CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender Award

The following is from the November, 1995 issue of POINT BLANK (Volume XXV, No. 11), newsletter of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), 12500 N.E. Tenth Place, Bellevue, WA 98005.


J. Neil Schulman, a prolific pro-gun author from Long Beach, California, is the designated recipient of the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month Award for November.

In nominating Schulman for the Award, John Michael Snyder, CCRKBA Public Affairs Director, stated that "Neil is one of the brightest, most articulate and most straight forward writers in the pro-gun movement today. He has served our cause, the cause of freedom, with tremendous distinction, and is most deserving of this Award."

In his most recent book, SELF CONTROL NOT GUN CONTROL, published this year by Synapse-Centurion of Santa Monica, California, Schulman writes that, "in 1776, there was no way for the American people to vote the king and his appointed governors out of office. There was no institutionalized means of redress; a popular revolt against tyranny had only one remaining avenue -- armed force.

"But we in American today can overthrow the government any time we want to at the ballot box. Sure, the playing field is lumpy and has potholes--and maybe even a few land mines--but as the November 8, 1994 elections showed, it can be done. As difficult as electoral campaigns might be, military campaigns to unseat the tyrants are even more inconvenient, as Thomas Paine's COMMON SENSE well illustrates.

"Any revolution, to be morally acceptable, has to reflect the will of the people. Admittedly, that is sometimes difficult to discern when the media distort who's doing what to whom. But the will of the people not to be under the tyrant's thumb is the key ingredient to any successful revolution--and as long as that will can be expressed by overthrowing the government peacefully through elections, lawsuits, impeachments, and criminal indictments, the use of violence is morally illegitimate except in immediate self-defense against official abuse under color of authority.

"You say you are unwilling to abide by the verdict of popular elections. What do you propose instead: a minority imposing its will on the majority's electoral decision? The people are not perfect. They will make mistakes. They will not always perceive dangers to their liberty. We can do all we will to educate them; but once they have made their decision, "a decent respect to the opinions of mankind"--as the Declaration of Independence puts it--compels us to live with the people's mistakes until the next election.

"Armed force is the last resort of the free man in defense of his liberty -- but it must remain the last resort, for when institutional redress has failed. Impatience with institutional sloth must not impel us to advocate violence, or we discredit the rightness of our cause and lose the moral faith of the people."

He also writes that the pro-gun movement must "educate the public on three points: (1) private guns in this country save lives; (2) when five percent to 10 percent of the public carries guns in public, random street crime will be reduced by 90 percent; and (3) gun control tends to increase violent crime by shifting the balance of power to the well-armed criminal."

J. Neil Schulman is the author of two novels, short fiction, nonfiction, and screenwritings, as well as having been the founder of SoftServ Publishing, the first publishing company to distribute "paperless books" via personal computers and modems, and he now distributes all his own writings via the Internet.

He's lectured on electronic publishing for Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, and has also taught a course entitled BOOK PUBLISHING IN THE 21ST CENTURY for the New School for Social Research/Connected Education. Schulman currently is working on a third novel and a screenplay.

In 1994, his first nonfiction book, STOPPING POWER: WHY 70 MILLION AMERICANS OWN GUNS, also published by Synapse-Centurion, became an instant classic in right to keep and bear arms literature.

His novels are ALONGSIDE NIGHT (Crown hardcover 1979, Ace paperback 1982, Avon paperback 1987, SoftServ 1990, JNS 1993) and THE RAINBOW CADENZA (Simon & Schuster hardcover 1983, New English Library paperback 1984, Avon paperback 1986, SoftServ 1989, JNS 1993).

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