Updated: Mar 13, 2019
By: Antonella Cueva
PTS Falconer Staff
December 5, 2018
Everytown Research, a gun safety organization, stated that recent polling revealed that two-thirds of gun owners think the National Rifle Association is an organization “overtaken by lobbyists and the interest of gun manufacturers and [has] lost its original purpose and mission.” Previously, the NRA was known for reasonably promoting hunting, marksmanship, and responsible use of guns. But that is no longer what the NRA stands for. This new and modern NRA contradicts and fights against what it previously stood for to follow the profits instead of the ideas. In recent federal elections, the NRA has been spending more money on federal elections than at any point in history.
The NRA states on its website that they are “diligent protectors of the Second Amendment” but they are generally just people that believe the people should have the right to own a firearm with little to no restrictions; we the people deserve to feel safe when entering our schools, libraries, movie theaters, synagogues, churches, yoga studios, airports, homes, offices, pre-schools, restaurants, video game tournaments, concerts, nightclubs, college campuses, high schools, post offices, and military bases. I feel that I deserve to have the right to feel safe when I go to school rather than being worried whether or not the windows will slow the bullets down. Firearms are the second leading cause of death for American children and teens and the first leading cause of death for Black children and teens in America. In the United States, there is a clear issue that guns are too easy to get and too easy to kill with. It affects everyone regardless of sex, gender, religion, race, ethnicity. Enough is enough.
Although it seems a bit ridiculous to me that people continually refer to something written in 1789, I understand that many people who follow the NRA do not wish for people to be continually killed with guns, but rather protect their rights given to them in the constitution. Yet the NRA is not a defender of the second amendment. It is an organization that is threatening the safety of all Americans. The Washington Post stated that more than 187,000 students have been exposed to gun violence at school since Columbine. There are endless amounts of terrifying statistics associated with gun violence in America and the NRA is preventing laws from passing that will protect and prevent gun violence from happening. In the United States, there have been 325 mass shootings so far across 36 different states. How many more killings is it going to take for us to take action against organizations like the NRA that are averting legislation from being passed and implemented to promote a safe environment for all?