Yet again someone in the midst of a drug-induced psychotic episode has gone into a Disarmed Victim Zone and caused mass murder. Consequently the ever-vigilant Daughters of Gun Temperance are in full battle cry.
Something needs to change. The anti-gunners will always use every opportunity to attack because they see no reason not to. They take one step forward, and the gun-owners push them one step back. However, if the gun-owners could push them two steps back and take one step forward themselves, the anti-gunners would soon lose their appetite to dispute. They would be in the position they’ve managed to put gun-owners for so long: just trying to hold on to what they’ve got.
That means building on the work done in recent months, spreading the culture of responsible gun-ownership, and reaching out especially to people who are new to gun-ownership, of which there must be many amongst those who rushed out to buy in fear of a post-Sandy Hook ban. Also gun-owners should vote with their dollars and support businesses who openly support the 2nd Amendment or display “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Welcome” signs. It also means continuing the tedious task of contacting representatives and making them understand that they will be held to their oath of office. The recent victory in the Colorado recall illustrates what can be done when gun-owners work together.
The defence of the 2nd Amendment must be combined with a general defence of the Bill of Rights. It is not by any means the only one under threat, and a broader approach may make it easier to explain why the right to keep and bear arms is so crucial. Focusing on the whole of the Bill of Rights could also lead to what I think is the most potent weapon against the District of Criminals exceeding its authority : the 10th Amendment. There will still be struggles against opponents closer to home, but if the patriots can make good use of the 10th to nullify unconstitutional legislation, the only people that Feinstein will be bothering are the poor benighted Californians.