Tom Gresham sees the light

I haven’t commented on the Jum Zumbo “guns that I don’t like are terrorist weapons and should be banned” kerfluffle. There have been plenty of other commentators covering it in exquisite detail and I just didn’t feel that I had anything to add.

Today, however, Kevin of The Smallest Minority points to an interview that Tom Gresham did with Zumbo shortly after the flail-ex commenced. I thought about sending Gresham an email so I went to his site to see if he had a contact address. What I found was this article

Tom seems to have seen the light. He brings up an excellent point that others have mentioned as well and that I’ve been pondering for years.

Our problems are multi-faceted. Some of them have come to light with the Zumbo incident: some people simply don’t care about other people’s rights, only their own. Some people are flat out ignorant about anything outside their comfort zone. Some people are down right hostile to things with which they are unfamiliar.

But the issue that I want to address is this:

If the gun rights community will expend the effort to basically destroy someone who SAYS something offensive, why can’t they be bothered to take action when politicians work to ACTIVELY IMPLEMENT the assaults on our rights?

Why WERE there only 30 people at the “Prosecute Bloomberg” rally last month in DC? Are you telling me that there are only 30 gun rights activists in the DC area that could afford to take a day off? Heck, a good number of us weren’t even FROM the DC area. Not to name any names and I hate to sound judgmental…but sometimes you just gotta say it: I read a couple of gun rights bloggers that live in the DC area…where were they? Where were their readers? Is taking one day off work in support of the gun rights that we all PROCLAIM to hold dear too much to ask?

I have a theory. The NRA is to blame.

No, really…it’s not because they INTEND to be a stumbling block. It is exactly their effectiveness that stymies involvement at the individual level.

There are too many gun owners who’s attitude is “I’m a member of the NRA, what more do I need to do…lobbying and fighting to protect our gun rights is THEIR job…that’s why I pay them membership dues and donate money every time they beg.”

Too many people are lazy. They don’t want to take upon themselves the responsibility for acting, they’d rather pay someone else to do it for them. “If I take the time to stay up on what’s going on, contact my legislators, attend city council meetings, go to rallies…I might miss this week’s episode of American Idol or Sunday’s NASCAR race. Heck, that would inconvenience me…that’s just too much to ask.”

Another aspect is the “I’m only one person” canard.

Zumbo caught so much flack because he’s an individual. He’s seen as a viable target because he’s not some immovable, 4 million member leviathan; he’s not a nameless, faceless, uncaring, seemingly all-powerful government. He’s just a guy who likes to hunt. CRUCIFY HIM!!!

But when the NRA comes out in support of demonstrably ineffective and blatantly unconstitutional federal enforcement policies like “Project safe neighborhoods” or “gun free school zones”; the government introduces bans, or registration schemes…no one stirs themselves. It’s just “heck, what can I do…I’m just one guy”.

If nothing else, last weekend should have demonstrated unequivocally what we can do. If we just get off our lazy asses and do it.

TURN OFF THE #$%*&# TV!!!! PUT THE BEER BACK IN THE FRIDGE!!!! Your work day isn’t over yet. What have YOU done today to protect YOUR rights? Take five minutes every day to DO SOMETHING…write a letter, make a phone call, send an email. If you won’t, you are no better than the Zumbos of the world and your rightous indignation should be directed at no one but the face staring at you in the mirror.

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do.”
— Edward Everett Hale

Basically, the bottom line is this. Zumbos of the world notwithstanding, when our efforts to repeal the current infringements on our rights fail, and further infringements of our rights are enacted, we have NO ONE TO BLAME BUT OURSELVES.

Until each and every one of us decides to actually DO something, we will lose. We have enemies that will never stop. If we are too lazy, apathetic, busy or tired to fight back, we lose by default. And it’s not Zumbo’s fault, it’s ours. We are actively surrendering to our enemies the power over us that they crave. All we have to do to actively support those efforts is…nothing.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”
–Edmund Burke

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