That’s right… It’s time to go on offense. No, I don’t mean vulgar, crude, or injecting yourself into someone’s “safe space” to the point that they that they break down. I mean that it is time for us in the hunting, firearms, and shooting world to go on offense.
For the better part of three different president’s respective terms, and certainly most of the last decade, we have had to entirely play defense.
Every time there was a tragedy, we had to fight. We had to be constantly reactive instead of proactive. The tragedy of Columbine high school caused the flurry of new gun control bills across the country, and outcry from many people that had previously been “on the fence” to allow for what had come to be one of the left’s favorite terms – “common sense” gun control.
As with many things in politics, this deliberate misnomer was used to lead the low-information voter and uninformed general public down a clearly defined path of oppression, registration, and confiscation.
The NRA for Offense?
Unfortunately, and whether you like it or not, our largest weapon against this type of assault, the NRA, is and has been largely absent for the past year and is currently embroiled in a struggle for power and their very existence through bankruptcy and a New York lawsuit.
Remember, the only thing “common sense” about gun control is that it is an entirely ridiculous concept. You do not need to petition the government for a speedy trial. You do not need to petition the government or get a permit before you are allowed to keep silent.
Our Founding Fathers were very clear when they added the terminology, “shall not be infringed” at the end of the Second Amendment. They were great discussions about the wording of the Second Amendment and what they meant regarding “the people” and what the term “militia” meant.
The entire theory of gun control is predicated upon the fact that criminals, who, by definition, do not obey laws, will all of a sudden decide to obey laws because they are now written regarding guns. Even worse are what I refer to as the “Double-Dog-Laws”
It’s when some weak politician gets up on a stage using some recent tragedy as a platform for their firearm control agenda and repeats rhetoric such as “Criminals shouldn’t be able to have guns,” or “People who are mentally unstable should not be allowed to possess guns.”—both of which are already illegal—so we, therefore, must now make them “Double-Dog-Illegal” because that will change things and we really mean illegal!!
This past November, there was a clear rejection of the common-sense policies, politics, and ideals of the most recent presidential administration. For the first time in many years the presidency, house, and senate are all under Democratic control. They’ve already begun to limit your rights and further control you and your movement, your speech, and your right to bear arms.
Now is the time to be offensive. We need a clear, decisive and rapid plan for the protection of our rights. Here’s how easily your rights can be trifled with.
We once had a client fly through New York once on an African Safari. He had to grab his luggage and proceed through customs. This client is also a smoker, so, after taking his cased, locked, unloaded firearms case off of the conveyor belt, he stepped outside to have a cigarette—big mistake.
One of New York’s “Less-Than-Finest” came over and engaged him in conversation, asked him where he was going, and what was in the case. The short story- He was arrested, his rifles and a shot gun confiscated, jailed and missed his flight. The ensuing legal process was actually rather simple- go to New York and fight or pay a massive fine for an “ordinance violation” and another massive “Processing fee” to get his guns back. The best part- there was no standard set or way to address this situation.
If my car is legal in Arizona, I don’t have to register or do anything different with it when I cross the border into any other state- including California. This should be the same with guns.
Will the current administration hold to their promise of “common-sense gun control” and the assault of the Second Amendment? I think they are already answering that. Time will tell, but things are not looking good so far.