Advice Column Shows Tough Road Second Amendment Supporters Face

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United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- Advice columnist Amy Dickinson recently published a letter with advice for a father distraught that his daughter chose to exercise her Second Amendment rights. Reading that column shows an immense amount of ignorance and bigotry towards law-abiding gun owners.

Later in that column, she had the gall to say, “Divergent thinking is a good thing, as long as we lead from a place of respect.”

Now, it goes without saying that we don’t know much about this situation other than what the letter-writer conveyed. Then again, we don’t even know about any edits that took place. Perhaps the daughter did feel a need to have a handgun for personal protection, as Kamala Harris did. Perhaps she was into IPSC, IDPA, or three-gun matches. Maybe she just likes to go to the range to shoot. Some of that might have been helpful to know, but the fundamental truth is this: That father chose to prioritize his hatred of guns over loving and supporting his daughter and destroyed his family as a result.

Worse, Dickinson supported his decision to do that. She supported the ultimatum he laid down. She even wept because there was yet another gun owner in the United States of America. It exposes a massive amount of hypocrisy on her part.

In a column from May, she bemoans how the current political climate has “current political and media climate has fostered a level of personal discord that has infested many relationships — destroying some.” Well, Amy, you just defended the destruction of a relationship.

It is, in a sense, an exhibit as to how anti-Second Amendment extremists have beaten Second Amendment supporters in the long game. Amy Dickinson has a platform that reaches 22 million readers, and she told them that if their son or daughter exercises their Second Amendment rights, they should lay down an ultimatum to either give up the gun or leave the house.

That figure, by the way, is roughly 16 million higher than the NRA’s approximate membership these days. Add on the messaging coming from Hollywood, the media, and even our schools, and this is what Eric Holder’s desired “brainwashing” against our gun rights has wrought.

This is a reality, folks. This is the current situation. No amount of crying about the “Vichy NRA” or “Negotiating Rights Away” is going to make this go away. An attitude that celebrates those who destroy familial bonds over gun ownership will not go away because Second Amendment supporters scream “shall not be infringed.”

People who think that screaming “shall not be infringed” long enough, loud enough, and often enough will get the changes we all seek are denying some cold, hard reality. To be very blunt, denial of reality does far more to help Bloomberg than someone pointing out the need for strategy and tactics suitable for the present situation and the current cultural climate.

Thankfully, the NRA is calling out Amy Dickinson’s advice. But this is only going to go so far today. The real answer lies in building a pro-Second Amendment culture, one in which the notion of putting hatred of guns over loving a family member who chooses to exercise one’s Second Amendment rights becomes unthinkable – and that is going to be a long-term effort.


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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Frank Nicholas

We can continue to fight with the NRA and each other and meanwhile we will not only lose the right to what we have now, we might actually lose our rights completely. We have 2 choices. Keep doing what we are now and lose our rights eventually or get out and fight for our rights. I am sick and tired of hearing pro gun people saying they dont vote because it doesnt do any good. You all need to get off your asses and protest on the street and donate your time and money to the cause. You think you… Read more »

Whad Yver
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Whad Yver

Oh, brother.

OttawaMike
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OttawaMike

Let the gang bangers have their way with your unarmed daughter. Then you can poudly comfort her both mentally and physically. Hopefully your daughter won’t make the same mistake your wife did in picking a father for her children.

Martin Hoer
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Martin Hoer

Using the same arguments we have used for decades – losing arguments has gotten here. Shall not infringe and using the 2nd …has a simple meaning in our minds but the pols and lawyers always looking for a work around have taken those and convinced people they do not mean what they say and give wiggle room in the majorities mind. I have found it far more effective to use words like authoritarian – their is no wiggle room – if some body is telling you you need a permit ( permission slip), deciding what you will be allowed to… Read more »

Coelacanth
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Coelacanth

Hoplophobia is a serious affliction, but it can be cured in the right setting. It just takes patience, understanding and commitment. Take the time to defeat Hoplophobia!

Jeffery P
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Jeffery P

The daughter is living in her father’s house and should follow his rules or live elsewhere. That being said, this advice is hideous. Don’t indulge irrational fears.

Shannon Henshaw
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Shannon Henshaw

Nwo agenda is already I motion mass i.magration,takeing gun rights SMH white we waiting for

Bill
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Bill

The irony is that the columnist speaks the truth when she says, “Divergent thinking is a good thing, as long as we lead from a place of respect.” But she is merely parroting good words, apparently. Respect means, “We disagree, but you can live your life as you choose, and I will live my life as I choose, and neither of us will seek to interfere with the other.” This allows differing people to have friendship nonetheless, but it is a difficult place for radicals to live. Liberal-minded (non-tyrannical) conservatives tend to allow others to have their views and their… Read more »

Mark Antos
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Mark Antos

It’s the father’s house and she should respect that he wants no guns to be in her possession hile she lives in his house. I have found that gun ownership fosters responsibility. The woman is 24 years old and should exercise her rights in a place of her own. I don’t read into this as the father disrespecting the daughter or destroying the family or the relationship. If she gets a place of her own, she can do as she likes.

c hunt
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c hunt

I lived at my mother in laws home and she asked me to not have my gun in her home. The problem I was a fulltime police officer , required to carry 24 seven by my department . My mother in law fianally understood that I had to carry and she was alot safer as a single widowed mother with son in law with a gun in the home . In rural areas police cannot get to your home in a matter minutes . Respond times range from 30 minutes to 1 hr in rural areas. SO GUNS in those… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

I live a half a block from the Sheriff’s office, half a mile from the PD in a town a mile across and I still know it could take minutes when seconds count. Reality: If you are being attacked and your life in in danger then you will need that armed response before you even have time to pull the phone from your pocket much less dial 911 and a long time before the 911 operator could even pass the address on to the local PD officer to respond. If they are at another call, home for dinner, at a… Read more »

James Copeland
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James Copeland

She can move in with me and have all the guns she wants

Oldvet
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Oldvet

Does she have a boat ? Send picture of boat .

Mike
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Mike

LMAO ,you guys think a lot like me.

Bob Sadtler
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Bob Sadtler

Once again, Harold, you make GREAT points, a compelling argument, and then, you lose it all on a false premise. This was a terrific article, and all your points were 100% valid. Then (as always) at the end, you try to tie this to the, “back the NRA, right or wrong, cuz its all you got” argument. If you left that one small paragraph out, this article would have been bulletproof. I like your style! Just stop making excuses for a corrupt, foundering garbage scow. You have a lot to contribute. Put your efforts to the right means.

James Russell Bailey
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James Russell Bailey

Harold Hutchinson, I got to tell you Hal, while in theory and philosophically I agree with the sentiments of your article and your intent, you are not basing your hopes in reality, but in some esoteric possibility that the culture at large is actually capable of understanding logic, empirical evidence from government sources and academic sources, and they’re both willing and able to utilize them all to come to a rational conclusion. This is no longer possible in our society, just as it was not possible in 1860 or in 1939: we have reached a Crux Point politically, culturally, and… Read more »

Barry Hirsh
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Barry Hirsh

BAD daddy! BAD!

Bob Sadtler
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Bob Sadtler

This piss-poor disgrace for a father needs to be found and publicly outed as a bigot and a failure as a father!

JohnBored
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JohnBored

Might be that the daughter should have a firearm to protect her from her father. The guy sounds a little bit too protective and controlling. Of course anyone, especially a guy, who seeks advise from a newspaper columnist is pretty screwed-up. I think the young lady should move out and let “daddy” stew in his own juices. Regarding H. Rap Holder, our erstwhile Attorney General, I can think of no one that is more racist in his actions toward Americans in general, especially whites. He oversaw the “fast and furious” operation which was an attempt to brain wash the public… Read more »

MG
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MG

Its wise to assume that the letter never existed in the first place..

Its standard practice in the advice col industry to prevavicate..

Harry Edmunds
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Harry Edmunds

I posted the “advice” column here, word for word, two days after it appeared in the Colorado Springs Gazette. So, the issue is real and not “made up” fake news.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Harry E, it could be fake if Amy sent in or had some third person send in the letter. Amy was looking for a chance to “virtue signal”.

Renov8
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Renov8

Harold is a sell-out…this never happened. Another fake story.

Randolph Duke
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Randolph Duke

Really? I found this story on multiple outlets.. When I defined the search query to the exact title 3,390 items returned in my search.

Vanns40
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Vanns40

Please cite proof that the story is false and has been debunked. If you can’t why did you comment?

Renov8
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Renov8

Its all BS…any fool can see thru the charade put on by this so-called”advice column” Has anyone noticed the BARAGE of fake news stories and the hits the gun community, along with those who support gun rights are taking? Are you thinking that might be a coincidence? Do you think maybe these “stories” are all coordinated to hit at one time? If you answered NO to any of the above, chances are you would write into an advice column looking for your manhood when it comes times to making a decision about “your” kids. Unbelievable…

Mr. Bill
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Mr. Bill

Keep in mind that the battle against the 2nd Amendment is the battle against the entire Bill of Rights.

joefoam
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joefoam

I have to call BS on the whole story. What kind of parent seeks advice from a columnist? I would imagine it was a staged request by a ‘friend’ of Amy’s, giving her the opportunity to air her views on guns.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@joe f, Yes, particularly after the purported writer had made and executed his decision on his own.

Robert Lucas
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Robert Lucas

Thanks for the historical video of Holder, Pre-Barry Soetoro’s regime. They continue upon their misleading lies and intentional misdirection. Let us not forget one subject of their legacy during Barry’s administration. Eric Holder, Obama’s attorney general, broke the law by deliberately sending guns to Mexican drug lords and ignoring a contempt of Congress charge with impunity. The ATF “Fast and Furious” scheme. The under mining of the Constitution through selective brain washing is borderline sedition. The Framer’s/Founders warned us of these enemies. If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction… Read more »

hippybiker
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hippybiker

I wonder if this foolish man would feel differently if he had to view his daughters mutilated and dead body at the mourners?!

William Flatt
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William Flatt

Harold, you can’t play a “long game” when you’re talking about the enemy propaganda corps (MSM). You KNOW that this father (a libtard leftist) was selected of all the letters out there precisely because the enemy propaganda corps’ agenda is to support Leftist tyranny at all costs and by any means. You can’t negotiate or reason with them. And that man’s daughter would do well to move out, keep her guns, and break off all relations with the statist prick that reared her. It’s a testament to her inner strength that she didn’t turn out to be a hoplophobic libtard… Read more »

Spurs6
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Spurs6

So we have a libtard writer, answering a libtard whiner on libtard media about a women who has chosen to protect herself with a handgun. If the whiner doesn’t want guns in his house, that’s as much his right as the gal has to exercise her right to own a gun. I agree it’s tragic that a father would abandon his daughter over an issue like this but as a libtard, he has no other option. Libtards put their feelings and emotions ahead of God, love, parental responsibility, civic duty and anything wholesome. They are inherently selfish and self serving.… Read more »

Sam Adams
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Sam Adams

Contract law the use of the words “shall” or “shall” not is quite different from the use of the words “will” or “will not.” The former is mandatory Behavior and the latter is optional Why this is not brought up in any court case all the way to the Supreme Court I do not understand. The government is under a contractual requirement not to infringe upon the right to keep and bear arms and that is any kind of arms. We are not going to get relief in legislatures nor in the courts. Civil Wars the order of the day… Read more »

Lee
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Lee

You are confusing the dichotomy between “shall” and “may”. Will denotes an affirmative action, not an option.

Further, contract law derives from the Constitution. The Constitution is not subject to contract law.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Lee, You attempt to describe a dichotomy between “shall” and “may”, where none exists. Then write about “will”. Allow me to assist, the dichotomy is between “can and may”. Regarding “will and shall”: as Mr R Duke writes “shall” means mandatory. And as SA writes “will” describes a potential or optional future event .

Randolph Duke
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Randolph Duke

BS. Shall is a command term. Period. Shall means you will do it. Shall not means you cannot do it. Period

Todd
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Todd

Sounds like this young woman has an irrational wussy for a father. Why does he feel the need to lock his bedroom door at night? Does he believe that evil .40 caliber, semi-automatic weapon of choice of criminals is going to walk into his room one night by itself and murder him? The daughter would be much better off living away from someone that’s so delusional.

Glen Sallee
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Glen Sallee

I was bothered with her attitude when I read the column. I do agree the father has the right to forbid guns in his home. His house his rules. I could his attitude and Amy’s hysterical, knee jerk, and typical. The daughter ought to have asked permission before bringing a firearm into her dad’s residence. She’d be safer living on her own anyway.

Gunner98
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Gunner98

Her residence also, her right to be armed and safe.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Glen S, what if the daughter paid a nominal sum as rent? Or did chores around the house in lieu of payments? What if there were an implied, but unspoken agreement that the daughter would help with the parent’s health or future health issues? Here is a hypothetical: Daughter knows that she is the heir when Dad dies. If he has a stroke and is lying on the floor she could summon help immediately, but then she may not inherit as soon. Or she could “discover” him too late, and inherit sooner. Was there an understanding that daughter would do… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

Most interesting and dark hypotheticals!

Susan Monroe
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Susan Monroe

Jim Hovater said it.

Dan Fryling
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Dan Fryling

Not only that, she is completely ignorant about guns and ammo.

Sumer
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Sumer

Since when does the second amendment squash a home owners rights? The parent did not want his adult child having a gun in their house. She gave approximate advice.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Sumer, she included false information and used the opportunity to spread propaganda. BTW the property owner has Second Amendment Rights, and the right to exclude that comes from ownership. The daughter has Second Amendment Rights. Neither “squash” the other.
The very structure of the question evidences a lack of basic knowledge of your society’s systems.

Jim Hovater
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Jim Hovater

‘Amy’ was totally irresponsible, unprofessional, and unethical in her response. She allowed her own personal prejudices to influence the decision of someone seeking genuine ADVICE.

MG
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MG

There is nothing unprofessional in that. In fact its the very definition of advice columnist.

Now actual therapist do have ethical standards…and many have ethics as well,but the first does not imply the second.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

A really good example of the anti gun propaganda machine. Even so, it’s all made up so the people should be defenseless. It would be more than difficult to get rid of the U.S. as long as the people are armed. Yamamoto was asked why he did not invade the U.S. He answered “there would be a gun behind every blade of grass.” Think about that for a min!!! In 1936 Hitler registered and then confiscated guns “for a kinder, gentler nation”–and the world lived happily ever after. Brainwashing the population out of their constitutional rights and freedoms is just… Read more »

Michael J
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Michael J

I seldom take seriously these social columnists, but like a good comic strip they have entertainment value. The fact that Amy Dickenson has a huge following of people who idolize and heed her every word are the same people that swallow fake news without question. She has become much like that of politically outspoken actors, using her platform to promote her personal bias with one way dialog. Her column ceases to be one of help and advise but an editorial page rant.