Guest column: Have they lost their minds?

Lee’s note: This guest column was written by John C. Sigler, the NRA’s 59th President and a current member of the NRA Board of Directors. Mr. Sigler is an attorney, a retired police captain and a veteran of the United States Submarine Service.


By John C. Sigler

 “San Francisco officials brand NRA a ‘domestic terrorist organization’” – that was the headline in the September 4, 2019, Fox News article by Adam Shaw. According to Shaw, “The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution declaring the National Rifle Association a “domestic terrorist organization” and urged the federal government to do the same, alleging that the NRA is using “its considerable wealth and organization to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence”.

“Have they lost their minds” you ask? No, probably not. My guess is this is all part of one, well-planned, well-considered and well-executed “grand scheme.” They know exactly what they are doing.

They care little about facts or the truth. And they certainly don’t care about defaming over 5 million law-abiding gun owners who proudly belong to America’s oldest, strongest and largest civil rights organization. They know the truth about you and the NRA, but to them the truth is merely an inconvenience to be brushed aside, ignored, denigrated, and lied about in favor of their progressive “grand scheme”.

They know that NRA is an organization that has, for the past 148 years, promoted firearm safety, adherence to the laws of the land, respect for our flag, our history, our culture, our heritage and the principles of good government, and obedient, loyal and patriotic citizenship. And they know that NRA has never incited anyone, member or non-member, to acts of violence. In fact, they know the opposite to be true. They know for a fact that NRA members are among the most law-abiding, peace-loving, God-fearing, respectful and patriotic members of our society.

Then why are they doing this? The answer is simple.

Last year I was criticized for saying “they don’t hate your guns, they hate you” – Well, it looks like I was right. San Francisco’s defamatory and utterly hateful and ridiculous resolution shows just how far off the deep end their hatred for you, the NRA, and America’s traditional values has driven the anti-gun crowd.

But there is a method to their madness. The real meat of their preposterous resolution lies not in the defamatory and inflammatory labeling of NRA as a so-called “domestic terrorist organization”. No, the real meat of their preposterous resolution lies in the purpose of that resolution which is to do the same thing that New York tried to do – scare off businesses who do business with NRA and its 5+ million law-abiding God-fearing, freedom-loving patriotic members. Here’s the punch line from their hate-filled resolution:

“The City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to limit those entities who do business with San Francisco from doing business with this domestic terrorist organization”( meaning the NRA and its members).

Sound familiar? Sounds just like New York’s Governor Cuomo and his cronies, doesn’t it?

In other words, this is about money and politics. It’s about trying to remove NRA and its 5+ million members from the electoral playing field in 2020. It’s really about defeating Trump and sending more folks like Diane Feinstein and Kamela Harris to the U.S. Senate, and others like Nancy Pelosi, Eric Swalwell, Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters to Congress – and taking over the US Supreme Court.

But why? What are they after?

If you ask them they will tell you it’s about “progress” – they are, after all, “progressives”. But progress toward what? What is their goal, what is their “end game”?

Is it socialism? Is it communism? Is it despotism? Or totalitarianism? Or is it some combination of all of those things? Or perhaps their idea of “progress” is something not yet named by today’s political and social scientists and studied in the textbooks of our time, something even more sinister and foreboding? I don’t know – and I doubt that most of them do either.

But, what we do know, is that whatever it is toward which they are “progressing”, it isn’t traditional “Americanism” and it certainly isn’t about preserving our Republic, our history, our culture, our heritage, our American way of life, our freedom or our beloved Constitution. Whatever it is toward which they want to “progress”, it is most certainly the antithesis of the freedom and the love of America for which you and I and every other card-carrying NRA member stands, and for which so many Americans have fought and died.

In other words, we – you and I and the NRA – are standing in their way. Standing united, we the 5+ million members of the NRA, are the proverbial roadblock they must remove if they are to achieve their “progressive” goal. They know that in order to achieve their ultimate goal of destroying American freedom, of replacing our beloved market-driven Republic with some socialistic and totalitarian abomination they must first destroy the NRA and your will to stand up to them and to thwart their evil plans.

I have said it before and I will say it again – they don’t hate your guns, they hate you – because you are standing in their way – their way toward “progress” – their way toward the fundamental transformation of America into something no one who has ever worn the uniform or saluted the flag of the United States of America would ever recognize.

It isn’t about guns – no, not really. Guns are simply the symbol. To them, guns represent American traditions and American values. To them, privately owned and lawfully used guns represent traditional American values such as rugged individualism, individual independence and freedom, individual responsibility and self-reliance – American values that each and every responsible NRA member, like you, possesses and cherishes and about which we teach our children, families, friends and neighbors.

OK, so I was wrong – they do hate your guns – but only because of the traditions and values your guns represent. And they hate you and me and the NRA because we embrace those traditions and values, and because the people who embrace those traditions and values will never embrace the “progress” the anti-gunners and those pseudo-Americans wish to achieve.

Stand with me – stand with the NRA – stand for freedom – and stand united and block the path of the anti-gun “progressives” whose idea of “progress” is one that is decidedly un-American and anti-freedom.

If we stand united, we – you, and I, and the NRA – can, and will, defeat these anti-American forces of evil at the ballot box next year, and every election year thereafter. United we win – divided we fail.


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


    • Hey Gutierrez what a milk toast thing to say. Where are your balls. You are part of the problem and the reason these anti NRA protesters feel they have the freedom to destroy our country. You sir are a fence sitter. You don’t want to reveal yourself, but by saying what you did you have revealed everything about what you think and how you stand about the NRA. Thanks for nothing.

    • I interpret your admonition to “stay out of politics and stick with the law” as a reference to immersion in fiduciary corruption and wielding raw abuse of unjust power over others. As responsible citizens it is our duty and right to participate in civic affairs to the best of ones ability to diligently vote in every election and if having means and ability to donate money and time and run to hold office if qualified. Our best have served and some kia to guarantee that ability to enjoy. America is exceptional. Better to cast votes into the ballot box than to be firing in anger from out of the cartridge box.

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  2. kalifornia contains a bunch of fruits and nuts. san francisco has an overdose of these. so while it is sad that the liberal insanity has infested those suffering such an overdose, it is expected.

    the best thing someone can do is to move out of kalifornia. get out and don’t look back.

    • While Serving in the Navy, I spent roughly 7 years in the “Granola” State. They are still the “Granola” State, because those that aren’t fruits or nuts are flakes!
      JUST SAYIN’!!

  3. If the city has declared the organization is a domestic terrorist one are they neglecting their responsibilities to protect their citizens from terrorists? Are they allowing terrorists to live and work in their city or are they going to arrest every member and gun owner living or visiting there. I wouldn’t want to visit or live in any city that would label me as a member of a terrorist organization.

  4. I’m sorry Mr. Gutierrez but whom would you like to stay out of politics? Every human being is a political being. That is why we foster communities in which to live. We sponsor political parties that we trust will carry our views to fruition. Most of us care about whats going on and where is it taking us. The answer to the shameful actions of San Francisco’s dictatorial government is simple. Stay away from San Francisco. Don’t patronize any business that has a connection to San Francisco. Now for me its a simple case of rerouting our upcoming trip. I was going to stop in San Francisco on our way north to Alaska. Not going to happen now. Bye, bye San Fran. and most of California. You folks out there are really brainless, aren’t you?

  5. The goal of Communism is to destroy America’s family units by creating fear, economic instability, unintelligible education, propaganda media, destroy Christianity, so Government becomes your God.

    The first sentence in USDOJ/FBI/Homeland Insecurity/NSA/CIA Charters Including Oath of Office by all Judges, Statemen, Military is to “Ptotect The Constitution” from ALL ENEMIES FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC!

    Is it the NRAs opinion such agencies and stewards are living up to that oath?

  6. “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master.” ~ Hon. Founding Father George Washington

  7. “We the people are the rightful masters of both the Congress and the Courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who would pervert the Constitution.” ~Hon. Abraham Lincoln

  8. Why are Democrats Such childish haters. They hate gun’s Trump and the people who are not brain washed to There way of thinking . I hope the intelligent people of America vote and vote straight Republican . I was a Democrat for forty nine years , until Trump decided to run . Now KEEP AMERICA GREAT .

  9. All the left cares about is money and power. A class action defamation lawsuit by 5 million individuals would get their attention. San Francisco should be required to pay all legal fees and all those members who voted in favor of the resolution should be forced to resign.

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  11. Mikhail Schecht on

    My statement may sound a bit off, but here goes. Thomas Jefferson stated that the 2nd Amendment was a buffer for free people to protect themselves from a dictatorial government the people must be well armed.
    I believe that somehow The Democratic Party is behind all of these multiple shootings. They brainwash these murderous idiots just the same as the Muslims brainwash their suicide bombers. It’s not hard to detect the leaders behind all of this. Think about it! An unarmed nation is liable for a dictatorship and that is what all of the nutcases in both Houses of Congress are pushing for. If we let all of these nutcases get their way it is guaranteed that the U.S.A we know and love will become a third world country just like Venezuela. Better to
    die as a man with his gun in his hand than to give into all of those screwballs.

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  13. After they collect all the guns from all citizens (except theirs)and criminals which will never happen. Then all hunting knife’s, kitchen knife’s, and anything that could cause their death;s. It looks to me that they (only a very few) fear for their life not the public. (The few) They all have body guards with guns do that make it O.K.

  14. Say what you want about WLP (that’s a topic for another time). If the leftist progressives are so afraid of the NRA, it (the NRA) must be doing something right. Now is the time to put aside our differences and support groups like the NRA, the Second Amendment Foundation, and others, who fight for our rights. If we don’t, we may just lose those rights.

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