard, obtaining or making ammunition, teaching anything to you progeny about shooting, firearms, or safety. There would be no shooting on any BLM, Forest Service, or any other public land. And Hillary would be president.
        Prior to the NRA, gun safety was terrible. People thought that up was a safe direction, and leaned their loaded weapons against cars, climbed fences and jumped ditches with loaded weapons, shot pistols at bottles and coins thrown in the air. and even pointed “empty” guns at each other.
        The NRA can not prevent every petty tyrant from achieving their gun freeze out schemes, but they do a lot, and it isn’t free.

        1. For those who stand over-watch for the NRA at all costs, ponder the following:

          In the 1920s, NRA leaders (acting under the banner of the National Revolver Association) helped draft the Uniform Firearms Act — model legislation for states to adopt that established new, restrictive rules on carrying firearms in public; eventually adopted, in one form or another, by 18 States.

          Additionally, Karl Frederick, served for years as special consultant with the Commissioners on Uniform State Laws to frame The Uniform Firearms Act of 1930.

          The NRA endorsed the first major federal gun control law of the modern era, the National Firearms Act of 1934. Karl Frederick was asked how the Second Amendment affected this groundbreaking law. His answer was astounding: “I have not given it any study from that point of view.”

          Federal Firearms Act of1938: NRA President at the time, Karl T. Frederick, a 1920 Olympic gold-medal winner for marksmanship who became a lawyer, praised the new state gun controls in Congress; Frederick gave Congressional testimony, including: “I have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons. I seldom carry one. I have when I felt it was desirable to do so for my own protection. I know that applies in most of the instances where guns are used effectively in self-defense or in places of business and in the home. I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses.”

          The NRA supported the original “Dodd Bill” to amend the Federal Firearms Act in regard to handguns when it was introduced as S.1975 in August, 1963 (American Rifleman Magazine, March 1968, P. 22)

          In congressional hearings that soon followed, NRA Executive Vice-President Frankin Orth supported a ban in mail-order sales, saying, “We do think that any sane American, who calls himself an American, can object to placing into this bill the instrument which killed the president of the United States.”

          NRA Executive Vice President Franklin L. Orth pointed out that “The National Rifle Association has been in support of workable, enforceable gun control legislation since its very inception in 1871.”

          The NRA also supported California’s Mulford Act of 1967, which had banned carrying loaded weapons in public

          1. The NRA “old target shooting guard” was never concerned with violations of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. It was in the Bill of Rights and was safe, they thought.
            By 1970 Neal Knox led a revolt that forced the NRA to become “hard core” and place the Second Amendment high on the list.

            Yet there was a member election item that sought to make defense of the Second Amendment the primary focus of the NRA and it lost on the ballot of life members. I’m not sure it was a fair election.

      4. T’,
        If you want to see that the world would look like with out the NRA look at California. With out the NRA the policies you have in CA would be universal today. Sure you have some countie’s where the rules are looser, but without the NRA you have a far more liberal SCOTUS and Hillary as President. Do not make an enemy of the NRA because it lacks perfection. The world is a better off place because of the NRA.

        1. DBM, clearly you don’t live in Kalifornia and are uninformed of the day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month, year-to-year, decade-to-decade battle that has been waged against gunowners here in Kalifornia. Be a pomp-pomp girl for the NRA if you choose. You weren’t here in 1989 when as the City of Santa Monica was about to pass an “assault weapon” ban ordinance, the NRA Southern Kalifornia “field rep” was quoted to say “we’re the National Rifle Association…you boys can handle that local manner.” Well, that crow came home to roost shortly thereafter as the Robertti-Roos Assault Weapon Ban of 1989 and a few years later as the Fienstein (CA) “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994” you know, that as the 10-year assault weapon ban. So, in my book, and lots of others, the NRA failed at every level…but clearly dropped the ball very early on. The consequences are still being felt for the failure of the NRA. It may start here in Kalifornia…but it doesn’t end here. Keep your Pomp-pomps up.

    7. If it weren’t for the NRA i’m pretty sure our right to bear arms would have been regulated into oblivion long ago – thank you NRA – I’m an endowment member for 10 years and hope the younger generations will continue to join the NRA and guard against erosion of the 2nd Amendment always

    8. Your definition of hoplophobe is a little short and off-course. A full definition is “….is a political neologism coined by retired American military officer Jeff Cooper as a pejorative to describe an “irrational aversion to weapons.” It is also used to describe the “fear of firearms” or the “fear of armed citizens.” Hoplophobia is a political term and not a recognized medical phobia.” (Wikipedia)

      1. BobD, whether or not hoplophobia is medically recognized or not, it certainly is real in the minds of those that exhibit the qualities associated with it. There are numerous medical and mental conditions that have taken decades to be recognized by the medical community. That doesn’t mean they didn’t exist prior to that, a couple examples that immediately come to mind are ADD, and ADHD, and those can only be diagnosed by inference based on behavioral actions, not brain chemistry or scans, unlike, say, schizophrenia.

    9. I have been a member of the NRA since 1964 and have been an Endowment for 15 years. I fully support the NRA!

      1. I bought a NRA Life Membership with my very first adult paycheck in 1970. $100. I upgraded to Endowment about 30 yrs ago. I just double-upgraded to highest level-Benefactor-after President Trump was elected with the help of my NRA. It was about time the NRA went hard forward in that election-and reaffirmed that they are INDEED the organization that helps us gun owners the most. But to help the states, too, I’m Life Member in the NRA affiliate in every State I’ve lived: AZ, NM, and TX. And to help some more, I have personally signed up 110 NRA Life Members. Not bragging, just showing what YOU can do, whether it’s NRA, GOA, or others. If WE don’t fight for our rights……people like Bloomberg and Soros and Pelosi will…….

      2. Robert, then you are aware that the NRA supported the GCA of 1968. Aka: The German Weapons Control Act of 1939. As pushed by turn coat, traitorous dog Thomas J. Dodd.

          1. @Heed, those were two really good articles documenting the NRA’s opposition to elitist Sen. Dodd and his GCA. I copied off the pertinent parts so that I do not loose track of them. Many thanks.

            1. WB, I only did a quick Internet search and found that. I was alive at the time, but only in kindergarten, so I don’t have real-world knowledge and experience of this as several other posters do. I found the Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership website enlightening and encouraging. I read several other articles on their site. They are even more pro-2A than the VCDL of which I am also a member.

              With all the prominent and elitist Jews vociferously anti-2A, I never imagined such a group existed. This story forced me to become better educated. This site has helped expand my knowledge of firearms and firearms laws. I also enjoy many of the comments, pro and anti, that also help me learn and increase my understanding of our rights and laws and my values and beliefs.

              It has only been the past several years or so that I have become more active and vocal about firearm rights. The anti-gun media and Leftist propaganda made me decide to seek the truth, and that’s when I discovered all the “facts” in the media are blatant lies and disinformation.

              That’s when I decided I can no longer remain silent. I joined the NRA, then a year later became a life member and then joined the VCDL, since they have been integral in the passage of many of the pro-firearms legislation in my state. I volunteer at events for both organizations and pro-actively contact my legislators.

              I have even recently contacted the Attorney General in a state I plan on visiting later this year. That was an interesting dialog, both via email and by telephone. He clearly is anti-2A, but sees the political winds shifting and was stating that he will uphold the law, which for now bars CC holders in my state from carrying, but sees that it will likely change sooner than later.

              It was also amusing because he was complaining that he now spends about 40% of his time discussing firearms laws with people both in-state and out-of-state, such as myself. We need to make our voices heard. It does make a difference. Self-defense is not a law, it’s an inalienable right of all people.

    10. All believers in our God given right of self defense should join a pro-gun Organization to defend our rights against the Hoplophobes that seem to populate the left.

      Hoplophobe – scared of guns or any weapon used for self – defense.

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