Would you like to see a survey that is worded in such a biased and leading way as to yield results that ought to have no intellectually honest usefulness? How about this one I got in the mail from the NRA?
Most of these questions provide only three possible answers, yes, no, or no opinion. Many of the questions are worded in such a way as to mislead or contain multiple clauses that could each be answered differently. The NRA is clearly not interested gathering accurate or nuanced information, but rather in constructing something they can use to frighten lawmakers into obedience. This is totally a “Have you stopped beating your wife?” sort of survey and it pisses me off.
I am a gun owner. But I am not in agreement with the NRA on many of the issues surrounding gun control, yet this survey allows me little means of expressing to them what my views actually are, and by extension why I consider them to be a political enemy not an ally. So, I’ve done their survey and mailed it back to them, but as an essay questionnaire instead of multiple choice. Maybe someone there will actually read my responses and consider them. More likely, they’ll just throw it all away so as not to pollute the survey results they are trying to get.
Either way, fuck them, their dishonest bullshit survey, and their political influence.
1. Do you agree that the Second Amendment guarantees your individual right to own a firearm?
No, not without restriction or regulation. The government at various levels ought to be able to restrict firearm sales in the interests of public safety. This cannot be a one size fits all concept, what is sensible in rural Wyoming is not necessarily sensible for Boston. However, certain classes of firearms ought to be prohibited from civilian ownership and restricted only to the military.
2. Do you support confirmation of pro-Second Amendment judges to the US Supreme Court and the lower federal courts?
No opinion. I don’t consider that to be an important criteria for selecting judges and justices. In fact, I think that the Second Amendment has been interpreted too often to ignore the “well regulated militia” clause.
3. Do you support laws that protect your fundamental right to use a firearm to defend yourself and your loved ones from a violent attacker?
No, because too often those sorts of laws are being used to shield insensible, trigger happy, murderers from justice. I do not believe that America needs additional laws to enshrine the right to self protection. Expanding on what we already have is only going to create more killers like George Zimmerman.
4. Should Congress and the states eliminate so-called “gun free zones” that leave innocent citizens defenseless against terrorists and violent criminals?
No, there are places where no one but the police ought to have firearms. Rather than eliminating gun free zones, I’d like to see stricter enforcement of them. I want to be able to go places where I can be reasonably certain that no one is armed.
5. Should Congress pass National Right to Carry Reciprocity, so that law abiding permit holders can exercise their right to self-defense when traveling outside their home state?
No, not unless there is a universal standard for training and suitability requirements in order to get a carry permit. Some states make it far too easy to obtain such a permit.
6. Do you oppose any United Nations treaty that strips the US of its sovereignty and gives UN diplomats the power to regulate every rifle, pistol, and shotgun you own?
How is this anything other than a ridiculous, fear mongering question? That anyone would consider this something to have a strong opinion on is just crazy. This is conspiracy theory bullshit and you ought to be ashamed of spreading it.
7. The anti-gun media claims that most gun owners support mandatory, national gun registration. Do you agree that law-abiding citizens should be forced to submit to mandatory gun registration or else forfeit their guns and their freedom?
I am a gun owner. I support mandatory national firearm registration. I support a national firearms license. I think every single firearm should be traceable to a specific license.
8. Should NRA direct critical resources toward stopping the anti-gun billionaires like Michael Bloomberg who are spending millions of dollars to destroy your Second Amendment freedom in states around the country?
The NRA already spends money to campaign against politicians who disagree with NRA policy positions. Do I support that? I suppose you all have that Constitutional right, but I do not like the effects of it on our political system. The NRA is actively making America a less intellectually honest, more irrationally fearful, and more dangerous country.
9. Would you vote to reelect a member of the US Congress or your state legislature who supports the gun-ban agenda?
Yes. I can and do support candidates for office who hold political positions similar to my own. Gun issues are only a small part of my overall set of political opinions.
10. Will you authorize NRA to use your survey answers to fight for your fundamental right to own a firearm for shooting, hunting, and personal protection?
Sure, but you won’t use my opinions.
11. Will you fight for your freedom by joining NRA today?Absolutely not. The NRA is no ally of mine. I believe that you are actively harmful to the people and institutions of the United States. It is being revealed that the NRA funnelled Russian money into our American political process and may well be led by men who are compromised by intelligence operatives of a hostile, foreign power. I want nothing to do with the NRA and the behavior of the organization in recent years has earned my lasting enmity. Go fuck yourselves.