Balancing Security and Liberty
Life is a balance and in times of great tragedy, it is easy to allow the pendulum to swing too far to one side or the other.
When a hammer is used to drive a nail in the wrong place, we don't blame the hammer. We look to the carpenter and ask why this happened. The gun control debate is no different, before we cast all the blame on inanimate objects, we should work to discover why these people undertake these unspeakable actions and work to keep firearms out of irresponsible hands.
The NWTF supports improvements to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System that will bring appropriate mental health and other records, such as restraining orders, into the NICS. Making NICS more effective is a strong first step to preventing illegal purchases of firearms from federally licensed retailers.
It is also critical that safety remains the highest priority of every gun owner. It is incumbent upon us to secure firearms in our homes, ensure that unauthorized people are not able to access firearms and instill the rules of safe gun handling to those we introduce to firearms.
Hunters have a strong track record as exemplary gun owners. By creating more hunters and fostering a hunting culture we can help increase the number of responsible gun owners. A hunter is much more likely to be involved in a fatal accident driving to the field than being in a firearm-related hunting incident.
When facing difficult issues, I often find myself turning to the words of wiser men.
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty." -- Benjamin Franklin
As the nation works to address this issue, it is important that we keep our focus on getting to the true cause of the problem.
George C. Thornton