Massachusetts/United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- Senator Elizabeth Warren is riding pretty high in the polls for the Democratic nomination – and that means we need to take her seriously. This includes her latest proposal to inflict injustice on those who seek to exercise their God-given right to keep and bear arm: A total ban on suppressors.
The reason for the ban, according to anti-Second Amendment extremists, is that suppressors make firearms more dangerous. That’s a lot of nonsense. If anything, suppressors are something that would enhance the safety of firearms for the nearly 100 million Americans who lawfully use firearms.
For a quick summary, loyal Ammoland readers should be aware of the Hearing Protection Act. This legislation, introduced in March of this year, sadly has no chance of passage, given the fact that anti-Second Amendment extremists are in control of the House of Representatives. Suppressors, when combined with other modes of hearing protection, would reduce the risk of hearing loss for those who exercise their right to keep and bear arms.
We have seen a big focus on making a number of sports safer for children and young people. Football has been a primary focus of this effort, but it has spread to other sports as well. Why not try to make the shooting sports safer for them as well, especially when it comes to protecting their hearing? Does Warren think that people deserve to lose their hearing because they like target shooting or hunting?
Warren’s agenda of injustice to law-abiding citizens goes beyond the absurd suppressor ban. It’s sweeping, and it does not address those who misuse firearms, it targets law-abiding citizens. It includes a ban on modern multi-purpose semi-automatic firearms, licensing, gun rationing, and a host of other unjust infringements.
Warren, though, does not stop with attacking the Second Amendment. She is also targeting the First Amendment. Her agenda includes emulating Andrew Cuomo’s unconstitutional attack on the National Rife Association. In addition, she is also targeting Wells Fargo, the one major bank in the United States that is resisting efforts to financially blacklist companies and organizations that help people exercise and defend our right to keep and bear arms.
To enact her agenda of injustice and to further empower an army of Lois Lerners, Warren also intends to end the filibuster for legislative measures and to pass new restrictions on the right to petition lawmakers for the redress of grievances. The filibuster is what served as a crucial backstop in stopping a ban on modern multi-purpose semiautomatic firearms in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.
It may be frustrating for Second Amendment supporters who want to see repeal, or even the first steps towards reducing the burdens on law-abiding citizens who wish to exercise their rights, but we should keep in mind that Warren’s desire for its elimination comes from a place that seeks to make it easier for her to strip our rights away. Prudence and a modicum of tactical and strategic competence dictate that we should ensure she does not get the chance to carry through on that threat.
As of this writing, the RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Warren is ahead in Iowa and New Hampshire, running a close second in Nevada, and is also second place in South Carolina. Second Amendment supporters need to be prepared to talk with our fellow Americans to convince them to support our agenda. This requires careful consideration of how we come across and which approaches we use to explain things to our fellow Americans.
Should Warren win the Democratic nomination in 2020, the stakes will be extremely high. Second Amendment supporters should work today to make sure her calls fall on deaf ears a year from now.
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.