It’s time to fight back against attacks on the 2nd Amendment

May 6, 2009 by

second amendmentNow that the most anti-gun President ever is in office and has surrounded himself with an equally zealous anti-gun cabinet, it is time for everyone who is as concerned about their 2nd amendment rights as I am to become a citizen activist. With Attorney General Holden pushing to reinstate the Assault Weapons ban and H.R. 45 Blair Holt being pushed by the Democrats, it is no longer sufficient to simply join the NRA or a state advocacy group such as the VCDL.

Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) wrote a guest editorial in the June issue of Guns & Ammo magazine in which he set forth a few practical steps that you as an average citizen can take that will help you calmly, credibly and persuasively educate others about the 2nd amendment and undo the ignorance that is most often at the root of differences in opinion over this amendment.

Congressman Franks quotes Margaret Thatcher who put it quite simply.

First you win the argument, then you win the vote.

The steps put forward by Congressman Franks are:

  • Commit to educating yourself thoroughly on the issue.

  • Write an op-ed or letter to the editor in your local and national papers.

  • Start a blog on the topic and network with other 2nd amendment bloggers.

  • Form a local working group with other citizens who want to advocate for your issue.

  • Start a petition. Post the petition on your website or blog.

  • Coordinate with your working group to take out an educational, informative ad in the local paper.

  • Call your local as well as national talk radio shows.

  • Make sure you take the time to call or write your Congressional Representatives in the House and Senate.

  • Lastly, don’t yield to discouragement. Patient persistence is perhaps the most potent tool in your arsenal as an aspiring activist.

It is up to you to protect your 2nd amendment rights. Don’t expect someone else to do it for you. If you don’t take personal responsibility someday the government will come knocking on your door and take away your right to defend yourself and your family. As Samuel Adams stated,

It does not take a majority to prevail …. but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.

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AP reporter laments no gun control debate after spate of shootings.

Apr 8, 2009 by


An article by Deborah Hastings of the Associated Press laments the fact that the recent spate of shootings that resulted in 57 deaths since March 10 has not resulted in a renewed gun debate. She makes the point that nearly every gunman in the recent “mass” killings was legally entitled to “fire” weapons. To correct a point, it should read nearly every gunman was legally entitled to own a weapon, not fire a weapon. The legality of firing a weapon depends on the circumstances.

While everyone agrees that the shootings are tragic, they need to be seen in the context of the number of legally owned firearms in the United States. Various estimates place the number of legally owned firearms in the United States at about 200 million. Almost 50 % of households own one or more firearms. No math is necessary to see that the vast majority of legally owned firearms are never used to commit crimes such as the ones Deborah Hastings writes about.

The other overlooked fact (often intentionally) is that there are an estimated 2.5 – 3 million defensive uses of firearms in the United States every year. That is 2.5 – 3 million instances were a violent crime was prevented by someone who legally owned a firearm. Clearly the answer to preventing crimes like the shootings that killed 57 people is not to make it even more difficult for citizens to legally buy and own firearms. When you do that you are going to have 2.5 – 3 million more victims every year.

No law can guarantee that someone who legally buys or owns a firearm will not someday snap and kill someone in a senseless shooting. But those who do use legally obtained firearms to commit crimes are few compared to the millions who use them every year to defend themselves and their families from criminals.

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