What is a ‘gun safety advocate’ and where do they hold classes?


Moms Demand Action hands out T-shirts, but does it offer courses of instruction on firearms safety? (Screen snip, YouTube, PAHomepage, WHTM)

Everywhere you turn, there are breaking stories about “gun safety advocates” flocking to state capitols, or reports of “gun reform” activists talking to politicians about “much needed legislation,” as Seattle’s KCPQ—the local Fox affiliate—reported Wednesday about a trek “hundreds of volunteers” made to Olympia this week “to urge lawmakers to pass policies intended to prevent gun violence.”

Last month, CNBC reported how “gun safety advocates” in Texas were arguing that a widely-publicized church shooting in which a would-be mass killer was shot dead by a firearms instructor “wouldn’t have happened if the U.S. — and Texas — had stronger gun regulation.”

So, what these “gun safety advocates” actually turn out to be are gun control proponents using what the firearms community calls “camo-speak” to disguise their mission and philosophy.

Has anyone ever heard of, much less attended, a firearms safety course taught by certified instructors from Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety lobbying group?

When was the last time a Moms Demand Action chapter offered a course on firearms and self-defense for women?

When the Bend, Oregon Source reported about that state’s upcoming legislative session, noting that ‘State of Safety Action” an Oregon-based gun safety group, had filed a petition last July to put a “gun safety” measure on this November’s ballot, there was no mention on their website about upcoming courses. The group only speaks of locking up firearms and working “to pass legislation to ensure responsible gun ownership in Oregon.”

So, who defines “responsible gun ownership?” Conservative Firing Line this week challenged Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan to define “gun violence.” So far, no response.

When WWBT News reported about the recent turnout of an estimated 22,000 armed citizens gathering outside the Virginia capitol in Richmond, the station said, “many gun-safety advocates remained far away but still pushed for tougher gun legislation.” Their closer proximity would have been unnecessary, since the presence of tens of thousands of firearms—both long guns and sidearms, apparently all loaded—resulted in not so much as a scratch.

When anti-gunners gathered in Annapolis, Maryland to push so-called “universal background check” legislation, WMAR News headlined the story, “Gun safety advocates testify in Annapolis in support of background check legislation.”

The most recognized organization in the country that fields thousands of certified volunteer firearms instructors who annually teach various levels of gun safety is the National Rifle Association. Often referred to as “the Red Cross of firearms safety,” the NRA has taught genuine gun safety to millions of Americans over several generations.

The NRA started the nation’s first hunter education courses in 1949 in the state of New York. Today hunter education courses are provided in all 50 states.

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NRA-certified law enforcement instructors teach police and sheriff’s deputies and other law enforcement professionals.

NRA’s “Refuse to be A Victim” course has provided life-saving instruction to countless audiences consisting largely of women, whether they’re moms or otherwise.

What have the “gun reform” advocates done? Other than promote fear of firearms and push gun control laws that haven’t prevented a single violent crime, according to rights activists, it doesn’t appear the “reformers” have done much of anything except push aws that penalize the wrong people.

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