As a family member, I’ve been an ardent advocate for gun safety and the Second Amendment.
When I was first exposed to the concept of a “shower of shame” on social media, I was horrified.
A “shooting gallery” was advertised, featuring images of the family members of some of the deadliest mass shooters in American history.
A family member could see that they were the only family members that were being used to make a political statement.
I felt violated.
I knew the NRA was making a big political statement by using the image of my father and grandfather as a weapon to scare people into silence.
It was just disgusting.
I was not surprised when my father was shot dead in front of me by a member of the National Rifle Association in my hometown of Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.
The NRA had made a point of associating my family with mass shootings before.
I had to learn to live with the fear that my family would be targeted in a similar fashion.
I could not be silent.
The fear of my family’s safety was the reason why I continued to advocate for universal background checks.
In 2013, I became the only member of my immediate family to pass the NRA test.
The first two questions I took were “What is your NRA membership?” and “Who is a member?”
My answer to the first question was my father, my husband, my two daughters, and my brother.
It seemed that my answer was on par with that of every other family member.
The second question was the toughest.
The third question was “Do you support background checks?”
The answer was, “No, I don’t support background check.”
The fact that my answers to the three questions were so similar made me feel like I had no voice in the NRA and that I had a duty to speak up when the NRA wanted to silence me.
My family was used as pawns in the gun control debate.
The majority of Americans do not support universal background check, which is why the NRA has spent millions of dollars trying to convince Americans that universal background checking is a “good idea.”
I am not going to pretend that my father would have been a victim of the Sandy Hook massacre, but I will say that his death would have made me want to scream my head off and beg the NRA to listen.
This is why I joined the NRA.
I joined because I believed in the Second Amendments.
I didn’t believe in the “showing off” of guns to scare the public into silence, but that’s exactly what the NRA did.
I also didn’t know that my NRA membership would lead me to vote for a president who supported the “gun grabbers” who want to expand gun control and disarm Americans.
My wife, my daughters, my son, and I had all been victims of mass shootings.
I want to take this opportunity to tell you how I feel about the NRA shooting gallery.
I feel violated.
The gun grabbers use their position as gun owners to make gun control look like a grassroots movement and to attack the Second Ammendment rights of American gun owners.
The reason they feel like this is because their own political party has long been aligned with the gun grabber agenda.
In 2016, the NRA endorsed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for president.
In addition to being an NRA member, Trump also owns a gun store and he’s also been vocal about the need to “secure our borders” and “ensure the Second AMM [American Moms’] Right to Bear Arms.”
Trump has also advocated for gun control laws, including the assault weapons ban, which was introduced by then-President Obama and signed by President Trump.
In fact, Trump has said that he supports the NRA being involved in politics.
But I would argue that Trump has a long history of support for the gun lobby.
He has said many times that he “doesn’t want gun manufacturers to be involved in political campaigns.”
When I first began my political activism in the late 1990s, I thought that I was on the right track.
I would be a strong, outspoken voice for gun owners, and the NRA would stand behind me.
I did not realize that in order to have any hope of getting the NRA into politics, I had been so completely and completely silenced.
My political activism is a long and difficult journey.
It took me decades of advocacy to finally get a seat at the table.
I have come a long way, but many things still go through my mind when I think about my family.
I remember how hard it was to get my father to support me, to get him to stand up and be heard.
The most painful thing about that moment is that I did get him on board, but he was never able to do that.
After all, what can you do to win a seat in Congress when the gun industry and gun grabblers are your main allies?
I want the NRA not to be my allies, but my political opponents, too. The