It’s been less than a year since I originally posted this on this blog, but it seems the idea is coming around again.
It’s always frustrating to me when I see a “gun rights supporter” buy into the “we just want reasonable gun control” lie. I’ve dealt with part of that, the “nobody wants to take your guns” claim elsewhere. The questions you need to ask somebody who claims that is “how much is reasonable? Where is the line? At what point do you turn around and say ‘no more’? How far does it have to go before you’d agree we need to roll back the restrictions?” And then, take any answer they give you with a grain of salt because, frankly, whenever they’ve gotten a “we just want this” restriction they merely used that as a springboard for more.
One of the tactics the anti-gun folk use to great effect against us is “divide and conquer.” By going after one small segment of the gun community while assuring others that their guns are safe (at least for now), they get a large number of gun owners to sit back and essentially let them chip away at the 2nd Amendment. So we have the following:
First they came for the bump stocks
but I didn’t speak up because they are silly pieces of crap just useful for wasting ammunition.
Then they came for the “assault weapons” (again)
but I didn’t speak up because who needs an assault weapon?
Then they came for the open carriers
but I didn’t speak up because those people frighten the anti-gunners.
Then they came for the Saturday Night Specials,
but I didn’t speak up because they’re just junk guns.
Then they came for the high capacity magazines,
but I didn’t speak up because I only need a few rounds in the tube
Then they came for all the handguns,
but I didn’t speak up because I don’t use a handgun to hunt
Then they came for the High Powered Sniper Rifles,
but I didn’t speak up because I don’t use one of those.
When they came for the shotguns and muzzleloaders,
there was no one left to speak up.
Folks, the anti-gun crowd are not going to leave you alone. Just because they aren’t going after you today, just because they claim that they support your “right to hunt,” don’t be fooled. They say we need to “compromise” but we’ve been compromising since 1934. The ink isn’t even dry on each new “agreement” before they are talking about the “next step.” Each time you fail to support some portion of the community of law-abiding gun owners, you weaken yourself against the time they eventually come after you.
It’s time to stop compromising. Compromise is a strategy of weakness, of minimizing the effect of a losing position. We haven’t been on the losing side since the mid 90’s.
It’s time to get back our rights.