Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Are You The Gun Lobby?

By Dave Dargo

Condition Ready, L.L.C. is a family business. Baked into our family values is a belief in rugged individualism while always being there to help our neighbors. We have a responsibility to ourselves, our families, our communities and our nation. Those responsibilities aren't ones we are willing to abdicate to some bureaucrat in a government office.

We agree with something President Gerald Ford said,
"A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."
We started our little business because, as with many family businesses, we were already doing something we loved and we wanted to formalize the process. We were already sharing with family and friends what we learned in our defensive pistol classes. We were already preaching about gun safety and readiness to anyone who would listen. We were already committed to spreading the word on something we take very seriously: safe and effective use of firearms for self-defense.

We weren't sitting around looking for a business to build, we were looking for a structure for a shared passion that already existed.

We firmly believe in the individual right to self-defense and the right to keep and bear arms.

We became NRA certified instructors to learn how to effectively teach what we ourselves were studying. We figured out how to build a web site and deal with lawyers, how to build presentations and range exercises, how to encourage our students to excel at something that was new to some and old hat to others. Before we knew it we had a process, a logo, a slogan and students.

Building a business is a scary process to go through. So much is unknown and after each problem is solved a new challenge emerges. But building a business is also intensely satisfying and exciting.

At the end of the day, though, the greatest joy we can experience is watching a student do things they never imagined they could do.

Being in a firearms related business can be tough because it's a "politically sensitive" industry.  The president of the United States calls us liars. An executive of the National Education Association says we're going to hell. The mainstream media says our students are paranoid.

We support many gun rights organizations because our government is getting big enough to take from us everything we have. In just the past twelve months we've seen encroachments on the first, second, fourth and fifth amendments; amendments designed to prevent the government from taking from us what our creator gave us.

When someone asks if I am part of the "gun lobby" I proudly answer, "You bet!"

I hope you answer the same way. Whether you write to your representatives directly, vote or join a gun rights organization you are helping preserve the fundamental rights that are unique to our great nation.

As we approach Independence Day please consider what else you can do to help the fight against big-government encroachment on our fundamental rights. We have a link on the bottom of our web site pages that make it easy to join the NRA at a discount. (You can also just click here to join the NRA.)

Use our link, use a direct link, join when attending one of our classes. Join the NRA, join the Second Amendment Foundation or join the National Association of Gun Rights, or join all of them.

Fight with us to preserve a foundational principle of a free people and proudly call yourself part of the gun lobby.

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