When do we Talk About Politics and Guns?

When do we Talk About Politics and Guns?
When do we Talk About Politics and Guns?

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- We have our priorities. First, we have to keep guns away from children if we have guns in our home. Next, the adults with a gun in their home need to know how to handle firearms safely, and hopefully, effectively. What should come next? Talking about politics and guns seems to slip off our priority list, and that carries a danger of its own. Carrying a firearm for your safety is a very rational choice, but..there is a “but.” Unless you’re careful, you are also at risk of malicious prosecution for infringing one of our many gun laws.

When is it time to talk about gun politics with new students and existing firearms owners?

This topic came to mind when politics leaked over into the gun discussion with a group of black friends. They wanted to keep our discussion of firearms separate from a larger discussion of partisan politics. I respect their point of view. Unfortunately, we can’t ignore politics because there are some very partisan politicians who want us disarmed.

Let’s talk about guns and gun politics..and leave the rest of politics for a later date.

Our odds of being the victim of a violent crime are between one-in-two and one-in-three during our lifetime.  That means our family has better than even odds of being victimized. The risk level isn’t the same for everyone. A single mom living in the poor part of a deep blue city and working nights faces a much higher risk than average. As a firearms instructor, or as a friend, we need to talk about these differences.

If only criminals would obey the law

We also have 23 thousand firearms regulations. That means it is impossible for us to know and follow all of them. 23 thousand regulations..and the anti-rights politicians say that gun owners need vastly more regulations in order to “keep all of us safe.” The politicians are seldom questioned by the news media as to how these regulations work.

In fact, this existing ocean of anti-gun regulations has no measurable effect on crime. Criminals violate our gun laws with near impunity. In contrast, gun owners have been sentenced for the possession of a single prohibited bullet. It gets crazier than that, and we need to talk about it.

You can be sentenced to life in prison for printing a plastic gun part at home. That same gun part was completely legal a few weeks ago. No politician would ever claim that criminals will obey laws like this and register these recently regulated gun parts. We already know that prohibition doesn’t stop criminals. Criminals will continue to ignore these new gun regulations just like they ignored the old laws against felons having a gun, against assault and against robbery. Those political facts should matter to every legal gun owner. We need to tell them.

Some bigoted politicians hate guns and hate the law-abiding citizens who own them. I have to tell my students about this. It is my professional duty as a firearms instructor. It is my moral duty as an advocate for civil rights.

The easy road is to hide from politics and pretend it will go away.

It won’t.


About Rob MorseSlow Facts

The original article is here.  Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

  • 6 thoughts on “When do we Talk About Politics and Guns?

    1. I find that, much too often, “articles” posted by Ammoland do not have references, nor provenance.
      PLEASE put SOMETHING in the article that does both of those things.
      For instance, you state: “You can be sentenced to life in prison for printing a plastic gun part at home. That same gun part was completely legal a few weeks ago.”
      Exactly what part is that?
      Exactly where, and when, was it deemed to be illegal?
      What bill, submitted by elected representatives, was signed into LAW, by WHOM, and WHERE, so that we can verify?

    2. The people in Iran are breaking windows to show displeasure with their government. I would venture to say that the average citizen in Iran wishes he or she had 2nd Amendment rights. What is happening in Iran is a perfect example of why the United States codified the 2nd Amendment into stone in the Constitution of the United States.
      When a government stops listening to its population it does so at its own pearl, the people will eventually stop allowing its leaders to lead and will throw them out of office with the ballot box or the cartridge box. What is happening in Iran should be a warning to the likes of Andrew Como, Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosey, Maxine Watters, Chuck Schumer and Diane Feinstein, Jerry Brown and dare I say it Hillary Clinton. to name a few traitors in our government.. I do not advocate breaking windows or the use of the cartridge box, however there are many that will.

    3. Rob: You’ve made only one really bad misstatement that I picked up on. Anti-gun politicians don’t “hate” guns, they love having the police and their own personal bodyguards having guns. They “hate” civilians having access to or the ability to possess firearms because that lessens their ability to control those same people.

      Remember, all gun laws are based on four concepts (in no particular order): money, control, politics & bigotry.

    4. No, it won’t “go away” as long as there is a constant voice chittering in our representatives ear. And as long as that constant voice is an anti they will be heard. But imagine if the peoples, on their own, flooded their representatives with requests for gun rights. Imagine what impact this could happen in a blue state where the reps really only hear from their supporters. Unfortunately the majority of gun owners are too damn lazy to send a single email or phone call, let alone do it once a week on issues that affect us all.

      But hey, we don’t have to constantly fight…. the 2nd will protect us. So tell me, how’s that working in Massachusetts? California? New Jersey? This isn’t going to be stopped by the NRA, GOA, or any other gun rights group. It starts with gun owners taking 5 minutes of their time to write or call. Or is that asking too much from a busy day?

      1. Rob you are so correct. I know because I live in Massachusetts. I have written to both Senator Warren and Representative Keating on gun issues. Either responds with more than just acknowledging jip service but not ever answering the question posed. Keating has written the only person who should have a gun is police and military. They want to treat criminals better than us who obey and appreciate the law. To many gun owners stand still and wait for the other guy to stand up for them.

        1. I hear you. Unfortunately I have Tue displeasure to have Patty !Murray and Maria Cantwell as my US Senators. I write to them constantly and only ever receive lip service from either. Cantwell is one of those “I support the 2nd, but” politicians and has never supported a single gun rights issue. At least Murray doesn’t attempt to hide her hatred of civilian arms.

          Despite this I still write them whenever a gun control or gun rights issue is introduced, moves into committee, etc. They hear from me on different issues at least once per month via email or phone call if I haven’t received a call back. I like to remind them that each time they hear from me on an issue that there are tens of thousands, or more, that have the same issue but remain silent. I happily act the annoying mosquito in the tent at night that keeps one awake.

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