WHAT DO WE DO NOW?
by Peter Caroline
What’s the worst thing that can happen to our Second Amendment rights? Well, I guess we’re about to find out. Picture the worst coalition of anti-gunners, in the White House, in Congress and in the various anti-rights groups such as the Brady Campaign. Now, imagine them in control of the government here in the U.S.A., and legitimate gun owners on the defensive. That’s the current situation, and if you think that they won’t take advantage of their power, then you’re probably smoking some illegal substance.
Given this admittedly bleak situation, what’s an individual gun owner to do? You could go into denial, as many have, and say, “It can’t happen here; we have the Second Amendment to protect our rights!” Well, let me tell you, that’s pure crap. There are any number of ways that anti-gunners in power can get around the Second Amendment, and if you don’t believe me, go to New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, or D.C., and see how difficult it is for the average law-abiding citizen to legally own a gun.
Okay, here are some ways you can help to keep a lid on the anti-gunners, legally and with none of that “from my cold, dead hands” oratory. First and foremost, if you’re not already a member, join the NRA. Yeah, I know, they’re too extreme, or too political or too willing to compromise, and they’re always hitting you up for contributions. But they are the largest, most effective Second Amendment lobbying group in the country. If you like another pro-gun group, join that, too, if it makes you feel better. Give gift memberships to your friends and family. The prospect of a larger, stronger NRA scares the living bejesus out of anti-gunners.
Buy more guns and ammo. I’m preaching to the choir, I know. But the more you have, the less stress you’ll feel if supplies get tight down the line, or if the lawmakers institute more restrictions or higher taxes on gun and ammo-related purchases. Besides it’s good for the economy; what you buy is more likely to be made right here in America than your average electronic gadget.
While you’re at it, buy guns for your non-gun-owning friends who might want a gun but can’t afford one. Or, if you have a lot of guns, you might give one or several to friends and family. It doesn’t have to be an expensive gun; even an old .22 single-shot rifle makes someone a gun owner. And the more active gun owners there are in this country, the more of a task it becomes to take the guns away. Look at it this way: is it more difficult for the authorities to confiscate one hundred guns from one person, or one gun each from one hundred people?
Resolve that, at least once a month, you will take a firearms newcomer shooting. There are supposedly about 80 million gun owners in the U.S.A. But it’s quite obvious that most of them either didn’t vote or voted the way their union or Sarah Brady or Barack Obama wanted them to vote. We need new blood…fresh, enthusiastic new shooters to swell our ranks and become pro-rights voters.
Encourage all your shooting buddies, old and new, to take firearms safety and CCW courses…firearms safety for obvious reasons, CCW because a license to carry, where it is available, confers official status on your firearms ownership. I know, it’s your right, but it’s also subject to government regulation, whether you like it or not. And, for those of you who are firearms instructors…how about some free or lower-priced sample courses to attract more people to responsible firearms ownership? How about local gun clubs offering a free range day to any new shooter accompanied by a member?
Stay informed on any gun-related legislation being considered, and keep your friends and neighbors up-to-date on these issues, and get active in supporting your rights. What can you as just one person do? Helen Keller said, "I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do." You can write to your local paper, and to your representatives. You can stand up at your town meeting and protest proposed local anti-gun ordinances. You can work for or contribute to political candidates who truly support the Second Amendment. Most important: take the offensive. We need to push pro-gun initiatives, so we don’t have to spend so much time battling anti-gun proposals.
Each one of us is one; all of us are many, and if we act in concert, we have the power to win back our rapidly disappearing Second Amendment rights. Take the anti-gunners’ slogan and throw it back in their faces: “Yes, we can!”