Gun Rights and the Rebirth of Conservatism

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Washington DC – -( When Obamacare passed in March 2010, a grassroots outrage ensued and months later, in Nov. 2010, the Tea Party voted out Democrats in red states and moderate Republicans who'd supported the measure.

Liberals were blindsided, RINOs were dismayed, and because of the passage of Obamacare, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) only held the gavel for two years.

Now, just three short years later, a grassroots movement has been awakened again. But this time it's not the Tea Party reacting to healthcare. Rather, it is a collection of the approx. 80 million gun owning Americans reacting to the federal government's insistence on taking guns away.

It is the more than four million NRA members, and the hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of members of the Second Amendment Foundation and Gun Owners of America.

This movement is broad–encompassing Republicans for sure, but also Democrats, Independents, and Progressives like “Warren” who called into the Wilkow Majority on March 5 to talk about how sacrosanct guns are in this country. He talked of how his support for much of the progressive agenda does not include support for more gun control.

This broad spectrum of political opinion, united under the umbrella of the right to keep and bear arms, portends a 2014 election cycle not unlike the one we saw in Nov. 2010.

For this reason, much of the federal-level talk of passing more gun control that was so ubiquitous in Dec. 2012 has quietly given way to silence by Senators like Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Warner (D-VA), both of whom know 2014 will not be kind to gun grabbers.

As Breitbart News reported on Jan. 14, gun control is a big loser for Democrats in 2014. But the other side of that coin is that the gun rights movement can be a big winner for conservatism.

In fact, we could see conservatism reborn around the simple truth that the right to keep and bear arms is “necessary to the security of a free state.”

AWR Hawkins writes for all the BIG sites, for Pajamas Media, for, for and now AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America's Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA's Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.

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  • 6 thoughts on “Gun Rights and the Rebirth of Conservatism

    1. Not to nitpick, but 80 Million is a low estimate.

      Self-Reported Gun Ownership in U.S. Is Highest Since 1993Majority of men, Republicans, and Southerners report having a gun in their households

      PRINCETON, NJ — Forty-seven percent of American adults currently report that they have a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property.
      Factoring the 76% of the population over 18 of 313 Million and taking the most likely under reported 47% (52% in later surveys) yields around 120 Million gun owners.

    2. Nice story but it leaves something out.

      The idea and concept that the American political system is broken. The financial elite own the politicians and the two party system offers the people a choice. But a choice of what?

      A choice between two things chosen by the Elite and not the people.

      In the case of Romney VS Obama it was a choice between two unworthy candidates and even then Romney was never supposed to win. He was just another tool of the Elite. Rampant voter fraud proves it.

      Now the NRA seems to be in bed with politicians in order to “compromise” on gun registration.

      There is no compromise. To legislate registration will immediately criminalize gun owners who have lost trust and faith in what is obviously and illegal and criminal political system.

      Last week I considered joining the NRA as well as becoming a certified NRA instructor. This week that consideration no longer exists. I will not become a part of a “Sell Out” organization.

      I am quite sure many NRA members are considering walking away as well.

    3. This time after President Obama was re-elected I had saved up alot of .22lr,9mm,and .45 auto ammo.I’d like to say it was because I thought he might be re-elected.Though it was because I had been looking out for ammo sales as I wanted to attend some training facilities which I did.I attended Front Sight about 45 minutes oitside of Las Vegas in Nye County Pahrump,Nevada.I did the 4 day defensive handgun class.It was a good experience and I learnt alot I didn’t know so I could become a better pistol shooter and trained handgun owner.I took my S&W M&P .45 auto for the class.If you can I highly reccomend going to Front Sight Nevada for training.

    4. At the end of Obama’s 1st term I really tried to think that he was for the people. Being a republican for many years I tried to think that maybe he was different and not the same old, same old democrat. When I got to the voting booth my gut finally told me he was a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing. I went with my gut and voted republican again. Glad to know I can’t kick myself for being fooled. I am very glad that I did because the day after the election he took off his sheep’s clothing and unveiled his intention of taking away all of the 2nd amendment.

    5. Just remember this. When a politician is asked if the support the 2nd amendment and gun rights and they hesitate, they are gun grabbers. There is no such thing as a gray area. Everything is black or white. You either support us or don’t. Keeping quite means you hope no one will notice that you have voted against us in the past. The NRA know how each person in congress voted throughout their whole career on guns. They tell us and we know to to vote for and who never to vote for again. There is going to be a house cleaning like no one has ever seen and it does not matter what party you are in, if you are not for us, you are against us and so gone. And if that does not work then we have another revolution to fight because the 1st one quit working.

    6. Great insight and this gun control rhetoric has simply got to stop. Its start with us sportsmen getting heard. Great post

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