A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand – Letter to Second Amendment Community

by Carrie Lightfoot, originally published on TWAW.

A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand - Letter to Second Amendment Community
A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand – Letter to Second Amendment Community

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Sadly, we see our country becoming more and more divided. It’s heartbreaking to see division ripping our country apart. There are no longer conversations. It is literally impossible to discuss any issue without it turning ugly, even among friends, workmates, and family. Regrettably, the effects of division have infected so many areas of our life including the political, social, religious and cultural arenas and yes, in the fight to protect our Second Amendment rights too.

Any organization or community of people must be united in their shared goal to attain their purpose successfully or to protect it. They must lock arms, side by side with the core purpose protected within. Naturally, the people who share a united mission will be diverse, with varying opinions on any or even all other subjects and beliefs. They are committed and loyal to the core purpose, yet they must be able to honor and respect the differences amongst them. With unity comes strength, influence, and power. Significant accomplishments are achieved when we are one in purpose. The fruits of unity are so attractive, that new people are drawn to the cause. That is where our strength lies and what is required in the battle to preserve our Second Amendment rights.

To fully understand the importance of unity we must understand what division is, what it looks like, and the effect it has on us personally and collectively. To protect what we together and personally hold dear, we must fully understand division to prevent it from taking hold and wreaking destruction within the community.

What is Division?

  • The act, process, or an instance of separating or keeping apart
  • To separate into opposing sides or parties
  • Separation by difference of opinion or feeling; disagreement

Here is the most important thing to understand about division: It isn’t spontaneous or something that just happens to us. IT IS INTENTIONAL!

IT IS A TACTIC! Division is a strategy to gain power, and it has a purpose.

This strategy has been used since ancient times. I am sure you have heard the phrase “Divide and Conquer,” it comes from the Latin dīvide et imperā and this tactic has been used throughout history. It is used to gain power and to control enemies and potential enemies. It’s rather simple, to increase power, any opposing groups must be divided and therefore weakened and must not grow in strength. The breaking up of existing groups that have power or influence is the key to gaining control. Additionally, we can see this play out with mentally unhealthy individuals as well. Narcissists and abusers divide and break up the other relationships of the abused as a way to control and manipulate them. They use this tactic to have or to get the attention or power they crave.

What does this intentional use of the tactic of division look like in our fight to protect the Second Amendment?

Gun owners and Second Amendment supporters are bullied and demonized. We are told we don’t care about children, or that we are terrorists. We are publicly ostracized and are losing the ability to do business or told our business isn’t wanted. At times, we are even physically threatened. Bullied people are quiet people who can’t grow in power. This is the goal of the dividers.

The pitting of one against another by provoking people or groups within the community to fight amongst themselves and to not trust each other. False accusations are made, and seeds are planted that the leaders of the Second Amendment community are doing something wrong or aren’t genuinely working for the collective best interests. This fosters distrust and jealousy amongst the ranks and yes, weakens our ability to stand and fight with strength, power, and influence to protect our Constitutional right. When divided, little things become big things, and our common purpose is blurred. The result is our unity and strength are weakened. This is the goal of the dividers.

Our diversity as gun owners and Second Amendment supporters is being used as a tool to divide us. We see this tactic in the language and rhetoric being used that pits conservatives against liberals, Republicans against Democrats, and people of one color against those of another. Language matters and words are being used to divide us. This is the goal of the dividers.

Who We Are

American gun owners and Second Amendment supporters are people who believe in the right of self-protection from harm, by others or by a tyrannical government. That’s it! That is where we come together to join in the battle to protect this right. The battle is between people who believe in the people’s right to bear arms and those that don’t. Period! Our diversity is being used against us. Our differences, which is a strength of our community is being used by those seeking to create division by creating tension among us. They shine a light on the tensions that are naturally found in diversity and are using them as a tool to divide us. This is the goal of the dividers.

More Effects of This Division

The introduction of false facts and false accusations create distractions both intellectually and financially on the Second Amendment organizations and their leaders. This causes the organizations to spend precious resources, both human and financial in having to deal with multiple “side” issues. This keeps the organizations that we rely on off of the focused work on the primary goal of protecting the Second Amendment. This is weakening our power and influence. This tactic exhausts all resources. This level of distraction decreases the efficacy of the community and creates more opportunity to take the community down by dividing it. We are making the job of those opposed to our Second Amendment right easier. Their battle for power or control is won with less physical resources. Our Second Amendment community is weakening itself! This is the goal of the dividers.

Weak and predatorial people within are being enlisted and seduced. Sadly, they are willing to cooperate and assist with the division for some form of personal gain. Moles exist in almost all communities, these are the “me first” people who are in it for themselves and what they get out of it, not for contributing to the community for the unified purpose. Therefore, they are easy to seduce and entice into participating in the division. This is the goal of the dividers.

What About Us?

Regrettably, these tactics are being used against and within our Second Amendment community. Outside forces, influencers, dollars and the application of these tactics are weakening our ability to protect our precious Second Amendment. These are creating gaps in our chain of locked arms that our core purpose within, the protection of the Second Amendment resides. You have to see it too. People and groups that are forming cliques that are causing us to focus and fixate on details and sub-issues rather than our immediate need to just fight to keep our Second Amendment right in existence.

I am not judging these opinions and beliefs nor saying that they hold no validity. What I am saying is that now is not the time. We are dealing with all of the above while we are trying to fight battles on EVERY possible front. Precious resources are spent in every direction while we grumble, complain and question them while we simultaneously “expect” them to protect the “core,” our Second Amendment. Yes, this is the goal of the dividers.

What Can You Do?

Please, understand the very real threats that exist to our Second Amendment TODAY. The midterm elections and even the 2020 Presidential election pose severe and imminent threats. Recognize the intentional use and the purpose of the tactic of division. My plea to you is to look for any evidence of division in your Second Amendment world and expel it. Then, lock arms in unity with your brothers and sisters in arms and let’s get to work together now to protect our common core, OUR Second Amendment.

About Carrie LightfootCarrie Lightfoot

Carrie Lightfoot is the founder and owner of The Well-Armed Woman, LLC and is the founder and Chairwoman of the Board of TWAW Shooting Chapters Inc. a 501(c)3 Non-profit organization. Carrie was elected to the National Rifle Association Board of Directors in 2018 and is an NRA Benefactor Life Member. Carrie was named by Newsmax as one of 2015’s 100 Most Influential Pro-Gun Rights Advocates. Carrie is a published author and frequent guest in national media. She is an NRA Certified Instructor with multiple certifications and is an USCCA Training Counselor.

  • 36 thoughts on “A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand – Letter to Second Amendment Community

    1. There is a whole lot of indignation here but I don’t see a whole lot of Political SAVY! There is NO reason We all cant belong to both the GoA and the NRA. For Starters when Political opinion makers start Looking at the # of Members of Pro Gun Groups, they are counting Some of Us Multiple times. Kinda like getting to vote multiple times~~ If the Number of the No Compromise Groups outnumber the number of the surrender a little at a time Groups. We can change the Make up and direction of the NRA. And the NRA has the National Name recognition and organization needed to influence National issues. Socialist are coming to power not because they fought the Democrats, but because they joined them used their organization then had a voice. Muslims are taking over Cities all over the World because the join the City( I said join because they never assimilate) but Become parts of organized Political groups then take over on sheer numbers. If We don’t do the same thing to the NRA We stand to lose Our rights while we fight among Ourselves.

    2. That is all well and good to say right now. I agree with the idea that we should be united. With this being said, you have to understand that whenever the NRA caves to the gun controllers, they too are playing into their hands. The reason why many of us have lost faith in the NRA and are critical of them is precisely because they do that. If the NRA is looking not to be criticized by those on the Second Amendment’s side then they need to stand up to the gun controllers 100%

      1. Agreed 100%. The NRA MUST concentrate on faithfully and strongly representing Constitutional 2nd Amendment Civil Rights. Instead, their leadership has at times tried, unsuccessfully, to play the political game, compromising with our enemies and allowing incremental erosion of our liberties and freedoms. I will remain a NRA member and invite others to do so as well, so together, we can keep the organization, the largest civil rights group in the country, on the straight and narrow, NEVER deviating in favor of some unicorn compromise with our enemies on the left. Together we are stronger!

    3. Until We The People vote to permanently remove the communist marxists from our country’s government offices, this division will continue.
      Sorry, but it’s time to choose sides. The 2 sides are: Democrat Marxists or Republican Americans.
      Time for dems fed up with their party to leave it and join the rest of us Americans in the Republican Party under POTUS Trump.

      Just my 2 cents worth.

    4. Interesting. The NRA “leadership” after getting caught with its pants down, while their collective hands were in the cookie jar, and licking the ice cream scoop, want the actual pro-rights activist organizations to lock arms with the NRA, to continue the plunder.

      Hmmm. Well, if the NRA had stuck to its ostensible mission of marksmanship training for citizens and never bothered with lobbying for gun control in the first place, we wouldn’t find ourselves in the predicament we’re in now.

      So, now we’re supposed to turn yet another blind eye to the NRA’s latest anti-gun rights gaffs. The NRA wants us to toss the 4th Amendment in favor of “Red Flag” laws, which deprive citizens of due process to take away more guns, which BTW undermines the 2nd as well. Additionally, the NRA wants us to agree with their assessment that rate-of-fire increasing devices need to be controlled like NFA items. I can think of a number of attachments that increase the rate of fire on AR and AK style rifles: Such as triggers, slings, CQB sights, compensators, flash hiders, magazines etc etc.

      That means, the NRA, who is the cause of most of the division, among pro-gun activist groups, wants the folks who are trying to do it the right way, forget that it’s the NRA, that has become the traitor in our ranks.

      To that I say, “No Thanks.”

        1. Who’s the enemy here? The NRA has been doing this type of crap for 100 years. Going all the way back advocating Government Licenses for gun owners in the 30’s and 20’s. To supporting GUN FREE ZONES, HELPED write the Unconstitutional NICS. Now, they’re on board to banning bump stocks and made a video by Chris Cox supporting Red Flag laws in some fashion. In the meantime, they turn up their ads to send them money to stop the Government from taking our 2nd Amendment rights away they supported? Talk about conflict of interests and running a scam. Yes, with the NRA, who in hell needs enemies. GOA, no compromising. NRA is leading the division train.

          1. Right ON THE BULLSEYE! This is what we have been saying for decades. Neal Knox was a NO COMPROMISE NRA president. Lippy-air and George HW Bush-lip pushed to get him out. Then Mr. Lippy screwed us in the 90’s. BUY MORE AMMO. War is coming. Liberty1775

    5. Liberals cannot demonize me, or shame me, or bully me. I won’t allow it. And I am certain (and confident) of who and what I am. No liberal manure-for-brains can shake that knowledge.

      As long as my family and I are left alone, I pose NO offensive threat to any human being on this planet… but anyone or organization that attempts to scare, threaten, intimidate, or harm my family IN ANY WAY will (note that I did not say “might” or “may” or “could,” I said “will”) bleed. Molon labe!

    6. There is soooooooooo much wrong with this article!

      This “it’s not me, it’s you” attitude is the ACTUAL problem. People like the author always operate from the viewpoint that THEIR collective is in less error than anyone else and so OTHERS must alter or change. While certainly whatever collective the author belongs to from which she is writing this overlording pontification is of course more correct than the anti-rights movement lemmings,…that is no high bar. That’s hardly a tall step. And thus, the failings of various gun rights groups that never look inward toward perfecting themselves and their mission, never question if THEY have failed to meet the appropriate bar. Because that would be too disturbing to look at and the resulting push one’s conscience would compel them to act upon would be too much effort. So instead, the reason all the 2nd Amendment folks have not rushed to THEIR leadership is obviously not THEIR failing,…its all of THEM!!

      The NRA and others have REAL shortcommings, have made REAL moral lapses that cannot be forgiven, continue to make REAL trespasses against the larger civil rights picture and thereby inflict REAL damage on the cause itself, to the point I and others cannot give any REAL consideration to such rambling flatulence as this article typifies.

      1. @Atsux, Your very first sentence does exactly what you complain about (“People … always operate from the viewpoint that THEIR collective is in less error than …” etc, etc.) And is your morality superior if you can not forgive? Your “missive” does not withstand logical scrutiny. I think that you did not fail to meet at the appropriate bar. Probably stayed just long enough to think that you are smarter than you really are.
        And what is this collective that you are writing about? The only collective that I have is the guys that come out and pick up the trash on Thursdays.

    7. Did Marion Hammer ghost write this? The NRA is not perfect. I know because I spent 3 terms on the NRA Board before I was purged for asking too many questions. I never went public but tried to work within the organization. The NRA need to listen, not to fill seats with celebrities who seldom attend or merely rubber stamp Wayne’s suggestions. So long as there is no internal forum for exploration of issues, there will be a public one.

    8. Karrie was a guest speaker at the 2018 Annual Convention of Arizona Citizens Defense League. If you get a chance to hear her speak you need to do it. She is an eloquent advocate for liberty.

      For those of you who may be confused concerning how this all happened in America I have one piece of advice for you. Read Saul Alinksy’s Rules for Radicals. This tome is the testament guiding the lives of the likes of Barrak Obama and Hillary Clinton and other inner party operatives of the Democrat Socialist Party. If you do not understand the rules and how they are tactically employed you will be blind sided by leftists who use them against you. The funny thing is this: most leftists of today have never read the book. They have gained their knowledge via cultural osmosis from others. These rules are so ubiquitous in our political culture that they become second nature to those who use them.

      I read mine at San Francisco State in the 1970’s which was at the time Alinsky central. Revolutionary theater is the way most leftists of today learn the skills. if you do not get on top of this you will be the next John Boehner in history. Here is a hint for you. Donald Trump knows and employs these rules far better than Hillary or Obama ever could. He stole them, he uses them and he has overwhelmed the left with them. He is the winner. Like him or not, he is a genius in this matter. The left fails to acknowledge this truth to their own peril. Semper Fidelis

      1. I also studied Marx and Alinsky, spent some time under Herbert Marcuse, who KNOWS Marx and his idea well. HE did not agree with Marx, and I remeber some of my fellow students breaking into tears as flaws in Marx’ sick thinking were exposed for us to examine. I could almost hear the glass of their “glass joses” shattering, and the attendant weeping for their also shattered idealogy. That was in the late 1960’s, not far south from where you were at SFS. (I had friends at SFS). Had we known that ML KIng had been assassinated as ain “inside job”, I do believe the fury against corrupt government would have risen to the point of decisive action. It came near enough to that at the time, though. The prearranged patsy had been “found” soon enough a=fter and became the duly authorised scapegoat. People stopped trying to look behind the curtain.

        I knew, as did many others, when the kinyun was campaigning that his alignment with Marx and Alinsky was deadly poison, but the game was so skillfully played by his team the slumbering masses stayed home and the kinyun rat was elected. We have all witnessed his capable following of Alinsky’s programme, and are now in cleanup mode as we discover further contamination and seek a remedy. I believe the people in New York, Massachussetts, and now latelyCalifornia that are simply REFUSING to bow down to the bogus demand of “Caesar” to register their “assault weapons” (seems compliance with those laws runs between about 3 and 5%, which is too high, but acceptable for now).

        The entire “immigration” issue has been Alinsky-ised, this massive invasion army being its over-the-top culmination, sort of a do or die move desparatey mounted (though a bit too late, I believe) to force open borders, one of the key planks for the destruction of our nation.

        the kinyun worked feverishly to instill division on bases of race, sexual perversion, gender “fluidity”, “religious” identity, culturalism, the issue of firearms (I am convinced nearly every one of the highprofile “mass shootings” (and some that were not even “shootings”) have been false flag ups, deliberately staged to establish what Fast and Furious could not, that is, to disarm WE THE PEOPLE, King George Three’s first major move to demolish the resistance that was mounting against his totalitarian rule.

    9. The biggest divisive remarks in the 2nd Amendment advocacy are the people who says, “ I believe in the 2nd Amendment and I own guns BUT”. That is the biggest problem we have. There is no BUT and the end of the 2nd Amendment, Our Rights has no BUTS period. I can’t believe how many so called 2nd Amendment and Constitution supporters are saying they can agree with these Red Flag/ ERPO’s/ Extreme Risk Protection Orders that not only subvert the 2nd Amendment but Due Process and the Bill of a rights as a whole. That’s the dangerous part not just Divisive. I will never come to together to work that out.

      1. EX-F’ing-ACTLY! The Right of the People to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED! PERIOD! NO FURTHER DISCUSSION NEEDED!

        1. I AGREE THE RKBA SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED! PERIOD! Now, having said that, are we somehow willing to give up our 4th, 5th, 9th, and 10th Amendment-protected rights in order TO RECEIVE REVOCABLE GOVERNMENT PERMISSION to exercise our right to keep and bear arms at the point of sale? If we are, then I suggest to you we have already allowed our RIGHT to keep and bear arms to be converted into a revocable government-issued privilege — meaning it is no longer a “right” — and given up our right to be secure from unwarranted search, our right to due process before our right(s) may be taken, our right to be secure from being compelled to give up a right in order to exercise a right, and our right to be secure from the enforcement of federal authority not delegated and State authority prohibited.
          I agree with Carrie Lightfoot; we had better lock arms and present a united front against those who would — AND HAVE — deprived us of our rights, but we need to start by abolishing the illegal, unconstitutional Brady Act and every violation of our rights it has created. And we need to do it STAT before this war goes kinetic.

          1. Donald, so far (SO FAR) the government has not seriously abused the background check “system” in any practical way. So far, the vast majority of those who are identified as dishonorably-discharged ex-military, minors, non-citizens, felons, etc. actually ARE dishonorable vets, minors, felons, foreign nationals, etc.

            The problem is that the system gives the government the ABILITY to begin abuses at any time it chooses to do so. Already, the system provides no way for a misidentified citizen to correct any erroneous record.

            We the People must not only guard against abuse itself, it is even more important that we remove the government’s capability TO abuse, in the first place.

            1. Well, Joe, you do not consider converting our right to keep and bear arms into a revocable government-issued privilege, for which permission must be issued at the point of sale, to be an “abuse’ of our right to keep and bear arms? I certainly do. The right is inherited and unalienable, and is a bedrock of our entire system establishing liberty under the rule of law for the first time in the history of the planet. Converting a right into a privilege is sure as heck an abuse of the right — and requiring the abuse of our 4th, 5th, 9th, and 10th Amendment-protected rights as well is an abuse of all of them.
              I disagree with your assertion that “So far, the vast majority of those who are identified as dishonorably-discharged ex-military, minors, non-citizens, felons, etc. actually ARE dishonorable vets, minors, felons, foreign nationals, etc.” I know what “The Trace” says but I would like to point out that it is irrelevant: No crime or criminal access to a firearm has ever been prevented by a background check, and the background check was never intended to prevent either: It is intended to convert the 2nd Amendment into a government-issued privilege and sucker you and I into supporting that conversion so when some future ‘Democratic Socialist’ (for example) government revokes the privilege for us all, the courts will rule it is “well-settled law.” That will be when the argument goes kinetic, and I would like to avoid that day by abolishing the illegal, unconstitutional, Democratic wet-dream Brady Act before it gets to that point.

    10. The Second Amendment is a protection, not a right. It is a protection in that it is a law given to the Federal Government at it’s founding to obey forever! If the Federal Government manages to pull off the destruction of the Second Amendment by the majority vote of Subversives, then the Law shall remain but the Federal Government will have proven itself to be an outlaw regime and necessarily overthrown by free born Americans who understand and embrace the Second Amendment!

      1. @Rick P, The Second Amendment to the US Constitution is a God given, personal, Civil Right that is enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Yes, it does protect you, but it is a Right that protects you by trumping a law. Laws describe the powers or authorities that the “government” has. A Right protects you from the government exercising its power or authority against you.

        1. Wild Bill, I believe what Rick is stating is that the 2A isn’t the RKBA, but the guarantee of that right. Jefferson even stated such when he wrote that even without the 2A, we would still have the RKBA.

        2. Wild Bill, you are one of my favorite commenters here but I must argue with you on this subject. Civil Rights are rights granted by a benevolent, loving Government; Natural Rights are given by a benevolent, loving God. A benevolent, loving Government has never existed on this Earth with one exception, the founding of the United States of American. These strange men violated every rule of government which consisted of only three rules; one, gain power, two, consolidate power, three, return to rule one. The Constitution would not have been approved without the addition of the amendments to it. The Bill of Rights were a protection against the natural inclinations of governments and as such were laws that government must forever obey. The Second Amendment stands as a protection of a natural God given natural right and not a civil right.

          1. @Rick P, How are you defining Civil Right as opposed to natural right? This “…Civil Rights are rights granted by a benevolent, loving Government … ” thing is throwing me off the point of your presentation.

            1. Because “civil rights” and Natural rights” are two very different creatures. Corporate/Admiralty Law of the British Crown versus Common Law of the people. The present court system is not an American Court system. It is foreign and under the War Powers Act of 1933. We are war booty. The WPA 1933 was NEVER retired. It is how all of the Police State does what it does. We are the declared enemy of the corporation. FDR did that. Buy more ammo. Liberty1775

            2. Benevolent, loving Government is a bit of sarcastic expression of my contempt for government Mark K. is correct in that there is only Article 1 courts, Admiralty jurisdiction, the law of the sea. Don’t believe this? Try to access an Article 3 court, can’t be done because there is no Common Law! There is no way to pay a debt or for anything. We discharge our obligation to pay with Federal Reserve notes but nothing is paid for! We can’t pay for anything with debt!! And so, we have only statutory law, not the honest law of Common Law but the arbitrary decisions of the whores of the Bankers made into “law” by the whore votes of the whore Congress. They, in government know, that the people of the Nation are totally, irrevocably, eternally FUCKED by a system they have no understanding of, none whatsoever!!!

    11. Nailed this subject. We must all stand together, wing shooters, game hunters, competition shooters and recreational shooters. If the 2A continues to be ‘infringed’ upon, we will all lose out. Rest assured the anti-gun crowd is out for every gun not just a select few. Get out and vote in pro 2A legislators!

    12. Ms. Lightfoot is an NRA board member and part of the problem. When NRA spokespeople spend hours on NRA TV talking about social justice warriors and other culture war nonsense they divide us. What do the characters on Thomas the tank engine have to do with gun rights? Nothing. It’s red meat for a certain part of the electorate, but turns off at least some of those who support gun rights. The NRA cannot out of one side of it’s mouth say join us in unity and also waste so much energy and time on things that aren’t related to the right to keep and bear arms.

      Fortunately the NRA need look no further than what Colion Noir is doing with his latest season of NOIR – going to urban crime centers and talking to real people to hear what’s going on and highlight what him rights advocates have been saying all along, that guns aren’t the issue, poverty, urban decay, and the lack of a vision for the future are.

      If Ms Lightfoot believes what she says she’d push the organization to be more like Colion and less like Dana Loesch.

    13. The biggest problem I see with gun owners is the self-division between the wing shooting crowd and gun collectors. I mean them symbolically. These are the people who see nothing objectionable about laws banning ARs, AKs, etc. But they insist, against ALL historical precedent, that gun ownership opposition will stop once that is accomplished. I suggest they study the Holocaust a bit more closely.

    14. She’s right.

      The battle has been joined, and we all need to get our heads on straight about this.

      AFTER we win, we can go back to picking ourselves apart over minutiae.

      AFTER we win, we can all go back to bitching about all the junk mail the NRA sends us.

      AFTER we win, we can laugh at other shooting sports, other types of hunters, other styles of instructors, people who insist on carrying X, Y or Z pistol, even nylon holsters.

      But if we DON’T win the ballot box and the jury box, there is only one box left. The Schumer hits the fan. Ms. Lightfoot doesn’t want that; I don’t want that; for the sake of all that we value, for the sake of the Founders’ dream; for the sake of the shining city upon a hill, you don’t want that either.

      As Mr. Franklin once noted, JOIN, or DIE.

      Michael B

      1. The shining city on the hill is a Yankee, collectivist utopian dream that we are fighting. Liberty is anything but a utopia because human beings do not have the capacity to create one. When in history has their been a utopia?

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