by Howard Frank Galloway
On January 17, 2013, I spoke with Emily Snyder, Editorial Assistant of America’s First Freedom Magazine, published by the National Rifle Association. I called her, inquiring of the Armed Citizen column in the American Rifleman Magazine, which I’ve been acquainted with since I was about ten-years old, as my dad was a member of the NRA his whole life, and now, my son and I are also proud members. Miss Snyder was kind enough to verify the facts I’m about to give you.
As a boy, I began reading the American Rifleman Magazine, first published by the National Rifle Association in 1887. Among the articles I read was the Armed Citizen, true stories of armed private citizens defending their own lives, the lives of family, friends and complete strangers, whose lives were threatened by armed criminals intent on doing them the worst kind of harm. This column began in 1932 and ran until 1939 as Gun vs. Bandits, whereupon, it went on hiatus until it resumed publication again in September, 1958, as The Armed Citizen. Each monthly column ran 6-8 short stories, and is still being published today. I calculated an average of 7 stories per monthly copy, coming out to 84 per year, which is 4,536 stories of rescue published since 1958 to 2012; 588 stories from 1932 to 1939; and 1,596 stories could be extrapolated during the hiatus period from 1939 to 1958. Miss Snyder told me that these numbers do not include the number of submissions received for review, to be considered for publication.
Not to take away from the original intent of the Second Amendment, which is to protect us from a tyrannical government from within, but, if you’re looking for solid precedent to understand our Second Amendment today, for establishing a common sense duty of care and responsibility for the right to protect your life and loved one’s lives, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, through gun ownership insurance, then look no further than the stories of honest law-abiding citizens all around you. These events are not as scarce as many media pundits and politicians would like you to believe.