Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Guilt...


It is impossible to be unaffected by the tragedy in Newtown, CT... My thoughts and prayers are with those parents and children grieving for their lost ones.

While I am heartbroken over this tragedy, I want to share something important with you - chances are if you're reading this, you're a fellow competitor or one of the responsible one out there seeking solid training:

Since the tragedy, we've seen 3-Gun Nation canceled by NBC Sports, Cerberus capitol spin off firearm manufacturer The Freedom Group, the NRA bury their head in the sand after folks have accused them of being complicit in the tragedy, and an unceasing media tirade against the 2nd Amendment and gun owners in general.

Personally, I've been questioned by family, some friends, co-workers and acquaintances, all of them asking why I engage in "barbaric activities", using "high-capacity clips" and "assault weapons". Most of them implying that I should feel guilt, or worse, remorse, for the acts of a lunatic.

Whatever the political outcome of this tragedy, whether our sport continues in the face of a sincere but probably flawed political action, I want to let you know that I am not ashamed.

Most importantly, I don't want you to be either.

We are mature, responsible people from all walks of life connected by a shared interest in an astoundingly difficult pastime. We gather, support each other, and push each other to be more responsible, sharper, better.

Walk tall.

Do not accept guilt that doesn't belong to you.

Do not express remorse for an action that you didn't commit.

Instead, be the best: responsible, mature, and safe.