On the eve of the 2020 election cycle, many inside the gun community are worried about preserving our 2nd Amendment rights. The seemingly never-ending battle to protect our right to keep and bear arms is a fight that is always an uphill battle. One of the common things that I hear people say all the time is,
“Why is it that we are always the ones that have to compromise?”
As much as I would like to believe that external powers are working against us, the truth is that we are to blame for most of this. This is going to be a very unpopular stance, but hear me out. For decades, the gun community has, in essence, sold our rights and protection to crooked organizations and politicians. Unfortunately, this is not just a problem for the gun community. This is a problem that we face in America, as a whole.
We as citizens have enough
on our plates in life with family, work, and friends. So what have we done over
time? We have given our elected representatives and organizations
uncontrollable power. We send our money to these organizations, like the
National Rifle Association, and entrust them to do our fighting for us. We
believe that they will have our best interests at heart and will fight for our
rights and our way of life. We elect people to “represent” us, but
turn our heads when they are manipulated and controlled by outside influences.
We have become sheep and have blindly followed Shepherds that will, in time,
Now that I have either depressed you or pissed you off, let’s talk about what we can do. I host a podcast and live shows that discuss this all the time. I love reading the comments and receiving emails from the audience because I know that there are people out there still willing and able to fight. But the question is what can we do?
IT’S TIME TO TAKE BACK OUR RIGHTS!
Instead of thoughtlessly believing that others will protect us and fight for us, it is time that we take control of our rights, once again. The Founding Fathers of our great country dreamed of a society and country founded on the principles of “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Over time, we have lost track of this thought process and have given command of our rights and culture to a small group of “leaders.” Our elected officials should NOT be our leaders, they are our representatives. It is time that we take back the power and let our elected representatives know that our rights are not for sale. It’s time to stop putting our faith in organizations to fight for our rights for us.
The 2020 elections could be, for the gun culture, a defining moment for our way of life. Every day, there are new gun control bills introduced at the Federal and State level. It is safe to say that our rights and culture are under attack. Now, I am not the kind of person who believes that the sky is falling. Nor, am I the one who believes that the 2nd Amendment will be revoked. With that being said, it is safe to say that if the 2020 elections go a certain way that the 2nd Amendment could look dramatically different.
So, I am challenging everyone who has a fight left in them to stand up for your beliefs and not allow our rights to be sold to people who have complete disdain for our way of life. We need to make sure that everyone we come across understands that we are regular people who have normal jobs and go to church and raise our families just like everyone else. The only difference is that we believe that it is our duty and responsibility to protect our families, our property, and ourselves from people who wish us harm.
Also, we need to educate people on what the 27 words of the 2nd Amendment truly mean. It is not only about self-protection from evil. It is not only about hunting and providing food. It is not only about shooting sports. The greatest idea of the 2nd Amendment that makes us different than every other country in the world is the idea of the people being able to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government.
History has proven that
the first step in controlling the people is to disarm them. Without a way to
fight back against oppression, the people are at the mercy of what the
government wishes to look like. The fact that our Founding Fathers saw that giving
the people a way to fight back still is admired and revered by other countries
We need to re-educate ourselves. We need to re-read the Bill of Rights and figure out what they truly mean to us as individuals. At that point, if you feel strongly about America, then we need to find candidates that reflect our beliefs. I am not a single-issue voter, but gun rights play a large role in my decision-making process when it comes to elections. Unfortunately, people spend too much time worrying about the National or Federal elections and not enough time thinking about the local and state-level elections. Make sure that the Sherriff that you vote for aligns with your beliefs. Make sure that the City Council and Mayor elections are just as important as the Federal campaigns. And, always keep track of the State level elections. The representatives that we elect at the State level hold more power on our day-to-day lives than many realize.
A grass-roots action plan is what it is going to take. Not waiting for our “leaders” and organizations to do the heavy lifting for us. We need to take control of our own lives and make sure that our representatives understand that if they don’t do their jobs, they won’t have jobs. Let the organizations that only care about personal gain and power know that they only have power because of the army of individuals that support them. If they want to keep that power, they need to earn our trust and continue to fight for the principles and beliefs of the people that support them.
Until we take back our rights at a personal level, we will continue to, slowly, give them up piece by piece. I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. The next 12 months are crucial for our way of life and if we don’t get in the fight now, it may be too late. Remember who we are as Americans. Remember what our Country was founded on, and most of all, remember that WE hold the power.