Recently 2020 Democratic Presidential hopeful Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced his sweeping anti-Second Amendment proposal to be enacted should he become President.
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), also a 2020 Democratic Presidential hopeful, recently announced her plans for gun confiscation should she win the White House.
These senators are both products of states where the rights of citizens are routinely trampled by the government. New Jersey and California have some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the country and tend to produce some of the country’s worst politicians.
Today in America we essentially have two political parties. One of those parties has made gun control (including ultimately confiscation) a defining principle or “plank” in their political platform. These same politicians reliably insist that they support the Second Amendment and do not want to “take away your guns”. Gun owners know otherwise.
If you think the Second Amendment protects our rights and the people can never be disarmed think again. Take California for example. We have the Handgun Roster, a political device that prevents Californians from purchasing handguns in common use and available to most Americans around the country. Californians are also limited to one handgun purchase per month and are forced to tolerate an asinine ten-day wait period.
Californians are prevented from purchasing or, in some cases, using standard capacity magazines and some popular semiautomatic sporting rifles available to most other Americans. Beginning in July the State will document and track the amount and type of ammunition purchased by citizens. Californians will need to pass a background check and pay a fee for the privilege.
Many bad laws came about due to Prop 63. Prop 63 was an extremely anti-gun ballot measure passed by California voters in 2016. This happened in large part because California gun owners were disengaged and allowed it to happen. The time for apathetic gun owners is past. Gun owners need to choose to become engaged or accept the probability that the Second Amendment will be rendered meaningless in the not too distant future.
So what can you do? I suggest the following:
- Educate Yourself– Take the time to learn about your local politicians and how they stand on Second Amendment issues. Do the same for state and federal level politicians that represent you. Be aware of and understand gun related laws that are proposed at the local, state, and federal levels. Vote!!!!
- Educate Others– Talk to your shooting buddies that are clueless about the subjects mentioned above. Talk to your friends that are not gun owners and educate them. Most people that don’t own guns know very little about the subject yet have strong opinions when it comes to anti-gun laws.
- Support Second Amendment Groups – Support multiple groups that are doing different things to fight for your rights. There are many good ones to choose from, find several you like and support them. I support groups at the national, state, and local level. Some of these groups focus on lawsuits, some on education, and some on electing the right politicians. You can support these groups for less than $100 per year in many cases. If you have time these groups always need volunteers. Get involved and join the fight.
- Support the NRA – You would have to be an idiot to agree with every position an organization takes or to agree with everything a particular individual does. Get over it. We are able to own firearms today in America in large part due to the work of the NRA. The fact that we have over 100,000,000 gun owners in America and less than 6,000,000 that belong to the NRA says a lot about gun owners. It may explain, in part, why we find ourselves having to fight to restore and protect Constitutionally protected rights that we should no longer have to fight for.
We are in a life and death struggle for the future of America. Most of us here are primarily concerned with the Second Amendment. The reality is that the entire Constitution is under attack. If we allow the Second Amendment to be undermined then the rest of the Bill of Rights will soon follow.
The right to self-defense is a basic human right. Gun ownership is an integral part of that right. If you want to keep your rights defend them by joining San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), and the National Rifle Association (NRA). Join the fight and help us restore and preserve our second amendment rights. Together we will win.
©2019 Joseph T Drammissi