USA – -(Ammoland.com)- What a year 2017 was, huh? Trump was finally inaugurated, and gun owners were set free! No more hassles and threats to our liberty, including our cherished right to bear arms. Whew, we can take a break for the next four years after eight years of gun-hating Marxist, Barry Obama, as many of us still believe. Finally, some much-deserved downtime, right? Uh huh…
I wish I could tell you we can finally relax for the next four years, but I would be lying and this past year proved we gun owners do so at our own risk.
No doubt there were some significant victories in 2017 for gun owners, in fact in a recently published piece over at Breitbart News I wrote about my top five stories of 2017 and four of the five were huge victories for gun owners. They included Trump’s inauguration, the Wrenn v. D.C. case, the passage of National Reciprocity (now in the hands of Mitch McConnell and the Senate) out of the House, and of course the nomination and subsequent confirmation of SCOTUS Justice Neil Gorsuch. There were many more victories both local and national but these, to me, stand out as a few of the biggest.
So why can’t we lay low, chill out a little bit and take some much deserved time off?
This email from Everytown for Gun Safety explains, in no uncertain terms, why we are unable to do so as we head into 2018 and the midterm elections:
“A little over a month ago, we won the governor's race in Virginia. And I couldn't have done it without you. For months before November’s election, volunteers from Moms Demand Action — wearing their bright red tees — knocked on doors, made calls, tweeted, texted, and got out the vote to make sure gun sense champions won big in Virginia. That's a big reason why I was elected to be the next governor.
Thanks to your work and support, Virginia elected advocates for common sense gun laws up and down the ballot.
And it wasn't just Virginia — across the country gun sense champions won statewide and local elections. Everytown, Moms Demand Action, and voters everywhere showed that America won't stand for the gun lobby's attempt to put our communities in danger with their extreme “guns everywhere” agenda.
Something else big happened in Virginia. Virginians said the top two reasons they voted for me were my stances on health care and gun laws. That's right: Virginians came out to vote for stronger gun laws. And Everytown and Moms Demand Action are going to make sure people show up for gun sense champions across the country in 2018. Donate today to Everytown and Moms Demand Action as they fight to end gun violence for a stronger America. All gun sense donations before 2018 will be matched!”
The fact remains that the other side has us hugely outspent and I mean HUGLEY outspent. Capitalize that sentence, if you wish. It cannot be overstated. Here’s a guy, Michael Bloomberg with a net worth estimated at $47 billion. (You know you’re loaded when your net worth is estimated). Let’s translate that amount into real numbers. Michael Bloomberg could conceivably spend $3,219,178.08 every single day, 365 days a year, for the next 40 years if he chose before expiring his $47 billion. Of course, that assumes he made no more money over that 47 year period. Wrap your head around that, and I think you get the point.
I’m the first one to preach that the U.S. Constitution isn’t for sale and Bloomberg's billions can’t buy our freedoms. I believe that and it’s been proven many times with Bloomberg defeats around the nation but make no mistake, his billions buy a $% of airtime anywhere he chooses, and for however long he wishes to run his campaign of disinformation and lies. Ask Washington State and Nevada, for example, if that takes a toll.
In addition to their Bloomberg funded deep pockets, the enemies of freedom are also now running a sort of covert operation to get phonies elected to positions of all levels of government from local town councils to State Houses and the Halls of Congress. And that money? It buys an election. Ask any resident of a blue state who will gladly tell you those elections have consequences.
Yes, Trump is stacking the federal courts with gun rights friendly judges, and the impact of that is generational but so are the tactics being implemented by the gun-grabbers. Between the concerted effort to usurp the 2016 presidential election by removing a duly elected president from office and the long-term goals of this man-made cancer infecting the constitutional rights of hundreds of millions of Americans in the form of phony “gun-safety” activists, you rest your weary head at your peril.
About Mark Walters
Mark Walters is the host of two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio's Daily Defense with Mark Walters. He is the Second Amendment Foundations 2015 Gun Rights Defender of the Year award recipient and co-author of two books, Lessons from Armed America with Kathy Jackson (Whitefeather Press) and Lessons from UnArmed America with Rob Pincus (Whitefeather Press)