The Importance of Understanding the Opposition

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U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- A while back, Ammoland did a survey of pro-Second Amendment groups. This is a crucial part of understanding the political and legal landscape that pertains to Second Amendment issues. If you know the groups involved, you will be able to find ways of supporting the Second Amendment.

The fact is, contrary to the assertions of certain self-appointed commissars, there are numerous ways to defend the Second Amendment. Some Second Amendment supporters will want one group that doesn’t just fight in the legislative and political arena, but which also provides a wide variety of other services for law-abiding gun owners. They’d want to join the National Rifle Association. Others may prefer Gun Owners of America for its single-minded focus on legislation and politics. Still others, favoring work on the legal front, may pick the Firearms Policy Coalition. Folks seeking educational materials may turn to the Second Amendment Foundation, which also does good legal work.

The fact is, there are many organizations defending the Second Amendment, and our survey could only touch the surface. Second Amendment supporters will pick the group or groups they wish to support, depending on what approach they wish to take. The same is true for those who seek to strip our rights away.

Just as Second Amendment supporters have used their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble to form organizations to pursue their cause, those who oppose our freedoms have done the same. A number of anti-Second Amendment organizations have emerged over the years. While their tone and approach may differ, they all want to restrict your rights – and their end goals are not that far apart.

But just as each organization that seeks to defend the Second Amendment has a different approach to doing so, the same can also be said for the groups that seek to infringe on our rights. The fact is, just as our approach needs to be altered when addressing the concerns of our fellow Americans, the same will be true for dealing with the organizations that seek to take our rights.

Often this requires much more strategy and tactics than some would like to admit. All too often, unprepared Second Amendment supporters fail to take down the lies that these groups spew. All too often, these anti-Second Amendment groups take advantage of media double standards to avoid explaining the failures of gun control. All too often, the facts are ignored as they push their agenda.

Despite the bias form many of the largest media outlets, there is hope. If we know enough about these groups, we can figure out the techniques that can beat them in multiple arenas, whether it’s convincing lawmakers to oppose infringements on our rights, swaying fellow Americans to support Second Amendment rights, or how to effectively get the message out.

We will go over some of the major anti-Second Amendment groups and point out their history. Once you know the past and learn the lessons, you have the ability to win the fights in the present that will secure our rights in the future.


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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Get Out

The biggest irritation for me is anti-gun politicians take the oath of office to support and defend the US Constitution, then they pass laws that infringe on our 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 10th Amendments to name a few. Worse is they make threats that they’ll be infringing on our rights with no consequences of their actions.

StWayne

Saying that every law abiding gun owner is a supporter of murder and mayhem simply because they own a firearm and support the 2A, is akin to the ideas of the socialist left being a beacon of hope for what ails capitalism.

Jim

All one really needs to know about the hard corp ultra left (or worse) politicos running the Democrat and their immediate supporters is they are crazier than bat shit, totally committed to changing our country, incredibly stupid and worse of all, and make no mistake about this–fatally dangerous! They will physically kill if they have to to make their point–violence to them is just a whisper away and we are beginning to see it.

Circle8

Democraps need to disarm us before they can make us theirs slaves. The rule of life in the USA is NEVER TRUST A DEMOCRAT. Here is some information most people did not know till now. Bet you have not heard about this plan. The democrats developed a plan to impeach President Trump even before he took office and even before he spent one day in the white house. Please read this article which exposes the anti AMERICAN democrats for what they are. Hillary lost the election so like Kerry before her the democrats wanted revenge and planned to get the… Read more »

Old Ch.E.

I know them. When I was 16 my daddy and I had the talk. He said “Son don’t you ever vote for a damned democrat”. That was enough for me. Sixty years and I still haven’t voted for one and I never miss an election.

Laddyboy

Sir, I do understand the (DNC) / DemocRATic National COMMUNIST party. They MUST remove the guns from Americans who understand what a COMMUNISTIC government would mean. The guns MUST be removed so the RADICALIZED LEFT in America, ‘antifa’, ‘splc’ and groups such as ‘cair’ along with its octopi tentacles along with other FASCIST groups can create a HUGE problem in America. Only the American Militia are keeping these FASCISTS in check as of now.

Mark 2nd

I rarely post but I feel the need to now. It looks, at this time, that things concerning our Constitutional rights are going our way, BUT, we now have more opposition than ever before. There are more rich communists throwing money against us than ever before (Soros among others). We’re now involved in a battle we should never have had to fight. The Constitution is being ignored by politicians on BOTH sides of the aisle. The public is being indoctrinated into communism by the schools and media and most of them have little or no knowledge of anything the Constitution… Read more »

Darkman

As much as we seem to think alike. Your use of the concept of hoping for the best is exactly how WE got where. WE are now. I would have thought 8 years of Obama’s Hope and Change. Would have educated you on the lies inherit in the Hope concept of reality. Hope is just another word for. I don’t have the time or desire to effect the change needed. Which is exactly what those attacking the Constitution and specifically the Bill of Rights have been planning. Apathy is one of their best weapons. Using the populaces lack of Knowledge,Desire… Read more »

Mark 2nd

I don’t disagree with you Darkman, in fact I agree with you 100%. What I meant was, hope we can hold off war for long enough for patriots to get fully prepared. I should have elaborated on that. I see no alternative to outright war, I just “hope” it’s over quickly and decisively . If we lose, freedom dies with us. When the dust settles we also need to gather up all the communists and get rid of them, permanently. We need to reinstate the Constitution as the absolute supreme law of the nation. Any politicians not following the Constitution… Read more »

Darkman

Everyone seems to forget. OUR Freedom was not won with reason,understanding or even words. OUR Freedom was won at the end of a gun with a bloody bayonet attached. Now 236 years later people seem to think with Many parts of the Bill of Rights under attack.Not just the 2nd A. We the People can Protect those Rights with reason,understanding and words. What has changed to make people believe that? Society today is less civil than it was 244 years ago when the struggle for Freedom began. Morals have deteriorated far from that time.The Ideological/Political divide amongst the population is… Read more »

loveaduck

Much of what you say is true. However, the Revolution wasn’t about simple morality. It was about civil rights (unless you were black or native) and money. Our ancestors were human, not saints. Now the far left, which used to seem much further away, is trying to take over. They’re doing a damned good job! It isn’t just the 2A. It’s all of the Bill of Rights and many of our so-called State’s Rights. We need to be careful about how we present ourselves. In most cases “in your face” threats are more harm than good.

mlhtd51

“Stats Show that Criminals Commit Less Crime After Being Shot.”

Rowboat

There are only two ways to change someone’s mind – Reason and Force.
Have you ever tried to reason with a radical Leftist? Senator Ted Cruz had a civil dialogue recently with a Hollywood gun control zealot, I believe it was Alysa Milano ( sp ) she admitted that he spoke civiliy, reasonably and factually, but her mind was “probably “ not changed .
I rest my case.

Wild Bill

@Rowboat, Don’t forget bribery. Bribery is a third way!

CourageousLion

Maybe what “2nd amendment” supporters should make a MAJOR effort to reestablish the use of the first 13 words of the 2nd amendment that was lost to the “Dick” act back in 1903 with the establishment of the “National Guard” in lieu of state militias. Maybe if we realized that the word NECESSARY is only in the Constitution in ONE place and that is the 2nd amendment, and that to have a FREE STATE we must have the STATE MILITIAS in force and effect again. Not some clowns in camos running around with a pistol in one hand and a… Read more »

CourageousLion

What is it about this statement that gets NO response? Would it really be that hard to start to do this? Well maybe…

Ed

“Shall not be infringed” I believe it appears nowhere else in the Bill of Rights or Constitution.

Ansel Hazen

Think long and hard about categorizing those of us training to make sure this country remains free and governed by the wisdom of the words in the constitution as clowns running around with a pistol and a beer.

MICHAEL J

I have always wondered why I must defend my rights as to the 2nd Amendment when it’s the law of the land. That is because when politicians don’t protect one right, they don’t have to protect any. These oath breaking liars literally get away with attacking the very Constitution they swore to uphold, protect and defend. These treasonous vipers have no right to hold office and yet we continue to allow them to do so. They continue to break the trust of the American people and it seems no one can do a thing about it. The UnitedStates is a… Read more »

CourageousLion

The United States hasn’t been a nation of laws since the war for Southern Independence. And LAWS have to have one intent. To punish people who victimize others. All the “laws” on the books that have no victim need to be abolished and juries need to understand their RIGHT and DUTY to judge both the LAW as well as the facts in a criminal prosecution and determine their verdict on the outcome of that effort.

JPM

The anti-gun organizations’ leaders and members are nothing less than radical zealots, and just like religious zealots, their beliefs have NOTHING to do with the truth and facts, only what they believe to be true and nothing you say or do will sway them. You can’t win an argument using common sense with someone who has no common sense and you can’t win an argument with someone unwilling to accept the truth and facts. Arguing religion with a radical religious zealot and trying to change anti-gun people’s mind are both monumental wastes of time. Even if by some miracle you… Read more »

CourageousLion

And as far as I’m concerned EVERY ONE OF THEM are painting targets on their heads if the SHTF!

Ansel Hazen

Carl Bussjaeger is a contributor to this site on occasion. Some time ago he wrote a piece in response to the impending insanity concerning bumpstocks. The picture he paints at the end of the article doesn’t just fit with his conclusion regarding bumpstocks. I think of HANSOBS as a local solution to a national problem on many fronts.

https://bearbussjaeger.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/remedial-practical-civics-100-lesson-4-a-hunting-we-will-go/

nrringlee

OK, let’s talk about Antonio Gramsci’s long march through the institutions of society in order to impose communism from within government and on to the people vice the violent, to the barricades Bolshevik violent approach. And talk about how new left progressives of the Anti War movement in the 1960’s assumed that mantle (Hillary Rodham) and took the battle forward to create what we now call a Deep State. Let’s talk about the subversion of federalism by the Progressive movement and the fact that both major parties are Progressive parties. Let’s talk about the use of Jim Crow tactics to… Read more »

CourageousLion

Read “The Age of Reason” by Thomas Paine and then get back to us on the divine intent concept. You can find it at the DEISM website. Bet you don’t even make the effort.

Makasoul

What freedom is you think you have exactly? The freedom to own a hunting rifle, that must be within goverment regulations, and use specfic ammo the goverment tells you is ok for you to have? That doesnt equal freedom, and the right to bare arms.

Rock R

I don’t live in the Commie States so don’t know what you are talking about…. I can own any gun I want including a Full Auto… As far as ammo, I seem to be able to get anything I can afford… And if I can’t get it, I can load it…. I suggest you get out of the Commie States and move somewhere else …. TWO main reasons: First it would prove to them that all there Commie talk doesn’t work because it would only be there own kind there…. Second you could have the freedoms you talk about…. Just… Read more »

tomcat

Hey, you guys are not listening to Harold’s lessons. He thinks you should compromise with trolls and play nice,

Makasoul

I dono why people talk about about defending the second amendment like we even have it. “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Some how that got translated to you have the privilege to own a hunting rifle, that uses spefic bullets not to be made of anything but what the goverment tells you is ok, with thousands of regulations. Then add in they put you on a list for having one. So you are in legit la la land if you think that you have the right to keep and bare arms… Read more »

Will Flatt

Why do doomers like YOU act like there’s no point?? Shut up, seriously. Dividers do the dirty work of the enemy in dispiriting patriots as you have. The Right to keep and bear arms predates any government on this continent and as such cannot be legitimately regulated/controlled/limited/denied or otherwise infringed. The arguments of fudds have NO bearing on the debate except to serve as examples of what NOT to do.

More to the point, are you (and other readers here) going to stop whining and actually DO SOMETHING??? We’ll be waiting to see if you’re more than hot air.

CourageousLion

And WHAT exactly are we supposed to DO??? Do a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid stand?

Will Flatt

No, you’re supposed to organize, train, prepare, etc… and not just carp. Anyone can pitch & moan, but doers stand apart!

CourageousLion

UNALIENABLE rights can ONLY be infringed. And yes, they are being infringed on many fronts. Even “driving”, which they claim is a privilege is really your right to travel by whatever means necessary. The way to test the legitimacy of ANY Law is to ask yourself a simple question. CAN I DO THIS ACT without damaging someone in their life, liberty or property if there was no government? If the answer is yes, it is an UNALIENABLE RIGHT. Sooo…can I, if there was no government “own” a bazooka? Would owning one damage someone else as long as you were only… Read more »

Ansel Hazen

Talk is useless Harold when the other side is using the appearance of discussion whilst continuing to subvert in the background. Our Founding Fathers knew this country could get railroaded by 5th columnists. They left plenty papers detailing how they felt behind for us to guide us. “Where accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves.by abolishing the forms they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, IT IS THEIR… Read more »

Jim

an i feel BEFORE any 2020 elections we the people just MIGHT HAVE TO THROW OFF THIS NOW TYRANNICAL GOVT, AND ALSO SOME TYRANNICAL STATE GOVT S. Trump can only do so much, SHORT OF DECLARING MARTIAL LAW.
because the way things are going, SOMETHING HAS TO POP.

Wild Bill

, Why should we, the patriots, begin a revolt, now, when things are beginning to go our way? Let the radical socialists rebel, now, and get crushed by the power and logistics of the federal government. Then we will “help” restore order.
Let DJT drain the swamp, a while, and get the judiciary, Congress, and Executive on our side.

Rock R

Exactly !!!! Because if Conservatives start anything, we will be the vicious murderers trying to destroy USA… Especially by the news media !!!! If they make the first move we will only be the ones preserving society …..

Ansel Hazen

WB, I’m in Maine. I have every single rep and senator on board with sticking it to Trump. Pingree and Golden voted to move it forward. Collins refused to sign the letter that said she would stand with Trump. She is a total piece of shit the likes of McCain and Romney. King claims to be independent but always votes Dem.

Which is my long winded way of saying I don’t see things going our way.

Wild Bill

@AH, May I, respectfully, point out that your Congress persons do not represent the entire nation. Perhaps you could organize some support for your challengers to your current Congress persons. Didn’t Collins support the Kavanaugh nomination?

Nationally, Trump has gotten two constitutionalist S. Ct. justices; got us out of the Paris Climate Accord, the UN Small Arms treaty; NAFTA; China Trade Treaty; the Pacific Trade Treaty; reduced regulations; run off deep state bureaucrats (almost two hundred from the Dept. of State alone); and is hot on the trail of Brennen, Clapper, Comey, Clinton, McCabe, page and others.

Ansel Hazen

No indeed they don’t WB, and I’m saddened to have to say I don’t think any one of them represent the true Maine either. We suffer from the same problem other states have when there are some cities and a lot of rural area outside them. And yes Collins did support Kavanaugh but if you remember the hearings it was touch and go with her. She has otherwise let us down on repealing Obozocare and has been a vocal antiTrumper. Recently refusing to sign on with all the other GOP Senators pledging to stand against impeachment. Still: All of your… Read more »

tomcat

Wild Bill During his rally in Miss. the other evening he made some statements that rang dear to my heart. One remark was that we would never lose our 2A and the other one had to deal with draining the swamp. I have heard him mention, also, that conviction without due process is not good. I think his learning curve has become much larger in the last few months.

nrringlee

Well stated. There is no “conversation” with people who deny your right to live. And that is where we are now with the Progressive New Left. Funny thing is this: they have been telling us this for over 45 years. Conservative pundits and the RNC simply refused to listen. Owning the libs gets more clicks.