We can not afford to be divided.

I had a few friends over this weekend, and as usual, the topic of guns came up. We had a lively discussion about gun rights, and some old friends surprised me with the admission they owned guns. They lean left on the political spectrum and I just assumed they were anti-gun. My friends then mentioned they don’t talk about guns with their friends, as most of them are vehemently anti-Constitution. I nodded, understanding that this issue was divisive, even among close friends.

Yesterday, a Log Cabin Republican sent me a few links about the idiocy going on in California with respect to our gun rights. He told me he hopes that the GOP is not so foolish as to nominate anti-guns rights New Jersey governor Chris Christie. I nodded, agreeing with him.

This morning, I thought about these friends and our love of the Second Amendment. I thought about how spread across the spectrum we are politically, but how united we are in our belief about firearms. I remember all the times I’ve heard gun people – our people – toss aside allies because of their political beliefs, their sexuality, their race, their creed, their religion, and even their gender. Why?

We can not afford to be divided.

We are not winning the “War over gun rights”. Oh, sure, people are trumpeting this win or that win. You look at how many states have had their anti-gun owner laws struck down, and it’s easy to think we’re winning. We are not winning. When you win a war, the battles are over. Our battles are far from over.

We can not afford to be divided.

We may not agree with someone’s stance on abortion, on religion, on gay rights – the list goes on and on. It does not matter here. We must first and foremost unite under the issue of gun rights. This must be our baton across the other political lines. “Why?” you ask. Why? If we unite as a common front across the political spectrum on this issue, we can better ensure the wrong people are not elected into office. It does not matter if we elect a Republican if he is anti-gun rights. It does not matter if we elect a Democrat if he is anti-gun rights. What matters is that our rights, as a single gun-owning bloc, are not infringed.

We can not afford to be divided.

The Supreme Court was split 5-4 on Heller vs DC. The Court was split 5-4 in McDonald vs Chicago. Our essential liberty is being determined by one Justice. We can ill afford to alienate our fellow gun owners when so much rides on such a thin margin. We need them to ensure their candidates are absolutely in step with ours when it comes to gun rights. Everything else is secondary.

We can not afford to be divided.

We live in a world where the message of the rich and connected is the drum beat of mass media. We are bombarded with the anti-gun rights message on the news, in social media, in advertising, in our TV shows and movies, and in our children’s text books. It does not matter if we agree with our neighbors on the current “political crisis” of the week. What matters is they unite with us on our individual, fundamental American right to own and bear arms. We need the grassroots support to overcome the billions and billions of dollars spent every year on the anti-gun rights agenda.

We can not afford to be divided.

I’ve gone on long enough. It is my hope that before you dismiss someone due to their stance on some other issue, that you say, “Look, I can’t talk to you about this, since we disagree, but let’s talk about guns.” The storm is coming, my friends. We can not afford to be divided.

I miss real journalism

I miss real journalism. Today’s creative writers just cut and paste. From a Rolling Stone article:

“One of the most popular pistols is the Glock, a short-recoil operated, semi-automatic pistol produced by Glock Ges.m.b.H. in Deutsch-Wagram, Austria.”

From Wikipedia:
“The Glock pistol… is a series of polymer-framed, short recoil operated, locked breech semi-automatic pistols designed and produced by Glock Ges.m.b.H., located in Deutsch-Wagram, Austria.”



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