For many years, I’ve been proud to serve on the board of trustees for the Second Amendment Foundation.  SAF has been a leader in using the courts to overturn bad legislation and to uphold the rights of law-abiding firearms owners.

The following was put together recently with a few of us who’ve been there for a while, explaining what SAF is and does.  I think everyone who fights for gun owners’ civil rights needs to hear in particular David Hardy’s brief history of the fight over the last several decades. I think you’ll find it worth its eleven minutes.

People need to know where we’ve been to have a good idea of where we’re going, and how far we’ve come.


  1. Excellent video! I’m so thankful to those who have fought for our Second Amendment rights here in the USA. It’s too bad Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia didn’t have such brave political fighters for their citizens. Or maybe they did have such people, but they lost the battle anyway. I think Switzerland has excellent gun laws, except, they don’t allow their citizens to carry concealed weapons. Israel lets you carry if you register, which is OK. I’m sure there are poor countries where you can do whatever you want to protect yourself from the warlords, but no one wants to live in those countries.

    Also, I like the grey coat, black shirt, lite red tie combination.

  2. May I suggest the SAF is more effective than many other mainstream organizations to protect and defend the 2nd.
    And $15/yr is not a great deal of money to support this organization.
    I am always enthused when reading what the SAF does, and they do it where it counts, in the courts, using the laws of the land.

  3. I’m not a fan of the NRA, but I’m happy to let the politicians and media focus on them while SAF gets things done.

  4. I have been a life member of the NRA for decades. While I knew that the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) existed, I did not know much about it. The above recommendation, by Mas, made me want to check it out. So, I went to their web site and looked around.

    Indeed, it looks like the SAF has done, and is doing, good work to protect our 2nd Amendment Rights. So, now I am a life member of the SAF too.

    I am proud to support any organization that is working to do defeat the efforts of the tyrannical firearm-prohibitionists.

    I know how the American Left works and thinks. The day that the 2nd Amendment falls will be the day America, as a Republic, falls. The 2nd Amendment is a fire-line that we must hold or else we will go all down in flames!

    • Same here. Been a Life Benefactor member for years and knew of the SAF but not so much of what they did or had done. I’ll be looking into the SAF now thanks to this Mas.

  5. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

    Wondering about the words “well regulated,” and how much they might not be at least somewhat related in the language of that day to the idea of home-practiced shooting producing acceptable accuracy. We sometimes nowadays still speak of regulating barrels to shoot with consistent precision, especially regarding multi-barreled firearms. For a Minuteman Militia to have competent marksmen, as well as firearms at the ready, shooting practice with borne and kept arms has been most necessary. All supported with the clear statement that keeping and bearing arms is an unencumbered RIGHT. We never want to end up like England in WWII, drilling with broomsticks in the middle of a deadly war. Or found defenseless when accosted by thugs.

    • Regarding the teri “well regulated” you have it pretty closely. I like to think of it as describing a football side…. English football, not the silly pointy things we have here. Each man on the side has worked to develop his personal skills, fitness, strenagh, reflexes, etc. Then, or along with that, the entire side drill and pratice together, learn how to communicate amongst themselves, play off of and about each other, know each one his own strangths and weaknesses as well as those of their mates. Watching two good sides on the pitch as they battle it out for the most goals is a wonder to observe. THOSE men are “well regulated”. The lads back in town knocking a ball about on the schoolyard turf, maybe not so much. When one reads the account of what happened when the Acton Militia, under Isaac Davis, approached the Redcoats at the North Bridge of Concord reveals two extremes of “regulatioin”. The lobsterbacks fired without orders, perhaps 200 to 225 men, and two Patriots fell as they marched on, under fire. After they were fired upon the order was given for the Acton men to fire.. and FIRE they did. About 75 men strong, they fired two volleys in less than half a minute, one third of Snith’s officers were out of action, and about a quarter of his footsoldiers as well. The “best trained and equipped” fighting force on the planet broke and ran holus bolus, it took COlonel Smith wel over an hour to resore order and get them formed up to begin the long march along the treacherous road back to Boston.

      Davis’ men were “well regulated”. SMith’s were not. They both had very similar arms, similar command structures, It is the :well regulated” militia that are essential to “the security of a free state”.

  6. Mas, Thank you for your involvement in this fantastic organization. I joined SAF a few years back after a carbine course at Gunsite and contribute to SAF every month. They’re a great group. Thanks again.

  7. Thank you, Mas (once again – you do so much!), for your efforts over the years to bring SAF to the attention of gun owners. As a lawyer watching their work over the years, I’ve been most impressed with SAF’s effectiveness, and I’m always delighted to write that check.

  8. The SAF is the organization who paid Alan Gura to litigate Columbia vs. Heller and McDonald vs. Chicago at the Supreme Court. Gura won both, which are considered landmark RKBA cases.

    Most people have heard of F. Lee Bailey and David Boies, but they’re not anywhere near Gura’s level.

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