Talk about shooting oneself in the foot!
The Wounded Warrior Project, who obviously assists wounded veterans and their families has done just that. They recently refused to participate in a firearms-oriented radio talk show, which would have brought them great publicity and additional support. An email exchange between their PR flack and the radio producer produced evidence that they do not organizationally support Second Amendment Rights.
Our position regarding firearms and alcohol is in response to the struggles that many injured service members face with substance abuse and suicide and the roles those items often play in those issues.
Pro-civil-rights-bloggers are dropping them from their blog sidebars like hot machine gun barrels. Hopefully, other big supported like Anheuser-Busch are doing the same.
As am I.
I’m substituting the charity Soldier’s Angels in their stead.
This reminded me of many years ago, before I was married. I was looking into the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization, with the possibility of perhaps sponsoring one. They, too, seemed to do great work. A local news story surfaced, wherein the regional chapter denied a decorated, veteran police officer Big Brother status, because he insisted on having his gun with him! Now, I don’t know (or particularly care) if this was a local, regional or national policy decision. It soured the organization for me. I didn’t pursue the status further, and give them no money. And tell all who will listen the story.
There are many worthy charities out there. I wish I had the resources to help them, but, I do not. But, I can put them on my sidebar and send them five or ten dollars when I have it. Which is not very often.
But I’ve expectations of those I support. They don’t need to actively support gun rights, HOWEVER, disparaging firearm possession and furthering propaganda lies are another thing altogether.
Please support Soldier’s Angels.
(Update – WWP is backpedaling all over the place. Too little, too late in my view – Guffaw)