It’s refreshing to see that America still resonates with her roots:
(Reuters) – Most Americans support the right to use deadly force to protect themselves – even in public places – and have a favorable view of the National Rifle Association, the main gun-lobby group, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed.
However, there was also strong support from respondents for background checks as well as limiting the sale of automatic weapons and keeping guns out of churches, stores and workplaces.
The online survey showed that 68 percent, or two out of three respondents, had a favorable opinion of the NRA, which starts its annual convention in St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday.
I maintain my natural fears of lobbying organizations and the NRA is no exception. However, there is something to say about a group that protects a constitutional right.
Doesn’t mean it’s bad.
Listen, I’m a pretty big “small government” kinda guy. I resonate with the whole, “leave me alone” kinda thing. I firmly believe that if we required government to focus on what government was supposed to do, we’d all be better off.
However, with that said, Government gets to do what it wants to do on land it owns:
Gun enthusiasts are rallying opposition to a string of new federal proposals that could close off hundreds of thousands of acres in the open West to target shooting.
The proposals from the Bureau of Land Management potentially would outlaw target shooting in swaths of public land in Arizona and Colorado as part of a broader conservation planning effort.
As near as I can tell, the government isn’t saying that you can’t own guns on Federal property. They aren’t saying you can’t CARRY guns on Federal property. They’re just saying you can’t shoot skeet on government property.
There’s a lot of stuff you can’t do on government property.
You can’t speed.
You can’t sit in the middle of the street just because you’re a stinky hippy sad that someone makes more money than you.
A whole bunch of stuff.
I suggest that the NRA back off on this one.