Then They Came For Me…
Last year I presented a list of six suggested New Year’s resolutions for firearm owners. This year I have just one; get involved.
Despite the change in our nation’s leadership, firearm owners around the country continue to be under attack at the national, state, county and local level. Without evidence that increasingly restrictive gun control efforts targeting law-abiding citizens and legal commerce in firearms and ammunition has even the slightest impact on crime, criminals or public safety, the elitists, hypocrites and NIMBYs continue to play on the nation’s emotions to ‘do something’, usually following a horrific national tragedy. While the victims are still bleeding, they put out their next set of restrictions which would never have prevented anything or will ever make anyone safer. This is why we must get involved.
We have a choice of what we can do. Our first option is to bury our heads in the sand, confident that we have what we need and as long as we keep quiet nobody will ever bother us. After all, it’s someone else’s issue now and they’ll take care of it for me. The problem with this strategy is sooner or later; someone is going to bother us, ALL of us.
The beauty of gun control is it does nothing to increase safety and the answer to fix that shortcoming is always to implement more gun control. This ever restrictive gun control will catch up with every firearm owner in time. It doesn’t matter if you own one or a hundred, a shotgun, rifle, pistol, revolver or blunderbuss. Gun control’s end goal is to eliminate private ownership of all firearms, and that means you and whatever you have in your safe.
The other option we have is to get involved and stop it. I’m going to make the very bold statement that each and every piece of gun control legislation at the national, state and local level could have been stopped in its tracks if firearm owners had joined together and gotten involved.
In California alone, there are estimated 12 million firearms owners. Yet during the Veto Gunmageddon signature drive to put a repeal effort for each of the seven laws on the ballot, the referendum with the most signatures got just 174,128 of a required 365,000 validated signatures. That’s a bit over one percent. Imagine what would have happened if just 10 percent had signed and just 50 percent voted in favor of repeal.
There is always the option of appealing these laws to the courts, but as we’ve seen over and over again, that’s a crapshoot at best. This is especially true in places like the Ninth Circuit where they routinely ignore the Supreme Court’s Heller and McDonald decisions, and even their own rules, processes and the evidence.
Our only hope is to get involved. That means calling, emailing and writing our representatives at the national, state, county and local level. That means going to your local city council meetings and making your thoughts heard. And when your representatives are no longer working on your behalf, honoring their oath of office or their duty to support and defend the Constitution, it is time to replace them with someone who will.
United States citizenship isn’t easy. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights apply equally to everyone, even the people we don’t agree with. But everyone’s rights can coexist; just at they were intended by the Founding Fathers. Keep in mind we’re talking about rights, not feelings. Not being offended isn’t a right, as much as many seem to believe it is. But guess whose “rights” get the most attention? It’s the ones who are involved.
It’s really very simple, get involved now or continue to witness your rights erode until none remain. Encourage a friend to go along with you. You’ll find a number of us already on this journey to keep you company and motivated.
I’ll leave you with the unaltered poem by German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller. Perhaps you will find a parallel to our current situation and it will encourage you to get involved.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.
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