The Gun Rights Movement is Not Violent

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Virginia Gun Rights Rally 2020 Protest Activists NRA-ILA

January 19, 2021 (Ammoland.com) –On the eve of a Presidential inauguration that will take place behind unprecedented security after our Nation’s Capital Building was attacked by a small band of violent and destructive rioters, several leaders with the gun rights movement, feel it is important to make this clear.

Since the incursion that temporarily interrupted the certification of the Presidential Election on January 6th, some journalists, media pundits, anti-gun activists and even a small number of elected officials have attempted to tie the Gun Rights Movement to the reprehensible acts that lead to deaths that day and fear of further violence this week. These claims are unfounded.

No gun rights organization or recognized leader called for violence on January 6th.

Political Violence goes against the heart of the gun rights movement. The Second Amendment protects gun rights in order to provide for defense. The gun community has denounced violence tied to protests throughout 2020, as we also condemn the violence and destruction of property at the US Capitol in January 6th without equivocation.

As early as the afternoon of January 6th, the President of the Second Amendment Institute International, Tyler Yzaguirre, who lives in Washington, DC, posted publicly, “Today there was an illegal and unprecedented charge on the U.S. Capitol. You have the right to “peacefully” protest. Not to put the lives of Members, police officers, and your fellow Americans in danger.”

Second Amendment Organization’s Executive Vice President, Rob Pincus, has vehemently denounced the violence and posted early during the gathering at the Capitol, “I’m sincerely hoping that this protest remains peacefully disruptive.”

Alan Gottlieb, Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, stated that the small band becoming violent at the US Capitol “…disturbed me greatly.”

The list of gun rights movement leaders who have shared similar thoughts is extensive. There are an estimated 100 Million Gun Owners in the United States with over 400 Million Guns. Less than 1000 rioters entered the US Capitol and not one of them fired a single shot. As David Yamane, a Professor at Wake Forest who studies Gun Culture, observed in his rebuke of a recent article in The Atlantic attacking our movement:

“As easy as domestic terrorism is to commit, few gun owners turn to insurrectionist violence.”

It should also be noted that there is only one political cause that unites all gun owners: Gun Rights. No action being undertaken that day at the Capitol was specifically related to gun rights. The violent mob were only a very small percentage of the people gathered in DC for political purposes that day. They were certainly not us.

Members of every political party and position are Gun Owners in the US. Organizations in our community represent gun owners of various faiths, lifestyles, races and interests. Every State has a gun rights organization representing its residents, most have several. The Second Amendment protects the rights of all Americans, regardless of political party, vote or position on any issue… and we respect everyone’s right to hold differing opinions and express them peacefully. At this time of great division in our country, we call for unity amongst all gun owners in the fight to protect our gun rights in the future, regardless of who you voted for or how you feel about the 2020 Election.

A Statement this week from the 2A Rally group, which held a peaceful 4-hour event at the US Capitol in 2019, by working with the US Capitol Police Special Events Division, included the following:

Responsible Gun Owners know that violence is an act of last resort, not to be engaged in out of anger or frustration.

All Gun Owners should consider how their actions might negatively affect our movement. Anyone who feels compelled to protest over the course of the next week should take advantage of their First Amendment Rights lawfully and respectfully. We believe that peaceful protest should be focused on demonstrating strong support for a cause and educational advocacy, not intimidation, towards those one hopes to influence. “

We agree fully.


About the Second Amendment Organization

The 2AO (Second Amendment Organization) is a nonprofit, non-political, grassroots organization with a focus on engaging, educating, and equipping all shooters, firearms owners and pro-Second Amendment businesses in order to protect and preserve the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 2ao.org

About Guns For Everyone National

Guns for Everyone National is a national non-profit organization that certifies firearms instructors, operate national & local firearms competitions, and provide training, including courses in personal protection, in small arms safety, use, and marksmanship. gfenational.com/

About the Liberal Gun Owners

Liberal Gun Owners is a 501c4 Non-Profit Organization which has a two-pronged mission. Our first prong is to provide continued support for the reasonable, center-to-left firearms owner with constructive community platforms for enjoyment, education, business support and specialized training. Our second prong is to operate under what we call “simultaneous proponency”: which gives American society a substantial example of an innovative organization that works to strengthen both firearms ownership rights and improvements to public safety. liberalgunowners.org

About The Firearms Coalition

The Firearms Coalition is, as the name suggests, a coalition of gun clubs, state and local rights organizations, and individuals committed to preserving and restoring the right to arms.  Since 1984, The Firearms Coalition has provided timely news, analysis, and assistance with political and legislative strategy, to our members and the public. firearmscoalition.org

About the National Association of Sporting Goods

The NASGW was organized in 1953 and incorporated in 1954. The NASGW is the organizer and sponsor of the NASGW Annual Meeting/Expo Event. This annual event provides an unmatched educational, marketing and communications opportunity for the hunting and shooting sports wholesaler, manufacturer and sales professional. The NASGW annually recognizes manufacturers with Manufacturer of the Year Awards and works to Promote the common interest of the sporting goods industry. nasgw.org

About Walk The Talk America 

WTTA is a 501c3 formed in 2018 by firearms industry professionals with a goal is to raise awareness and create a change in the misunderstandings regarding mental illness and firearms by bringing together industry leaders to reduce gun violence, negligence, suicide, and the trauma created by these events.  WTTA Develops programs to reduce firearms involved suicide, prevent firearms negligence, mitigation of trauma in the aftermath of violence and increase child safety around firearms. Wtta.org

 

 

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RoyD
RoyD
1 month ago

Will: Just how does one do that. Not that I have posted anything I would delete but you never know. I am truly interested in how you do that.

RoyD
RoyD
1 month ago
Reply to  RoyD

How did my reply to Will end up at the top of the page. Very curious.

mlhtd51
mlhtd51
1 month ago

When those in Government Break the Law,……..There is No More Law, Just a Fight For Survival.

wil
wil
1 month ago

have you read your comments? you want them to believe you are not violent, by actually threatening to become violent (but it will be their fault?).

please tell me that’s not the case people!

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  wil

Committing violence and claiming it is not the fault of the violent criminal is ridiculous. That is the point you are making, correct?

wil
wil
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

im saying the response to the accusation in the article is a lil self fulfilling.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  wil

Struggled with that one, didn’t you?

wil
wil
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

nope! was just a small roadblock to the point I think you were trying to make.
my answer would be why does Sweden have as many guns per capita or more, but they manage to have almost no mass shootings… and to the extended point…if you throw someone in the mud and make them live there, they will adjust and it becomes the norm.

easy peasy!

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  wil

Look at the definition of “mass shootings” – put together a list of the individual incidents to get to the total number reported by the media. What do you see?

Also, look at the total number of people killed and wounded – what percentage is “mass shootings” of that total?

People were not thrown in the mud – they made decisions.

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wil
wil
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

if you micro analyze any data you can pretty much make it what you want.

different environments produce different outcomes. my point there is an absolute set of systemic “racism rules” that have affected different races in this country to differing degrees since it’s inception. anyone has a right to believe as they wish good “the bad” and everything in between. but none have any right to any supersede or oppress any others existence

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  wil

No one should oppress anyone’s existence.

Choogie
Choogie
1 month ago
Reply to  wil

Don’t think so Pal. Eventually someone is going to crawl out of the mud and put a fist in your face and the rest is HISTORY.

wil
wil
1 month ago
Reply to  Choogie

you know in this analogy you were NOT in the mud, right?

ShooterOne
ShooterOne
1 month ago
Reply to  wil

Sorry, I don’t go for the violent destructive actions either. I do have a question though. How do we know when to become violent, when is it too late? The Second Amendment clearly states “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”. They are already infringing on it.

Do we wait until they show up at our doors to confiscate our protection? I don’t know about everyone else but that is too late.

wil
wil
1 month ago
Reply to  ShooterOne

what have “they” taken so far? trump took bump stocks and obama apparently made it legal to cc in national parks.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  wil

Open, concealed, whatever. Wyoming residents can do either in Yellowstone thanks to Barack Obama.

Republican politicians deserve to be criticized for advancing never-ending gun control and Barack Obama should be congratulated on taking a step in the right direction.

Choogie
Choogie
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Barack Obummer Never did Anything for this country except cause division among everyone in it.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Choogie

I’ve never voted for a Democrat – I’ve always voted for Republicans. However, I frequently had to hold my nose because so many of them participate in creating never-ending gun control laws and do things to increase the size, scope, cost, and intrusiveness of government. I disagree with Obama’s broad policy initiatives. However, he did sign into law the bill that allows carrying firearms in National Parks (there are some specific details related to this, so I encourage people to understand those details before carrying in National Parks). I won’t disregard that fact because disregarding facts gets people into all… Read more »

wil
wil
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

lol…good one!

you’re not looking at the bigger picture, and I note you said “I won’t disregard THAT fact” as in you admit to disregarding other FACTS. that’s where hypocrisy comes in and we retreat to opposing corners. why not oppose those fact with an argument that includes the fact as a fact.
numbers are good for getting a snapshot of a much broader picture. they don’t necessarily reflect all situations.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  wil

Unbelievable.

wil
wil
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

I was shocked too…I was amazed to see something that was actually clever come from YOUR side…you actually made me laugh!

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  wil

wil, you should not be shocked – rule #32, enjoy the little things. Politics is not like a piece of paper with two sides, it’s a dodecahedron, with 12 sides and all sorts of interesting alliances between the sides. On one side are Sovereign Citizens and QAnon folks (when they mate, their offspring are especially entertaining: trust the plan, wait for the big reveal, do nothing on your own, London corporation, gold fringe, I’m not driving, I’m traveling, etc.). But they are generally pro 2nd Amendment, so ok – let’s just agree on that (and back away slowly). On another… Read more »

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wil
wil
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

politicians know that all too well and use the multi-sided die against us. the simple answer is there is no “one way”. if you’re an extreme anything you’re a fascist but probably don’t realize it, and claim its ok in the name of whatever cause you believe yourself righteous.

the sad thing is it usually takes a major tragedy for people to realize that its all small stuff. if I could live to 200 yrs old, life is too short, a sunrise/sunset still happens on a rainy day.
.

Finnky
Finnky
1 month ago
Reply to  wil

@wil – So you say any extremist is a fascist. Please explain how being extremely egalitarian and extremely supportive of Liberty and individual rights makes me a fascist.

I eagerly await your response. It is always interesting to observe the contortions and illogic you use to justify your positions.

wil
wil
1 month ago
Reply to  Finnky

wait, wuh?…is that like being extremely against rape or pedophilia, murder or otherwise asking citizens/people to refrain from making other citizen/people do things they don’t consent too?
way to come rushing in the room and throwing yourself on the sword of injustice.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Will – 1/22/21:
“There is such a big difference in disregarding facts and disregarding bullshit! Some people tend to think because they believe something to be true it somehow becomes a fact! NOT! Personal views and opinions never equate to a fact! Facts have to be proven!!!”

Response to Will:
Why are you writing this to me – do you disagree with something I said?

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

I see Will’s posts have been deleted again. I have this picture of him going to the store, buying exclamation points by the case (to get the discount), going home and realizing that might be dangerous (like an alcoholic buying a handle of vodka instead of a pint), and putting them in a glass cabinet labeled “break in case of an emergency.” He makes two posts that are relatively sane, and then flips out, breaks the glass, grabs a fistful of exclamation points and goes nonlinear. A couple minutes later he reads his own posts, laments his indiscretion and deletes… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Will (1/22/21):

“You truly are a fucking idiot! Maybe you and little wil do have a lot in common. I have deleted my comments every couple of days for years. With the nonsense you spew you might consider that too”

Response:
Are you regretting you didn’t buy two cases?

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JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Oldvet, just to clarify, who is the devotee to that party line?

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Thanks – it gets a little difficult to follow when there are a lot of posts and it became especially confusing with Will’s post to me about facts.

Peace.

Larry
Larry
30 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

It’ll be a cold day in hell when I congratulate 0bama for any part of this. G. W. Bush lifted the 25-year-old ban on carrying loaded guns in national parks as he was going out the door in December, 2008. The gun-grabber groups immediately judge-shopped an injunction on the change, ostensibly because “no environmental impact study had ever been performed” on the environmental effects of concealed carry in national parks. Riiiiiiiiight. Congressional Republicans took the question out of the courts by jamming the change into legislation, as an amendment to a must-sign credit-card reform bill, which 0bama then signed. Because… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
30 days ago
Reply to  Larry

I know.

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
1 month ago

Thanks to the spasm on January 6th, we now need to argue with people that the gun rights movement is not violent. That’s certainly a hard task, given that the Ammoland comment section is full of people calling for outright civil war. Yes, all gun owners really should consider how their actions might negatively affect our movement.

Finnky
Finnky
1 month ago

@CF – I do not call for civil war or violence. Society has come a long ways since 1860’s. Women are equal and independent members of society, and (far as I know) all states allow “no fault” divorce. When a split becomes necessary for whatever reason, it is best to just split property and move on. No fuss and certainly no violence required. If democrats continue push division and persecution in the name of “unity” – there is no real reason that the central states should not simply separate from D.C. No need for war, we can just negotiate how… Read more »

Larry
Larry
30 days ago
Reply to  Finnky

My dad, Aesop, had a locust problem on his farm once. Choosing negotiation over war, he decided to let the locusts have the fields on the south side, but not the north side. The problem was that this did nothing to actually keep the locusts from coming over to the north side.

Once he realized that nothing but battle would serve, and how to fight them, he realized he had lost over half his farm for the sake of a foolish hope, and had placed himself and his family into a weaker position for the battle to come.

Oldvet
Oldvet
29 days ago
Reply to  Larry

Larry … Excellent analogy !

Larry
Larry
30 days ago

Nothing says cognitive dissonance more than a group of people who fight like h*ell to preserve the Second Amendment, a right of revolution against government tyranny, while trying to assure their opponents that they’d never actually USE it.

Ej harbet
Ej harbet
1 month ago

I am not by nature violent,i really would prefer to reach the end of my life trail without harming my fellow man.but there are red lines i have that if crossed will force me to fight. Alexander hamilton said “if the sword is once drawn,the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation.” I firmly believe that those people are going to push too far and it will go very badly for them
And scar the souls of those of us who survive.

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dave399
dave399
1 month ago
Reply to  Ej harbet

You are right. I see it coming. I don’t think Biden is going to last long and President Harris is going to be a real problem.

Oldvet
Oldvet
1 month ago
Reply to  dave399

kumswollow may not be the problem , I get the feeling there may well be another dark horse lurking in the shadows ! Notice how obiteme is following obung hole’s pattern ?

Oldvet
Oldvet
1 month ago
Reply to  Oldvet

Maybe call it a shadow president .

Finnky
Finnky
1 month ago
Reply to  Ej harbet

Well said. First rule of fighting is survive, winning if possible. As Patton said (~), best patriotism is not dying for your country, it is making the other guy die for his. If violence is started it would probably explode across the country and result in situations making the French revolution look like a picnic. I too will bend over backwards, grovel or whatever to avoid violence. I am a giving, nonconfrontational, and extremely non-violent man. However if pushed to point where violence is required – a rule to keep in mind is that a dead man posses no threat.… Read more »

Finnky
Finnky
1 month ago
Reply to  Finnky

@Oldvet – A risk I’m willing to take, though I make efforts to reduce the risk. I am not pushing those who attack our rights in any manner likely to inspire violence. While I have weak interpersonal skills, I do have a good sense for when someone is likely to break. Just wish the anti-civil rights groups had similar sense. Just to be clear, are you suggesting we introduce mass violence into the equation? I have found that manners, I smidge of humbleness, apologies and occasion complements can end most disagreements. Have mostly avoided the crazies for who makes it… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Finnky

Oldvet, Finnky seems to be indicating he will do everything reasonable to avoid a deadly encounter with LEOs and national guard (both of which groups include young Texan veterans) who are just following any and all orders resulting from new anti-gun bills signed into law by Biden. Conversely, internet puffery may just encourage LEOs to dig in their heals and become even more authoritarian. There are hundreds of videos available to see how those interactions typically go. Do you think potential hostilities will be between average citizens (e.g., elderly Texan veterans who support firearm ownership rights) and BLM, Antifa, and… Read more »

Oldvet
Oldvet
30 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

JSNMGC…Don’t think finnky really understands what he is saying. I have said that antifa will be the enforcement arm of the communist party . They are multi national and will be bussed in to create havoc , ie riot in DC ! Pre planned with the intention of blaming Trump with the objective of preventing Trump from ever holding office again . Antifa would be used as in Portland to attack and intimidate anyone not cowtowing to the party line (brown shirts) ! Trump may very well take the majority of the republicans into a new party … (Patriot Party… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
30 days ago
Reply to  Oldvet

Oldvet, Sorry for the delay. I agree that Antifa is controlled, at least to a large extent, by the more radical elements of the Democrat party, and they are in favor of totalitarianism. They turned-off the mostly violent riots within two days of Chris Cuomo’s interview indicating the riots were not polling well. The Antifa movement also includes some wacko anarchists who will get crushed as soon as they serve their purpose. I also agree they are used for intimidation. They pushed it about as far as they can and did so mostly in Democrat controlled areas. Democrats despise acts… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
30 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

That’s unfortunate – too much censorship going on these days. I hope you didn’t take my comments the wrong way. Some of the finest people I have ever known, and some of the finest Americans I did not know personally, were in the military. Also, some of the most authoritarian politicians America has ever had have been military veterans. There are good and bad people in all professions. Politicians will pass more gun control bills and Biden will sign them into law. At some point, LEOs (many of whom are veterans) are going to have to make decisions on whether… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
29 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Oldvet, I saw that pop up yesterday and responded.

I agree BLM/Antifa are being used, and many more of them should have been arrested and prosecuted last year, but a large percentage of firearm owners are not really that concerned about them.

On the other hand, those government employees with guns who will follow any and all orders are concerning.

Oldvet
Oldvet
30 days ago
Reply to  Finnky

Finnky …You wear a mask to protect some one else…what about those masks that have a valve to let air out ? Would you wear hearing protection to protect someone else’s ears ? How does that work ? Would you wear goggles to protect someone else’s eyes ? You are already on your knees saying Yes Sir , No Sir , Doing what I’m Told Sir !!!

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Oldvet
Oldvet
30 days ago
Reply to  Finnky

Finnky …The communist party will take your concessions as weakness and demand more ! Just like you have been reading about their definition of compromise !

Finnky
Finnky
29 days ago
Reply to  Finnky

– No, but I think I may have driven by the university of spoiled children once or twice.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
1 month ago

Well it’s rather obvious the president, his second whore and the whore media pumped up how violent those dam republican terrorists are and that is why they needed the national guard because we were going to storm the inauguration and start the civil war. NOT!!!!! America should clearly see now that we are the civil people of our country and that it is the socialist communist demoncrat Antifags that are still burning and destroying our country just like they did our capitol in D.C. on the 6th. Not the republicans. What gets me is how liden stated multiple times that… Read more »

Ej harbet
Ej harbet
1 month ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

The funny thing is after they were sure that we weren’t going to scrag them the made the national guard move from the office space into parking garages. These theives are begining to think they have escaped consequences

Quatermain
Quatermain
1 month ago

“This principle is that there is a bottom line that must be faced squarely if the state is not to become all- powerful and usurp God’s primacy. We must recognize that there is a bottom line if we are to have real freedom of thought and action at the present time – even if, happily, we never reach that bottom line. If we have not faced the possibility of civil disobedience, if needed, our thinking and action at the present time will lack the freedom they should have….Simply put, the Declaration of Independence states that the people, if they find… Read more »

Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
1 month ago
Reply to  Quatermain

UNITED STATES corporation is not a government and DC is not part of the USA. It is a foreign city inside sovereign states ultimately the enemy of USA that is the Vaticans stronghold, in essence a Castle. It’s why the military is still there because they have seized hostile ground within our borders. Biden only rules DC not USA, he is the President of the UNITED STATES corporation not the President of the USA. Stick around and watch how this plays out because were going to love how Trump restored the original republic and it’s founding documents. That pile of… Read more »

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Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
1 month ago

Still trusting the plan, I see!