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The bill of rights guarantees Americans a number of rights and liberties. There are few fans of some of them. You rarely hear a peep if a criminal defendant is confined before trial because he has been denied bail or the bail was excessive. And when have you seen an organization collect millions of dollars to prevent arbitrary searches and seizures? But there is one amendment that has been turned into money-making machine: the one where, more or less, and with qualifications of debatable meaning, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms.” Everyone, of course, has heard of the secular National Rifle Association, which helps secure that right for hunters, D.C. apartment dwellers, incipient sociopaths and organized crime figures across the country. This organization is highly successful and even more powerful than Grover Norquist, who can demand obedience only from the Republican Party. The NRA has prevented even the Democrats from discussing serious gun control, no matter how many people are shot in shooting sprees by people who seem to have been obviously too unstable to have access to the modern armory.

There is a less well known organization that is testing the money-gathering charms of the Second Amendment, the National Association for Gun Rights. One would think that the NRA had occupied the field given its great successes. But the NAGR attempts to battle the monopoly of this charity (and its own less than mellifluous acronym) by marrying the good fight of the libertarians of the first federal Congress with the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Here is the fund-raising letter sent by Executive Vice-President, Dudley Brown.

Intriguing, no? Wanne see how Jesus commands us to fight for our rights to own anti-tank weapons? Here’s the rest of the text:

Yes, burdensome because I believe having this kind of freedom places a moral duty on all of us to protect it.  Everything from flying small planes, to speaking our minds about controversial issues to the thousand other freedoms we still enjoy — we’re obligated to pass them on.

Luke 12:48 says “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.”

If we have this much freedom in most states in America, how could we possibly hand down less to our children?

I don’t want to be sitting in a rocking chair telling my 15 year old grandson, “I used to take your parents out shooting machine guns, but those firearms have long since been banned” (and yes, I do take my kids to shoot machine guns).

Here’s another phrase I hope my lips never utter: “Your grandmother and I used to drive across western America, but now that’s impossible without government-approved papers and proof of your ‘need’ to travel.”

Fail to Protect Freedom?

How can we look our family members in the eye 20 years from now, and admit, “I failed to protect freedom in our country?”

I’ve been given much that I’m thankful for.  The list of freedoms we still enjoy in the land of the brave is longer than I care to list here, and longer than you probably want to read.

But of all the blessings I enjoy, at the top of my list is the trust placed in me by the hundreds-of-thousands of gun owners and freedom activists I work with every day through the pro-gun organization which employ me.

Some think running a large national organization is a cushy job with many perks.  For many it probably is.

Not Cushy

But as you may know from personal experience, working for a cause or charity is often far from cushy.

Activating and equipping the lovers of freedom is arduous, time-consuming work.  There is no such thing as “off-time.”  The enemies of freedom don’t sleep.  We have to be prepared to act at a moment’s notice, not unlike a firefighter.

I don’t even remember a vacation with my family where much of the trip wasn’t spent on the phone, putting out fires in a legislature or in Congress.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not complaining.

Nothing is as motivating as fighting a winning battle against big government bureaucrats and left-leaning (or neo-conning) politicians.

Few things get me up in the morning with a bigger smile than the thought of lighting up a gun-banning politician with e-mails, phone calls, and mail.

The Tools of Liberty

And that brings us to a whole new list of things for which to thank the Lord: He has given us the tools to defend liberty.

Yes, they are different than the tools that secured America’s freedoms against the British.

Instead of the Kentucky Rifle (one of the most common rifles of the American Revolutionary War) or the Brown Bess musket (the tactical firearm of its day), we use computers, printers, postage, petitions, the internet and other mundane tools at the very core of the battle for freedom.

The pen truly is mightier than the sword, and I hope and pray we never have to use anything else to continue securing the blessings of liberty.

To say we’re thankful for these modern tools for defending freedom, though, is an understatement.  The privilege of fighting side-by-side with our Founding Fathers in the cause of liberty is the greatest blessing of all.

For Freedom,

Dudley Brown
Executive Vice President

P.S. The National Association for Gun Rights is working literally day and night to keep you up-to-date on all gun issues.

Please consider chipping in just $10 or $20 to help the National Association for Gun Rights keep up the fight.

The National Association for Gun Rights is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, single-purpose citizens’ organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the Constitutionally protected right-to-keep-and-bear-arms through an aggressive program designed to mobilize public opposition to anti-gun legislation. The National Association for Gun Rights’ mailing address is P.O. Box 7002, Fredericksburg, VA 22404. They can be contacted toll-free at 1-877-405-4570. Its web address is

Not produced or e-mailed at taxpayer expense.

So, dear Christian, do not listen to Mark, who quotes Him as saying, “go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven.”  No, my friend, that way perdition lies. Listen to Luke, who quotes the modern Jesus, who says to dig deep and give, so that other children of God can share grace of the trigger of the anti-tank gun. And, by the way, God will not mind you knocking off a bit of the tithe so that you can kick in a bit more to Dudley Brown.

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