Saturday, just two days after a student at Umpqua Community College in Oregon shot and killed 10 innocent people, the New York Daily News asked the U.S. State Department to reclassify the National Rifle Association (NRA) as a terrorist organization.
Chris Harper-Mercer (AKA the Oregon shooter) was found to possess more than 10 guns, all of which had been purchased legally by him or his family members.
New York Daily News bases their ridiculous request on the belief that citizens such as Chris are a greater threat than “foreign terrorists.” And the NRA was singled out as the biggest organization preserving our right to bear arms.
“The NRA should take its rightful place on the State Department list of terrorist organization, because its influence is more of an immediate threat to the lives of our citizens than foreign terrorists,” reported the NY Daily News.
To earn a spot on the State Department’s terror list, a group must be state-sponsored. The NRA is not. But it goes without saying that the NRA is not a terrorist group! The National Rifle Association exists in order to protect and defend the Second Amendment.
Uncaring, the NYDN proclaims the NRA is a “terrorist group” and argues that it does meet the qualifications to be on the State Department’s list: “Although the NRA is not an officially state-sponsored organization, it is the supporter of the state with its massive member and lobbyist donations to our elected officials.”
The dramatic report talks about “terrified children calling for their mothers, teachers begging for the lives of their students, students begging for not just their own lives but the lives of their classmates, moviegoers looking for escape,” etc. What the NYDN does not mention is that evildoers target gun-free zones because they know their victims are unarmed. Not to mention the NRA is a leading voice in the call to change gun-free policies.
After the attack on Sandy Hook, NRA member Wayne LaPierre said, “Politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones. They issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them. And in so doing, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.”
The NYDN’s statement reflects a serious issue with our nation’s priorities. Think about it: the President is protected with armed guards; airports are protected, banks are protected, even sports stadiums – but not schools.
The NRA believes that faculty and even students – as long as they have a concealed carry permit – should be allowed to carry guns on campus so that they can defend themselves in an emergency.
Author’s Note: Making it illegal to purchase firearms in the United States will not keep the bad guys from obtaining guns. All it will do is prevent everyone else from the ability to protect themselves and their families.