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Our freedom rests solely on the ability to communicate, organize and defend ourselves. That's why these are the first and most important rights protected by the US constitution. They are natural rights the constitution protects, not rights granted to us by government. When this country was founded arms included airguns. At the time, big-bore airguns had been in use for around 200 years for hunting, self defense and even warfare. The Girandoni air rifle is the most famous example. The Austrian army used them in the Austro-Turkish War. It was also famously used in the Lewis and Clark Expedition making it an interesting part of America's history. It had thread-on air reservoirs, similar to modern HPA tanks, that could be changed easily. It held twenty-two .46 caliber lead balls and could be fired in rapid succession. It was very quiet compared to firearms, produced no smoke to give away the shooters location and could be reloaded quickly. Many consider it to be one of the best assault rifles of it's time.
Gun rights are under attack more than any other time in American history. Politicians, media and the educational system villainize gun owners to a degree never equaled in the past. Anti-gun groups have become powerful, extremely well-funded and are gaining wide support. The federal government and many states have enacted laws to severely limit second amendment rights. In many states and cities airguns are also heavily restricted.
The assault on second amendment rights began in 1934 with the National Firearms Act. There have been many setbacks and victories for gun rights since then. Gun rights organizations are critical to winning this battle. They also defend the airgun hobby, some indirectly, some more directly. The NRA has an extensive variety of competitive airgun shooting programs and is the most involved.
I call upon my fellow second amendment supporters to join and promote the gun rights groups linked on our HOME page.They're leading the fight to restore and protect our freedom. They provide links and resources making it easy to stay informed and take action. It's inexpensive and you don't need to own a gun or have a firearm license to join. They aren't always in agreement on certain issues but they are the most effective and widely respected gun rights groups. If you join they will endlessly ask you for contributions, that's part of their job, it can be annoying but you can ignore them when you wish to. Membership at any level is critical, as many of us need to be involved as possible.
Thank you for your time,
Bill Baldyga, owner & manager, NRA Benefactor Life Member, NRA Golden Eagle, Gun Owners of America Life Member, Second Amendment Foundation Life Member