NYC man running to raise money for gun control

NYC man running to raise money for gun control
AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

I get that not everyone is a fan of gun rights and the Second Amendment. Some prefer gun control, the idea that the government can restrict who has guns and what kind they can have.

Again, I get that. I think they’re wrong, of course, but I get it.

I also get that some will do whatever they can to support that anti-Second Amendment position. Like this guy who decided to go running to raise money to support gun control.

He’s running for their lives.

Brooklyn man Matthew Fertig is raising money for the gun reform advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety by running 120 miles this weekend, from Manhattan to Montauk.

The long-distance runner told the Hamptons weekly Dan’s Papers that the herculean equivalent of 4-and-a-half marathons on Saturday and Sunday is a response to the Parkland, Florida, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, where deranged gunman [killer’s name redacted] killed 17 people.

His goal was to raise $15,000 for Everytown and had managed to get $6,500 by Saturday.

Now, I disagree with Fertig, but he’s free to do something like this. It’s a free country, mostly. I wouldn’t dream of trying to stop him no matter how much I disagree.

I just find it a little bit hilarious that if he gets his way, running is literally the only option most people will have left if faced with an armed attacker.

And running doesn’t always work.

You see, we look at gun control groups and they step up with a set of policies they want to see implemented. If they get their way on those, though, they never say, “Well, enough’s enough. We’re done now.”

Instead, they find new anti-Second Amendment gun control policies to push. They keep shifting the window over and over until we reach a day when the Second Amendment is little more than words on a page, a quaint reminder of what used to be.

So Fertig is working toward a time when all that’s left to us is to run from a brutal attack, even if it means others may die because we’re powerless to stop it, and he’s doing it by running.

Again, the man is free to raise money for whatever causes he wants, but I’m also free to point out just how misguided he is to do so.

For me, running is a useful activity that’s part of my physical training program. I don’t like it, but I do it because I need some conditioning work and it’s cheaper than a fan bike. It’s not a way for me to make a statement, though I make plenty of statements about how I feel about running afterward.

For Fertig, it’s an avenue for activism.

It’s just too bad that he didn’t spend as much time researching the ills of gun control as he did training to raise money to advance a terrible cause that doesn’t do any of the things it claims to accomplish. It’s a missed opportunity for him, to say the least.