Cam over at Bearing Arms…formerly of NRA TV…put a post up yesterday about a study regarding gun ownership.
The right of the people to keep and bear arms is best defended by as many people as possible, and Gun Culture 2.0 and the Great Gun Runs of 2020 and 2021 have swelled the ranks of the 2A community even as our elections have given almost complete control of the federal government to anti-gun politicians. Second Amendment activists need to give a lot of thought on how to turn these new gun owners into defenders of their right to keep and bear arms, rather than just those exercising it.
In my opinion, Cam’s a bit too bullish on the ability of the NRA to get things accomplished in the current environment. I left the below as a comment, but Bearing Arms has a habit of leaving comments that are less than supportive of their positions in moderation limbo. It’s still not visible as of this morning, so I’m going to post it here for posterity sake:
The first mistake is assuming that NRA ratings still indicate a person’s support (or lack thereof) for gun rights. The fact that Marco Rubio is still A+ rated while being a staunch supporter of laws that arbitrarily “revoke” rights without due process would imply to me that trust in NRA ratings is unwarranted.
The second mistake is the naïve belief that our government is still a representative government. The government in no way represents the people any more…any election can be blatantly stolen regardless of the will of the voters. Since they no longer are dependent upon actually earning votes based upon their policies, they no longer need be concerned with majority opinions or poll results. They can just do whatever the heck they want because they know that they’ll be able to steal the next election too.
Honestly, I hope I’m proven wrong in 2022, but I don’t think I will be. I think you’re going to see the Senate flip to the democrats dramatically as well as flips of Representatives of any district with a city controlled by democrats. The only elections Republicans will be able to win are the low population density states and congressional districts with no medium or large democrat controlled cities…which means large majorities for the dems in both houses of congress.
Then Biden will be pushed out and Harris will take over, that way she can serve the last two years of Biden’s term and still run twice more and the floodgates will be wide open.
Good luck protecting your rights through public opinion and representative government when the former doesn’t matter and the latter doesn’t exist.
My point isn’t to say we should give up, my point is to say we’re doing it wrong.
When high profile conservatives and Republicans are afraid to even admit that the last election was stolen, when they feel compelled to throw fellow conservatives under the bus because they did exactly what the democrats have been telling them for a year is an honorable and legitimate way to express their displeasure with the government, when they refuse to support their own president because they think his tweets are too mean even though his policies did more for Americans than any President since Reagan…talk and bluster and sternly worded e-mails to your congressman aren’t going to get it done.