Winning The Fight Beyond Elections and Legislation

Corporate Tyranny Shameful Harassment
Corporate Tyranny Shameful Harassment

United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- One thing is becoming more and more clear – the legislative and political arenas are now only part of the overall battle over our Second Amendment rights. While Second Amendment supporters have done well in those arenas, including making the Supreme Court reasonably pro-Second Amendment, the new arenas threaten to outflank the gains in the political and legislative arenas.

These arenas include, but they are not limited to, corporate gun control, leveraging pop culture, Silicon Valley censorship, and social stigmatization. The fact of the matter is anti-Second Amendment extremists have developed their plans in case they suffer a substantial reverse in the Supreme Court. The right ruling would strike down anti-Second Amendment legislation and secure the legal rights we seek, but those rights could very well be a dead letter.

Let’s start with corporate gun control. The wallet has always been the Achilles heel of the firearms industry. When Andrew Cuomo was quarterbacking big-city lawsuits against gun manufacturers, the goal was to force companies to choose between accepting settlements that forced them to agree to the agenda of anti-Second Amendment extremists or go bankrupt from massive legal fees against dozens of plaintiffs.

This new corporate gun control is operating on the same principle – at least where banks and financial institutions are concerned. The goal is this: Maybe they can’t pass a law that prohibits manufacturing modern multi-purpose semiautomatic firearms, but if banks deny business to those who make AR-15s or component parts, then the AR-15 will eventually fade away – without any laws passed to ban it. Even if it isn’t a bank, a company like Salesforce can force a licensed dealer to choose between an expensive change in software or acquiescing to an agenda.

Silicon Valley’s censorship is just as threatening as corporate gun control. Social media and the internet have become crucial for Second Amendment supporters to not only get facts out, but to coordinate their activism and to help each other out. Shut down the voices, though, either through a one-sided application of rules of conduct, and all of the sudden, Second Amendment supporters are cut off. This is what Instagram is doing with its new rules, for instance.

Meanwhile, anti-Second Amendment extremists are leveraging pop culture. Think of it this way – Hollywood stars generate press, even when they are not at the A-List levels of celebrity like Angelina Jolie or Meryl Streep. In fact, these days, it’s about getting press for those who have seen better days, like Alyssa Milano. In the fierce competition, anti-Second Amendment advocacy can help an actor or actress get work and keep a career going. It would also include what gets included in storylines on hit TV shows.

That celebrity power then helps generate the social stigmatization of gun ownership and Second Amendment support. That social stigmatization has been a long-time goal, going back to Eric Holder’s famous desire to “brainwash” Americans against guns. In this case, it is about making it so painful to defend our rights that you choose silence and acquiescence rather than lose out on promotions, being the outcast in your neighborhood, or even seeing your family face being berated – or worse.

The fact of the matter is that while the political and legislative battles to defend our rights are important, they have never been the only battles we have to fight. This is why the approach we choose to defend our rights matters and why we have to be mindful of how we come across. The ultimate battle we must win for our Second Amendment rights is in the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans.


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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Arny
Arny
7 months ago

Just one ? That won’t take long to fill.

loveaduck
loveaduck
7 months ago

There is nothing extreme in this article. He’s right on the mark………….for once.

TEEBONE
TEEBONE
7 months ago

A great way to convince independents and “on-the-fence” people is to point to the impeachment debacle and ask them, “Do you really want THIS kind of government? Never vote for Democrats, or anyone else whose lust for power supersedes their respect for your constitutional rights.”

BowserB
BowserB
7 months ago

I’ve from time to time tried defending Harold, but I give up. I’m tired of pushing his arm away every time he aims to shoot himself in the foot. He is just wrong here. The real answer is so simple to say, but so difficult apparently to achieve. VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE 124 million gun owners can swing every election at every level, except for a few in CA, NY, and NJ, and a few around the country where the vast majority is uninformed welfare class. We can own this country again and really make America Great again. With… Read more »

OldJarhead03
OldJarhead03
7 months ago
Reply to  BowserB

Yes, there are enough gun owners to matter in an election, however “gun owners” are not a monolithic group. Plenty of people who don’t own an AR or a Glock don’t care, because no one is “coming for their shotgun”. Also, many gun owners are not single issue voters, they will vote for their health care, vote for their union, vote for the “D”, or some other non gun issue first. Many of the rest don’t care that it is a right, and buy into the leftist BS that the 2A is for hunting (which is really mean and icky).… Read more »

TEEBONE
TEEBONE
7 months ago
Reply to  OldJarhead03

They’re called “Fudds”, and justly so, despite Harold flinching at our use of that term.

Calling a spade a spade, speaking truth no matter how uncomfortable it is, is a principle we should NEVER abandon.

GAMtns
GAMtns
7 months ago

Let’s look at the big picture. The Marxists are masters at social disintegration and control as we’re in the midst of it right now. I am sure you’ve read the evil deception in Alinsky’s 12 rules. Since the media, schools, universities, corporations and most churches have been infected with the disease of Marxism, that means the people who have been impacted lack both insight and a critical thinking skill set. Therefore we have been losing at the ballot box in cities and suburbs. When we react impulsively with anger instead of a calm determined resolve, the progressives have been conditioned… Read more »

StLPro2A
StLPro2A
7 months ago
Reply to  GAMtns

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the… Read more »

TEEBONE
TEEBONE
7 months ago
Reply to  StLPro2A

Difficult to argue with that, but to accept your treatise is to give up.

And I AIN’T GIVIN’ UP.

Graham
Graham
7 months ago

“He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.” and “was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine”

Wonder if he pisses folks off there too. I don’t think he reads the flack he gets. Probably doesn’t even own a firearm.

I wish the editors of this news letter would warn who wrote it before having to open the article.

I value the Bill of Rights, all of it, best to just ignore him.

Does anyone know WHO is behind or the owner of Ammoland?

donfranko
donfranko
7 months ago
Reply to  Graham

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

swagger
swagger
7 months ago

It’s sad to me that so many of my fellow patriots can’t see the value in what Harold is saying. No, we shouldn’t have to do certain things to protect our rights, BUT WE DO. Public sentiment is as important for effective activism as the Constitution is. If a large majority of citizens are hoodwinked into believing that they’d be better off without the 2nd, guess what will happen. It’s not hard to understand. There’s a difference between compromising and being aware of how your messaging will be received and interpreted, and tailoring your message accordingly. YOU WANT PEOPLE TO… Read more »

TexDad
TexDad
7 months ago
Reply to  swagger

The rub here is that many of Harold’s problem statements are on point, but then arrives at the polar opposite of the right solution. If you trying to present a case to a gun control sympathizer, sure, find effective ways to relate the facts to them.

If instead you intend to defeat oppression, we stand together and simply say NO. We do not consent, therefore you have no authority.

loveaduck
loveaduck
7 months ago
Reply to  swagger

Right on the money but many here can’t see it that way. Real thought is required to stay firm but be calm in our statements and actions. The other side is using words to get action done. Surely we can do the same, only better. I am not a one issue voter and most of us think about more than guns when we fill out our ballots.

Arny
Arny
7 months ago
Reply to  loveaduck

Keeping my guns is number one issue with me. Just to many criminals in this world. And most of the dangerous ones have armed guards.

TexDad
TexDad
7 months ago

Again with the specious reasoning. It all tracks until you get to the end, and… Wait, what’s his conclusion?!?

No. We will stand firm. Enemies will back off or suffer the consequences. A softer approach only invites more attempts to oppress the free.

Harold, please take your self-defeating nonsense and go away.

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
7 months ago

Since the writer of a private entity such as Ammoland isn’t under the guise of the First Amendment, I guess it’s okay not to allow him to voice his opinion? Whether or not you agree with his style of journalism it’s ultimately up to you to read it or not. Silencing the freedom of speech regardless of content is the beginning of censorship. If you don’t like the program, change the channel or simply turn it off.

TEEBONE
TEEBONE
7 months ago
Reply to  MICHAEL J

I understand his point, but I believe he’s incorrect. Using the “positive reinforcement” method simply doesn’t work with people who don’t GAF what you are saying. They must be smacked in the face with reality and truth, and SHAMED into getting their minds right.

loveaduck
loveaduck
7 months ago
Reply to  TEEBONE

And those on the fence will see your actions and walk away. “In your face” is often not the way to prevail in this.

Finnky
Finnky
7 months ago
Reply to  loveaduck

@loveaduck – Smacked in the face with reality & truth – not just smacked in the face. You are correct that if we go to violence – we lose. However what @TeeBone said should be read as presenting contrary information in a clear manner so that any but the most fanatical can understand it. No need to push shame on anyone as anyone worth their salt will be shamed enough once they understand what a dupe they’ve been.

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
7 months ago

OK ALL YOU AMMOLAND READERS, HERE’S THE DEAL: I’M POSTING A PETITION FOR AMMOLAND TO DUMP HAROLD. I’VE SEEN ALL YOUR COMMENTS AND HOW MUCH YOU’RE AS IRRITATED BY THIS PIMPLY FACED BRAT AS I AM. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SIGN AND SET US FREE FROM THE WEAK KOOLAID HE’S BEEN PEDDLING HERE FOR SO LONG:
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I will post this petition link in the comments section of every article that Little Harold publishes on Ammoland. If you best me to it, you’re free to post the link as well.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
7 months ago
Reply to  Will Flatt

@WF, First let me say that I do not agree with Harold’s positions. Second, I want to apologize for disagreeing with you. But I can not and will not advocate for a person loosing their job, this close to Christmas.

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
7 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

I get that, but by the time anything happens on this, it will be next year, guaranteed. Sorry, but I’ve reached my limit of this insufferable little turd.

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
7 months ago
Reply to  Will Flatt

Asking Ammoland to stop publishing HH’s crap is not denying 1A rights; he is free to peddle his BS elsewhere. But his sycophantic love of WLP and the NRA is but one of 1000 reasons why he ought to go from Ammoland. Nobody’s silencing him of preventing him from writing, just asking him to go elsewhere!!

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
7 months ago

HAROLD YOU FUCKING JACKWAD! I TOLD YOU TO JUST SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND WALK AWAY!! BUT DID YOU LISTEN?? Of course not… because YOU CAN’T PAY ATTENTION!!!

JUST STFU & GTFO. SERIOUSLY. AS OF RIGHT NOW, WE’RE GONNA DEMAND THAT AMMOLAND FIRE YOU. HEAR THIS AMMOLAND??? WE WANT THIS WITLESS WONDER GONE!!!

loveaduck
loveaduck
7 months ago
Reply to  Will Flatt

Who’s “we”? Got a mouse in your pocket? There’s a reason the 1st Amendment is the first.

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
7 months ago
Reply to  loveaduck

Shut up, phuckaduck. Harold is no friend of 2A and he is free to peddle his NRA sycophantic koolaid and “be nice to the enemies of liberty” BS elsewhere. Any outlet that carries the content of far better men like David Codrea don’t need dregs like HH.

nrringlee
nrringlee
7 months ago

OK, step one. The definition of fascism is the bonding of corporate power with state power. I know most republicrats hate it when I say that but it is true. Corporations are dedicated to one proposition and one proposition only: profits. And they will chase profits at your expense. Secondly, while we are on the subject of corporate and government power one must realize that not only nature but markets abhor vacuums. Innovators will fill any gap created by government and corporate antitrust collusion. That is, after all, why we have such a thriving illegal drug market in this country.… Read more »

TEEBONE
TEEBONE
7 months ago
Reply to  nrringlee

BINGO!!! And THAT should be the primary ammo in our quiver contemporarily.

Pelosi & Co. have dropped their shorts and shown everyone their ass. Thank you, Ms. Speaker!

Let’s take that and shove it into the faces of deniers.

Ansel Hazen
Ansel Hazen
7 months ago

I’m not at all comfortable with the graphic used at the top of the page. I know if I were facing down some tyranny or oppression that AR would be in front of me, not slung over my back.

Ansel Hazen
Ansel Hazen
7 months ago
Reply to  Ansel Hazen

“It” 🙂

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
7 months ago
Reply to  Ansel Hazen

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Will Flatt
Will Flatt
7 months ago
Reply to  Ansel Hazen

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Will Flatt
Will Flatt
7 months ago
Reply to  Ansel Hazen

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Finnky
Finnky
7 months ago
Reply to  Ansel Hazen

@USA – And their I was wondering about the Gumby like flexibility. Thought the AR was slung on chest and red figure was bending backwards to see who was threatening him…
Guess it would never occur to me to sling an AR on my back. Don’t they belong in front or slightly to the side where they are read to hand as well as more secure?

Finnky
Finnky
7 months ago

– Harold is right. We need to fight on all fronts simultaneously. IF confiscation turns into a shooting war, we need to have convinced the majority from opposing us to sitting out or even helping us. Afterwards, whatever that means, we need to continue protecting rights – which requires enshrining support in the majority. Support may be lukewarm and reluctant – but if you piss off 99% of the population to point where they’d rather see you dead – you will end up giving them what they want.

JIAZ
JIAZ
7 months ago

“The ultimate battle we must win for our Second Amendment rights is in the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans.”
Harold Hutchison

Old Saying:
”If you’ve got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.”

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
7 months ago
Reply to  JIAZ

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