But there’s still a lot to do and not much time left.
In Congress and the courts, the left has carefully mapped out an anti-gun agenda. All they need is a president willing to push it though. All they need is another Clinton.
As Ken Blackwell noted in his recent column, Hillary Clinton is the most openly anti-gun presidential candidate in history. She does not even pretend to be friendly to America’s gun owners. She’s a Northeastern liberal with a socialist philosophy, no background or experience with firearms, and fiercely opposes Second Amendment rights. She hates guns, plain and simple. And she doesn’t think much of those of us who value our constitutional right to own them.
Gun owners must elect a president in 2008 who will support and defend the Second Amendment together with the rest of the Constitution. In fact, we can’t claim victory for the Second Amendment until all the candidates of both major parties—Democrats and Republicans alike—are eager to appear before the NRA and its supporters.
This election also will shape the federal courts. The 30-year old DC gun ban was struck down six months ago by a federal appeals court as violating the Second Amendment. DC is asking the Supreme Court to uphold the ban. NRA’s lawsuit over the New Orleans gun confiscation during Hurricane Katrina is set for trial in federal court in a few months. Gun rights are at stake.
If Hillary Clinton is going to be denied the presidency, it will be because American gun owners refuse to let her launch a hostile agenda against the Second Amendment and pack the Supreme Court with anti-gun judges.
To win this election and protect the Second Amendment America’s 90 million gun owners must unite under a common banner. The organization that has been on the front lines of the fight and has delivered for gun owners is the NRA. I hope to see millions more join the NRA to win what will be the toughest fight in history for the Second Amendment.
Who will be president if America’s 90 million gun owners speak with one voice? Anyone we want.
Sandy Froman is the immediate past president of the National Rifle Association of America, only the second woman and the first Jewish American to hold that office in the 136-year history of the NRA. The views expressed are her own and not that of any organization.
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