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Are you an apathetic gun owner?

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by simon99, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. simon99

    simon99 Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Apathy is not an option…

    John Caile | January 9, 2013 |

    With calls for gun control becoming more numerous and more strident, it is increasingly clear that the Obama administration is intent on using “any means necessary” to restrict the average citizen’s rights to own and carry firearms. At the local level, anti-gun governors and state legislators are jumping on board, promising (threatening?) “significant” changes in gun laws.

    However, what is at least as disturbing, especially to gun owners, is President Obama’s recent signing of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. Why? Because an important passage (one that would have protected American citizens from “indefinite detention”) was suspiciously removed from the bill.

    Although the significance to gun owners might not be immediately understood, an action such as this is merely an indicator of the intentions of the Obama administration – and they are very unsettling. If you are still so naive (or more likely, in denial) that you think YOU have nothing to worry about, then it is long past time for a reality check. Hint: what happens when your “arsenal” of guns and “thousands of rounds of ammunition” make you a “potential terrorist threat” in the eyes of the BATF…or worse, Homeland Security?

    Ask your friends in Illinois or California what happened when gun owners failed to fight ever-increasing restrictions on guns. I recall a particularly obtuse California “hunter” who admitted voting for the very politicians who wrote the California “assault weapons” ban (on just 12 “bad” guns, you see – nothing to worry about here). He was then shocked when his Benelli shotgun appeared on the “updated” list of “prohibited” weapons.

    Unfortunately, too few gun owners will pay attention to NDAA2013, or they’ll just yawn and turn the channel, unable or unwilling to confront the threat that may soon be knocking at their front (or more likely, their back) door.

    But apathy is never a winning strategy, yet a significant number of gun owners actually FAILED TO VOTE in the last election. Seriously? Are they out of their minds? This is not a Republican versus Democrat issue – I honestly don’t care what you thought of Mitt Romney (and I am no fan of his either), but the alternative was electing Barak Obama, the most anti-gun president in history.

    Unfortunately, such folks delude themselves that by not voting at all, they are somehow relieved of responsibility for the outcome. Yet nothing could be further from the truth – Barak Obama got reelected with fewer votes than he got in 2008. Face it – Obama won in 2012 because too many of YOU who would have voted against him stayed home.

    Sometimes I get the feeling that gun owners are just as self-destructive as many of the other single-issue voting groups (Pro-Life, Immigration Reform, Gay Marriage – whatever). They get so hung up on finding the “perfect” candidate that they end putting in office someone much, much worse.

    No more. As gun owners, “we must all hang together, or surely we will all hang separately,” as the famous Ben Franklin quote goes. Staying home is simply not an option. And now that the election is over, and we have at least two years before anything changes in the Congress, we have no viable option other than to join the fight. And that means we must ALL get involved.

    Surprisingly, it doesn’t take all that much work to make a difference. Here in Minnesota, one of the most liberal states in the nation, we finally got a “shall-issue” handgun carry permit law passed in 2003. We did it by getting involved, by getting friends involved, and by pounding on legislators until they got sick of running into us at every turn.

    It is time to make your views known. Loudly. Clearly. Relentlessly. Email, call, and most importantly, FAX your U.S. Congressman and Senator (emails get deleted – FAXES land on their desks!). Then find your state legislators. Contact them all.

    Or prepare to kiss your rights (and the rights of your fellow gun owners) goodbye…
  2. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    No sir, Ive had a fire lit under my A$$.
    Believe me, they've darn near got a gigs worth of my emails and a Id bet an hour or so of my phone calls.

    I do need to get involved with showing up at town hall meetings and talking with local reps/leos.. Etc as well. Perhaps attend an oath keepers meeting? Not too involved with them yet.

    Id like to meet with small/large anti gun businesses to let them know, an anti firearm policy is discrimination and their hatred for firearm owners is bigotry.
  3. DMax

    DMax Yamhill Well-Known Member

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    Is it 1776 Yet!!!
  4. simon99

    simon99 Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Proud of you guys!
  5. Black Dog

    Black Dog Eagle Creek Or Active Member

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    I think it is getting close?
  6. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Apathy is the biggest problem that is out there, especially at election time. Its our 2nd biggest enemy.
    Caveman Jim and (deleted member) like this.