How Second Amendment Support Comes Across Matters

Supporters of Students for Concealed Carry respond to #Cocksnotglocks protestors.
Supporters of Students for Concealed Carry respond to #Cocksnotglocks protestors.

United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- When you are trying to generate more support for a pro-Second Amendment candidate or piece of legislation, going out to the media is part of the process. However, all too often, the media appearances go downhill. We may have the facts, but we lose our cool, or we come across as unreasonable people. As a result, people trying to help defend the Second Amendment end up unintentionally helping Bloomberg.

Let’s face it, the content of the message that we have isn’t all that matters. How that message is delivered also matters.

We can have the facts down pat, but if we deliver them in a way that dismisses the suffering of people who have been victimized by a firearm that has been misused, it won’t matter. They will simply emotionally manipulate our fellow Americans into supporting their anti-freedom agenda.

By the same token, we can be outraged at how Bloomberg, Feinstein, and others seek to take away our rights when we have done nothing wrong. In fact, we have every right to be, since they are in the wrong. But if our righteous outrage comes across as being unhinged, the average person who sees – or reads – the reaction is going to give Bloomberg the benefit of the doubt rather than you.

Furthermore, while someone like Kamala Harris can get away with a pronouncement that semi-automatic firearms do not belong in civil society, the same is not true for Second Amendment supporters. If we just quote the Second Amendment as the total argument against passing a gun law, we can expect a lot of accusatory responses, usually trying to tug emotional heartstrings. That’s the best case in that sort of approach. The worst case will be when the reporter or questioner is a relatively smart anti-gunner and asks you what you’d do to stop a given tragedy.

Look, this may not be what a lot of Second Amendment supporters want to hear, but those are the cold, hard facts that we face when it comes to defending our rights. So, now that this problem has been presented, let’s go over a few of the basics on how we can not only defend the Second Amendment, but do so in a manner that convinces fellow Americans that we’re in the right. There are three things that are important in doing this.

The first thing to keep in mind is to be honest.

Part of this is due to the media bias that is out there, but a lot of it also is because a track record for honesty and integrity still matters. Bloomberg, Cuomo, Feinstein, Schumer, and others will be busy lying about Second Amendment supporters and the issues plenty in 2020. We have the facts on our side, and we’re better than that.

The second consideration is to be informed. In a way, this ties in with being honest.

If you don’t know something, be honest about that and get back to the person who asked. It also means you need to be sure of the facts. This means that when you want to illustrate the desires of anti-Second Amendment politicians to confiscate guns, use stuff that is verified – like Feinstein’s “Mr. and Mrs. America” comment, not an alleged 1993 memo from HCI of dubious proposition. Don’t go for a dubious quote from Sarah Brady about creating a “socialist America,” instead use the verified ones from her and other anti-Second Amendment extremists. If you have a question about such a quote, contact the NRA, SAF, or some other pro-Second Amendment organization and ask. If you come across as knowledgeable on Second Amendment issues, people will be more likely to come to you. They will also trust you – and it will be to your benefit to make sure that they never feel that trust is misplaced.

The third thing is to also be considerate.

This is also probably the hardest thing to do, and understandably so. Anti-Second Amendment extremist politicians constantly slander Second Amendment supporters with labels like “domestic terrorist” and “child killer” in the media. You’re pretty much an accessory to any mass shooting just because you object to a radical agenda of gun confiscation. But you need to keep your cool, especially when talking with the media, or with people unsure about Second Amendment issues.

Blowing off steam might feel good in the moment, but it can do long-term harm. Keeping your cool, on the other hand, and being polite, considerate, and in control not only will leave people more willing to listen to what you have to say, but it also leaves the impression that the likes of Bloomberg are lying about Second Amendment supporters.

When anti-Second Amendment extremists are trying to paint Second Amendment supporters in the worst light possible, it never hurts to put the lie to that image. While it may not be an easy thing to do, the right delivery of a pro-Second Amendment message can pay huge dividends.


Harold Hu, chison

About Harold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.

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    There are more than 2 million people permanently injured every year in automibile accidents annually, with roughly 33000 people killed, nearly 88,000 people killed annually due to alcohol related deaths. Yet these not protected by the constitution and nobody moving to ban these items, what makes firearms worse? Let’s face it this is a stunt for people wanting to feel they can try to make a difference picking and choosing. http://www.py2a.org we are wanting to bring all firearms groups together to protect our rights.

    Rick Hale
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    Rick Hale

    Everything I seem to read by this FUDD is aimed at getting us to compromise, apologize and let ourselves get pushed around by gun grabbers. I learned a long time ago all compromise on gun rights is one-sided against us. NO MORE COMPROMISE! Being sweet and “reasonable” will get us NOWHERE. Time to stand for our constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Don’t listen to this idiot.

    MBH
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    MBH

    When we negotiate our 2nd Amendment rights, we are also negotiating our Constitution
    and therefore our Freedom. That, my friends is another step to a Socialist Government.

    Clifffalling
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    Clifffalling

    Mr. Hutchinson, thank you. Great points to be made.

    Big Jim
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    Big Jim

    There are no real Pro-Gun on the Left. You are a very confused and twisted person if you believe this about yourself. No one should tell you what you are. You need to take more time to think what is about to really happen in this country if you allow yourself this gun control fear to continue. 1930’s and 40’s all over again. Think that’s a joke?
    And YOU will have helped create it.

    Brian hubbell
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    Brian hubbell

    You do not compromise or concede when it comes to debate about the 2nd amendment

    Bill Strasburg
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    Bill Strasburg

    Amen. No compromise. The Second Amendment doesn’t “give” us the right to defend ourselves and our families and fellow citizens against threats by any means necessary; it simply states that this right is inherent to the human condition. Or put another way, this right comes directly from God. Ron Paul, in one of his books, stated a profound truth: compromise is often defined incorrectly by society as some noble thing rather than the terrible thing it really is. You should never compromise your principles. We’re not discussing what to have for breakfast here; we’re discussing core foundational principles of a… Read more »

    Nomen Ignotus
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    Nomen Ignotus

    “….deliver them in a way that dismisses the suffering of people who have been victimized by a firearm that had been misused ..” The Deodand Concept was ( even ) repealed in England in 1846 . Those “victimized ” were done so by a person, not the device that they used .

    Quatermain
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    Quatermain

    Being honest includes letting the left know (nicely) that any attempt to confiscate firearms will result in a bloodbath that they and their ilk will not likely survive. Anything else is disingenuous and likely futile.

    Kableemo
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    Kableemo

    If you had to compromise, what would you compromise on?

    ValerieJ
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    ValerieJ

    NO COMPROMISE! Nope, not giving away any more Freedom. Not even a “little at a time”.

    Jim Mackey
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    Jim Mackey

    Problem with this question is compromise works both ways. At this point we are already infringed upon, for instance with onerous restrictions and a near-ban on automatic weapons, 922r compliance, background check system, ect. The only thing that is ever offered is more and more gun control. We never gain anything.
    So an example of compromise I MIGHT be willing to accept is federal permitting for concealed carry reciprocity. You get your permitting, I get my reciprocity. That’s an example of a big IF on my part. But Democrats never offer actual compromise.

    Tango
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    Tango

    There’s a great cartoon called “cake and compromise” over at Every Day No Days Off, that illustrates the nearly 100 years of the type of “compromise” gun owners have been subject to. While a regular compromise typically results in both sides gaining something, what we’ve been subject to has been “surrender the portion of your Rights that we want, right now, regardless of actual evidence, and we’ll leave the rest of your Right alone… Until we decide we won’t”. We can exercise our 2A Right in a fraction of the ways we could in 1919. What more should we surrender,… Read more »

    Tango
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    Tango
    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    The left’s idea of compromise is that when they put their finger in your chest you back up toward the edge of the cliff.

    Green Mtn. Boy
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    Green Mtn. Boy

    This is where negotiating has gotten Negotiating Rights Away since 1934. History 1791: The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified. The amendment reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” After That 1871: The National Rifle Association was formed by Union Army veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate. After that, they start going the other way The NRA actively supported the National Firearms Act of 1934. The NRA actively supported the Federal Firearms Act of… Read more »

    Quatermain
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    Quatermain

    See ValerieJ below, she said i perfectly.

    m.
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    m.

    f your civil & nice, try it next time you’re assaulted with a bike-lock by kindly antifa-gs.

    Katherine Garrison
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    Katherine Garrison

    I am one of “those” this article talks about. I don’t have a problem with guns or the 2bd amendment. What I have a problem with is the killing of people, especially large groups of people, and gun-rights activists can only come up with “well,we need more guns”. Not a reasonable solution. To make your case to those of us in the “a little left of center” help come up with a reasonable solution. Something that doesn’t have all of us walking around waiting, watchyeach other with fear, hoping that person standing beside you doesn’t decide to go all mass… Read more »

    cutterjack
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    cutterjack

    Not a reasonable solution??
    What do you propose when some zombie decides to “…go all mass killer”?
    Run? where to, are you fast, abled. can you even get out?
    Hide? where, do you want to get shot in a closet? will your child remain silent?
    Fight? that’s a good one… with what?

    Look, I don’t care what you do, just stay out of the way of people who know how to respond in an emergency and have the courage to do so. And that is most emphatically not cops, they aren’t there, they ain’t coming.
    G-d steady my hand.

    John
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    John

    I understand and respect your opinion. One solution is that those who chose to carry step up when the need arises. Sure you carry but what good does it do if you let others die? We’re all in this together, help protect your family and neighbors.
    A good man with a gun, stops a bad guy with a gun!

    Finn
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    Finn

    Good Samaritan laws generally won’t provide you with legal protection even if you correctly analyse an event, identify the bad guy and don’t shoot anyone else. God help you if you make any mistakes, even something less than accidentally shooting the wrong person. Need to ask yourself whether you’re ready to go to prison for doing the right thing.
    I personally would not step up unless family and/or friend were attacked or in a clear case were children were actively being assaulted. Anything short of that, I’d stay back after calling 911 – as I’ve done before.

    Jack A Furbush
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    Jack A Furbush

    Good Samaritan laws do not apply in such events. All states that have laws regarding the use of deadly force extend the right to protect the lives of any innocent person/people in jeopardy. While you as a private citizen have no duty to defend the lives of others it’s not illegal. The good Samaritan laws shield you from criminal prosecution when you with faith and intent attempt to come to the aid of another person that you have a reasonable believe is in jeopardy but you’re actions end up causing harm or resulted in no relief to the out come.… Read more »

    George Williams
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    George Williams

    Katherine, I appreciate your reasonable request. We can wish away all guns, all violence, all greed, all hunger for dominance over another or others. That would be a heavenly realm but the cold reality of human existence and history intrudes. As we have a world awash in illegal drugs (even in China where drug dealing is a capital offense and dealers are executed), we will always have illegal weapons where firearms are illegal (witness Great Britain where private ownership of firearms is prohibited yet gun crimes continue to rise and murders with knives increase every year). Criminals, by definition, violate… Read more »

    Douglas Kennedy
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    Douglas Kennedy

    George, well said. Very well said.
    My hat is off to you, sir.

    The Green Watch Dog
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    The Green Watch Dog

    Thank-you Katherine for your point of view. I considered myself to be a “Centralist”. I support our right to own a gun, but it comes with responsibilities. ERPO, Bad Guy with a Gun gets incarcerated, I do not care what it is called. I support that as well. If I see a situation where others lives or mine is in eminent danger, they get a 911 invitation to speak to a LEO. If need be, I will be happy to introduce myself to the perp and others in a jury.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Katherine Garrison, is too lazy to protect herself, and too energetic about diminishing my Right to protect myself and my family. Decide for your family, kg, but don’t try to impose your definition of what is reasonable on us. I know the people that stand beside me, and we are not subordinate to you or your thinking.

    The Green Watch Dog
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    The Green Watch Dog

    Wild,
    Predictable that you have no clue if she is able to ‘protect herself’. She voices her right to bring Americans their right bear arms, and those that do not own arms to band together for safer communities. I suggest you tone down the ignorance and work in a positive and productive manner for the protection of our gun rights. The GWD.

    Ansel Hazen
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    Ansel Hazen

    Katherine, WE have a problem with the killing of people also. So trust me, you want myself and 99% of those here (the other 1% are trolls) standing next to you when things go south. We fear them just as much as you do, the only difference is we know how to deal with them. Swiftly, and decisively.

    Big C
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    Big C

    How does the person standing next to you know you’re not going to go all mass killer?

    Green Mtn. Boy
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    Green Mtn. Boy

    @Katherine

    I thought murder was against the law,that law didn’t stop the killers you refer to.

    Jack A Furbush
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    Jack A Furbush

    There absolutely is no such thing as a common sense or reasonable violation of your civil rights. The members of all levels of Government that are attempting to destroy the 2A are some of the most vile and despicable people society has ever produced. All people elected to the House and Senate sware the oath to do just the opposite. Violence in America today is not gun violence, it is violence committed by deranged and violent criminals. The Founders crafted the 2A to enable Americans to defend against exactly that. People today have been conditioned to believe that Government is… Read more »

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    So, Katherine, you state a hypothesis, “Not a reasonable solution.”, without any support for said hypothesis. How about stating why or how it is not reasonable. You are like most liberals and throw out emotion based ideas and then want conservative to come up with a logic based answer to your irrational fears. Oil and water. But then you are what you are and I do not expect more from you. And so I dismiss your complaint out of hand.

    Austin Miller
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    Austin Miller

    Katherine; First, thank you for entering this conversation with a polite tone. Not sure how you found us but we are generally in accord when it comes to one part of the 2A and that the second amendment elucidates not confers what God gives to every human being. That is an important thing to keep in mind when you suggest we propose a solution. Ask yourself what is the most basic right YOU have and how you would respond if told you needed to consider what limits you were willing to put on said right; because I believe that is… Read more »

    Greg K
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    Greg K

    Katherine, here’s the flaw in this logic. Eventually, we end up here;
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-01/totalitarianism-buying-hammer-now-makes-you-terrorist-uk
    If you are truly in “Fear,” then arm yourself. In fact, the most obvious answer is to “Arm Everyone.” Often left out of the conversation is the fact that all of the largest mass murders are committed by governments against unarmed populations, period! It’s an inconvenient fact, but a fact just the same.

    Best thing to do is quit buying into the victimology your government is selling you and step up for your own safety and freedom.

    Heed the Call-up
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    Heed the Call-up

    Katherine Garrison, we all have an issue with people breaking the law. Murder is already illegal, by any method, hence so is “mass murder”. Taking my firearms from me or creating onerous and costly laws that infringe on my rights will not make you safer. If you live in fear of the unknown (worrying about the person standing next to you), you need to take control of your life, so as to not live in fear. Learning how to protect yourself, armed or unarmed, will help you understand and overcome your fears. Stating you are afraid of law-abiding citizens is… Read more »

    Get Out
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    Get Out

    Disagree with your statement that pro gun-rights only want “well, we need more guns” to stop shootings. We have suggested that the current gun laws be enforced first before piling on knee-jerk gun laws or legislation that makes the law abiding gun owner a criminal if they now own banned components, restricted guns etc. How about law enforcement following up on credible threats on social media when it’s reported to them? Many of the these POS shooters made credible threats on social media that no one bothered to look into so the anti-gun mantra is to ban the guns or… Read more »

    Core
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    Core

    The time to be polite is coming to an end. Many circuit court judges have allowed a number of unconstitutional laws across the West Coast, and East Coast States. It’s all tied to the DNC and their globalist financiers. According to Article VI: Supremacy Clause within the US Constitution: we de-fund, disbar, and deregulate, all unconstitutional legislation, regulation, and individuals “not in good standing with the US Constitution.” (Article VI is Supreme Law of the Land over ALL US territories, protecting ALL US citizens, above the POTUS, Supreme Court, Governors, State Constitutions, and all Inferior Courts all the way down… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Core, being polite is a good cover. As to your last sentence, being polite alone never has been a defense.

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

    Kableemo
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    Kableemo

    I don’t believe there are 300,000,000 gun owners. I have heard that as the number of guns, but the average gun owner has more than one. I think the number of gun owners is far less and a distinct minority of citizens.

    Tango
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    Tango

    So tyranny is OK, as long as the majority approves it?

    A quick question for Kableemo if I may – under current law, who is responsible for our protection as regular individuals?

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    That may very well be; but, every one of the people that I know personally, and that’s more than a few, owns at least one gun. Of course this is the most conservative city in the most conservative county in one of the most conservative States in the nation.

    Who Cares
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    Who Cares

    And that is the reason for constitutional rights.
    The 2nd amendment does not grant the citizenry the right to keep and bear arms.
    The 2nd amendment keeps the government from withholding a right from its people, whether they are a minority or majority.

    Chiefton
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    Chiefton

    If you are to argue in support of the constitution, I would recommend taking the time to read and understand the Federalist Papers. What was being discussed during the writing of the document tells us the reasons for what ended up being written. A key example is article 84 of the Papers. Written by Alexander Hamilton during discussions of the Bill of Rights, Hamilton states that he was opposed to the Bill of Rights. His reasons were that the rights being discussed were inherent and God-given and therefore could not be denied or infringed on by the government. He further… Read more »

    Mike Smith
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    Mike Smith

    I think we just need to make it plain that we will no longer tolerate any more assaults on our Second Amendment I’ve already stopped talking with many e an antique gun person including family members and I call them traitors end of story I’m not going to be considerate and I’m not going to be emotionally attached I’m sorry these horrible things happen but horrible things happen in life and maybe just maybe if people were actually doing their jobs the mass shootings that have happened probably wouldn’t have happened I think they’ve been allowed to happen just for… Read more »

    David Forler
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    David Forler

    This argument is ALSO a billion dollar a year industry for both pro and anti 2nd Amend. Pro 2nd Amend stop begging for money, stop wasting billions an making lawyers millionaires,while nothing is changing for the positive on the 2nd. Let he SOCILAIST have there day, the country is heading toward a blood letting by the left. Let it happen, let them take away all guns rights, outlaw everything, IN CLEAR VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION. No patriot shall give their weapons up,were the lll%ers, VETERANS, MILITIAS and TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOTS. NO POLICE OF FEDERAL AGENCY THAT FOLLOWS THE CONSTITUTION SHALL… Read more »

    Bertrand Russell
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    Bertrand Russell

    The screaming capitals, the talk of civil war and the singling out of particular religious views as unamerican is just the kind of frothing belligerence this article warns 2A supporters against. The author is right. This behavior is going to marginalize your views in the eyes of the American public. What your reply demonstrates is that you’re not capable of adopting the necessary composure to inure people to your arguments. If the point of the 2nd amendment was to allow for the overthrow a tyrannical government, then you should be arguing for access to tactical nukes and nerve agents, since… Read more »

    Christophe Difo
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    Christophe Difo

    Bertrand Russell gets it. ^^
    No one is coming to take your guns. And the civil war talk makes you sound.nuts.

    1776 Patriot
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    1776 Patriot

    No one is coming to take your guns? Tell that to Randy Weaver’s wife. Tell that to all the dead children killed in Waco. Tell that to Gary Willis. Tell that to all the victims of the Democrat KKK over the years. Tell that to all the Japanese-Americans locked away and stripped of their rights during WWII. Tell that to all the victims of violence who were denied their God-given Constitutional Rights to defend themselves in Democrat-controlled urban hellholes. Tell that to the Warsaw ghetto Jews. Tell that to all those killed in Pol Pot’s Killing Fields. Tell that to… Read more »

    Greg Torchia
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    Greg Torchia

    You can’t converse / articulate common sense or logic with these people their mindset is in step with the rest of the communist Muslim extremeist types they have their “agenda”“and of course as Americans /“we the people “”have ours

    Grim
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    Grim

    Spot on 1776!!!

    m.
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    m.

    bull s*t

    m.
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    m.

    or maybe bull s**t

    Green Mtn. Boy
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    Green Mtn. Boy

    Nobody wants,is coming for your arms,Bravo Sierra

    Mr. and Mrs. America tun the all in

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffI-tWh37UY

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    Like I said, let them talk. I was going to post that video then I saw that you already had. Good job!

    Tango
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    Tango

    “No one is coming to take your guns” – a slogan offered to conceal the fact that erudite cosmopolitan intellectuals have been making exactly that suggestion on record for decades, while simultaneously mocking the intelligence, education, masculinity, mental stability, sophistication and genetic lineage of anyone who dares offer a dissenting opinion, or actually defends the concept of the 2nd as an individual Right. Would they achieve their goal through a door – to – door search, like Hideyoshi’s Katanagari (sword hunt) of 1588 Japan? Not at first. They’d pass laws, then offer rewards for information about now criminal gun owners.… Read more »

    Deena Hoblit
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    Deena Hoblit

    This was a perfect illustration of the argument this article is trying to warn pro gun activists not to make. I’m going to be blatantly honest here. I don’t own a gun. I never thought I was a good fit for such a weapon. I tend to be impulsive, I have terrible aim, and unlike many gun owners, I don’t have a first hand understanding and respect for how easily life can be taken with a gun. Having said that, i see no reason for anyone else to be penalized simply because I don’t want one. The problem with this… Read more »

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    Deena, as far as more people carrying guns it is not about “preventing” something from happening, it is about mitigating the damage from that occurrence. We have fire extinguishers in our kitchens and our vehicles not to prevent a fire but to manage or hopefully put out a fire should one occur. I have found the most effective way to bring people over to a pro-gun position is to figuratively put them in situation where they are benefitted by the presence of a firearm in their possession. Most young women will say that they could never shoot someone. I have… Read more »

    Ansel Hazen
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    Ansel Hazen

    No Forler get’s it. All CAPS or not our government has stopped listening to the people. Our Election system is a fraud. Our justice system corrupt. If our Founding Fathers were alive today they would be shooting by now.

    Chiefton
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    Chiefton

    The groups of militia that needs to be feared are the quiet, very organized and disciplined ones. They will do very precise and small attacks on liberal politicians, businessmen who fund the liberals and judges who ignore the Constitution. When it happens that way, they will be hard to catch and will have a great impact. I hope that never occurs as it would become the start of a much bigger situation but if the SCOTUS does not stop this assault on the Bill of Rights then I can see this happening.

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    The thing that Governments fear most is the lone wolf. Next in line would be an organization that consists of very small cells that act on instructions requiring no direct contact. This has been true throughout world history. The Las Vegas shooter was a lone wolf.

    bill
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    bill

    The ultimate backstop for our rights is that a vast majority of gun owners will not comply with a law or regulation that bans or requires turning in guns or confiscation. And a vast majority of Americans will not stand for law enforcement coming to their homes or gathering places to kill them and take their guns. That is as long as the gun owners meet some minimum standard of appearing to be reasonable, peaceful people that were not criminals until a law/regulation overturned an enumerated constitutional right. However a majority may well avert their eyes if law enforcement come… Read more »

    D Y
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    D Y

    Oh, you mean like ERPO? No cops will participate in taking guns away, and people will be particularly incensed when it does happen? Newsflash-no one but gun owners care what happens to gun owners. Being factual and sounding crazy unfortunately are now tied together because the media/leftists have done an excellent job dividing gun owners, while painting those who wont parrot the latest anti-freedom scheme as unreasonable. We cannot win arguments with leftists. They do not care about facts, and never have. Knowing your audience may help you raise consciousness in the few who are kn the fence, but the… Read more »

    Heed the Call-up
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    Heed the Call-up

    Kableeno, I will tell you that I will not compromise my rights *guaranteed* by our Constitution. Which of those rights are you willing to compromise on? At what point will their demands on your natural rights be too much?

    joefoam
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    joefoam

    The right has been playing nice for decades now. How is that working out? This is a bare fisted fight and needs to be fought that way. Not with violence, but with verbal aggression.

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    The left has never been about giving, only taking.

    Shad Holland
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    Shad Holland

    Great article! As a pro second amendment progressive who leans left…..I believe it is important to not be insulting to the Democrats and the left, like calling them Snowflakes and so on. It’s absolutely not helping the 2nd Amendment. There are a lot of those on the Left who are pro-gun, yes it’s true. Fox News and the NRA misinform this way. You need to gain those supporters on the Ledt, not alienate them by making blanket statements! Respect goes a long way. Creating fear does not. Walking around neighborhoods with an AR-15 strapped to your back just creates fear… Read more »

    The Green Watch Dog
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    The Green Watch Dog

    I agree, and thank for your comment. I too strongly believe in our right to bear arms. What we need to do is initiate town hall meetings across our country. As a pro gun American, with common sense priorities, lets get started! I’m up for it! This is what the NRA, GOA and other gun organizations need to do. Educate the public! Work together! Rather than sit on the couch watching football and Saturdays and Sundays! The GWD.

    Larry Brickey
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    Larry Brickey

    Yes, you are absolutely correct. I’ve thought this for quite some time. Wisdom is better than being in someone’s face.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Sh, You start out telling us to be respectful, and end by trying to impose your open carry view on everyone else. Nothing could be more disrespectful than substituting your judgment for mine. You prove that you think that you are superior. You defeat your own argument about respect, and reveal yourself as a covert anti-Second Amendment Civil Rights propagandist.

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    Our best weapon against the leftists is to just let them speak. As it was written, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.”

    Bill
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    Bill

    Well said Wild Bill.

    Finn
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    Finn

    Poster brings to mind so much media attention poured on Russian trolls. Suggestions of violence certainly sound like Russian propaganda efforts. It may instigate violence from some offended young-gun owner, however it is far more effective in convincing gun control advocates of the need for extremism in forwarding their cause. It is imperative that responsible gun rights advocates continue to call out such people and simultaneously drown them out.

    Finn
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    Finn

    I respectfully disagree with your assumptions regarding open carry. While open carry is legal here, I have only noticed anyone doing so twice. In both cases it did not appear that others noticed, much less reacting with fear or concern. One in particular looked like he was on way home from Cowboy Action Shooting, wearing old western dress with large revolver prominently displayed. My wife and children did not notice at all even though we almost bumped into each other in store aisle. People just don’t see what they are not looking for – so descrite pancake holster, partially cover… Read more »

    Big Jim
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    Big Jim

    There are no real Pro-Gun on the Left. You are a very confused and twisted person if you believe this about yourself. No one should tell you what you are. You need to take more time to think what is about to really happen in this country if you allow yourself this gun control fear to continue. 1930’s and 40’s all over again. Think that’s a joke?
    And YOU will have helped create it.

    Heed the Call-up
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    Heed the Call-up

    Shad Holland, being armed does not create fear. Being an idiot and a Leftist creates fear when those are the ones in office creating these anti-rights laws that infringe on our Constitutional rights. How far do your natural *guaranteed* rights need to be “compromised” before you are willing to stand against further infringement? Will you then be one of the ones you are arguing about being “unreasonable”?

    Geary Mcdevitt
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    Geary Mcdevitt

    It is incredibly hard to argue with stupid.
    A perfect example is the border, “walls don’t do anything”.
    The left refuses to listen, they will not change their minds.
    All I do is keep repeating the facts, when I hear the lies.

    Chris
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    Chris

    These so called Government leaders need to be reminded of the most basic requirement of their duties while in office, and sworn to under oath is to protect the Constitution of the U.S. Not to pick and choose which unalienable rights born to us they feel will garner them votes in the next election!

    ARLIE
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    ARLIE

    I have NEVER seen anybody do what the author of this article claims, 2nd Amendment Advocates are always the only civil one in the conversation! Not even sure why this article was written, gun rights proponents will be civil right up until Pelosi, Schumer and the rest of their ilk get what they want, which is a disarmed peasantry! Their gun control effort are part of a larger agenda, but because you can’t subjugate an armed populace they know they must disarm us. When they finally get what they want, they will not get what the expected, they get a… Read more »

    Geary Mcdevitt
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    Geary Mcdevitt

    Spot on

    Gary Munn
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    Gary Munn

    Yes, Geary…a civil war of their own making. Problem is, it will dramatically and permanently affect every person in the U.S.A., regardless of political party or affiliation.

    Don Bailey
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    Don Bailey

    @Gary Munn, We have been in a civil war of sorts between liberals and conservatives. We all know that we do not want a war where people draw lines and boundaries with armies defending their ideologies. We tried that once and nothing was solved, and to this day, that spilled blood is still argued.

    Kableemo
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    Kableemo

    I don’t think they want a disarmed peasantry. I think they want mass shootings to end. Suppose for a moment that my statement is correct – that they want these shootings to end and nothing more. If you agree that’s a worthy aim, then how would you advise them?

    D Y
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    D Y

    I think on some (many) level(s) you are mistaken. I mean that not in an argumentative way, and I will explain. Why does anyone who really cares about human life focus on “assault rifles”? They are used in much fewer numbers for homicides than pistols. Fact. Argument off the table for those guns. Pistols are used far more for defense than homicide by even the most conservative numbers, coming to light during a liberal administration. Fact. So saving lives by banning pistols is off the table. Prior to 1968 you could have guns shipped straight to your house, including “assault… Read more »

    Joseph P Martin
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    Joseph P Martin

    You cannot argue with and hope to win or convince someone using logic and reason when that person is neither logical nor reasonable.

    Will Flatt
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    Will Flatt

    I’m past trying to have a conversation with Leftists who want to take my guns. To these Leftists I say “ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ or GET OFF MY LAWN!”

    You can’t reason with rabid animals, or socialists. And our founding fathers would be shooting already if they were here today!!

    Pistol Coach
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    Pistol Coach

    Sir words matter, one can not be victimized by a gun! They are victimized by the person using the gun. Your article is fatally flawed.

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    I saw that also Pistol Coach but I decided to use a broader brush to criticize his idiocy.

    Frank
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    Frank

    King george sent an army, our founders shot them, they left.

    Jim Hovater
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    Jim Hovater

    The Liberal mentality won’t allow ‘civil discussion’ on any topic. Liberals ‘know’ they are ‘right’ and refuse to consider the probability they are not.

    Brad T.
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    Brad T.

    People don’t ask questions, they assume. They assume what “regulate” means in “well regulated militia” and their minds are already made up. In fact, they not only assume but they outright ignore. They ignore what “shall not be infringed” means. Harold understands these people to be emotional yet, you can’t have a rational argument with irrational folks. They think only muskets are protected yet use the internet for free speech, unless of course the internet is being used to share 3-d gun blueprints. This is an assault from all angles, they’ve weaponized the 1st Amendment to deny our right to… Read more »

    NYer2Okie
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    NYer2Okie

    Mr Hutchison’s comments are right on target. To those who responded with intemperate comments above – you have mistaken the audience for Pro—2A arguments. It isn’t the anti-2A leaders, who you have correctly sized up as immune in most cases to logic, it is the rest of the American voting public. It is the suburban soccer moms and the urban professional and the average voter who may not know much about guns or gun culture but who is fed a distorted image of violent, nut job gun owners – that is the audience whom we can influence. And, for the… Read more »

    TrueAmerican
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    TrueAmerican

    I need my guns to protect myself from things like The Liberals and Fake News. If I don’t like something, I shoot it.

    Egomet
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    Egomet

    “If I don’t like it I shoot it” is a viable reason why guns are under scrutiny. Why would you think that is a reasonable thing to say? It sounds like a scared, little person’s way of acting like they are brave and big.

    Brad T.
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    Brad T.

    Or, True American is your sock account, you wrote that comment and then responded to it to cause little anti-gun controversies. Yeah, I’m going with that.

    Bob sims
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    Bob sims

    Your articles are fantastic, and objective based.
    Keep up the good work

    The Green Watch Dog
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    The Green Watch Dog

    Excellent article as our 2nd amendment is on the chopping block. A slow, yet effective process that many do not realize that pieces of it are eroding away. To ensure that never happens, pro gun activist must get out in public and present their cause in an educated, yet polite manner to those that don’t agree with you. Present your arguments in a short concise manner.

    bong
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    bong

    Hah ! We’ve been civil enough for far too long. It does nothing to the mental disorder of americans who have zero respect for the bill of rights. This author is new to the antigun crowd. Most americans can’t tell the difference between a devil or an angel, yet they all think they are genius dick tracys and every person they meet are criminals. The criminals on the supreme court have illegally given govts the green light to ignore the 2nd A law WHILE gun owners are treated like criminals and terrorists.. AND we’re supposed to be polite ! We… Read more »

    Robert J. Lucas
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    Robert J. Lucas

    @ GreenWatchDog, Polite manner? Sir, A Legally Armed Society is a Polite Society. Anti-constitutionalist’s sense of morality is situational, based on incident and emotion, instead of rooted in God’s word and law. Anti-constitutionalist’s stand for nothing. The situation determines their support for an issue and their emotions rule, not reason and rationality. Moreover, they recognize the contradiction, but still cling to their situational justice. Situational justice is the tool of dictators, tyrants, despots, and unjust, unrighteous monarchs. It has no place in a free constitutional republic. In which the United States of America is………………. Seems that you sway in hard… Read more »

    Gary Munn
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    Gary Munn

    Yes, Geary…a civil war of their own making. Problem is, it will dramatically, permanently and irreversably affect every person in the U.S.A., regardless of political party or affiliation.

    tomcat
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    @ Robert J. Lucas The GWD is a progressive troll. If he encounters someone that doesn’t agree with him he will call 911 before he gets confronted by them.
    The leftists, progressives or whatever they want to be called do stand for something and that is their right to kill babies while still in the womb or just out of the womb. Of course you have to take a strong look at the woman that allows this and you know it is against God’s law and the laws of this country and most other countries.

    Get Out
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    Get Out

    Why are all of the anti-gun laws or legislation directed at the law abiding citizen? Why is it knee-jerk gun laws, turn in or get rid of high cap mags, AR-15, components, ammo restrictions cause law abiding citizens to become felons overnight? No more compromises.

    Amendment II
    A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    I still haven’t decided if you are just incomprehensibly ignorant or are in fact a left wing operative.

    JoeUSooner
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    JoeUSooner

    I ascribe Harold’s attitude and advice to simple naivete. He is obviously not ignorant… in fact, he is intelligent and educated. But he has not yet grasped the fact that gun-control advocates do NOT want or intend – they flatly refuse! – to engage in any discussion (much less honest dialogue) with the pro-gun advocates they so vehemently hate. No amount of civility on our part will overcome that etched-in-stone fact. Actually, the “right” delivery of a pro-Second Amendment message is to liberal politicians, in the most emphatic and powerful manner humanly possible. Those liberal leaders (who have no more… Read more »

    Samuel Long
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    Samuel Long

    Joe sooner: it’s refreshing to hear one of the good guys take his gloves off, kick some saw dust around and have a shouting spell. For many years now the leftist have been playing the same tricks and strategies. Don’t awnser the question or stay on point. Lie, denigh. Rudely interrupt, never give up the con, boil the frog, divide and conquer. When they are in power run us over like a bull dozier, but when we’re in power we Must meet in the middle of the isle. They are of thier father John 8:44. Unfortunately the only thing bullies,… Read more »

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    Perhaps both?

    David Bradford
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    David Bradford

    If you care to look at Harold Hutchison’s other posts you will find he is an apologist for the NRA’s current administration. He ascribes to the “just give the bully your lunch money and don’t say anything, maybe he won’t hurt you this time. I don’t care if he bullies someone else, just as long as it isn’t me.” He’s a coward that is afraid to put up a real fight with possibly painful results. He is an advocate of “Never get into a fight unless you know you are going to win, so even when he’s in the right… Read more »

    David Bradford
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    David Bradford

    Sorry, I got my fingers typing faster than my brain. I meant Moral Dilemma, not moral hazard.