Niagara Gazette

Opinion

January 1, 2013

CONFER: The NRA's inconsistent message

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Niagara Gazette — Doing so would set an ugly precedent by denying the rights of local governments — and therefore the people — to maintain and oversee their own police and security forces. Local control of police is one of the most important pieces of the liberty puzzle – the moment that the people lose that and the federal government gains control of the protection of our city streets and school hallways, is the moment that we lose everything. Unlike other countries where the police forces are managed by the national government, our police are accountable to the very people they are empowered to serve and protect.

Under federal funding – therefore federal control - police forces would end up reporting to a higher, distant power less in tune with the needs of the residents and more intent on the maintenance of power than the maintenance of freedom.

So, it’s ironic that the NRA claims to fully support the Second Amendment, which was listed in our Bill of Rights by the Founding Fathers to not only offer a means of achieving self-defense and sustenance, but also as a means to offer protection from the evils of totalitarianism, whether that threat came from another country or our own country itself. The NRA’s hopes for federally-funded armed security opens the door to the very type of federal government that our Founding Fathers wanted protection from.

Because of circumstances like this, the liberty movement would be better served if single-topic groups like the NRA focused solely on their task at hand and their specialty niche – in this case, maintaining and/or reclaiming our right to self-defense – and didn’t delve into other areas and ideas that only serve to harm other rights.

If the whole of the Constitution is important to groups like the NRA, they should leave certain matters to individuals and organizations that have a broader and more consistent approach to Americanism.

Gasport resident Bob Confer also writes for the New American magazine at thenewamerican.com. Follow him on Twitter @bobconfer

Gasport resident Bob Confer also writes for the New American magazine at thenewamerican.com. Follow him on Twitter @bobconfer

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