Gun Owners Must Be Calm and Smart to Prevail in Coming Challenges

By David Codrea

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Anybody think it's possible to reason with this mentality? Any “compromisers” think they'll stop before they've eradicated RKBA?

USA – -( The post-Orlando blood dance is in full swing. Gun owner control zealots are circling in, sensing vulnerability, and an opportunity to strike decisive blows.  Obama and Hillary and the Democrats are leading the charge. The media is cheering them on for all it's worth.

We’ve seen renewed demands to ban “assault weapons.” The “terror watchlist” has once more taken center stage. Executive orders are back on the table.

No proposal is too outrageous once the eye-rolling feeding frenzy starts.  For those of you who have been ridiculed as paranoids for claiming the antis want to take your guns, there are renewed calls to repeal the Second Amendment. One treasonous senator has even proposed making not just misdemeanor “hate crimes” cause for a gun prohibition, but what he calls a “reasonable suspicion” that you might be guilty of one (and that’s a standalone topic for another article)!

The national Republican “leadership” appears to be wavering. Some seem desperate enough to embrace the fool's hope that if they throw a scrap of flesh to a circling pack of ravenous jackals, it will satisfy them, and persuade them to move on.

The gun-grabbers are coming at us from all angles, attack after attack and wave after wave, with no relief in sight. Presumed allies are wavering and showing their true colors. New angles of subversion many have not considered are appearing before us, fully formed and ready to implement.

For those living “behind enemy lines” in “progressive”-dominated areas, these are perilous times and they’re about to get worse.  The old paradigm of writing legislators and pursuing justice though the courts is all but blocked off.  The “I will not comply” civil disobedience movement will result in massive noncompliance, but that means those defying orders need to be smart about it. The enforcers can’t get you all, but the ones they can get will be made examples of. Some may want to move. For those who don’t, can’t or won’t, understand your choice is obedience or heightened risk from both sides of the “law.”

For the rest of us in relatively more free areas: Take a breath. Compared to what we say we're ready to do, and what others who have gone before us have done, this is still mostly a test of nerves to see if we’ll allow our representatives to blink.

Know that the antis have to be hysterical. That's because they desperately want our guns. And that's because our guns stand in the way of ultimately unchecked power for the manipulators. For their followers, we are heretics and blasphemers, and we know what fanatics want to do to those.  So yeah, they hate us.  But we all knew that.

Here's the thing: They can pass any law and issue any ruling and the only thing that will get our guns out of our hands is if we surrender them. There are simply not enough enforcers to take them from us, at least not all of us.

Remember that. Yes, by all means continue exposing the lies and promoting the truth, but don't lose sight of the reality that just as arms can discourage individual aggressors without a shot being fired, so too does this work on a societal level.

The Second Amendment is still working. Don't lose heart. Stay smart.

Resolve to keep your guns. Declare that confidently. Let the would-be gun-grabbers be the ones who lose heart.

Now back to work.  Yes, work. It takes more than an occasional anonymous “Molon Labe” comment. But let's keep doing it proudly, eyes forward and shoulders square, knowing that we yet possess a strength that makes our enemies seethe and howl in impotent rage.

Just keep one thing in mind: Ten years from now, we might not be able to sound so hopeful.  That depends on if those who can make a political difference (i.e., “NRA”) decide that sounding the alarm to the danger of the immigration/invasion “pathway to citizenship” is something they want to stop ignoring. If it is, they'll need to mobilize in earnest before an unchallengeable Democrat/anti-gun supermajority captures all three branches of government.

The dangers of that aren’t just theoretical, you know.

David Codrea in his natural habitat.

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.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

  • 50 thoughts on “Gun Owners Must Be Calm and Smart to Prevail in Coming Challenges

    1. We should all stick together for a common cause. Demographics change. A red state can become a blue state and vice versa. A friendly Governor, AG, or legislature will not be in office infinitely. The reach of the Federal Government is long and limited only by the Constitution and those elected or appointed to uphold the Constitution.

      Divide and conquer is a well known stratagem. Therefore, it best to be united.

    2. Let America get down to the “nitty-gritty”. The REASON this atrocity happened is because ‘b.h.0-bama’ and his minions are importing people into America that Hate America and want to conquer America.
      PUBLIC LAW 414
      This law is an answer to the maleficent actions of the muslem and his co-conspirators in the White House are doing.

    3. No compromise , no new laws , failure to enforce jail for felons attempting to buy arms is the problem. You will always have an evil person , that no one sees until it is too late.
      Punishing 15 million black rifle owners or more , for the actions of 2 , while 88000 die from alcohol , 200000 -440000 die from malpractice , thats right Doctors killing 20 times more people than guns.
      Removing self defense , private property without due process , is not how America runs.

    4. Every time someone illegally uses a firearm to cause mass deaths or casualties, the pressure will get turned up another notch. Things are moving now, and there’s no greater force than an idea whose time has come.

    5. Newt Ware
      1 hr · Floyd ·
      You know, there is a lot of bad language, threats and condemnations flying in both directions over this terrorism and guns situation. And I am sure guilty myself. But it is getting way out of hand. On both sides.

      Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just all step back and take a deep breath and think for a moment.

      Do we, any of us, no matter our viewpoint really think it is a good idea to make changes to federal laws and most especially those affecting the Constitution in a fit of emotion?

      Anyone other than a psychopath has to be outraged over the senseless killings that seem to have become almost commonplace.

      But once passion has cooled and rationale returns, does anyone really think passing gun legislation will make a real difference ?

      I know the argument about, “if it saves even one life”. But you can’t have absolute safety in a free society. It just isn’t possible. And trust me, once we set a course of outlawing words, deeds, or objects simply because they offend or frighten a particular group it is only a matter of time before it is your freedom that is being infringed upon.

      History shows this inevitable result over thousands of years. And numerous civilizations.

      You surrender a few rights for the promise of safety. And then at some point the balance is reached and the remainder are forcibly taken from you “for your own good”.

      Even with the horrible violence and speed that death can be visited upon unsuspecting people with modern firearms, if it is really about saving lives, there are so many better areas to address. About 115 people die each day in traffic accidents alone. Hundreds more maimed and mutilated. And gunshots are awful to be sure. But how many of you have seen up close and personal the aftermath of a bad auto accident. Ask a first responder if you dare to know.

      We could easily address high performance vehicles that no one really needs much easier than firearms. Especially in the hands of young inexperienced drivers. And yes, elderly drivers too. Many are past the point of safe operation but they still drive.

      Ask yourself. How many folks do you know that have been involved in automobile accident? How many hurt or killed? And then compare that to who you know, outside of combat vets or cops, who have been shot. Do you begin to see my point ?

      And finally, ask yourself, what do you really think about millionaires and billionaires who live in the best neighborhoods and the safest homes and who have the armed security to protect them that are screaming for you to give up the most effective method of personal protection in a world that is filled with madmen and radicals.

      Take a deep breath and just think about it. For everyone’s sake.

    6. Today a female British 41 year old Member of pArliment was stabbed and shot with a home made weapon, in England this should not have happened as guns are almost impossible to get legally, except for the criminals

    7. Geuss this bird cage liner didn’t know that this home grown Muslim terrorist is a product of the People’s Democratic Socialist Republic of New York where they are tolerant of terrorists.

    8. There are 3800 Ar-15 in Canada, all registered and deemed restricted, useable only at a certified range, anti gunners want them banned, vs 500,000 sold annually in USA for general use

    9. They are like sharks with blood in the water. I say we go after their beloved abortion rights with the same zeal that they do.

    10. GOA sent out an alert to call, not email, your senator ans tell them to vote against all gun control bills. I just left messages for both. Everyone else reading this should do the same!

    11. When you hear politicians on both sides of the aisle saying “Due Process” is an impediment to law enforcement efforts you know they don’t give a $hit about your rights under the U.S. Constitution!

    12. Make no mistake! The gun grabbers. Aim is to take away ALL private ownership rights on their way to confiscation! Giving in anything will never accomplish any good result . Just as Hitler was never satisfied and wanted more and more and more. After the giving in antics of the European allies. These gun grabbers are following his plan and using his tactics to get what they want. Giving in Anything will only be seen as a sign of weakness and a step forward for(by) them it’s also losing our rights piece by piece -And empowering them. By making any concessions! It will never end for them until the second amendment rights of citizens are destroyed as well as the second amendment itself, to be quickly followed by as many others as they can take away from Americans. All this is just the first step towards total confiscation ;an anti American plan if there ever was one! Our constitution is not a cut and paste document !! NO concessions is the only answer to keeping our frights and constitution intact!!

    13. The gun grabbers are never going to satisfied with any concessions just as hitler never was!! Giving in anything is only seen by them as a sign of weakness not accomplishing anything positive for us in any way! It would only weaken our rights . Plus they will never be satisfied until they eliminate all our second amendment rights plus as many others they can take! It’s an all assault on our constitutionally guaranteed rights. After the second amendment is gone how long do you think any others in the bill of rights will last ? Don’t give an inch stand your ground for your rights!! Become more vocal even if the duped public deems it unpopular! We are many but far to many remain silent!! Spek out every chance you get for our rights and constitution. Freedom hangs in the balance! I’ve always believed in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in America. Don’t let them take that away!

    14. First of all who would read the New York Times? They are nothing but a shill for the left. As for the republicans. It is an election year so if they have to waver on our rights they will do so. There are only two thinks that politicians care about. How much can they steal & how many times can they get elected. When the Republicans turn against Trump it is because they think that it will help them get back into office for another term. If the Republicans had done what they promised us for years Trump probably would not have run. It cost him dearly to run but he sees a problem that the Republicans don’t address.

    15. “We’re going to have to take one step at a time, and the first step is necessarily — given the political realities — going to be very modest. . . . [W]e’ll have to start working again to strengthen that law, and then again to strengthen the next law, and maybe again and again. Right now, though, we’d be satisfied not with half a loaf but with a slice. Our ultimate goal — total control of handguns in the United States — is going to take time. . . . The first problem is to slow down the number of handguns being produced and sold in this country. The second problem is to get handguns registered. The final problem is to make possession of all handguns and all handgun ammunition-except for the military, police, licensed security guards, licensed sporting clubs, and licensed gun collectors-totally illegal.”

      Richard Harris, A Reporter at Large: Handguns, New Yorker, July 26, 1976, at 53, 58 (quoting Pete Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc.) (boldface added, italics in original).

      “In fact, the assault weapons ban will have no significant effect either on the crime rate or on personal security. Nonetheless, it is a good idea . . . . Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation.”

      Charles Krauthammer (columnist), Disarm the Citizenry. But Not Yet, Washington Post, Apr. 5, 1996 (boldface added).

    16. By the end of the year Americans will have 400 million firearms in homes, how will the govt make it illegal to own any of them, ie AR-15 s

      1. They will incrementally place more restrictions on them, and eventually prohibit their manufacture, sale, or transfer. At some point you’ll have to decide whether to break the law and risk the consequences, or turn the contraband firearms in to law enforcement.

    17. Clark Kent, you will always have an open invitation to join Tex and I, (If you’ve got the time, Tex) down in Texas, then you can utilize your expertise on the safety and show us where we are failing?

      1. @Gregory Romeu,I would make the time for CK to come to Texas to enlighten us about where we are failing and explain all our short comings. CK is real brave behind his computer screen. He is a coward that would never come to Texas,but I could be wrong.I hope I am. I’m real easy to find !

    18. The time has arrived. Leftists have seized the democrat party and hope to ride it into the despotic utopia they espouse. The first line of defense is silence. Don’t engage government in matters that could put you in harm’s way. It’s working peacefully in New York, Connecticut and Washington State. I’ve heard countless promises from individuals that such laws in every other state will be ignored and government treated with silence. Thus far, a million New Yorkers and Connecticuters have defied their respective laws by simply ignoring them. Seems Cuomo & Malloy don’t have the guts to enforce their laws. They just pass them and leave the rest to police and sheriff’s departments. Most law enforcement thus far are waiting for written instructions from elected officials. Nobody knows how many in Washington have defied the law and their elected officials also don’t have the guts to enforce the laws they enacted. At the end, peaceable, lawful owners of firearms vastly outnumber all other blocs of voters and that’s a winning message. However, sometimes the bully strikes out violently and for leftists that would be a terrible mistake for them and particularly for the U.S. I hope we join together in a colossal silent treatment accompanied with en bloc voting for the Republican, whomever he or she is.

    19. We all need to contact the New York Daily New
      and tell them to stop lying about the NRA and gun control.

    20. The paper should thank obama for the shooting. He is the one who said ISIS is nothing to worry about, he says that if thing turns ugly with muslim he will stand with muslims, USA no longer a Christian nation and he is a muslim. Sounds like obama declared war on Christians and he encouraged the attacks on Christians by the radical freaks called muslims. Religion of peace? Yeah right just like the democrats all BS.

    21. Hmmmm… i guess the NRA was the cause for the 3,000 killed on 911??? The guy should’ve just strapped a bomb on himself and killed all 300 of them in the Pulse! He was going to kill them whether he had the AR or any other gun!!

    22. You look at everything they highlighted in red and immediately can see the affiliated left wing motive of the New York post. Considering that with all the agendas and desires to create a division among Americans in the air of peace and unity is self contradicting. It just makes me cringe at how queer and liberal the world is turning. They want to control the very thoughts you have and subliminally inset what you should believe with tv shows and ads promoting things such as guns are bad and being gay is good. I vote we hang politicians and do out voting based on the dealings of a person and not the campaign lies. At this time they are all a joke. Obama and Hillary belong at minimal life in prison. Force them to live in the gun free places like france where not even the police can protect them because all they have are batons. I don’t know what you people think but I’m done with these fools. I definitely contact my state reps about gun control, vaccines, ect. You either fight back or lose big.

    23. The Federal government agencies created to keep us safe are dropping the ball. They had this terrorist under investigation twice, placed him on a no fly list twice. His father is a politician from Afghanistan so perhaps this is what got him off the list and he has spoken out in favor of the Taliban. We have a President who sat in front of an America hating anti-Semite “Rev.” along with his wife for over twenty years. Wright preaches hatred against whites and Jews. Our military is being gutted and the world is acting the way it is because we are acting or becoming a paper tiger. These are dangerous times here in the U.S. and around the world. We do not need four more years of more of the same and worse or God forbid eight years of this nonsense. We have been weakened, divided on every level of OUR society by the current administration on a level not seen since the Civil War. His catch words of “hope & change” and “fundamentally changing America” is happening right before our very eyes on a daily basis. This must end!

    24. An interesting point is that this terrorist worked almost a decade for a major Department of Homeland Security contractor
      He was employed by the SECURITY firm G4S Secure Solutions USA Inc. since Sept. 10, 2007
      And I cannot remember how many TSA and airport employees’ names are on the FBI Terrorist Watch List…
      And the Dems want to restrict OUR access to guns…. How about CLEANING UP your own agencies 1st….

      1. That “Terrorist Watch (No-Fly) List” is a complete and absolute abominable monstrosity. Fully one out of every five names currently on that list are erroneous (including several Congress members!). Citizens’ names are placed on the list at the simple whim of unknown bureaucrats in obscure office buildings,… worse, there is absolutely NO method or system for removing those erroneous names (that should not be on the list in the first place). Even with all his political horsepower, late Senator Ted Kennedy worked for several years to get himself off that ridiculous list.

        Until that whole “List” system is fixed (and a reliable way to correct it is fully installed), it cannot be allowed to function as a restriction of gun purchasing. The “List” is way too vulnerable to misuse by anti-gun bureaucrats.

        1. Does anyone recall the BILLIONS SQUANDERED on the post 9/11 emergency alert system that existed of nothing but the same colors that you see in a kindergarteners’ crayon box that did absolutely nothing to defend and protect our country?

    25. What would the government do if a couple of million gun owners said NO……or…better…….said nothing and did nothing for a dc regime which wants to make American citizens defenseless again an Islamic Army of killers. But. if you are happy with what this government is doing to you….keep voting democrat.

      1. Why don’t you try 22 million Veterans that have taken an oath to defend and protect the Constitution and the United States of America against all enemies foreign and domestic for starters and then we can add in all the civilian gun owners? Can I get a, “NUFF SAID”?

    26. I have 27 guns, not a lot compared to others. I would give up each and every one of them if I had any belief or evidence it would stop people from being killed. Here in the US we used to have family values. Guns were a way of life. I grew up hunting and fishing and shooting for sport. I was taught what guns are for and the safefy of them. American family values have changed and quite simple put are not present. Where is the family.
      2nd there are some that do not need to have guns, just like some idiots should not be allowed to vote. It takes some common sence for both. There are sick people in the world. In the case of Orlando, my prayers of out to the families. This guy was reported to the FBI that he was casing Disney. He was on a terror watch list for years. Ift his is not enough evidednce this guy should not have been able to buy a gun, I don’t know what is . This is a case of govenrment failing to protect it people. Obama is more conceren with bringing in people we know nothing about that fixing this problem. He is in charge, he is a problem for this country. It is time we wake up and take our country back before it is too late. This clearly ws not a hate crime, it was an act of terror. The common thing with the terror attacts of recent is that it happens where people are enclosed in a kill area, a no gun zone where people have little means to fight back. Have you ever heard of a terror attack ata gun show or a NRA meeting? Obama wants to disarm the country while at the same time allowing the threat to increase by allowing these people here that we do not know about. If this shooter who was on the radar of the FBI was not stopped, how can we stop people we do not know anythng about. This is not high tech science. What is worng with is.

      1. It’s my understanding that the FBI backed off due to Islamaphobic accusations. In other words, political correctness reared it ugly head again.

    27. Mississippi does not recognize any federal law that violates the Mississippi state constituion. Oh, by the way, we’re keeping our flag too.

      1. Good for you! Oklahoma is also very gun-friendly… any federal gun-control measures will face remarkable opposition in this entire part of the country.


      Great article. Every gun owner should realize that not only are facts on our side, but also the majority of the american public. The emotional appeals and references to made up poll numbers are background checks neglect to mention how the public views banning AR15s – they are against it.

      We are the majority, not the effeminate media and hollywood figures living in gated communities and bodyguards. Ironically, the same people who complained about Bush passing the patriot act rapidly in an emotional state do the exact same thing with gun laws. Of course, the idea that american citizens should have their rights taken away as a result of the same would be gun banner immigration policy importing millions of background check free terrorists and criminals from savage nations does not seem to register as being as laughable as it is among them.

    29. Bill,I’m a member of the NRA,TSRA,and GOA. Every other month I donate $50.00 to each of them.I like certain firearms related websites too that have what’s called ‘NRA roundup’ when you checkout. I always add $10.00 to my total. I contact my senators/congress persons constantly too. Even Gov.Abbott ! Bill,I don’t want to sound stupid but what do you mean by ‘vote as a block’ ? I have noticed where you’ve mention that previously and I’m just curious what it means. Take care,my friend.

      1. Tex, what Bill means by voting as a Block is that we as gun owners should all vote the same as a group or a block in voting for pro gun legislation and pro-gun Representatives, rather than some gun owners vote Libertarian and others voting Republican, or when it comes to Representatives we should all vote together for the pro-gun representatives rather than split our boating power up.

        1. Just got back from Dallas where I bought a nice little Sako in .222. Sorry that I missed the whole day, but that is exactly what I mean. And drag your family down to vote the same way, too. A family block.

    30. We got to push back against the gun grabbers. Write a check to your favorite pro-Second Amendment Civil Rights group; control the language, destroy their myths and lies, pressure your Congresspersons, and vote as a block!

    31. I agree with the author on one very important point. It’s critical to live in a free state during these times. I’m in Texas,and I can guarantee you we will keep our firearms,period ! If these gungrabbing tyrannists try and take our firearms in Texas,they will get a true education,and a real understanding,of what gun violence’ is all about !

      1. And I can assure you that you are NOT safe in Texas, period! Or any other state for that matter. Keeping your head in the sand and denying trouble is immature and ignorant. But, those are the hallmarks of Tex…….

        1. Klark Kent, your posts concern me deeply, as for the life of me, I can not understand who ties your shoes for you? Never mind, you are a product of Social Culturing, so it must be Velcro. I am sure you got a trophy for participating though.

      2. So true Tex, I live in Texas as well. Let them come down here and see what will happen. Luckily, we have the support of our Governor and Attn General by our sides as well. God bless Texas and remember the Alamo! Keep your powder dry and your resolve steel like!

    32. Thanks for the encouraging words. Just what I needed to hear, after a 2-day all-out assault on our rights that continues in the Senate even at this late hour.

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