It seems to me that many in our pro-constitution crowd are
always sitting on pins and needles waiting for the next gun related tragedy,
hoping beyond hope that next one never comes.
The lament becomes, ‘These incidents just have to stop or more of
our constitutional rights will be legislated away by media supported
crusaders.’ Let’s face it;
incidents of people getting shot will never stop.
Whether it’s a tragedy of 1 or 21, people will get shot—the odds just
dictate that in a country of over 280 million; you know it, I know it and just
as importantly, the left knows it. In
fact, they rely on it.
The left knows that on any given day somewhere a gun will
be misused and the more dramatic the incident, the better. They will then focus
much of the blame on guns and pro-gun groups rather than placing the spotlight
where it squarely belongs. The one
who pulled the trigger, the government agency that refused to prosecute or the
parent that let their child run wild will seldom incur as much culpability in
the press as the gun or the “gun lobby”.
Truth doesn’t have a role in their script.
Additionally, no two cases, like these latest shooting
incidents, are ever entirely alike, they all have unique causes and
outcomes—ask any of our resident lawmen about that.
However, the picture we see painted by the media, is that guns are the
root of all evil in every instance. They
can and will whip up the most horrendous image of an event and the final
conclusion, specified or implied, will always be – “…therefore we need
more gun control.”
bet. But the left has something we
don’t have in this fight—the vast public platform that provides them the
constitutionally protected capability under the First to focus blame.
The liberal propaganda machines we call the news media at this moment in
history control the platforms of public information and can therefore paint any
picture they want and use that to ascribe blame—no matter how misplaced.
Think how different things would be if an honest accounting were given
and blame focused on the killer himself, shared by whoever let this nut out, or
who refused to enforce the law or those who failed to properly supervise and
rear their children. What if the
actual implement used was never mentioned because in reality, it doesn’t
matter what was used? Do you think
we would have all this anti-gun fervor in the country today?
The answer is clearly NO.
Thinking that the only way to retain our rights is if these
incidents miraculously stop, is ludicrous. We are at war with this anti-freedom, anti-Bill of Rights
machine that effectively uses these incidents and its constitutionally protected
ability to focus blame in order to further an agenda of disarming America.
Reason, talk and hope are not effective methods with this
bunch of freedom grabbing crusaders or any group that pushes an extreme agenda
portraying the Second as sinister rather than sacred. We have to take the offense here and continue
proclaiming the truth about every such incident, demand full punishment for
violent felons, vote pro-gun in every election as a united, single issue block
and refuse to accept this left wing heifer dust.
Most importantly, we absolutely must make it clear that we refuse to
compromise our constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms. It’s
clearly up to us to unapologetically maintain that the Second Amendment is just
as sacred as the First they so vehemently and publicly defend.
The Second Amendment is still in place and that’s
fact—we must never compromise nor pay tribute to tyrants who try to subjugate
or infringe upon those rights—period. We’ve
been pushed far further than we should have ever allowed ourselves to be pushed
on this issue and it’s up to us to ensure our message is strong and
uncompromising. No one ever won a
war, or a Super Bowl for that matter, based on defense alone—the ‘prevent
defense’ is a myth. An effective
offense based on truth concerning our sacred God given rights of
self-preservation will win in the long-term. I’m convinced of that.
It would be my suggestion that pro-gun groups consider the following
1. Tell the anti-gun crowd in no uncertain terms that our Second
Amendments rights are sacred and therefore non-negotiable—ever.
Right up front and without a hint of apology, let them know that we will
work to help educate and train people on gun safety, we will support enforcement
of the laws against murder, robbery, rape, assault etc. but we will never
discuss compromise or surrender of our right to keep and bear arms.
That has to be made clear—first and foremost.
2. Make use of other forums to ensure the truth is presented more
effectively—The Sierra Times and Fox News are excellent examples.
We can’t rely on the mainstream media to help us get a message out that
is counter to their agenda.
3. Publicly reward success regarding effective punishment of violent
felons and encourage demonstrations of respect for law-abiding citizens and
4. Put real and unrelenting pro-gun pressure on every elected official at
all levels and sustain it until we win! How?
5. The leadership of all pro-gun groups must renew their efforts at
unifying gun owners and transforming them into an even stronger and extremely
effective and more focused political force throughout the country.
That takes a large membership coupled with a hardcore drive on the part
of the leaders to join forces, organize and focus member enthusiasm, prepare it
for the battle ahead and supply the overall strategic plan and direction to be
executed by that force. It must constantly provide the members with action to be
taken that support the overall strategic goals and objectives—they must more
actively mobilize, coordinate and direct the force so to speak.
That Combined Force Forum using the virtual world of the Internet
I wrote of is one very effective way to coordinate a national force and direct
their combined efforts.
6. Finally, we should steadfastly stand along side and encourage gun
manufactures to fight government attempts at blackmail and/or extortion to the
extent of actually moving their factories out of punitive states, taking their
tax revenue with them and rewarding other states that are fully supportive of
the Second Amendment. The loss or
gain of revenue always gets a politicians attention. Expensive business for the gun maker? You bet, but the alternative may just be no business at all.
Besides, I’m betting that the first gun manufacturer to stand up and
tell the government of State A, “Goodbye Mr. Governor, the Second is sacred
too and we won’t tolerate these unfounded attacks--we’re moving to State
B”, or “The Second is sacred and it’s on that point we make our
stand so Don’t Tread on Me.” would instantly become the most
popular gun maker in America and sales would explode!
I hope it doesn’t come to that but it might one day.
Those are half a dozen of my ideas about what it will take
to resurrect the ideal that the Second is just as sacred as the First and
rekindle that part of America’s original Spirit of ’76.
Just the view from my saddle…
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