I'm a supporter of the 2nd Amendment. Although that is a right which I defend, as an engaged citizen I appreciate living in a society of laws. There are rights and laws, and we can all live within them. I do not blindly consider every regulation as a curtailment of my rights, or as a slippery slope which will erode them, as does the NRA. I can exercise my rights in a responsible manner, without purposefully provoking those who feel differently about this issue.
Each November the NRA sends its current and former members a card telling them whom they should vote for in their district, to protect their 2nd Amendment rights. Although their member magazine often features hunting rifles, the organization must also think of their members as sheep, who should only care about one issue. As Americans we should guard our right to own firearms, but never tolerate being told how to vote.
I support Americans For Responsible Solutions, the group started by Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords. They both value their right to own a fireman, but appreciate the need for greater controls against irresponsible ownership.
Shown above is a 38 special, gifted upon Frank Sinatra by the Miami Beach Police & Firemen's Association.
reprinted from February of 2018
UPDATE FEBRUARY 13, 2019: Former astronaut and fighter pilot Mark Kelly has announced his candidacy for Arizona's senate seat as a Democrat. Although I tend conservative, Kelly is a Democrat who has my support.