Honoring & Remembering Those Who Fight for our Freedoms

Honoring & Remembering Those Who Fight for our Freedoms
By Tim Schmidt

Our country’s men and women in uniform make many sacrifices to preserve our Constitutional freedoms and throughout our country’s history many have made the ultimate sacrifice. Since America’s founding, those in the military have served and fought to defend the principles on which our country was founded – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice with patriotic tributes on Memorial Day, and celebrate the freedoms that they have protected for over 240 years.

The Second Amendment is one of those freedoms.

Our Constitution specifies that America should keep a “well-regulated militia,” but in addition to that, our citizens have the right to bear arms. Not just for hunting and recreation, but to defend ourselves and our families against those who would seek to do us harm. There are hundreds of thousands of law abiding citizens who take this right very seriously, and know how to be responsible gun owners.

We have a right to defend ourselves and our families, though some in government seek to limit that right, and put restrictions on it. Excessive bureaucracy and red tape, limits on gun type, ammunition capacity, and other restrictions by state are all attempts to threaten and curb our God-given right to self defense, and our Constitutional right to arm ourselves. That is not the kind of freedom our nation’s service members have fought and died for.

Pro-Second Amendment organizations like United States Concealed Carry Association exist to protect and advocate for responsible gun owners. We support policies that affirm Second Amendment rights, and defend our members from those who would seek to penalize or stigmatize legal gun ownership. Those who have successfully jumped through the government hoops to legally obtain a firearm are some of the most law abiding citizens, who only seek to protect themselves and their families. Communities are safer when citizens are responsibly armed, which a huge deterrent for criminals, who are more likely to prey on people who are unable to defend themselves. These folks are the last people the government should be targeting for erosion of their rights.

We are incredibly blessed to live in a country like the United States. Other countries around the world have many restrictions not just on gun ownership, but on freedom of speech, religion, and assembly. Some do not even give their citizens basic human rights. We should take every available opportunity to reflect on the liberties we sometimes take for granted, for they have been hard fought.

Most important though, as you and your families celebrate this weekend with pool parties and barbecues, please remember the real reason behind Memorial Day and say a prayer of sincere thanks to our country’s service members who been defending the freedoms, rights, and liberties we have as Americans.

Tim Schmidt is the president and founder of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association, and may be contacted at [email protected].

About the USCCA:

The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) provides self-defense education and training to responsible American gun owners. Headquartered in West Bend, WI, the USCCA is the largest and fastest-growing association whose sole focus is the responsibly armed American.

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