By David Codrea
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- It’s the time of year when Americans are inclined to make resolutions. Some will opt to try and lose weight. Others may want to quit smoking, cut back on drinking, start an exercise program, go back to school, or find more rewarding employment. Those can all be worthy goals for gun owners to aspire to, but they neglect the preservation and restoration of the right to keep and bear arms, surely a concern of all who are not oblivious to the efforts of those working to undermine and eviscerate it.
In years past, I’ve come up with gun rights resolutions, each designed to highlight and further some aspect of RKBA, things like joining a gun rights group, writing letters to editors, taking a new person shooting, sharing information via social media, etc. Bear in mind the situation we face now, with attacks on the right to keep and bear arms coming at us non-stop from all directions. On Tuesday, I discussed the topic of important 2015 developments that will carry over into 2016 with host Mark Walters on the nationally-syndicated Armed American Radio program.
Expecting something to happen doesn’t do any good without resolve to do something about it. Here are a few additional resolutions for your consideration:
Oppose Michael Bloomberg's well-financed organized efforts in other states. He’s not confining where his tentacles reach and we can’t either. What he started in Washington State has spread to Nevada. After that, he’ll focus on the next target. Just because you don’t live there doesn't mean the outcome won’t affect you. The troops on the front lines, advocates like Nevadans for State Gun Rights, need your support, because if they can’t stop the assault, it’ll be heading your way.
Realize that the establishment’s “immigration” policies are designed to create millions of new anti-gun Democrat voters, and that represents a direct legislative and judicial threat to the right to keep and bear arms. That's a threat those enabling it are counting on for the long game. Wishful thinking aside, all credible data confirms this. When that happens, imagine the bills that will pass, and by then, the Supreme Court will be in the bag. That’s why it’s legitimate to demand gun rights organizations acknowledge this danger and include it as a factor in who they support.
Look at defiant gun owners refusing to register their property in Democrat-dominated places like New York and Connecticut, at others refusing to comply with initiatives against private sales, and at numerous other examples of principled and moral civil disobedience. It is a time-honored American tradition, after all. Consider what your role in this growing “I Will Not Comply” paradigm will be, and follow your informed conscience.
Be a force multiplier. Many are always complaining gun owners don’t get a fair shake in the media, but then don’t lift a finger to share links to important information that then remains confined to small niche websites. It’s not in the interests of the establishment press to promote anything that goes against the narrative they’re spinning, so if you see something you get value from, assume others will too, and share it.
As always, any list will not be all-inclusive. If you have any ideas you’d like to share, please do. If you think about it, none of these are exclusive of the others, so there is nothing to stop you from making and keeping multiple resolutions. With all of the options available, and with how little it would take to keep most of them, gun owners really have no legitimate excuse for not getting involved and making a positive difference.
Here’s one that’s effortless to keep, and frees you up to take on more: Don’t be that guy whose sole contribution to the cause is to submit “Molon Labe” comments under blog, forum and social media posts. Many of us feel that way, but realize it’s going to take a lot more than that, and require actual efforts on all our parts if that sentiment is going to have any deterrent value.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.