For the moment, gun control issues have been pushed to the back pages, but we should not forget for a moment that the ongoing war against freedom never ends. I’ve put together this brief reminder.
Five million. Five million active members. For an organization representing the political interests of any group of American citizens, that number is extraordinary. In fact, it’s unobtainable. No other special interest group comes even remotely close to the willing, enthusiastic and above all, involved, membership of the National Rifle Association. Keep in mind that its membership was four million—still far, far above any other special interest group—just a short time ago. This is another accomplishment of President Obama—though one I doubt he’ll be listing on a resume—adding a million dedicated members, and enhanced political clout, to the NRA in record time.
At the National Rifle Association’s recent convention in Houston, TX, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre… concluded his speech with the theme of all the NRA officers, vowing, ‘From liberty’s defense, we will never back down. We will never surrender. We will always stand. We will always fight.
Outgoing NRA President David Keene gave his valedictory address, noting the challenges of responding to recent tragedies: ‘We’ve all been under attack… by those who would exploit the victims of a madman to advance their own anti-Second Amendment agenda.’
Keene then exulted in the fact that despite incredible money from leftists and a mainstream media that opposes gun rights, that nonetheless over 58,000 Americans joined the NRA in one day after Obama gave his initial gun-control speech. Amazingly, the NRA’s membership has grown by roughly one million—an astounding 25% increase—since the middle of last year.
Keene cautioned members and supporters against complacency and thinking their victory was permanent. ‘We must never confuse winning a battle with winning the war.
Quite so. Mr. Obama and various denizens of congress such as Joe Manchin, have made it clear that this is a never-ending war.
In his speech, LaPierre credited NRA members for working together to generate Obama’s humiliating loss, saying, ‘Apparently, there’s nothing the president will not do to get something—anything—through Congress to advance his agenda to destroy the Second Amendment. Nothing. So far, thanks to you and millions of Americans like you, that’s exactly what President Obama has gotten—absolutely nothing!’
LaPierre discussed the major disconnect between NRA members and establishment leaders in politics and the media. He characterized it not as a divide between Republicans and Democrats, but instead the profoundly different worldviews between the elites in D.C. and New York in political, academic, and media circles, as compared to ordinary men and women throughout the vast majority of the country.
He also noted that many of these elites can’t understand why the NRA won’t support measures these opinion leaders call ‘reasonable,’ and try to blame the NRA for tragedies such as Newtown. LaPierre assured his members that NRA leaders might be unwelcome to some in those refined circles due to their refusal to give things away at the negotiating table, but, ‘They can try to blame and shame us with all their might, but when it comes to defending the Second Amendment, we will never sacrifice our freedom upon the altar of elitist acceptance. And we will never surrender our guns!
LaPierre is correct, of course. Most Americans correctly equate the loss of guns with the loss of freedom, particularly with recent revelations of IRS and other egregious Obama Administration abuses of power.
Chris Cox, the head of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action…noted statements from billionaire Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s surrogates that they could use tragedies such as Newtown to push public acceptance of gun control. He said that for the NRA, by contrast, ‘We want to prevent Newtown, not take advantage of it.
Cox told the audience such tragedies were being exploited to push an anti-gun agenda and emphatically stated, ‘We will not stand idly by while politicians, billionaires, or the media try to destroy the rights that American heroes died defending.’
‘…Universal background checks would not have prevented Newtown. Let’s focus on that for a minute. The centerpiece of President Obama’s response to Newtown, would not have prevented Newtown.’
‘We will never apologize for who we are and what we believe,’ Cox concluded. ‘We will never be intimidated by a president. We will never be ashamed by a national news media. And we will never be scared of a billionaire. Instead I promise you, that we will stand, and we will fight.
The NRA is a force feared by anti-freedom politicians not because of its financial resources, which in comparison to many other lobbies are relatively meager, but because it defends a fundamental constitutional freedom. Five million Americans have supported that defense with their dollars, but tens, perhaps hundreds of millions more feel the same and are also willing to vote with that in mind. Nothing frightens politicians more than being voted out of office.
A recent farewell article by the assistant opinion editor of Iowa State Daily.com is very much worth your attention. Barry Snell wrote an informative article about the disconnect between the self-styled elite and actual Americans. It’s very insightful and could–if they would listen—provide a life-changing opportunity for the other side. Yeah. Unlikely, I know.
A few excerpts:
In the gun debate, I’ve discovered that one cannot be expert enough about guns. Indeed, when it comes to the gun issue, opinion rules. There doesn’t seem to be any opportunity for any genuine, honest debate on guns, and even liberals would agree with that. I’ve often wondered about this over the years. Is it because my side of the debate is actually loony? I don’t think so; at least, I think I’m pretty normal. Sure, we’ve got some oddballs we all wish would go away, just like any group does.
But all the pro-gun people I know are normal people too — people so normal that nobody knows they’re gun people until they’re told. In fact, there are so many gun owners that if we are all crazy like some suggest, the daily crime rate in America would look more like our crime rate for the entire decade combined, and CNN would actually have something to report on other than the latest gossip.
That is to say, there’s a hundred million of us, owning a few hundred million guns combined, and we contribute to society peacefully every day. Many of us even literally protect society for a living, or used to.
I’ve come to realize after the Sandy Hook shooting that the reason we can’t have a rational gun debate is because the anti-gun side pre-supposes that their pro-gun opponents must first accept that guns are bad in order to have a discussion about guns in the first place. Before we even start the conversation, we’re the bad guys and we have to admit it. Without accepting that guns are bad and supplicating themselves to the anti-gunner, the pro-gunner can’t get a word in edgewise, and is quickly reduced to being called a murderer, or a low, immoral and horrible human being…
Liberals always make the common plea, ‘We need to get some experts to solve this problem!’ for any public policy issue that comes along, which is a good thing. But when it comes to the gun issue, gun expertise is completely irrelevant to the anti-gunner — people who probably have never fired a gun or even touched one in real life, and whose only experience with guns is what they’ve seen in movies or read about in bastions of (un)balanced, hyper-liberal journalism, like Mother Jones. That a pro-gun person might actually know a lot about their hobby or profession doesn’t stand up against the histrionic cries of the anti-gunner.
How can we ‘gun people’ honestly be expected to come to the table with anti-gunners when anti-gunners are willfully stupid about guns, and openly hate, despise and ridicule those of us who own them? There must first be respect and trust — even just a little — before there can be even the beginnings of legitimate discussion of the issue.
Snell well explains why those that support freedom don’t trust anti-gunners:
Gun people don’t trust anti-gun people because anti-gunners always talk about 90 percent of Americans supporting this gun control measure, or 65 percent supporting that one, as if a majority opinion is what truly matters in America. We don’t trust anti-gun people because you think America is a democracy, when it’s actually a constitutional federal republic. In the American system, the rights of a single individual are what matters and are what our system is designed to protect. The emotional mob does not rule in America.
Gun people don’t trust anti-gun people because they keep saying they “respect the Second Amendment” and go on about how they respect the hunting traditions of America. We don’t trust you because you have to be a complete idiot to think the Second Amendment is about hunting. I wish people weren’t so stupid that I have to say this: The Second Amendment is about checking government tyranny. Period. End of story. The founders probably couldn’t have cared less about hunting since, you know, they just got done with that little tiff with England called the Revolutionary War right before they wrote that “little book” called the Constitution.
Gun people don’t trust anti-gun people because they lie to us. President Obama directly says he won’t tamper with guns or the Second Amendment, then turns around and pushes Congress to do just that. We don’t trust anti-gunners because they appoint one of the most lying and rabidly (and moronically) anti-gun people in America, Vice President Biden, to head up a “task force” to “solve” the so-called “gun problem,” who in turn talks with anti-gun special interest groups instead of us to complete his task.
Gun people don’t trust anti-gun people because they tell us they don’t want to ban guns, only enact what they call ‘common sense gun laws.’ But like a magician using misdirection, they tell everyone else they want to ban every gun everywhere. While some are busy trying to placate us with lies, another anti-gunner somewhere submits a gun ban proposal — proposals that often would automatically make us felons for possession. Felons, for no good reason. And you anti-gunners can roll up your grandfather clauses and stuff them where the sun don’t shine. If it ain’t good enough for our grandchildren in 60 years, it ain’t good enough for us right now.
Take the time to read the entire article; it’s time well spent.
And to meet the kind of people Snell is talking about, take the link for an article by Dave Perry, the editor of the Aurora Sentinel. It’s remarkable for it’s lack of intellect and sheer venom. Some examples:
I have seen the light. After all these years, I now agree that it’s fruitless to give the benefit of the doubt to people who are so obviously corrupt, so clearly malevolent, so bent on hurting innocent people for their own sick gain.
No more due process in the clear-cut case of insidious terrorism. When the facts are so clearly before all Americans, for the whole world to see, why bother with this country’s odious and cumbersome system of justice? Send the guilty monsters directly to Guantanamo Bay for all eternity and let them rot in their own mental squalor.
No, no, no. Not the wannabe sick kid who blew up the Boston marathon or the freak that’s mailing ricin-laced letters to the president. I’m talking about the real terrorist threat here in America: the National Rifle Association.
Just like Mr. Obama, Perry isn’t taking the defeat of anti-gun legislation graciously:
By using the weapon of choice for all terrorist organizations, extortion, the NRA has forced the action of about 45 ineffectual U.S. senators, a clear act of terrorism and treason. And Wayne LaPierre and his arrogant cronies are laughing about it. They’re laughing at 9 out of 10 of you and your insistence that Congress do something reasonable to stop the insanity in this country.
That’s the kind of reasonable discussion and mutually respectful dialogue we can expect. Read the whole thing, and keep in mind the fact that regardless of which new scandal is revealed this week, the battle against tyranny is always boiling just below the surface.