“It’s not until all your other rights are gone that you will understand why the Second Amendment was placed so high on the Bill of Rights.” - Unknown
The fight over the Second Amendment has never been more fierce. The left has championed gun control laws for some years now, with varying degrees of success, but only now have we seen a groundswell to repeal the Second Amendment fully. A significant number of progressives still won’t come out and say it, but if you watch their online accounts as I do, you will see a large number that will finally admit that repeal is the goal. Or at the very least, they want to dismantle it enough that for all intents and purposes, it is gutted. In the wake of Parkland, the left embraced the shooting survivors with massive funding, platforming, and activism. More than all that though, they have taken a new approach: Blaming the NRA directly and essentially calling the politicians that take money from them, murderers. They paint the NRA as this nebulous force that buys votes and lobbies for the gun industry to make larger profits and cackling diabolically as lives are destroyed. They’ve even created NoRA, an opposing organization that has the backing of numerous celebrities and virtually every left-wing group to harass and oppose politicians that side with the Second Amendment and the NRA.
Here’s what they fail to understand: the NRA has power and influence for one reason:
Because we want them to have that power.
A month ago, I signed up for the NRA for the first time. Why? Because I wanted the NRA to have even more influence. The real power of the NRA lies in its members. The NRA reported 5 million members in 2013, and I’d wager that number is much larger today. After David Hogg and other left-wing activists called for boycotts, myself and tens of thousands more signed up for the very first time. In their lobbying and legislative efforts, they have our backing. Let me make a few things really clear:
1. I want them to finance pro-2A politicians.
2. I want them to have tremendous influence over lawmakers.
3. I want them to finance TV shows like NRA TV.
4. I want them to lobby for pro-2A legislation.
5. I want them to sponsor education and gun knowledge.
They do all of these things and more because we want them to help hold the line at all costs on the Second Amendment. The Bill of Rights is a list of rights not given to us by the government, but fundamental rights we ALREADY HAVE, that are protected. The left seems to believe that these rights are optional, that the government granted them, and can likewise take them away. They do an admirable job trying to hide it and try to piecemeal the dismantling through small pieces of legislation, which they hope over time will effectively make 2A irrelevant. This is why we need the NRA to oppose all of these measures, because every single issue is a slippery slope with the left, as they have proven over and over again. One thing that must be made clear once and for all:
The First and Second Amendments are not up for negotiation.
The NRA holds this frame incredibly well, because that’s what we want them to do, no matter what. The NRA can fight the massive legislative battles that we can’t because we empowered them to do so. The line “money in politics” gets thrown around a lot, but that money comes from us. Sure, the NRA tosses a couple of million into a race once in awhile, but they can do that because WE funded that donation. Then, on top of that, the NRA members themselves donate to those approved candidates as well. The reason we do all of this is that we understand the historical importance of 2A, and a lot of us are old enough to remember a time in America when mass shootings were virtually non-existent. If you check out my links at the bottom and learn some history, you will understand that there was a time when we had lots of guns and didn’t have these shootings to any large degree.
Understand this: the NRA-ILA, the legislative affairs arm of the NRA didn’t even exist until 1975, over 100 years later after the founding of the NRA. Why is that significant? Because there was a time in this country when the Second Amendment wasn’t even questioned. As with virtually all negative cultural issues, there are two Americas: Pre and Post 1968. Guns in America are not going to change, because we won’t allow it, and they aren’t the root cause of our problems. The problem lies with the culture we’ve allowed to breed. Remove every gun, and we still have epidemic levels of suicide, drug use, and poor education. As I wrote about in the Great Cultural Depression, our problems extend well beyond guns and touches virtually every person in the country in some fashion.
I hear the left constantly ask, “What do you need an assault rifle for??” My answer is simple:
Because I can, and frankly, I don’t need another reason.
For further information on understanding the fight we are in over the Second Amendment, check out the following resources:
Why culture, not guns, are to blame for mass shootings: Link
How to defend the Second Amendment: Link
How the Left creates mass shooters: Link
Why the Second Amendment is non-negotiable: Link
Are video games to blame for mass shootings? Link
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