Gun control has not completely gone underground, however, it has changed its tactics. Unbelievably, gun control is taking its cues from the same-sex marriage movement. The NRA, NAGR, SAF and others have done an outstanding job of protecting our Second Amendment rights. Much of this work has been at the federal level both in congress and federal elections. This has caused the anti-gunners to change the names of many of its organizations, refine its goals and target smaller victories, elections and initiatives. Essentially, they are trying to build a new grassroots effort while we only keep our eyes on the big picture and become complacent after a few victories.
A recent example includes our recent loss in Washington State. November 2014, the antis successfully passed a measure requiring broader background checks on gun buyers. This is important because there is a lot of money a few rich people are willing to throw against the Second Amendment but they are not willing simply to throw it away. The anti-gunners have to prove they have the ability to win. They know they cannot do it in Washington or through state legislators. Therefore, they seem to be targeting states that allow ballot measures.
New Name, Same Liars
Knowledge is power, so we need to get ahead of their efforts. One initiative will certainly be Nevada. The anti-gunners have already qualified an initiative for the 2016 ballot; the legislature already passed the initiative. Fortunately, the governor blocked it with a veto. With a quick name change, “Advocates for Gun Safety” as they now call themselves are targeting similar legislation in Arizona, Maine and Oregon at a minimum. The NRA and others are aware of the antis’ new tactics and that’s good news for Second Amendment fans. However, if we are to learn from out loss in Washington, even the NRA was outspent on the Washington State referendum. This makes getting involved at a grass root level even more important as well as supporting our national gun rights organizations.
Spreading the fear of guns as inherently evil based by looks has largely been debunked thanks to a strong effort on our part. Rather than singling out specific guns, the antis are moving to a much broader, but no less rhetoric filled misinformation campaign, by calling their effort as a public health and safety movement. This has gone so far as to encourage children to seek out their parents’ firearms and take them to school to turn them over to authorities. Never mind the numerous laws this violates, it would be a huge safety risk for children and could lead to another tragedy. That being said, we all know how the antis love to capitalize on a tragedy.
Primary areas the antis plan to target are all based on information and surveys of issues they feel they can easily gain public support with misinformation campaigns such as expanded background checks and keeping guns out of the hands of people with domestic violence convictions, restraining orders or mental illnesses. These issues are not only popular in Democrat-controlled states, but have crossed into some republican strongholds. Passing new restrictions under the guise of an issue the people already support is going to make the antis’ job much easier. Our job is going to be ensuring the truth of their agenda and the ramifications of the new restrictions proposed have a louder voice.
How do you think we need to progress forward to get our voices heard and stop the anti-gunners new tactics? Share your ideas and opinions in the comment section.