How Second Amendment Commissars Make it Easy for Bloomberg to Take Our Rights

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How Second Amendment Commissars Make it Easy for Bloomberg to Take Our Rights

United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- When Second Amendment supporters are fighting for our rights, the exact nature of the fight can be very different. There are times when we are trying to make the biggest gains possible. Other times, we are simply fighting to keep the damage to a minimum. While the ultimate objective is the restoration of our Second Amendment rights, the fact the short-term objective will vary means that proper strategy and tactics are essential.

But then Second Amendment supporters face one big difficulty when trying to defend their rights. It comes from someone who shares the same objectives, but who seems to think “no compromise” means not giving an inch – even rhetorically, when a different technique might be better. They act as self-appointed commissars, and much of their time and energy is spent on denouncing Second Amendment supporters for being insufficiently pro-Second Amendment.

Historically, Soviet commissars were placed there to ensure the loyalty of those who were there to fight for their country. The need for commissars was, of course, a bit of irony that was lost on Soviet leaders who thought they had created a paradise on earth (they hadn’t). But commissars often forced Soviet troops to keep fighting, even when it was pointless, and nothing was to be gained.

Second Amendment commissars don’t cost lives. However, they are something that can cause us to needlessly lose battles, especially over the long term. Their tone and rhetoric often uses precisely the wrong approach when it comes to dealing with our fellow Americans, especially to those who have concerns touching on Second Amendment issues (here's a newsflash to those commissars: Because of the First Amendment protecting the right to freedom of speech and freedom of the press, the Second Amendment is up for debate). They often talk down to anyone who they feel doesn’t have sufficient zeal in protecting the Second Amendment. Of course, anyone who is volunteering time, money, or both to defeat anti-Second Amendment extremists IS showing greater-than-average commitment to the Second Amendment.

They make it easier for the media to get away with the double standards they apply in coverage on Second Amendment issues, often by providing just enough to make the media BS stick. As a result, the hard work done to make even incremental changes that improve the situation vis-à-vis our Second Amendment rights can be undone very quickly. It’s a form of strategic incompetence that is all too often whitewashed as “standing on principle.”

Meanwhile, those who are doing hard work trying to protect our rights get vilified as “Fudds,” compromisers, and sellouts, whether they are with NRA, GOA, Firearms Policy Coalition, or Second Amendment Foundation, by the self-appointed commissars who never have to face the music for having aided Bloomberg. It is enough to make some get very frustrated and give up.

That is bad enough, but remember how the vast majority of the media operates with a double standard. But when the media gets done with what the Second Amendment commissar does, it makes many of those Americans who were on the fence much less willing to hear us out. As a result, anti-Second Amendment extremists can make themselves look reasonable, even when promoting Australia-style gun control.

The fact of the matter is that we did not see infringements on our rights buildup overnight. This was part of a long-term plan by those who seek to strip our rights away. They were good at it, too, leveraging their support in the media and Hollywood. Eric Holder wanted to brainwash Americans against guns. And one way to do so is to highlight those Second Amendment supporters who stridency over strategy and tactics.

This is why Second Amendment supporters need to be mindful of how they come across. They need to have their facts down pat, and they need to be willing to deal with situations as they are. They also must not give up, even when those who loudly proclaim common cause set their efforts back.


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Harold Hutchison

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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USMC0351Grunt
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Harold why don’t you go get a job as a drag queen in Las Vegas? I mean it’s better than trying to convince people that you’re a journalist!

option31
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option31

The reason people compromise is because they do not have effective arguments. When you start out the 2nd gives us rights ….. you’ve already lost and you may as well wrap it up and go home. The Constitution nor the Bill of Rights give us anything. They are restrictions on govt not me. If you read the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th they all have similar language – the peoples right – which means we had rights before the govt was formed which if you read just the Declaration of Independence you would already know that govt is not the… Read more »

Eric
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Eric

Wow this article is straight out of the NRA manual. Compromise away your rights, because otherwise they will take them all. How about just saying “NO YOUR NOT GOING TO DO THIS”, and if you try, there will be real world consequences? I have NO PROBLEM dragging a politican out of his ivory tower, and tar and feather the treasonous fucker. IF You violate your oath and attack our rights you are a traitor plain and simply, apparently the only people who dont understand that are, lawyers, politicans, liberals, and the NRA, …oh and HAROLD,….bless his little heart!

Geary
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Geary

No compromise! Compromise is what got us with our backs up against the wall.

I will say we can use less of a small number of people walking into Walmarts with AR’s on their shoulder.

Xaun Loc
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Xaun Loc

I wish Amoland would identify authors in the links they send out advertising these articles. That way I could skip all the trash from Harold Hutchinson since I already know everything he is going to say: “There is no god but the NRA and Wayne LaPierre is his prophet.”

Will
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Will

@XL,you’re exactly right !

Rob
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Rob

Well forgive the hell outta me, but one “compromise” after another is how we got in the mess to begin with, Harold. I’ll be damned if I’m giving up one more solitary inch to these scheming nut jobs, and as a matter of fact I DEMAND that all current infringements be nullified on the grounds of their unconstitutionality, and would go so far as to say anyone who would write or enforce such infringements is guilty of nothing less than treason. If that sounds like Commissar rhetoric to you then maybe you’re on the wrong side of the fence there,… Read more »

Country Boy
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Country Boy

Sorry OP, but I have removed the word “compromise”, from my vocabulary in 2nd A rights a long time ago. Either you are 2nd A all the way….or you’re not.

A few more “compromises” with the anti gun dems and we’ll compromise our 2nd A Rights, right out of our hands.

tomcat
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tomcat

Harold still gets comments and that is part of his job!

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

So Harold admits at the end of his rant against those that believe in our natural and inalienable rights are right, because all of the compromises done in the past have only resulted in incremental losses of our rights. That conclusion refutes his claims in the prior seven paragraphs that we need to compromise. Did he not know what his conclusion was when he first started his rant? Is he showing a new leaf or did he just make a mistake in his conclusion? I can only hope that this exposition led him to a new understanding and affirmation of… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Heed, Harold needs an editor to delete all the “compromise, surrender, give up and … Second Amendment supporters need to be mindful of how they come across.” language for him, before he submits his article.

USMC0351Grunt
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Which means Harold would be posting BLANK articles?

Graham
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Graham

What the heck is this moron doing writing this kind of CR1P on this website??
Sick of reading his BS
Seriously @admin you need to consider removing his “contributions”, I’m not talking censorship, simply remove him from your roster of writers, of which you have many good contributors.

Everything he writes just stinks of “fudd” or perhaps “bloomberger”

Grow up harold, go get a job at WaPo or NYT perhaps

gregs
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gregs

I’m with you, when I read the byline and it is Harold, I just scroll down to the comments. I am sick of reading the tripe that comes from his keyboard.

TexDad
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TexDad

Trying to make your detractors sound simple minded and bull-headed doesn’t make your argument any better.

You are right about one thing, we didn’t see infringements on our rights build up overnight. We have a long history of compromise to thank for that. Or should we call that tactics and strategy?

No one needs the kind of help you’re offering, Harold.

Stag
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Stag

This sounds like it was written by a Butter/Fudd aka the people who have been willing to negotiate our rights away for the past century by allowing “just a little” infringement here and there. Butters and Fudds are a cancer to the 2A, as well as the rest of our rights, and they’re worse the any anti-gunner.

JPM
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JPM

Okay, now I’m convinced, Harold is the illegitimate love child of Pelosi and Bloomberg and a sleeper agent for the Brady Campaign, or just plain stupid. You cannot compromise when it comes to principles or the God-given rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights or you have lost the war, not just a single battle!

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

Most humorous!

Considerthis
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Considerthis

Harold seems well versed in how Communism works.
But he still seems to be confused about how freedom works .

Will
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Will

That’s because Harold is a complete moron.

Will Flatt
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FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, HAROLD, SHUT UP ALREADY ABOUT STRATEGERY!! WE ARE TIRED OF YOUR NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN LOVE OF COMPROMISE AND APPEASEMENT!!!

NOT ONE MORE INCH. WE WILL NOT COMPLY. THIS IS THE RED LINE THEY SHOULDN’T CROSS, WE WILL RESPOND IN KIND – NUREMBERG RULES APPLY!

tetejaun
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tetejaun

The Second Amendment is NOT “up for debate”.
It is the ONLY Right with a rock-solid command of “..shall not be infringed”.
Any action to limit, control, deny or regulate the Right is unlawful and unconstitutional.

Yet, Americans kneel and obey the unconstitutional ‘gun control laws’.

On April 19, 1775, the government agents came to collect arms & ammo from Americans at Concord, Massachusetts.
When commanded to hand over their guns, the Americans SHOT the government agents.
Today, Americans comply without a second thought.

Will Flatt
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tj, when you have people like Harold Hutchinson who are willing to trade liberty for security, give up your rights a slice at a time in the vain hope that the antigun tyrants will not take the whole damn thing all at once, it’s no wonder that we’re losing our rights like a leaky faucet; drip, drip, drip… Honestly I do hope that the Left goes Full Stalin and actually tries to take all the guns, because then we can finally go weapons-free and engage the enemy. I know that sounds a bit much, but incrementalism is KILLING US, and… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@tt, You always start out well, but you can’t seem to resist adding some manipulative verbiage at the end. No up click for you!

tetejaun
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tetejaun

They restrict, limit or deny our Second Amendment Rights because screaming yellow coward Americans REFUSE to do their Constitutional Duty and fight for their Rights.
Instead, Americans kneel and lick the hand of the tyrant as they obey unconstitutional ‘gun control laws’, telling the tyrant “Take my Rights, you are my master”.
Tyrants love those of weak spines.

wolfzatDawn
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wolfzatDawn

Actually, I strongly disagree with the current approach. It has done nothing but lose of fundamental 2nd Amendment rights, like a killing by a thousand cuts. IF, all 120 million gun owners would stand up and shout MOLON LABE, this crap from the left and the right would stop. Not one person would have to die. But, as it stands now, if you want to keep the Bill of rights a Civil discourse will need to happen. Are we sheep or wolves in sheep clothing?

JIAZ
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JIAZ

“Appeasement only makes the aggressor more aggressive.”

Dean Rusk

Green Mtn. Boy
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Green Mtn. Boy

Perhaps Harold would have better luck writing for fellow travelers at some Leftist rag.

Will
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Will

@GMB, Harold would probably even irritate those scumbags. If Ammoland ever shit canned any of there contributors,please put this dumbass at the top of the list.

Will Flatt
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Maybe, but I somehow doubt it, I don’t think he’s “woke” enough for the commies to accept him. He would probably do best at some RINO establishment neocon rag like the Spectator (oh wait, never mind, all of Bill Kristol’s publications have tanked).

MAYBE Harold would be a good speechwriter for a RINO POS like Marco Rubio or Lindsey Graham…

JMR
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JMR

Really, comparing second amendment advocates to Soviet commissars?

Lord, with “friends” like this, who needs enemies.

Will
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Will

I’m tired of responding to Harold and his bullshit !

Will
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Will

JOIN GOA ! The only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington !