Tolerating Republican Betrayals on Guns Only Encourages More Turncoats

What incentive does voting for “Republicans” supporting this give the GOP to offer better candidates?

U.S.A. – -( “[T]here is a push to pass an ‘assault weapons’ ban via a ballot initiative to amend the State Constitution,” a Monday Florida Shooters Network report warns. “This is being spearheaded by Ban Assault Weapons NOW (BAWN), a bipartisan group of gun-grabbers made up of Republican and Democrat authoritarians that want to see Floridians disarmed.”

“BAWN has partnered with the prominent Republican donor Al Hoffman and his gun-control-advocacy organization, Americans for Gun Safety Now!, which is made up almost entirely of Republicans who support an assault-weapons ban,” a cited advocacy puff piece masked as political reporting from The Atlantic notes. Here is what they want to do, at least for now:

“BAWN’s assault-weapons ban, which exempts military or law-enforcement members, would make possession of the defined weapons a third-degree felony. It would also give Floridians who already own these weapons a year to register them before their possession becomes illegal.”

And, of course, once registered, why should we believe the people who want them banned won’t press for Phase Two?

So who are these “Republicans”?

On the political scene, as the saying goes, follow the money”

“Hoffman also made waves on his own in March by publicly pledging to donate money only to Republicans who supported banning assault weapons—leading him to back only two candidates in 2018, Brian Mast and Carlos Curbelo.”

True, they’re congressmen and this is a state measure, but they head the list of “prominent” names demanding a Florida ban, and you know they’d do the same to the rest of the Republic if they could. Cases in point, Mast co-sponsored a Democrat “raise the age” bill on semi-auto rifles, and Curbelo is a proven Bloomberg lackey.

As for state-level politicians, we can return the Florida Shooters Network report:

“Senate President Bill Galvano (R) wrote the gun control bill that was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott last year and he even took $200k from Bloomberg's Everytown Gun Control Group. As Senate President, he isn't clamping down on fellow Republicans that support gun control because he's a gun control supporter himself. The House isn't any better since House Speaker Jose Oliva gave Galvano's SB 7026 a standing ovation when it passed last year and he's doing much the same.”

“Who else are they going to vote for?” the late Lee Atwater, former head of the Republican National Committee is reputed to have asked about gun owners. Whether the attribution is true or not, that’s the type of arrogant attitude some of us have seen play out over the years, and for good reason as far as turncoats are concerned. If there’s no cost to pay for betrayal what can’t they get away with, especially with so-called “pragmatic” apologists offering lesser-of-two-evil excuses to rationalize being cuckolds? If that sounds harsh, face it — that's exactly what a gun owner who “forgives” an unrepentant cheater is setting himself up to be.

“But if you don’t vote for them a Democrat will win, and they’ll be even worse!” we are warned. Hey, we wouldn’t be in this mess if people would have insisted on principles from the very beginning. And now we’re expected to believe our only way out is to continue enabling the enemies inside the gates?

The only way to stop Republican infidelity is to show the GOP that betrayal will not be rewarded. If it takes them losing a seat here or there, they’ll ultimately get the message.

“But if the Democrats win, we’ll lose our gun rights!” is the typical rejoinder.  What those bleating that really mean is they’ll surrender theirs. If all it takes to eradicate the right to keep and bear arms is the passage of a law or a ballot measure, then the Second Amendment isn’t worth the parchment it’s written on.

What BAWN and Principle-Devoid Republicans for Tyranny fail to recognize is that in spite of their wretched subversions, there’s one inconvenient truth they’ll ultimately need to deal with:


About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

  • 96 thoughts on “Tolerating Republican Betrayals on Guns Only Encourages More Turncoats

    1. Their not gonna stop until they get what they want, until we the people make the change happen, and as we already seen, its not gonna happen at the polls…

    2. “This” happening is what I have been saying all along on these ‘blogs”. “Party” does NOT matter anymore. The “democrat” party is LONG DEAD and had been “morphed” into the COMMUNIST PARTY (lets call a spade, a spade)
      MOST of The “republican” party have turned into the same, due to GREED, “FEAR” of losing out of “their share” and their hunger for more POWER and Control. It is NOW a “power struggle” to see who gets the most TAXPAYER MONEY.
      Only the retention of the “status-quo”, POWER, CONTROL, and those all-precious TAXPAYER DOLLARS is what “matters” to the corrupt SCUM (from ALL “political parties”) “running” our country. PRESIDENT TRUMP and his administration have been successful in EXPOSING these nefarious schemes, and bringing them out in the light of day, so ALL American Citizens with half a brain can see what is going on. Now ALL these corrupt SCUMBAGS are scrambling to secure “their share” of the “spoils”, and they ONLY way they can do this is to DISARM the Law-Abiding citizens turn ALL of us into “sheep”, RIPE for easy “takeover” or “ELIMINATION” as THEY see fit. WISE UP!!!

    3. we NEED A LIST of all these ‘Republicans”that are really demodrats in Republican clothing…we need this list so we can start a mail campaign on ALL LEVELS,and push to have these rats ousted from our Republican party and house…

      1. @allen E, Here is a list of the Republicans who betrayed Trump on the budget vote. The enormous number that screwed him made it impossible for him to stop it by making the budget veto proof:

        Alexander (R-TN),
        Barrasso (R-WY),
        Blackburn (R-TN),
        Blunt (R-MO),
        Boozman (R-AR),
        Brown (D-OH), Yea
        Capito (R-WV), Yea
        Cassidy (R-LA),
        Collins (R-ME),
        Cornyn (R-TX),
        Cramer (R-ND),
        Crapo (R-ID),
        Daines (R-MT),
        Enzi (R-WY),
        Ernst (R-IA),
        Fischer (R-NE),
        Gardner (R-CO),
        Graham (R-SC),
        Grassley (R-IA),
        Hoeven (R-ND),
        Hyde-Smith (R-MS),
        Isakson (R-GA),
        Johnson (R-WI),
        Kennedy (R-LA),
        Lankford (R-OK),
        McConnell (R-KY),
        McSally (R-AZ),
        Moran (R-KS),
        Murkowski (R-AK),
        Perdue (R-GA),
        Portman (R-OH),
        Risch (R-ID),
        Roberts (R-KS),
        Romney (R-UT),
        Rounds (R-SD),
        Scott (R-FL),
        Shelby (R-AL),
        Sullivan (R-AK),
        Thune (R-SD),
        Tillis (R-NC),
        Wicker (R-MS),
        Young (R-IN),

      2. You also need a list of everyone in your locale that supports this kind of thing.
        When the festivities kick off, they need to be eliminated quickly.

    4. Codrea is completely correct. The only way to make sure the GOP stays pro gun is taking political power away from the turncoat traitors. If that means losing an election in the short term, then so be it. The GOP turncoats will eventually stab us in the back anyway unless they absolutely fear crossing the grass roots by supporting gun bans.

    5. Doesn’t anyone think it is a bit odd that humans look for every opportunity to screw over each other for personal gain, regardless of whether it is for considered safety reasons or resource accumulation. Those RINOs need to be reminded of their OATH and RESPONSIBILITIES to the American people.


      This is a meme which is being pushed by politicians who don’t have a clue as to what their constituents want and are catering to the lowest common denominator such as the likes of Mad Mothers Against Drunk Driving. There is no way in hell that legislation against immoral activities actually works which also has no bearing upon criminal activity. Politicians are all trying to cater to the loudest voices not that of the silent majority. SO IT IS NOW TIME TO SPEAK UP !

      If we don’t stand up and stand our ground, these morons will try and strip us of our freedoms because at the moment it appears to be expedient to gain votes through spreading lies and BS.

      Think of this my friends; How is it that the drug cartels have managed to take over the political arena in Mexico? I’ll tell you why. They use brutality to gain the acceptance of their activities. Either accept what we’re doing or die. To change any regime at its core, brutality must be enacted, to gain the advantage. Why? Because it appears all around the world that brutality actuality works. Fear is a great adjunct to control.

      Christianity does not understand when it comes to our safety. Christians use government to keep them safe, but as it is stated; “A government that is big and strong enough to give you everything you want, is also strong enough and large enough to take everything you have.”
      Remember what Chairman Mao stated about politics; “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun”. To truly drain the swamp more than a few may have to be shot before a military firing squad of treason and Sedition !!!

        1. @Rump, I’m not against brutality. Who ever kills the biggest becomes the government. I am against losing, however. So with no secure communications, organization, logistics, what is the plan?

      1. Well Mr. Rumple, you couldn’t be more wrong about Christanity. Real Christanity relies on God not man. Read the books of Romans, Proverbs and Hebrews. And by the way, Jesus Christ Himself said sell your coat and buy a sword for protection. In other words, human life is valuable, protect it, even if taking someone else’s life is necessary. There is no sin in saving your life or your family’s or a strangers if it is warranted. The freedom of religion in our 1st admenment is ment to keep government out of “religion” (ie: Christianity) but not religion out of government. [If anyone disagrees, go to the absolute number one authority on the constitution: You can argue with them. Good luck…

        1. The Lord instructed the Israelites to bear a sword in one hand and a stone trowel in the other, while the guards watched over the rebuilding of the Wall…
          We’re told there’s a time and a season for everything, to kill, for war, for peace, etc…

        2. @Kal

          Citing David Barton, I love it! For those who are not familiar with Mr. Barton or his organization Wall Builders, he is one of the most thoroughly researched historians writing today. He does not write opinion pieces, his books are filled with citation to original documented sources in explicit detail. Many are topical and he tries to keep them short and approachable, but they are spot on accurate.

    6. There comes a time when the rubber must meet the road and it is that I believe all politicians must take a competency exam upon signing up to be put on the ballet. If they don’t receive a passing grade they don’t get to run for a political office regardless of whether it is for a City, a County, a State, or for a federal Congressional position.
      We can no longer accept decision makers who are as radical or stupid as is Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi.

      They must also change the Oath, which now reads as follows: “I, (name),do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
      The change would add a phrase which asserts that all politicians except the president must take an annual course on Ethics, Morals and knowledge of our Constitution.

    7. How about RED FLAG laws on Politicians? Simply DEMAND they do the exact same thing-PLUS.
      Politicians, Police, Judges, Government Workers make Life & Death deadly decisions every day.
      Public Servants are also expected to be held to Higher Standards due to their positions and maintaining the Public Trust.
      Therefore when they come out with such demands of their EMPLOYERS, their EMPLOYERS have the Right and Duty to make the same demand of THEM.
      WE demand THEY provide ALL their social media and computer searches, their e-mail accounts, Bank accounts and financial records for examination. Also Mental Screening, physical records, testing for steroids and illicit drugs. They must also wear GPS trackers so we can evaluate where they are spending their time. Screening for pedophilia and any other sickness.
      If it is good enough for US it is certainly good enough for Our EMPLOYEES.

    8. Nothing wrong being a felon. The problem start is when you get caught. That the practice elected senate and congress have. That goes for the states and county’s to. Strange how a election will cost 5millon dollars to win a seat tha payed 175k . Stay in office 6 years and most become millionaires. You do the maths. Never give up your weapons . Try to find the courage to fight and make the ultimate sacrifice.

    9. The Bottom line is this is not a Democracy, its a constitutional republic no matter what those pigs have to say about it. They have not been given the authority to pass any kind of gun law. The original constitution was a contract for services. How did this government whos jurisdiction is 10 square miles in D.C., a few islands and military installations end up telling its creator “we the People” what to do? There will come a time when we all are going to have to decide if this Republic is worth putting our lives on the line for. This may happen sooner than later. Great Article. God Speed..

    10. No one should ever be surprised by the relentless attack on a free people much less an armed nation. This is the single greatest threat to any communist government. The people posing as the US government obviously feel threatened. Think about the rise of the socialist (called “democrat”) party since the sheeple started electing them into office. The dumbing down of these sheeple through public indoctrination (called education) has worked brilliantly. We have the greatest number of people ever who are all for giving up the constitution in favor of government supplied “security” for their lives. I don’t know if this is reversible before we have our second and largest civil war. Blood will run deep and long all because man wants to enslave man.

    11. How refreshing to see David’s no-nonsense thoughts on RKBA issues. This is a pleasant break from the idiotic ramblings of the NRA apologist who I used to frequently see on Ammoland, who, by his picture, looked as though he and David Hogg might have been best buds or something.

    12. Civil war is inevitable. I will not comply, I will not surrender or register any weapons. Republicans have always sold out gun owners.

      1. Won’t be another Civil War, there’s too many other ways the Gov. can & will control you. You can’t compete with their might, but maybe for 15 minutes of Fame (WACO, Ruby Ridge)….Just say’in.

        1. The ubiquitous coward’s copout. “They’re going to anally rape me anyway, so I might as well grab my ankles and enjoy it.”

        2. @APatriot, Your conclusion is correct. The governments have secure comms, organization, logistics, and a plan called “Continuation of Government” (COG). COG contemplates government survival in the face of every possible attack, foreign or domestic. The plan for survival does not include the ordinary American.

          We are not in a position to prosecute violent civil war, yet! What ever We the people do, it must be a complete surprise. Something that the bureaucrats have not, yet, thought about. Operational security must be maintained by use of one man cells. The kill ratio must be in the tens of millions.

          1. This is why the 2A calls for a WELL REGULATED MILITIA. Under article 1 section 8 congress is: “To provide for organizing, arming,and disciplining the militia and for governing such PART of them as may be employed in the service of the United States reserving to the states respectively,”. Further reading is necessary to get full comprehension but I ask, has congress been fulfilling their duty to ensure the (common citizen)people are secure in their arms and receive support, training and supplies to fulfill their duty? Maybe I have misunderstood what this section is commanding them to do?

        3. You seem to count on that same political system to end the hacks to execute these scumbags and take our freedom back wake up there is no let someone else do it. We must all stand up to this tyrannical system of government.

    13. When the jackboots assigned to raid and confiscate weapons under the pending Oregon statutes come calling to my home, I will not surrender my weapons, warrants notwithstanding. That will make me a criminal, a retired Marine wounded warrior, and federal officer with no blemishes on my record, a CCW permittee, etc. Mr. Clean, in other words.

      I hope that others in Oregon will take note, and perhaps, will step out of the shadows, step up, and support resistance when this begins. Otherwise, they will be emboldened, and start picking us off, one by one. Strength in numbers will never mean more than now. But riding the fence, even being a keyboard commando, will not count.

      I hope the fledgling support groups in these threatened states get with it, and develop, among other tactics, a notification network that puts individual cases of raid and seize in everyone’s face, make it hard to sweep away by authorities. You know damned well they will try damage control to keep their support by the anti-gun morons. Sooner than later, people.

      1. You are spot on Marine…About 5 years ago I suggested that local Tea Groups and Gun Lovers other, get together, buy Tracphones, load them up and have a central figure put 10-20 preloaded numbers in each one. Of course no 10 or 20 would be the same. Load a text message for this “One by One’ emergency you just mentioned, and at the least, the person being raided would have witnesses.

        1. @GregK and OAM, The more witnesses and evidence the bigger the pay out! Should have an attorney specializing in criminal law on the speed dial, as well.

          1. In my brief stint with Tea Teams, I was attempting to find news outlets favorable to our cause. Before we marched on Seattle, I was looking for group spokes people, and to make those banners that go all the way across the street.

            Clear back when I suggested the phone thing it was spawned by a thread on…”Civil War, is it coming in the US?” There were some great ideas forwarded by people. Maybe we should revisit that thread?

            1. Wild Bill, I searched “Civil War” in the command center search bar and it turns out that there are several threads on it. I don’t remember the exact title, but it was something like “Civil War; is it coming to America?”


              I tried several keywords…got a bunch of stuff other. See what you can get. the thread lasted for more than a year, but early on, some of us were brainstorming.

      2. It is unsettling to find more comments than action regarding the gun issue. I agree and support the arguement that numbers standing together can/will do more. However, when we do stand, several will be singled out. A massive raid engaged upon them as an example. Forcing us to take action. Physical, armed action. The next question is, WHO will be the ‘authority’ to carry out engaging us? UN/NATO?
        Finding and implementing a full scale united stand, (we are several million strong folks) getting in the face of the Pelosi’s in gov’t is required. Some method of clearly stating, WE AREN’T GOING TO SIT AND LET IT HAPPEN.
        Consider. Oregon is first up. What does that mean to the Floridian? Or Georgian? Nothing other than they will make comments. Always remember. As long as it is happening THERE, and not HERE, it isn’t our problem. And the politicians KNOW THIS FOR A FACT. They count on that attitude. Everything they do is based on that exact attitude. Because if we ever did show a united stand it would scare the SH_T out them like nothing they ever expected. The Patriots in Montauk Point LI need to be a connected and united voice with the Patriots of Anytown in Oregon. Or else THEY simply divide and conquer.
        Even if, it has to be a stand, state by state, getting loud and clear, NO COMPLIANCE, a connection is needed whereby it is affirmed we are united throughout.
        We are one LARGE country. Dividing is extremely simple. And a plan was already drawn up during the Bush admin.
        The Militia has been ordered for years, DO NOT DRAW FIRST BLOOD. Well we are running out of options folks.
        If strength in numbers cannot be utilized to stop this nonsense, somebody is going to shoot first, or are made to appear so;and the rest of us will be the ‘bad guys’.

    14. The only thing David left out in this useless diatribe against Florida gun owners is the much overused “cold dead hands” line.

      His notion that Florida gun owners should vote for Democrats in the next election is patently stupid — yes, I said stupid because there is no other word for this nonsense. Sorry, David, but if you want to stay in the game you have to play the cards you are dealt — and in an election that almost always does mean voting for the ‘lesser of two evils.’

      Where Florida gun owners need to make their stand is in the PRIMARY. They can also make their stand by contributing to pro-RKBA candidates during (and even before) the campaign — if there is no pro-RKBA candidate in their district, contribute to pro-RKBA candidates in other districts.

      And, that also brings us to the other problem. If there is no pro-RKBA candidate in your district, WHY THE HELL NOT?? Why aren’t YOU running? Or working (not just talking) to find and support a pro-RKBA candidate.

      Nationally the NRA is worthless, but at the state and local level EVERY pro-RKBA organization needs active support.

      So, David, instead of pushing idiocy like suggesting Florida gun owners vote for Democrats, why aren’t you offering some real suggestions?

      1. So, tell me Tom – if the winner of the primary is the same Republican who has been screwing gun owners all along, you think it makes sense to vote for him again? If so, you certainly are not as bright as David. He understands a fact you either don’t know or have forgotten. Allow a Democrat to be elected, kicking out the RINO who has been screwing you, will get the attention of the next Republican who runs for that office. It only takes one loss of a seat to get the attention of the state GOP, and have them run a pro-2nd candidate in the very next election.

        Here in Montana, we’ve been getting more successful at putting pro-Second Amendment people into office. Instead of two Dem senators, we now have one Republican, who is pro-2nd, and now our one Representative, who was formerly a Dem is a Republican, who is pro 2nd. Not only that, he is a successful businessman who was not a politician, just like Trump.

        David is right. Normally I wouldn’t make an ad hominem statement, but since you went there, so will I – I’m afraid the idiot here is you. But if you love your chains, carry them.

    15. The failure of our great nation will be from within. The likes of polosi schummer harris to name a few demoncraps and half the republician jerks too

    16. It has come to the point where republicans and democrats are essentially the same. The true battle at the election box isn’t about who will represents you – it is about who’s friends get government money funneled to them through various programs.

      The parties don’t care about the electorate, they just care about making their cronies rich who then turn around and keep them in office with donations. The democrats figured this out years ago and ever since then will pass any law to keep the masses in control – it is just dawning on the republicans who no longer represent conservatives that they to must control the masses before a third party sends them packing.

      Left or right wing – they are the same bird.

      1. @Cinci, That is why we must vote for the non-party-hack in the primaries. Everything is won or lost in the primaries (or caucuses in caucus states).

      2. Our elected consider themselves the ruling class with an unwanted king. A king that these Lords and their vassals are trying to dethrone and replace with one more adaptable to their agendas. The agenda is to rule with the least threat of resistance from the ruled. By the way, that is everybody else, including their servants. We might as well let those who will betray us stay with our enemy so we know where they are. They will continue lavishing with power greedy Lords at our expense.

        Our two major parties needs new names or maybe just one for both. We have no representatives in one and no believers in democracy in the other.
        Your are right, Cinc, but I see the same pig,

    17. Make sure you know where the “legislatures” live. The first instance when the feds or cops kill us for ownership, they get a visit…

      1. The only tiny silver lining in this whole affair is that “Winning Teamer” Marion Hammer will be losing much sleep.

    18. Yesterday we watched as Republicans across the board (excepting Rand Paul) confirmed Barr. I assure you, he will come after your guns! Constitutionalists like Mike Lee voted Yay, what are our chances at this point?

      Then, magically, in 12 hours the Senate passed a Presidential Declaration Powers Bill, that amounts to Dictatorial Powers…We are so Unconstitutional at this point, even a peaceful move back to the original Constitution would be a Revolutionary Act.

      “All Roads lead to Rome,” or Washington DC at this point. We are experiencing real time Fascism people.

    19. Too Bad there’s Not a Fast Way ,
      To Remove Turncoats from Office !
      ( Unless you set them up with a tranny hooker )

    20. Florida does have it’s problems and one of them is called snowbirds. Those noreasterners that have gone to the sunshine state to escape the commies in the states they were from are a problem because they took the attitudes with them that they ran away from. Another thing, the shooting at Parkland brought this to a head. Think about it, the FBI dropped the ball, the local sheriff dropped the ball numerous times and it wasn’t their job to go in and save the kids. Why in God’s name would you want to be disarmed in a place that is so inapt of protecting citizens. Shooting fish in a barrel fits what Florida is trying to do.

      1. Most snow birds were not fleeing oppressive state laws. That is their culture. They were fleeing weather in winter and taxes. They bring their p-poor attitudes with them. They just don’t change spots at those ages. We see the same thing in Texas with the Cali trash infesting Austin (only those are the young techie types).

        1. Nog, it is happening everywhere. I lived in Oregon for twelve years, but the old hippies who took over the state government, along with a slew of new voters from California, started passing a lot of gun control laws. Here in Montana, a lot of Californians have moved into our cities (large towns, compared to real cities) and they are trying to change our good gun laws here. We’ve got some really good people who work hard to get good gun laws passed and bad ones dumped. So far we are holding our own. If we can replace our foul Democrat governor, Bullock (which name fits him to a “T”), with a Republican, we might get Constitutional carry everywhere in the state. Right now it doesn’t apply in the cities and towns, but it does apply everywhere else in the state.

    21. Regretably, Art VI is a tough row to hoe.

      Second paragraph specifically states…….”any Thing in the constitution OR LAWS OF ANY STATE to the contrary notwithstanding.”

      1. The only thing fear is losing their power. Elected officials realized that they can dictate the terms of their employment to us – try telling your boss that. The problem is that we have become so complacent or so ignorant that we let both party’s walk all over us. They know and continue to enrich themselves and their friends – screw the voters.

    22. Article VI within the US Constitution trumps State Constitutions and everything else for that matter. All these laws and regulations that disarm citizens are unconstitutional. Hoffman and BAWN are not in good standing with the Supremacy Clause and shall be Defunded, Disbarred, and Discharged from Office!

    23. many (but not all) politicians are like crack-whores, they will do anything. however, crack-whores can be quickly arrested for illegal acts & removed from their place of business.

    24. Gun control is actually people control. Guns don’t kill anyone, evil people kill. Criminals will always have weapons to ply their trade. Why do I carry a weapon??? It’s because a police officer( with a gun) is too heavy to carry.
      Learn to be vigilant, pratice situational awareness always, and learn how to shoot safely. Look up Coopers Colors:
      Here is a link.

    25. Yup, the modern day republicans are just as bad as the Democrats, after confirming William Barr they should all be voted out except for Rand Paul.

      Also the same thing applies for gun advocacy or rather appeasement groups like the NRA

      1. You mean the Rand Paul that had an amendment to sell off National Forest lands to benefit his rich buddies in Kentucky that want to develop it? Good luck the little guy trying to buy some of that property.

        Amazing how fast he pulled it once people found out about it.

    26. Here in Virginia we have a very active pro gun organization called the Virginia Civil Defense League. Which is focused almost entirely on State level gun Issues. At election time, they present a survey to ALL candidates, and publish the results to all VCDL members, thereby exposing where they stand on gun issues. Additionally, they hold a yearly “ Lobby Day “ event in Richmond to confront our respective representatives, personally, to either praise them for their support and actions or take them to task for non support.
      Most States have similar organizations, so it is incumbent on gun owners to join these groups, in addition to the National organizations,( NRA, GOA, etc..) that keep track of politics.
      The primary strategy for the gun grabbers nowadays is to chip away gun issues at the State level , since they have been stymied at the Fed level – at least for now.

      1. Nathan Hale, VCDL stands for Virginia Citizens Defense League. Lobby Day is non-confrontational, and we are polite to all. Our polite, good-natured demeanor is noticed, since the antis typically are not, even the anti-rights representatives notice the difference. Delegates and their aides are provided a document with all of the firearm-related bills with brief descriptions, and the bills are categorized by Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Oppose, and Strongly Oppose. The delegates on both sides like the booklet because it makes it easier for them to know to either vote with us or against us. When able, we also talk to the delegates and aides explaining our position on various bills. Some conversations can get interesting.

        Several hundred or more of us makes a strong presence. We ensure that we contact all the reps in the few hours allotted by splitting into groups of about a dozen or more members in each group. The delegates’ offices typically are too small to accommodate everyone in the group, which also impresses them, and then we state there are about 20 other groups similarly sized visiting the other reps.

        If you are a VCDL member, thank you, if not we could use more members. Membership is $25 annually. With over 400,000 CHP holders in Virginia, we have only about 7,000 members. There is also a weekly email alert that you can sign-up for at the website. We don’t sell the list, it is strictly for keeping you informed. There are over 28,000 on that email alert.

    27. Mr. Codrea, again you cited my work here in Florida and I thank you for it. Not many understand what we’re facing here in the once formerly known “Gunshine State”. We have been betrayed on multiple fronts and levels.

      Here in Florida, we’re facing an assault on the 2nd Amendment for all levels and the reason why is if Florida can be swayed and destroyed then the country can. We have a larger population than the state of New York and we’re crucial in national elections. Furthermore, if we become anti-gun; even our Republican Representatives and Senators in Congress will go after the 2nd Amendment on the national level.

      My other articles on these issues.

      1. Term limits bring their own challenges, for example it would be easier for the opposition to get a anti-gun candidate in right after a mass incident, where otherwise we could whether the storm with an incumbent.

        1. We HAVE term limits! We have ALWAYS had term limits!! Those term limits are called elections. If you don’t like what an elected politician has done in office, don’t vote for them again. Simple!

          JMR pointed out some of the inherent stupidity of the “Term Limits” movement — it will force out good politicians just as quickly as bad politicians. Term limits just mean that you will be choosing between untried candidates based on what they SAY instead of what they have done.

          1. @Tom C, There are no good politicians after they have served a couple of terms. Your argument is built on a false premise.
            Elections need not be the only limit on politicians. We the people need to reassert control over our governmental employees because our governmental employees think that they control us. “The Peoples’ Right of Recall” would be another good limit on our governmental employees. And eliminating parties would be a good way to eliminate corruption.

            1. Wild Bill: YOU are the one delivering falsehoods. ‘There are no good politicians after a couple of terms’? Says who? Plus, most states already have recall efforts in place available to the voters. The REAL problem is most citizens can’t be bothered to get off of their collective fat azzes to bother to REGISTER to vote, much less cast a ballot. ‘We have met the enemy and he is us’ – Pogo. P.S. Eliminating political parties? How about the Constitutional right to free assembly?

            2. @Clark, Sez me, based upon fifty years of direct observation, and reading the history of various legislation. Hey, I hear Hennesy is having a sale. You better hustle on down to the liquor store. Then have another touch and go back to sleep.

          1. @WW, The parties are too corrupt to be overcome by responsible voters. And it is obvious that We the People need stronger controls on our governmental employees.

          2. @William Wallace

            Responsible Voters. Mmmhmmmm.

            You do realize you are talking about the same people who were eating tide pods as a challenge on the internet right? Relying on the retarded ignorant populace is moronically futile.

            This is why we are not a democracy. Our founders set up a republic because they understood that there was a need for restrictions against our government, not just for government itself, but in case the people ever became so lazy that they were to aid tyranny.

    28. I have said this before, very little difference between Republican and Democrat politicians other than party they belong to. It is all about votes and money.
      I know it is exausting, but we need to hammer these representatives, ( I use the term lightly) daily.

    29. Anyone remember the Kavanah hearings? I do. That is when the GOP (not talking about “Never Trumpers nor RINOS) showed their TRUE colors – YELLOW.

      Anyone remember the last mid-term elections? I do. That’s when the GOP betrayed America by allowing the dems to lie, cheat and steal the HOUSE elections with certifiably DEAD and illegal voters.
      In BOTH cases the GOP was silent/passive. No one really STOOD UP against the communists.

      The democRATS are loud, well organized and don’t give a shit about America. The GOP are quiet, hoping not to be seen for who they really are, only care about low-paid illegal workers and profits. General statements about both parties but true. Both parties are against Americans. They lie and manipulate the truth to get elected at any cost and we fall for it every time. Trump tells us to vote Republican – but why should we when they are 2-sides of the same coin. The parties are like brothers wrestling for control/power over the rest of us. Nothing more. It has just taken a little longer to see who the GOP really serve – themselves, like the dems. How many years did the GOP have control of BOTH Houses yet FAILED Americans, whining about the dems? For the last 2 years Americans could have had all we needed to REALLY become Great Again. Aside from the few scraps Congress/Prez have thrown to us, they failed us again and again. They talk and talk and talk. That’s ALL they do all the while enriching themselves at our expense.

      Anyone paying attention to Trump? I am. He’s already lost many supporters over his “… take the guns and worry about due process later” comment, supporting Red Flag laws and many other decisions/comments. He could have declared a National Emergency on the border from the get go; he could have written an Executive Order ending DACA – the former PIMP in the WH used his EO powers to set up DACA – Chump could have ended it with a signature but didn’t. So is he working for the American people or who is the puppet master(s) over him?

      This country is falling fast; faster than I could have imagined. I wake up nights worried. I worry when are “they” coming for our guns – in the middle of the night, kicking down our doors. I have to ask, are the police/SWAT that stupid to follow orders violating the Constitution and they Oath they took to defend it? Are the people who make up the police/military so stupid and/or brainwashed they cannot see what they are doing against the citizens? I have to answer yes and that is frightening – we are living in Nazi Germany; Stalinist Russia; Maoist China and all other countries/governments who went against its citizenry.

      Governments are a reflection of who is elected or forced into office. A FREE government is fine on paper but it’s the people in government who decide whether or not to keep it that way. At this stage, our government has been overtaken (both parties) by unscrupulous, evil, narcissistic puppets who’s ONLY agenda is the total destruction of what this country was founded upon. It is rumored Benjamin Franklin said, “We’ve given you a Constitutional Republic. Now, can you keep it.” We have been losing it, bit-by-bit, since its inception. We are at the precipice of a great battle between good v evil. Who will win is in our hands, not theirs.

    30. How do LEOs keep getting exempted from these bans. If the police are sworn to protect and serve, why do they need ‘assault weapons’ with ‘high capacity’ magazines? Are they planning to assault citizens and run up the body count with extra ammo?

      1. I have noticed that the news media does not refer to AR15 style rifles carried by LEOs as assault weapons. Also, noticed that both the news and LEOs refer to the public as civilians instead of citizens. I to wonder what great hordes do civilian LEOs expect to machine gun. Further wonder who will they be protecting by such slaughter. Several SCOTUS rulings state that LEOs do not have to protect private citizens. Any LEOs oaths to protect and serve, than is not to the public.
        Go figure, I am getting afraid to ask.

      2. No points given for extra victims..
        Sorry, no more than 10 bullets legally allowed for each purge contestant!

        Thanks for understanding.. we have to protect out limited resources and create a level playing field!

        Lefty league of voters and lobyists!

    31. Perhaps ban the leftists of both parties as they have proven themselves domestic enemies of the Constitution.

      1. Here in Florida The communists will be hard-pressed to get our weapons/“we the people “ will fight them tooth and nail to the very last one /out of my cold dead hands isn’t just a saying anymore -1776-So how are you liking “the New World order “so far??

      1. Dare to dream FTW. Their science is based in heart felt conjecture. To be a Progressive, they learn to lie to themselves first, everything after that is easy.

    32. Don’t shoot the messenger. This published report shows how our country has shifted its movement for more gun control and responsible gun ownership. How do pro-gun advocates slow down this trend, or reverse it?
      Well, you have quite a task on your hands. Suggestions: Lobby, get out and educate the public, host town hall meetings, visit your local government officials, etc. Sitting on the couch on Saturdays drinking cold beer will sunset the 2nd amendment.
      Comments by The Green Byte Watch Dog

        1. @RL, His answer is ” Lobby, get out and educate the public, host town hall meetings, visit your local government officials …” My answer is take a kid shooting.

          1. @ Wild Bill
            You have heard of Hocus Pocus, well this is,
            Stroke-Us, Joke-Us…
            Also I agree with you take children Shooting to educate them, in a multitude of ways.
            By the way the Green Withering Dick is still a Schmuck…

      1. Just remember – that is a NPR story – the equivalent of Pravda no truth – just government funded lies.

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