Manasquan, NJ --(Ammoland.com)- In the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting last week in Connecticut the calls for more gun control have reached a fever pitch.
There has been extensive commentary from the usual suspects on the gun control side that “this time it’s different” .
And indeed it is, different in so much that there are now open calls for the murder of NRA members flooding twitter and Facebook. Including advocating the shooting of innocent members of the NRA by “Democratic leaders” such as John Cobarruvias.
This time is different in that major firearms retailers such as Dicks Sporting Goods, Cheaper than Dirt and Walmart have betrayed the very people who supported them the most with their patronage by choosing to cave to irrational and unfounded fears and pull modern sporting rifles from their shelves instead of taking a stand, while other, more courageous retailers, large and small have rejected such betrayal and watched sales skyrocket.
Dianne Feinstein, Frank Lautenberg and other self important elites in Congress couldn’t even wait till after one single funeral of the victims, before rushing to the nearest microphone and issue statements of their intent to reintroduce a new and even farther reaching “assault weapons ban” then the previously failed one of 1994 to 2004.
This despite the fact that studies of the 94 to 2004 law released by the Dept of Justice and The National Academy of Sciences that prove beyond any rational doubt that the law had NO statistically significant effect on violent crime or homicide rates. (See Firearms And Violence A Critical Review )
As a Nation, we have seen this behavior before, from both Republicans and Democrats, a purely emotional based rush to ram rod through legislation to further restrict the rights of all Americans due to the evil actions of a few deranged individuals, it was done with the passage of the Patriot Act post 9-11, was one of the most sweeping curtailments of rights and violations of the Constitution in generations, and we are still paying the price for our fear based support of such legislation today.
In the prelude to the Revolutionary War, a wood carving of a rattlesnake, divided into thirteen pieces (representing the thirteen separate colonies) and inscribed “Join or Die” rose to great prominence and popularity as a symbol and rallying cry to defeat the tyrannical rule of the British.
We have, despite every effort to avoid it, arrived at the same place today. For the past decade I have pointed out that by far the biggest obstacle to reclaiming our rights from the Legislature ( particularly in NJ) has been the divided nature of those on the Pro Gun, Pro Liberty, Pro Second Amendment Side. The hunters don’t care about the competition shooters, the competition shooters don’t care about those that wish to carry a firearm for self defense, those that wish to carry for self defense don’t care about the hunters, etc,etc.
In light of what is about to take place at both the State and Federal Level regarding new gun laws, this simply can no longer be the case. There can be no more “sitting on the sidelines” , no more “let the other guy do the work on my behalf“, no more “I’ve got mine, so I don’t care about anyone else or other group “, and certainly no more cowardly retreats such as have been exhibited by certain retailers in recent days. Whatever the reasons for your support of the Second Amendment, whether they be for love of freedom, for self defense, for support of the idea of the people being equipped to repel tyranny with force, or any other reason, the fight for our rights must be joined and it must be joined NOW!
The various Anti Gun groups and their allies in Congress and the media shamelessly exploited a previous schoolyard shooting of children by Patrick Purdy ( another diagnosed mentally ill individual) in 1989 to push through the 1994 to 2004 Clinton Era “assault weapons ban” . They have already ghoulishly announced their intentions to exploit the Connecticut tragedy in the same way, only this time, much, much more restrictively and with permanence instead of a built in expiration date.
I’m reminded of the words of Samuel Adams, speaking publicly of those that refused to join the fight during the period leading up to the Revolution.
“If ye prefer the tranquility of servitude better then the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our Countrymen.”
It is time to decide. We must ” Join or Die ! “
About Dan RobertsDan Roberts is a grassroots supporter of gun rights that has choosen AmmoLand Shooting Sports News as the perfect outlet for his frank, ‘Jersey Attitude’ filled articles on Guns and Gun Owner Rights.As a resident of the oppressive state of New Jersey he is well placed to be able to discuss the abuses of government against our inalienable rights to keep and bear arms as he writes from deep behind NJ’s Anti-Gun iron curtain. Read more from Dan Roberts or email him at DRoberts@ammoland.com