The Pantagraph is well known as a left wing paper, maybe that’s why subscribers have left in droves and anything they report is questionable.
Lately the editorial page is on a campaign against the NRA, guns, and the 2nd amendment. Dick Durbin would be proud.
The NRA was founded in 1871. From the NRA website:
Dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops, Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate formed the National Rifle Association in 1871. The primary goal of the association would be to “promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis,” according to a magazine editorial written by Church.
More from their website:
Through the association’s magazine, The American Rifleman, members were kept abreast of new firearms bills, although the lag time in publishing often prevented the necessary information from going out quickly. In response to repeated attacks on the Second Amendment rights, NRA formed the Legislative Affairs Division in 1934. While NRA did not lobby directly at this time, it did mail out legislative facts and analyses to members, whereby they could take action on their own. In 1975, recognizing the critical need for political defense of the Second Amendment, NRA formed the Institute for Legislative Action, or ILA.
The NRA is a defender of the Rights given by the Constitution. Maybe the Pantagraph needs a refresher course on why the 2nd Amendment exists:
“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
Co-author of the Second Amendment during Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788
“The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.”
Elliot’s Debates, vol. 3 “The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution.”
“Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”
First President of the United States
“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.”
Richard Henry Lee
American Statesman, 1788
“The great object is that every man be armed.” and “Everyone who is able may have a gun.”
“Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not.”
Third President of the United States
“The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.”
Third President of the United States
Maybe Thomas Jefferson’s words nailed the real problem! How many politicians, including the President, think the Constitution doesn’t matter?
However, a solution has also been found. It seems the purveyors of the most gun violence are Democrats:
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“The NRA is a defender of the Rights given by the Constitution”. Well…yes, but NO.
I don’t want to sound picky, but our Constitution does not “give” us our right to have firearms, it “protects” our “inalienable” or “Natural” rights, which are not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs of any particular culture or government. We are born with these rights. They are not given to us by our Constitution.
As stated in the Bill of Rights then