How about some good news for a change?
As we approach the one year anniversary of the Newtown tragedy, gun control groups are bemoaning the fact that, overall, the fight to strip Americans of our Second Amendment protected rights isn’t going too well, and in the words of Phil Robertson, that makes me happy, happy, happy.
Exhibit A is this piece by Tony Dokoupil, a Senior Staff Writer for NBC News. In it he writes:
But now, as the first anniversary of Newtown approaches, the forces for gun control have little to celebrate, a lot to mourn and scant hope of change in the near term. On the front lines, activists say they are demoralized and adrift, the movement fraying at the roots as its leaders struggle to reignite a fading national moment for change.
It gets better. As it turns out, tyranny isn’t all that popular in America – at least not yet. Sure, there are plenty of statist liberals that want total government
protection control in every aspect of their lives, but even though they tend to have the biggest mouths, they are, in fact, the minority.
Remember Americans for Responsible SolutionsÂ (love the marketing name by the way),Â the gun control group “founded” byÂ Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her hypocrite fool of a husband earlier this year? Apparently they are having a hard time recruiting and raising money (emphasis added):
At a glance the effort to avert another mass shooting has never been stronger. Giffordsâ€™ so-called Super PAC raised $6.6 million in the first half of 2013, more than any other, and its organizing arm recruited half a million new members. …Â But the pro-gun side has grown even more, the CRP data shows. It has added popular no-compromise groups, such as Gun Owners of America, and maintained a nine-to-one spending advantage on Hill. The NRA alone has outspent the Big Three in 2013, stoking members with an ad campaign built around the need to â€œstand and fightâ€ Washington regulators. It says a million new people signed up in the first 9 months of the year, bringing the NRA rolls to 5 million strong, more than double what the Big Three muster combined.
â€œOur growth is unprecedented,â€ NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre announced at the groupâ€™s annual meeting in May. â€œBy the time weâ€™re finished, the NRA must and will be 10 million strong.â€
Americans for Responsible Solutions, with all the hype and they can only recruit a half million members? Meanwhile, the NRA adds a million NEW members in 9 months, despite being vilified left and right by the media, Hollywood and the White House, bringing their total to over 5 million. And if LaPierre’s projections are correct, the NRA alone is targeting 10 million members.
On the money side of the equation, it’s even more lopsided. Conservative, pro-liberty groups continue to raise far more money than liberal, pro-tyranny groups. Turns out, and I know this isn’t a big shock to most folks, but most liberals are only generous with OTHER PEOPLE’S money. You know, the whole take-money-at-gunpoint-to-pay-for-stuff-I-care-about (taxes). When it comes to donating their own money to causes they supposedly feel strongly about…not so much.
Exhibit B is Colorado, which we have covered already in previous posts. Yes, the Democrats were able to push through gun control against the will of the people, but the politicians responsible are now losing their jobs because of it. Again, tyranny isn’t nearly as popular in America as the Democrats would have you believe.
That’s not to say that we have won every battle, because we most certainly haven’t. States like California, New York and New Jersey continue to tighten the tyrannical noose, with no sign of letting up.
What does this mean going forward?
The fight isn’t over, not by a long shot. The Democrats in Congress along with the President haven’t given up on gun control, they’ve simply tabled it for now.Â This is a fight that will never end unfortunately, and the fight is actually much bigger than gun control alone. But coming up on the one yearÂ anniversary of the Newtown tragedy, the Second Amendment has largely weathered the storm, and for that I am thankful.Â The next big push (barring another high profile shooting) is the 2014 midterm elections. Along with Obamacare, gun control will almost assuredly be pushed back into the spotlight.
Constant vigilance my friends – the statists will not stop until there is total government control in every aspect of our lives, including (but not limited to) gun control. We can’t let up.
If you subscribe to the left/right nonsense (I don’t) and feel that your pet party was unfairly characterized in this post, be sure to let me know about your hurt feelings below. Before doing so, however, I must warn you that if your argument is based on “those evil Republicans”, you will find that we are on common ground, and such arguments hold no validity anyways (X is bad because Y is worse). I don’t like the Republicans either – both parties by and large are actively pushing statism, which makes them both evil in my book.