Why are gun owners hated so much? Is it because we aren't willing to give into the political machine and let go of our rights? Is it because we refuse to be victims and take steps to avoid becoming one? Whatever the reason, one cannot deny the bigotry of the gun control movement.
Most recently Governor Jon S. Corzine of New Jersey called us "potential criminals" while arguing against the Thune Amendment. Ouch man, that's low. I'm a Christian and an Eagle Scout, I am not a potential criminal. There are millions of gun owners just like me, and we are deeply hurt by that type of hate speech.
It doesn't stop there though, that is not even the worst of it! I can't tell you how many times I've read or heard people accuse gun owners of being retarded, rednecks, ignorant, evil, or even sexually insecure! Let me give you some news, if guns were a phallic symbol, Smith and Wesson wouldn't offer revolvers with a two inch barrel.
New York Gov. Mario Cuomo characterized gun-owners as "hunters who drink beer, don't vote, and lie to their wives about where they were all weekend." We represent "the worst instincts in the human character" according to a WASHINGTON POST editorial, "Guns and the Civilizing Process", Sept. 26, 1972. Olberman made the comment that, "organizations like the NRA, which are trying to increase deaths by gun in this country..."
Gun control advocates are especially brutal when the issue at hand is concealed carry. Its like they believe that everybody who gets a permit is a criminal, or a criminal waiting to happen. President Obama (when he was a senator), quoted by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, admitted, “I am not in favor of concealed weapons. I think that creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could (get shot during) altercations.” Because you know, anyone who goes through the legal channels to carry a weapon concealed is obviously a criminal.
Gun owners have put up with this for way too long. We aren't bad people, we are some of America's best sons and daughters. As a group concealed carry permit holders are among the most law-abiding citizens in the nation. We are diverse. We are inner city store owners, who use their gun to defend themselves and their business. We are college students, some of whom are starting college after finishing a tour of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. We are women, men, black, white, and yellow. We are teachers, lawyers, computer science majors, construction workers and farmers. We donate blood, we volunteer time to Kiwanis, we do what we can to help our fellow man. We are rich, poor and everywhere in between.
But we all have one thing in common, we are blessed to live in a country that recognizes an individual's right to keep and bear arms and we exercise that right. Not just that right but also our right to free speech, and press and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. We have had enough, and we're going to do something about it. It is not immoral to own a gun, we are not bad people and we will defend our name and our rights. And we will do so without the hate speech and bigotry that has unjustly been used against us. Like I said, law abiding gun owners are among the best people in this great nation.