I rarely join lobbying groups, and I almost never tell other people that they should do so. But desperate times, my friends.

It has become evident to me—as I am sure it has become obvious to you—that the President and his democratic allies in Congress are about to launch the greatest attack on our constitutional freedoms in our lifetime. The coming fight over gun restriction is the latest battle in the long war that activists have raged over the last several decades against our Second Amendment rights. The object of that war is to make guns illegal, in all forms. In the world they imagine, only the state and its officers would be permitted to own and carry a weapon.

It is an outrage that these activists have exploited the tragedy in Connecticut for their own ends, and it is sad that the President has decided to forgo an opportunity to reform our gun control regulations, so many of which only burden law abiding citizens while doing nothing to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals.

The President will no doubt launch quite the political campaign to gain support for his policies, but make no mistake—this is only the first action of many against our right to bear arms. In the President’s mind, and in the mind of liberals in Congress, there is no such thing as a good gun, and there is no such thing as a good gun owner.

These politicians either do not know or do not care that an armed, responsible citizenry is the last and greatest bulwark against tyranny that a nation can have. They certainly do not care about our right to bear arms, enshrined in the Constitution and reaffirmed by recent Supreme Court rulings. They do not appreciate that in the United States of America, the state does not have a monopoly on force. Rather, in our country, the common man is elevated as an equal with the state, a citizen that is as entitled to carry a weapon as any police officer or soldier.

For thousands of years of human history, it was not so. From the Samurai of Japan to the knights of the feudal order, it was the nobility–the powerful and the high born–who were permitted to bear the sword, not the commoner. But here, there is no nobility, there are no commoners. At least, until this point in our history.

If President Obama and his allies have their way, they take yet another step in rendering us dependent on the government, in this case for our safety and that of our families—and ultimately for our freedoms.

This attack cannot stand.

Fortunately, there is a group dedicated to the protection of our Second Amendment Rights—the National Rifle Association. Today I pledge my support to the NRA; financially, politically, and intellectually. I ask you to do the same. Join the NRA. They stand for all of us now, and I pray that in the coming battle for our rights, they will be victorious.

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