Well, the pro Second Amendment crowd is certainly divided, and if we do not come together, we will soon be conquered. Yesterday [April 15], I wrote an article that clearly stated in the very first sentence that it was an explanation of the legislation from Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation. Yet, many people read were the title before running out to proclaim that Cheaper Than Dirt was anti-Second Amendment.
Today [April 16], I published the second part of the series in which David Kopel of the Independence Institute outlined some of the problematic portions of the bill. Does that make the parent organization pro Second Amendment, or is it just part of the stated mission of providing content and analysis of products and events surrounding our community? Cheaper Than Dirt’s Shooter’s Log is a content site designed to make information readily available to members of the community. Occasionally, someone will interject a personal opinion, and to do so, is the very definition of a blog. The term “blog” can be used as a noun meaning a journal or as a verb meaning to add or maintain content.
Unfortunately, it has become the conduit by which those who profess to support the Second Amendment look for information to divide our community. I have seen this at the street level, trade shows, shooting events and around the campfire—both from industry insiders and enthusiasts.
Why do we fight for gun rights for every deserving member of our beloved firearms community with such a passion and then seek to tear them down at every turn? If someone did not get to buy the product at the price they thought was appropriate, the company is anti Second Amendment all of a sudden? I watch as one gun retailer claims the other is not patriotic because their ammo selection is different or a national retailer makes a personal decision as to which products it carries. That’s what businesses do on a daily basis. It is a business decision not a statement of philosophy. If a manufacturer is not producing the product as fast as the consumer would like, how is there suddenly a conspiracy afoot? It may not meet with an individual’s personal preference or politics, but how does threat of boycotts and vitriolic speech against our community members—whether commercial, nonprofit or personal—advance our Second Amendment rights? It does not. It does however divide our community and make it easier for the gun grabbers to advance their gun control agendas. We are dividing ourselves and letting them focus on conquering.
How hard is it to find a ton of posts tearing down the NRA, NAGR, Second Amendment Foundation and every other pro gun organization? And why? How does that advance a pro Second Amendment agenda or protect our rights? Those who take the time to read the articles in their entirety will plainly see our intent is not to tell you what to think (although at the least a minority have tried to make a career out of claiming just such a case). Instead, as a blog should, we want to present the information so YOU can make an informed decision. To do that you need to see all sides of the information. After all, if you can be trusted with making a life-or-death decision with a firearm for personal defense, shouldn’t you also be trusted with judging how and when to use the information on a blog without censorship?