Reuters reports that the United Nations “treaty” to “limit irresponsible arms sales” is on again, now based on “consensus.” We’ve seen this concept before: a group of countries or governments presuming to tell other governments what to do using vague, arbitrary and capricious criteria. Given the potential threat to America’s sovereignty, the NRA needs to assert the values that American gun owners hold near and dear. Currently, the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) education programs teach the the Gun Owners Responsibility code of ethics. But it does not assert the right own firearms formally, in writing, in the lesson plans. Nothing in the NRA’s Legal Lesson Plans for its two Personal Protection Programs covers the development of the Second Amendment, or its importance for guaranteeing our freedoms. The same black hole swallowed any gun rights component for the Law Enforcement Activities Division (LEAD).
This past Sunday I ran the NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home program. There were 16 students. During a break in the Range Exercise, I went through the personal lesson plan below. It was well received; many students did not know of the depth of the law that protects their right to keep and bear arms. Linking political education with hands-on shooting was a natural, logical and powerful combination. I see no reason why the NRA shouldn’t tell Americans why we have the right to bear arms and what it means to us as a society. And I see every reason why it should.
The Right to Keep and Bear Arms
10 minute discussion concept for insertion into NRA educational programs and legal lesson plans
a. Natural law validates the necessity and naturalness of self defense. The possession of tools weaponry is innate in mans nature.
b. Common law / religious laws validate the importance of having the means of self defense for religious values.
c. Case law has validated the right to possess firearms. d. History has shown the need for people to possess firearms. e. Federal Constitution Bill of Rights 2nd Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
d. State Constitution
Right to Bear Arms
– “No law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms. (As amended November 2, 1971 and November 2, 1986.) “
– The NRA believes that the right to have firearms is an individual right that is for the benefit of the individual and mankind as a whole. The NRA is actively promoting that right. By participating in this program we hope that you will grow to appreciate the right and responsibility of firearms ownership as seen in the pledge: A Gun Owners Responsibility.