"Everyone Gets a Gun" is a new NRA News commentary
that asks Second Amendment supporters to imagine a world in which the government facilitates gun safety by teaching kids about firearms via hands-on training at a young age.
The thought, proposed by commentator Billy Johnson, goes so far as to ask viewers to imagine subsidies for firing ranges, and perhaps a yearly allotment of ammunition.
"Sound crazy? Think about it. Education, healthcare, food, retirement — we subsidize things we value. Gun policy, driven by out need for guns, would protect equal access to guns, just like we protect equal access to voting and due process and free speech. Our Founding Fathers believed that we did need guns — that's why the codified our access to guns into the Constitution."
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Many commentators from Gawker
to Slate point out
that the NRA's focus on kids is likely driven by the fact that young people's interest in gun ownership is heavily waning. Gun makers are nervous about the security of their future profits, so they've poured millions into campaigns that pander to young people — such as the awkward "Colion Noir" web series — that they hope will make gun ownership more appealing to youth.
The NRA's motives aside, however, none of the commentators who disagreed with the video attempted to refute the logic of Johnson's argument, which he spelled out in plain terms.
"The point is that as a country we often write policy to protect access to something — education, parks, jobs. But for one of the most important protections — a constitutional right — we write policy designed to limit access. Among Second Amendment supporters, it's common to talk about U.S. gun policy. We worry that policies will encroach on our rights. We share our concerns about overreaching gun policy that fails to make any of us safer."
Johnson believes that expanded access to guns could make us safer, something the Founding Fathers also believed.
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