“It’s an honor and truly a privilege to be able to serve. I believe if I’m going to serve, I have an obligation to give it my best. I would very much like your support and need your support.” Esther Quisenberry Schneider
NRA board director and FFL dealer imparts a unique perspective concerning the motives behind gun control laws that seek to control, rather than protect good citizens from dangerous criminals and corrupt government.
“The NRA is the oldest civil rights organization in the United States,” said Esther Quisenberry Schneider, board director of National Rifle Association and candidate for reelection 2019. “We transcend economic levels, education, gender, ethnicity, all of it.” But the problem right now, she said is the lack of history being taught in our schools.
“We don’t teach kids what it means to be a patriot,” she said. “So, the younger generation does not understand what it means to fight and die for this country. That millions of Americans have given their lives to protect this country and protect the Constitution.”
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Schneider said that she spent a great deal of her childhood summers in Texas. “I learned to shoot when I was five.” Shooting was fun, she said, but the importance of knowing how to shoot was impressed upon her by her grandmother and father.
“My family is Jewish,” said the Texas Tech graduate with a degree in Marketing and Public Relations. “My husband’s family escaped Nazi Germany on stolen papers. My mother’s family left Holland because they saw the handwriting on the wall, and they knew if they stayed, they would be butchered.” She said it was her family who conveyed to her the importance of being trained and armed.
“History repeats,” said Schneider, who is a Texas resident. “A holocaust cannot happen again, and the first thing a tyrannical government does, is it eliminates the populace of its ability to fight back.” She said history shows that the Jews were not the only ones to be oppressed. “Every race, ethnicity and culture has been persecuted and imprisoned at some point in time.”
Politicians pass laws that do nothing to protect children or make communities safer as they claim they do, said the NRA life member. “Once you delve into the issue, you realize pretty quickly that it’s not really about gun safety or preventing children from dying, it’s all about control.”
For example, she said California Senate Bill SB-620, that was signed into law in 2017, protects criminals by eliminating enhanced sentencing for crimes committed with a firearm. “Why would you tell a criminal we are not going to give them enhanced sentencing for using a firearm? That does nothing to save lives, in fact it endangers lives.”
When US House Republicans requested that gun dealers contact federal authorities when a person fails a background check in writing bill H.R.8, Schneider said the Democrat-controlled House removed the language. “Why? Because it’s not about saving lives, it’s not about preventing guns from getting in the hands of criminals, it’s about control.” She said she is not against laws that protect good citizens.
“I’m against bad laws that do nothing to protect people from criminals,” she continued. “Whether it’s a front door gun grab, a backdoor gun grab, or it is making the criminal not accountable for his bad behavior, the purpose here is to take away your Second Amendment right.”
Schneider said education, youth outreach and building a broader community is key to growing the NRA. “It’s absolutely vital that we teach our kids why the NRA is so critical to support.” With over five million members and growing, she said the NRA, the one group that fights for the Second Amendment exclusively, has political might.
“As a board of director, I want to work on reaching out to the younger demographics; those 35 and younger who are buying guns,” she said. “Minorities and women are the fastest segment of gun buyers right now, but we’re not really talking to them, we need to have that conversation.” One way to attract Millennials, she said is by using social mediums like Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. “We have to speak to them in their culture.”
It is for these reasons, that Schneider said she is asking for your support. “I would ask that people consider my nomination for the board again so that we can focus on getting the younger crowd into the NRA, otherwise we’re in trouble.”
View entire video interview below.
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