By Tim Schmidt - USCCA Founder. June 2018, Issue #23
"Years back, I was a staunch gun control advocate. Last week, I joined the NRA and the Gun Owners of America, and I'm looking to join more Second Amendment advocacy groups."
So says H.A. Goodman, a writer and former-anti-gunner-turned-Second-Amendment-supporter, in a recent piece titled "Why I Joined the NRA After Writing Gun Control Articles."
Goodman, a freelancer who's been quite vocal in his opposition to both the Second Amendment and an armed populace, now runs a pro-gun channel on YouTube, according to GunsAmerica.
In The Daily Caller, Goodman himself poses the question we're all wondering: "How did this evolution take place?"
GunsAmerica reports that Goodman's "awakening" resulted from three realizations: "First, that government tyranny is still a persisting problem and that the 2A is, and has been, historically, the safeguard against it proliferating. Second, the government is grossly incompetent when it comes to preventing mass shootings. And, third, it's really a settled matter. Studies prove that gun control is largely ineffective."
In his article, Goodman lists several examples supporting these claims, including Dianne Feinstein's admission "that no legislation could have prevented the Vegas shooting" and how "the FBI knew about the recent Florida shooter before he killed 17 people."
Now, you've likely heard me repeat a few wise words from my friend Lt. Col. Dave Grossman -- that "hope is not a strategy" -- and I'm keeping these words in mind as I contemplate Goodman's journey to "our side." I'm not holding my breath for scores of people to experience a similar awakening, but it is encouraging to know that when an individual is able to push the heavy emotions aside for a second and replace those emotions with facts -- like those from a 2008 study that showed "80 percent of crimes are committed with illegally obtained guns" or that "the Virginia Tech shooter who killed 32 people" did so with "two smaller-caliber handguns that have never been targets of a ban by liberals" [Goodman, The Daily Caller ] -- there is a good chance that individual will start to see the Second Amendment for what it is: a God-given, natural-born right and a guarantee for responsible armed citizens all across the country. Most importantly, it shall not be infringed.
Goodman, it seems, has finally seen the light. He claims to have joined the NRA and Gun Owners of America "because the groupthink that I once spewed hurts law-abiding citizens and does nothing to prevent the next deranged copycat criminal."
I commend him for coming forward to share his story. And at the end of the day, I'm holding out a bit of hope that other staunchly anti-gun folks might also search for the truth and follow suit.
Tim Schmidt Publisher - Concealed Carry Report USCCA Founder
"You don't have to be Jewish to fight by our side." You just have to love freedom.