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Another gun group?
Because the competent American shooter is an endangered species, headed on a fast track to extinction.
Practical rifle and pistol shooting, free from geegaws and the “equipment race”, is a dying art.
There are tens of millions of centerfire rifles in the United States. How many of their owners know how to use those tools to a fraction of their potential?
Answer – not many.
The Western Rifle Shooters Association is dedicated to fixing those problems, one shooter at a time.
We claim no extraordinary new insights. Each one of us is both a student and a teacher. Humility and hard work are our cardinal virtues.
And we are willing to work – in small groups and in large groups – at sharing what we know with other Americans.
As many shooters, as often as possible, and in as many places as possible – starting now.
Why the urgency?
Because time is short.
Look around at the folks attending the local gun show. How many teenagers there? How many young people? How many women?
Of the few other-than-old-white-guys that are there, how many are spending any money? Do those few really know how to use what they are buying?
Face it – if many more everyday Americans don’t become more involved in practical shooting very soon, that fine American tradition will be gone forever. Not tomorrow, not next month – but certainly within the next ten years.
And the extinction of practical shooting by citizens is no accident.
If you’re willing to face the hard facts, you need only to look at the ongoing struggle in this country over the renewed and expanded “assault weapon” ban. You know, the one that “has no chance of passing”, according to the mainstream gun sages.
Of course, the acts of a deranged killer at Virginia Tech will only accelerate the push for more gun control measures, even before Eisner and other MSM statists get their latest propaganda campaigns started.
Look outside our borders and note the progress towards complete registration and eventual total confiscation in formerly gun-friendly nations such as England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. That's the future, as our friend Habcan explained almost two years ago.
The cold, hard truth is that the domestic anti-gun forces and their international allies simply will not rest until all private gun ownership is completely banned. As an intermediate step towards that final objective, mandatory registration of all firearms and licensing of all firearms owners will be attempted wherever and whenever there is sufficient political support.
These guys have big money behind them (George Soros, anyone?), and they aren’t going away.
Sadly, despite the passage of concealed carry legislation in many states, the long-term future looks pretty bleak for gun owners today. The US Supreme Court hasn’t directly decided a Second Amendment case in almost seventy years, and with a number of justices using international precedent in deciding US constitutional issues, no rational gun owner should be counting on any help from that front. The recent passage of the Federal REAL ID statute will give Federal and state law enforcement agencies a greatly improved ability to link individuals and their firearms purchases. And as gun owners have learned from New York City with its confiscation of formerly legal semiautomatic rifles to the state of California with its recent ban on .50 caliber rifles, universal gun registration – whether it is explicit or, more likely, the product of database information mining by law enforcement agencies– is the immediate step prior to gun confiscation.
You don’t think they won’t come again for the “assault weapons”, especially your Glock “assault pistol” and those super-deadly “semiautomatic assault rifles” like your Garand?
You don’t think they won’t come for the “long-range sniper rifles” (formerly known as your deer rifle), especially if equipped with a “military sniper scope” (that cheap imported scope you bought ten years ago at Wally World)?
You don’t think that they won’t come for “unusual purchasers” of firearms, especially someone who purchases (the horror!) more than one gun in a month?
You don’t think that government forces and private security mercenaries won’t go door-to-door to disarm law-abiding citizens due to a “public emergency”?
Think again, and remember New Orleans.
You don't think they won't come for "suspected domestic terrorists" who purchase more than 100 rounds of ammo at one time, especially if the purchase was the ultra-wicked "military full metal jacket ammunition capable of shooting right through one person and then killing another" as part of the always-newsworthy "weapons cache"?
Wake up while you still can.
Government forces and their lackeys around the world know, as did the American founders, that an armed, trained, and vigilant populace can never be enslaved.
That's why the statists work so hard to stupefy and disarm all citizens in their path.
It's not about shooting.
It's not about the tools.
It ain't about the gadgets.
It's about personal freedom and political liberty - do you have the tools, skills, and mindset to maintain freedom for you and your family?
If you do, and are willing to help, drop us a line at email@example.com. We aim to be friends with all right-thinking Americans.
If you don't, but are willing to learn, drop us a line as well.
And keep watching this space.