2020 - The Year of the Big Gun Fight
You've stuffed the wrapping paper into huge trash bags, somewhat recovered from overeating, but most of us haven't quite yet turned our attention to the new year. We need to, though, because 2020 will be the year of the Big Gun Fight, in many ways, on many fronts, and against new and powerful new forces.
This is your Call To Action. It's also a dire warning.
I hope you have been closely following what's going on in Virginia as more than 100 cities and counties have declared themselves to be "Second Amendment Sanctuaries," and thousands of gun owners have shown up at government meetings to demand this action. This is not organized. It's a true grassroots movement. But it's also a lesson in getting involved early because this "Arab Spring" uprising results from the loss of control the General Assembly and the governor's office to Democrats who have pre-filed bills to not only ban the sale of many guns and magazines, but to actually confiscate guns. They also include all the gun-ban lobby wish list, including "Red Flag" confiscation plans, gun rationing (one gun per month) and others. All of this could have been avoided if gun owners had rallied before the November elections and defeated the gun banners, but they didn't. Now they are fighting a defensive battle, trying to hold onto their rights, rather than pushing forward bills supporting their rights. The governor has issued a veiled threat of using the National Guard against citizens and law enforcement officers to enforce new gun laws. Citizens are forming militias.
Here lies the lesson.
We all have to get off our butts. And our buts. You know what I mean. "Yeah, those people show up to protest, BUT we have jobs." BUT we don't have Bloomberg money behind us. BUT the media is against us. BUT it's a three-hour drive to the capitol. BUT the NRA should be doing this.
Excuses. Excuses for poor performance.
For a brief time, some of the Democratic presidential candidates were dumb enough to public state their goals. ("Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47..."). Now that Beto, Swalwell and Harris are out, the remaining banners are trying to look "reasonable." They will try to hide their plans to take away your guns and your magazines. You would have to be the village idiot to believe any of this.
Virginians now realize this. My friends in Australia have been telling me this for decades. Get involved early, and often, and loudly, and never give an inch. They will never get back their gun rights. In the United States of America, regaining lost rights is a steep climb.
2020. This fight will spread. It's also the year President Trump faces re-election. He has now put more than 180 judges on federal benches. This is the best defense against efforts to crush your Second Amendment rights. It's imperative that he have four more years and the opportunity to nominate one or two more Supreme Court justices.
I can't make you younger or better looking, but I can promise that you'll feel more energized than you have in a long time once you fully commit to this. I'm offering a new purpose in your life. Once you make it a top priority to work on this every day you'll find a reason to get out of bed, to be excited to take on this project, and you'll find yourself in the midst of some of the finest people ever. Purpose. Everyone needs purpose in his or her life. Can you think of a better cause? Can you think of a more urgent time?
We will see more action on the Second Amendment front in 2020 than we have anytime in the past. Will you be on the sidelines, or will you be helping us to win?
To quote the Sean Connery character in the movie "The Untouchables," what are you prepared to do? ~ Tom
Author, outdoorsman, gun rights activist, and firearms enthusiast for more than five decades, Tom Gresham hosts Tom Gresham's Gun Talk, the first nationally-syndicated radio show about guns and the shooting sports, and is also the producer and co-host of the Guns & Gear, GunVenture and First Person Defender television series.