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Gun Rights Policy Conference 2022

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The Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference for 2022 kicked off this past weekend in DFW. There were some great speakers from all areas and backgrounds in attendance offering some hard-hitting facts and insightful points. Big names such as Massad Ayoob, Mark Barnes, Rob Pincus, and more were in attendance. They offered a wealth of insight into the history, current issues, and modern solutions we face now and those we likely will in the years to come.

If you missed it or were unable to attend, be sure to check out the live stream recordings so you’re aware of the key events taking place.

Pt 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-nHcdrASGA
Pt 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48ionKhCo1c
Pt 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96irGIND1NI

Firearms History

The speakers provided excellent examples of the history of firearms in the U.S. Plenty of things that are “controversial” today were completely commonplace back in the day. For example, not only was owning and carrying firearms completely socially acceptable, so was building your own guns and crafting your own ammunition.

Further, companies that supported firearms and the Second Amendment were not ostracized. A portion of the popular clothing brand Abercrombie & Fitch started as an outdoor goods company that sold firearms. Additionally, the well-known baseball company, Louisville Slugger, helped manufacture M1 Carbine stocks during WWII. There’s plenty of history of companies manufacturing firearms and firearm parts, especially during times of war. 

Gun Rights Policy Conference 2022
There was a sizable crowd for the 2022 GRPC.

Modern Legislation

Some key points of the new legislation were related to home-building firearms and the possible reintroduction of the Assault Weapons Ban. With the rise in popularity, and availability, of modern 3D printing technology and the simplistic design of the striker-fired pistol, building a firearm is now easier than ever. This poses a new target for gun control advocates.

Additionally, the current POTUS has made it clear he supports reinstating the ’94 Assault Weapons Ban, which was ineffective then and shows no signs of being effective now. This would restrict an individual’s ability to purchase semi-automatic firearms with features like detachable box magazines, pistol grips, collapsable stocks, and other “military” features. Gun-related and violent crimes were on the way down before the 1994 ban, they continued going down after it was passed, and further declined after the ban expired — although there was a proliferation of firearms sold after the ban. Therefore, there is no correlation between a ban on “assault weapons” and lowering gun crimes.

Ashley Hleblensky GRPC
Ashley Hleblensky spoke about the history of firearms in the U.S.

Get Involved

So at this point, if you’re wondering what you can do to help, the simple answer is to be active and vote. It’s important to pay attention to new legislation that gets introduced and non-specific wording that leaves implementation to potential interpretation.

You can also share and highlight instances where firearms were used in self-defense. Far too often, the only portrayal of firearms in the media is when another unfortunate shooting happens by a bad actor. Most people simply aren’t exposed to events where firearms are used by the good guys. It is important to take back and control the narrative so we don’t lose our rights to scare tactics. 

GRPC Massad Ayoob
Massad Ayoob delivered clear and concise thoughts on firearms for self-defense.

Conclusion

It’s hard to understand why some are so against firearms in general. I believe it comes from a lack of exposure and understanding. People tend to fear the unknown. Paraphrasing from Massad Ayoob, guns are just a tool, like a fire extinguisher, to help in the event of an emergency until the professionals can get there. Being armed and prepared can minimize the damage and impact of these tragic circumstances.

It’s no secret that our Second Amendment rights are under attack. Modern thought is turning away from guns, and it’s important that we help counteract that.

What do you think are some of the biggest gun rights issues we face now and in the years to come? Share your answers in the comment section.

About the Author:

Alex Cole

Alex is a relatively young firearms enthusiast who’s been shooting consistently for around seven years. Though he is fairly new to the industry, he loves consuming all information related to guns and is constantly trying to enhance his knowledge, understanding and use of firearms. Not a day goes by where he doesn’t do something firearms-related.

Alex tries to visit the range at least a couple of times a month to maintain and improve his shooting skills. He also enjoys disassembling and reassembling firearms to see how they work and to keep them properly cleaned and maintained. He installs most of the upgrades to his firearms himself, taking it as a chance to learn.

Additionally, he is very into buying, selling and trading guns to test different firearms and learn more about them. He is not only interested in modern handguns and rifles, he appreciates the classics for both historical value and real-world use.
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Comments (5)

  1. No. That would not be relevant to the issue of whether or not the defendant….. fill in the blank. Moreover, if I may— objection to our gun culture is NOT, I repeat NOT about law abiding possession AND use of firearms. It is about regulating who gets, what they get and how they use. No one, needs an AR-15 or automatic pistol. Background checks do not violate the constitution unless you believe the 2nd A is absolute— FYI— no right is absolute.

    So I ask— what is all the hysteria about? Over the age of 21 and want to own a rifle? Register, get background check, approval and knock yourself out killing Bambi. Really now.

  2. Would a judge allow in court the presentation and viewing of all the real life videos available, showing the many horrendous criminal assaults perpetrated against peaceful, defenseless, law-abiding citizens? A defenseless woman being beating almost to death in a subway terminal by a criminally violent crazy man. Two teenagers abused and assaulted by ten or more stupid gang members. Innocent by-standers being sucker-punched. Car jackings, stabbings by criminals all over the country. Why is it questionable and perhaps criminal or illegal, for a woman to use a gun to defend herself against such criminals? Why does a government think that it is correct, to take away that right for self-protection against such a wave of criminality — instead of enforcing laws against those who commit those acts? Why does a government want to create a society a “turn the other cheekers” or “fearers of criminals” or “hide under a table” or “do not stand your ground” or “do not help the helpless for fear of being accused of murder” or, in other words, COWARDS! Criminals that abuse the weak and defenseless are COWARDS” and good citizens that do not defend those weak and defenseless are also COWARDS! We are being forced to be COWARDS on both ends of the spectrum! This is NOT “jewish” … this is NOT “christian” … this is NOT worthy of admiration nor praise! This is just EVIL, degrading and dishonorable! America … please do not lose your courage. Instead of bears, eagles, and wolverines as symbols, you are replacing those for heynas, rats and mice.

  3. IMHO, many good folks who would not think of jaywalking or speeding, let alone violating firearms laws will not voluntarily disarm themselves should we have our God-given right to self defense unfairly curtailed by man made laws that make no sense. A new class of criminal will be created by disarming the formerly law-abiding, decent, honest folks who make this country work and keep it safe. That will be the saddest day in our history if it happens.

  4. Outlawing guns only makes it so the good guys don’t have them. The criminals already don’t obey the laws. That is what they are. So if they want to kill, and guns are against the law, the won’t say, “oh, darn, i cannot murder you with my gun because guns are illegal.” There is a tsunami of examples of this all around the world including in the usa. Just as illegal drugs are sold by the tons inside the usa illegal guns will be sold that same way once outlawed. The bad guys will be much more bold and confident knowing only they have guns. New crimes we never conceived of will become common place. Also the illegal market for guns will go through the roof. So bad guys will have machineguns and heavier firepower than ever imported from all around the world. If they cannot control illegal drugs now how can they expect to control guns? There are present day examples of this all over the world today and throughout history. Not to acknowledge it is to stick your head in the sand. The police will become outgunned like in mexico and have to retreat and make deals with the bad guys. But worse than all this is that the greater powers like the government will know they are unchecked in their power. Only they have guns when they come to persecute good people. So they can do whatever they want to the people knowing they cannot defend themselves. The historical and present day examples of this are also overwhelming. This is all the exact reason why the second of the bill of inalienable american rights is the right to keep and bear arms. It has nothing to do with hunting, although hunting is nice. But there is no debate. The right to arms is an inalienable American right. To take it away is to throw away the United states and start over with a new government and constitution that doesn’t allow people to be free and have a government of by and for the people.

  5. We need guns to protect are self the police just can’t do it any more in 73 and never thought I buy a gun but I did the police just can’t protect you anymore

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