The National Rifle Association is generally cast as either a hero or a villain in political debates. Now the organization is fighting for its existence against what many are calling a purely political maneuver by New York Attorney General Letitia James.
The NRA, however, is far more than a collection of political action committees and does far more than raise donations for pro-Second Amendment political candidates. Out of the spotlight, the NRA enacts safety and education programs and operates as a check against legislative overreach. So what would a country without the NRA look like?
- Fewer trained and educated firearms owners. Every year, over one million people receive training from the NRA in the safe and responsible handling and use of firearms.
- More dangers for children. The NRA is committed to exploring a host of solutions for increasing school safety. Furthermore, the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program educates young children that firearms are not toys and should not be touched. Without these programs, our children would be at higher risk not only in schools, but anywhere they could encounter a firearm.
- Fewer safe and responsible hunters. The NRA offers a free online hunter’s education course that stresses responsible hunting and firearm handling. Without this education, expect far more tragic accidents to occur.
- Less independent opportunities for gunsmith training. Gunsmithing is a truly American craft, and the NRA operates independent gunsmith schools which seek to keep the non-industrial art of gunsmithing alive. Without the NRA there will be fewer opportunities to learn and explore this practical application of art and engineering.
Is victory over a political enemy worth leaving the nation with less education, security, and independent craftsmen? Responsible gun owners across the country know that the answer is a resounding no.
For more information on the NRA’s educational programs, visit https://explore.nra.org/interests/safety-and-education/.