TWT Column: Doctors

Below is an excerpt:

 

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Owning a firearm is a personal choice and right afforded to us by the Second Amendment, not a symptom of a disease.

Some doctors have joined the crusade to impose greater restrictions on firearms in this country under the guise of public health. Why? Patients who own firearms, they assert, must have a predilection to act violently and dangerously toward children and others.

Instead of getting triggered by law-abiding gun owners who pose no immediate threat to the public, why don’t these doctors focus their efforts on actual medical issues?

There are two recent instances affirming this dangerous trend. One instance involves doctors requiring patients with children to confess gun ownership to them, while the other instance involves medical professionals lobbying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct studies favorable to gun control.

 

Continue reading at Washington Times.

I’m Quoted in Marie Claire on NRA Membership

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I was recently included in a Marie Claire series called “Women and Guns” to offer my take on the rise of female gun owners and National Rifle Association membership. It comprises of 10 chapters–some pro-Second Amendment ones, other anti-gun ones. Either way, it’s quite a decent account on the gun issue–could be even better.

Julia Sonenshein- who authored”Chapter 5: The Lobby–How the NRA is Rebranding–with Women-reached out to me several weeks ago to offer my take and I happily obliged. (Glad to see my thoughts weren’t butchered, and that my best quote was selected.) My thoughts, along with the thoughts of others like Florida State University student Shayna Lopez-Rivas, rape survivor/gun advocate Amanda Collins, and Rebekah Hargrove, president of Florida Students for Concealed Carry.

Odd we were featured alongside the likes of Hillary Clinton. A good chunk of the series, sadly, is full of misinformation–but I’ll give Marie Claire credit where credit is due: giving our side nearly an even playing field to communicate our views.

Go here to read the entire article.

Let me know what you think!

The series was linked by REDBOOK Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bizarre , Women’s Digest, ELLE Magazine, and Esquire Magazine. Crazy.

#GunsInAmerica Town Hall Affirmed How Anti-Gun This President Is

Surprised I was able to stomach CNN’s ‪#‎GunsInAmerica‬ town hall last night held here in Northern Virginia…Below is my takeaway from the event:

First, Obama began the town hall by acknowledging he has limited experience handling firearms and isn’t cognizant of their function or operation. He solely goes off of anecdotes that satisfy his anti-gun appetite. That and that alone automatically disqualifies him from lecturing us about gun safety. He also implied that only those living in the country, not those in urban centers, should only have access to firearms. (Callous, much?) He also suggested that there’s a high potential for law-abiding gun owners to be susceptible to criminal behavior. (Another inaccurate fact.) He has and is trying to usurp power and impose gun control measures under the guise of safety to satisfy his donors in the gun control lobby and similar outlets. His new executive order to expand background checks, which hinders not emboldens safety, would bring on 200 new government bureaucrats who would act as auditors. (Say what?) Instead of enforcing existing state and federal law that already prohibits criminals from accessing firearms, Obama and his surrogates want to penalize gun manufacturers and private dealers since he assumes and believes the shooting sports industry is rooted on profit and blood lust, which is patently false. Additionally, his arrogant tone implied that he thinks law-abiding gun owners and criminals can be lumped together; thus, to prevent a few deaths, he’s willing to embolden government at the expense of liberty. (That’s quite a scary notion.) He wants to seize on skyrocketing gun sales and have our government regulate all aspects of the industry–from transactions to operating costs to firearms access to law-abiding citizens, etc. (Very bad precedent.) Additionally, this president has a track record of imposing anti-liberty, big government measures on the populace despite mass opposition. He did it with Obamacare, has done it for national security, has penalized those who practice religious liberty, and has openly chastised and defamed his opponents–those of us who disagree with his policies. He can’t be trusted on guns either, especially with his previous endorsement of Australian-style confiscation–which Hillary Clinton recently touted.

Secondly, I thought Anderson Cooper actually asked tough questions of the president and didn’t throw many soft ball questions at him. (Apparently, the event wasn’t scripted and Obama wasn’t given questions ahead of time–that’s how all events should be conducted!) Cooper even got frustrated by Obama’s partisan and baseless attacks. The forum definitely exceeded expectations. Kudos to him for not allowing Obama to entirely deceive Americans on crime statistics, reasons why people purchase firearms, and concern for attacks on gun rights as enumerated in the Second Amendment.

Thirdly, questioners like Chris Kyle’s widow Taya Kyle, rape survivor Kimberly Corban, and AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu debunked gun control misinformation that the president and his administration have spewed. These questions rendered the president confused and intimidated. He patronized Mrs. Kyle, Mrs. Corban, and Sheriff Babeu, among many, for challenging his views. He was clearly scripted and nervous and upset to be challenged. Apart from his friends and notable gun control activists Mark Kelly, husband to Gabby Giffords, and Father Flager of Chicago, it was good to see both sides of the debate have a say–especially our pro-gun side. Sad a question about past failures with gun confiscation/gun control from abroad wasn’t asked…

Few recap points:

  • Overall, crime is down in America thanks to good guys with guns apprehending or assisting law enforcement with such. Big cities plagued by gun control policies, however, witness immense amounts of crime today. Nearby Washington, D.C. is one of the worst off…
  • 99.9% of Americans are for background checks already in place. Any talk of eliminating them is held by a few. Expanding existing background checks won’t stop crime–period. Enforce current law in place.
  • Criminal control, not gun control, should be a priority. Penalizing law-abiding gun owners for crimes of those who commit illegal gun crimes is deleterious and backwards.
    Any gun control measure, which is being presented as “gun safety,” comes at the expense of personal safety. Don’t be duped.

Overall, this town hall illuminated how power-hungry, angry, and determined this president and his administration are to suppress gun rights. (We’ve all known this for a while.) For too long, the media hadn’t challenged him or questioned his views. When asked tough questions, he deflects, uses straw man arguments, and projects negatively onto us what he accuses us of. Politicians need to be held accountable on all issues. If they aren’t, government will continue to expand as liberty contracts and shrinks.

I Finally Joined the NRA–You Should Too!

After much procrastination, I finally became a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

 

After much procrastination, I've finally decided to become a member of the National Rifle Association (@nationalrifleassociation). Why, you ask? As a Virginia CHP holder and as an avowed supporter of the Second Amendment, I want to support a group vested in safeguarding gun rights. No organization is perfect; I wish some of their political endorsements were more consistently conservative, but I wholeheartedly support their educational efforts and outreach campaigns. As a child of Lithuanian immigrants who fled tyranny in the Soviet Union–which was marked by gun control–I'm inclined to always support pro-freedom, pro-liberty policies. Gun control was among the many policy moves that oppressed my family, and I won't tolerate seeing those policies play out here in the U.S. I hope you join me in becoming an NRA member. Together, we can send a message to the anti-gunners that their defamation campaign and asinine rhetoric won't be tolerated anymore. 🔫🔫🔫 ▪️Join NRA here ➡️ https://membership.nrahq.org ▪️Check out my blog post about becoming a new NRA member ➡️ http://bit.ly/1TY64DM #MoreGunsLessCrime #GirlsJustWannaHaveGuns #2A #IAmTheNRA #NRA #ProtectYourself #MolonLabe #FreedomNotTyranny #EmpoweredWomen #CriminalControl #GunRights #GunsGirls #HandsOffOurGuns

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I guess my joining the NRA must make me a terrorist, bigot, oppressor, privileged person, right?  Wrong-the NRA doesn’t embolden or embrace terrorism and whoever suggests that is simply boneheaded and misinformed. (Talking to you, New York Daily News.)

Given all the craziness going on in this country–and as a symbolic gesture against gun grabbers–I felt it was imperative to join the oldest gun rights organization in the U.S. (Better late than never, no!?) No organization is perfect–sometimes the NRA endorses some questionable people for office. However, I mostly agree with their initiatives and hold-no prisoners approach to preserving and protecting gun rights.

As an avowed supporter of the Second Amendment, I am proud to be a new member of this organization.

Send this administration and anti-gunners a message by joining the National Rifle Association. To become a member, join here.

Update I:

Professional shooter and champion marksman Julie Golob shared my article to her 90K Facebook followers or so. So so cool!