Former Brady Campaign President Dan Gross, Stands with Second Amendment Supporters

Opinion

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- In an amazing twist that was somehow completely overlooked by most of the nation’s media, Dan Gross, who served for 6 years as president of the gun control advocacy group, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, joined thousands of Second Amendment supporters at a rally on the West Lawn of the nation’s capital in Washington DC.

Not only did Gross express support for Second Amendment rights and respect for gun owners, but he also criticized gun control groups for intentionally and dogmatically demonizing guns and gun owners, while focusing on restricting guns instead of saving lives.

In the past, there have occasionally been lobbyists and politicians who abandoned pro-rights groups or positions to express support for some form of gun control, and those defectors typically received significant media attention for their actions.

But here we have the president of one of the oldest and most prominent gun control organizations in the country, publicly rebuking his former employers and reversing his own longstanding position, with no more than a yawn from the dominant media.

Gross’ remarks are available on multiple YouTube channels and were covered in the “conservative” and “gun press,” including here on AmmoLand News, so it’s not hard for anyone interested to see exactly what he said.

As a member of the 2nd Amendment Rally Organizing Committee, I interviewed Gross before we agreed to invite him to the rally. I found him to be sincere in his commitment to the right to arms, if not quite as devoted to the full extent of the protections the amendment provides. At least he’s open to discussion and learning.

There’s a possibility that Gross came out in support of the Second Amendment as a publicity stunt, looking for exposure and support for his new effort that focuses more on the responsibilities involved in gun ownership than on additional government regulations, and I’m okay with that. Gun ownership carries significant responsibilities, and as long as those pushing the message of responsible firearm ownership aren’t advocating for government intervention into the lives of gun owners, I welcome them to the discussion. I might not agree with everything that Gross decides to promote, just as I don’t always agree with the actions and positions of established gun rights groups, but “iron sharpens iron.” Discussions, even arguments, over philosophy and the best approach to the right to arms are a useful and productive process, unlike shouting and foot-stomping.

The 2nd Amendment Rally was, overall, a huge success.

We gathered over 2000 rights advocates on the Capitol lawn on very short notice, and without funding or active support from any of the major advocacy organizations. We brought together some 30 speakers representing a wide array of perspectives and approaches, all fiercely advocating against the creeping encroachment of government regulation on our fundamental right to arms. We were respectful, cheerful, and more diverse in terms of race, outlook, and lifestyle than the dominant media would ever admit.

We used technology to send our message far beyond the couple of thousand in direct attendance to thousands more virtual participants watching the live stream, and still, more who have and continue to watch the archive footage online, making this one of the most widely seen Second Amendment events ever held.

The core theme of the rally was the message that “You Are the Gun Lobby.” It is and must remain the core message of the pro-rights movement. You can’t rely on some group – any group – to protect your rights, and just sending a few dollars now and then does not get the job done. You must take direct action in the form of calls and letters to elected officials, and involvement in getting the right people elected. It’s also critical that you engage with friends and family, with clear facts and by demonstrating a strong example of responsible gun ownership.

Efforts to spread the truth about gun owners and gun ownership into non-traditional communities – women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, LGBTQ folks, and people of every political and religious persuasion – depend on you. We need everyone to know that the Second Amendment protects THEIR rights, just as it protects our rights. The Second Amendment is for everyone, and we need everyone we come in contact with to feel welcome and appreciated as a fellow rights supporter. The right to arms must transcend our differences and bind us together under a single banner and common cause.

Don’t let other differences and disagreements get in the way of what really matters. The right to arms is universal. Christians and Jews and Muslims and Sikhs and Hindus and Buddhists and atheists and everyone else, have the right to defend themselves and their families from criminals and from oppressors. We don’t have to agree on the path to Heaven or road to enlightenment, but we can all agree that life is precious and worth defending.

Democrats and Republicans and Socialists and Libertarians and Independents and members of every other political party or philosophy, can agree on the right to arms while disagreeing on virtually everything else, and that agreement is the common ground on which personal relationships and mutual respect can be built.

Sure, it’s hard to understand how someone could be a supporter of the Second Amendment and also be a supporter of Beto O’Rourke, but they undoubtedly exist. The trick is to focus on the former rather than the latter. Embrace the agreement rather than focusing on the difference, and you might have a chance of changing their mind about their choice in presidential candidates. If instead, you focus on the difference, you not only have virtually no chance of influencing that choice, you run a very high probability of pushing that person away from support for rights, by making them feel unwelcome. That’s not how we win in the long run. For more insights into this sort of thing, check out the new podcast from my “liberal” friend Sarah Cade and Jon Hauptman. I think this is going to be a very useful series.

The Second Amendment belongs to everyone, and we must let everyone know that because we need everyone supporting it if we ever hope to secure our rights.

It wasn’t that long ago that some of the most dedicated defenders of the Second Amendment in Congress were Democrats, and gun rights legislation could pass with bipartisan support. That’s not the case today, but could be true again at some point in the future, but not if we push away Democrat gun owners.

That’s why I welcome Dan Gross into our fraternity. He can’t hurt us, and he could potentially help us immensely. He can help us to understand our opponents better, and that’s always useful. The most important thing though, is that we can only win this fight by increasing our numbers. Rejecting and offending people who could be our allies is just foolish and self-defeating.

You Are the Gun Lobby. Your activism, your example, and your influence are what will make the difference between winning this fight, or sliding down the slippery slope of never-ending, incremental gun control.

The 2nd Amendment Rally Organizing Committee has disbanded, and all of our records are being deleted, as we promised they would be, but a new committee is already forming to hold another rally next year. Start planning now to be part of its success, but more importantly, start acting now to own the title of “the Gun Lobby,” and lead the way into a brighter future.


Jeff Knox
Jeff Knox

About Jeff Knox:

Jeff Knox is a second-generation political activist and director of The Firearms Coalition. His father Neal Knox led many of the early gun rights battles for your right to keep and bear arms. Read Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War.

The Firearms Coalition is a loose-knit coalition of individual Second Amendment activists, clubs and civil rights organizations. Founded by Neal Knox in 1984, the organization provides support to grassroots activists in the form of education, analysis of current issues, and with a historical perspective of the gun rights movement. The Firearms Coalition has offices in Buckeye, Arizona and Manassas, VA. Visit: www.FirearmsCoalition.org.

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Operator Z
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Operator Z

The apostle Paul who wrote 1/2 the books in the New Testament used to murder Christians. People change as they learn a better way. Not everything is a conspiracy.

Neanderthal75
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Neanderthal75

This is why I recommend the book of Hebrews to pretty much everybody across the political and religious Spectrum; a highly educated doctoral-level professor promoted logic, empirical evidence, common sense, and facts, to Advocate his arguments.. Saul was responsible for somewhere between 500 to 5,000 Brothers and Sisters in Christ being murdered for their faith in Christ, either directly or indirectly. Paul was responsible for the founding of many churches, at the behest of the Holy Spirit and laid the seeds for the Salvation of thousands upon thousands of sinner’s. Same person, but different man, biblically speaking. Saul was faced… Read more »

StWayne
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StWayne

For the life of me I can’t see why someone can’t see the error of their ways, and change their mind. That is in fact Christian doctrine. If someone could explain to me, to the readers of Ammoland, what Dan Gross can do by “infiltrating” whatever it is you think he’s infiltrating, that he can’t already do from within his former position, then please, get specific. Inquiring minds want to know. I am of the mind that you can get more flies with honey, than you can by clubbing them with harsh criticism.

JIAZ
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JIAZ

Infiltrator: someone who takes up a position for the purpose of espionage, an intruder with hostile intent

Doc
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Doc

The fact Mr. Gross was head of such a virulent organization spreading half-truths, falsehoods, and outright lies makes me very suspicious of his motives. I would have to know his reasons before I could believe his sincerity. Until that time, I would not trust him.

Rich
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Rich

I wouldn’t trust the guy any further than I could throw him. He’s simply gathering ammunition for his liberal anti-gun position; in political circles it’s called espionage, covert operations, that has one goal in mind: to gather as much damaging evidence as possible. When you know your enemy, inside and out, only then can you beat him.

Justista
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Justista

Do you remember Beto O’ Rourke telling Texans they have every right in the world to own a AR-15? He did. Look at him now. He wanted them then, just wanted votes more.

UncleT
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UncleT

When I see people SWITCH SIDES, I think of John Kasich and Mike Dewine of Ohio who have been trying to screw gun owners for the last 5-6 years. Both supported the 2A before they were against it, you have the Buckeye Firearm Ass endorsing both and even after they stab gun owners in the back in Ohio, BFA still endorsed them. And they still endorse Dewine and Husted who have multiple gun bills now they are desperately trying to pass. Including Red Flag type laws that will include Alcohol use can be used to confiscate your guns. You have… Read more »

USA
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USA

UncleT, I am of the opinion I would only trust somebody to speak for me that knows an infringement when it is before them and not afraid to call an infringement out regardless of who may be offended. Best as I can count there are about a dozen pro gun Republicans and the rest are simply following orders like good puppets. I am on the Codrea plan that if a person can’t be trusted with self defense then they should be locked up or have a caretaker so Codrea can speak for me and if Wild Bill wanted to speak… Read more »

RoyD
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RoyD

“A little leaven leavens the whole lump.”

cav2108
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cav2108

Are you serious? Talk about the fox guarding the hen house . . . . . . . . Who thinks THAT would be a good idea? What’s next? Shall we get some Chinese State Security guys to guard the US National Laboratories? Hire the former DNC Chairman to be Mr. Trumps personal secretary? Adam Schiff’s nephew as White House Chief of Staff? What moron thought this was a good idea? “Stands with 2d Amendment Supporters”? I wouldn’t let him stand with the playing of the National Anthem; no danger of THAT for sure.

StWayne
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StWayne

Let us embrace all who are welcome! Shun them, and all you do is add numbers to the left’s radical cause, and, it’s for sure that it’s a numbers game we fight as much as it is a war of ideology. I’d much rather throw my political arms around someone who supports the 2A but with a few caveats, then to deliver them to the left’s doorstep swaddled in vitriol. In the beginning Christianity was a numbers game as well that had to turn a blind eye to those things they disapproved of, in order to garner influence with their… Read more »

Rock
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Rock

What do they say about a Leopard changing it’s spots ???? What is the REAL reason behind his sudden change ? Brady campaign PRESIDENT for 6 year to INSTANT pro gun supporter…..
I would be very, VERY cautious, this wouldn’t be the first time the anti gun morons have sent in a “MOLE” …

USA
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USA

Rock, A less than coherent study of the federal government reveals traitors throughout to include a fake illegal alien President (Barry) who were in the process of null & voiding so to continue leaving the door open is a lesson less learned for sure. If it was not for being subverted we would not be here today trying to take back what was illegally stolen. I say waterboard the guy.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

I hope he’s on the up and up. We’ll see. Love is freely given but trust and respect must be earned. Once either has been thrown in the trash can of socialism, communism and/or the left, it’s very difficult to earn back. Too many corrupt politicians remain in office. Too many oath disavowers remain in office, on the bench or on duty as enforcement people. Want my trust? Earn it.

Arm up, carry on.

Will
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Will

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

PatriotUnitDeath
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PatriotUnitDeath

Antonia Okafor from EmPOWERed2A, Joins GOA as Director of Outreach. Another plus for the 2A and gunowners moving US in the RIGHT direction!
https://youtu.be/EX_3GY50qhg

Will
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Will

@Patriot,that’s really great news. GOA continues to get stronger and more powerful by the day. Since the NRA destroyed itself by betraying members and the 2A,GOA is proving they are top dog now!

USA
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USA

Odd that it reads “or sliding down the slippery slope of never-ending, incremental gun control.” with 25,000 illegal gun laws on the books to include lists of prohibiteds, lists of gun owners through permitting and background checks, registration requirements and straight out confiscation and somehow were sliding toward incremental gun control. Boy, if that’s sliding toward it I wonder what it will be like once we have arrived at the destination. Is Gross willing to do jail time for the illegal laws he supported that got Americans locked up and the decades of tyranny he supported against America? We are… Read more »

USA
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USA

Additionally, My level of support for Gross will coincide with the support he gets from those who he helped to lock up and I would like to hear from those people so can we do a survey of people incarcerated by laws supported by Gross? I’m guessing Gross will garner more support from those who have not done hard time from his tyranny and I’ll bet you a dollar there are many more of those people than there are of folks who will support Gross right now today from the current gun community.

PatriotUnitDeath
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PatriotUnitDeath

Now if we can just educate and get a good number of the other anti-gunners to turn the RIGHT way!