Don’t Confuse Tactics With Capitulation

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United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- In the wake of a horrific shooting like the one in Uvalde, the emotions and demand for action runs high. The good news is that our system of government makes it extremely hard to ram horrible legislation through in the heat of the moment absent massive majorities in Congress and control of the White House.

The fact is, while Charles Schumer may be Senate Majority Leader (a post he hopefully vacates due to massive mid-term losses in November), he doesn’t have a majority that can ram things through quickly. That said, after something like what happened in Uvalde, the tactics used to defend our Second Amendment rights need to reflect the situation as it is, not how we want it to be.

Anti-Second Amendment extremists on Twitter love to talk about how quickly Australia, New Zealand, and England moved to enact sweeping gun bans that inflicted injustice upon hundreds of thousands (if not millions) for horrific crimes and acts of madness they did not commit. So, the first move has to be to buy time and let the facts come out and let emotions cool.

The failures in the response and the security lapses are getting more attention. Second Amendment supporters need to be at the forefront in demanding accountability for the poor decisions and changes in policies and procedures.

Mitch McConnell is making the right call to have Senators negotiate right now. The more the negotiations go on, the more the emotions cool and the facts come out. In addition, there is a chance to replicate the NRA’s post-Columbine strategy. Re-read that history and learn from it.

At this point, there is good school security legislation that can be pushed as an alternative to gun bans. It also has the benefit of not even touching on gun laws at all – it actually addresses the problems we’ve seen with securing the schools children attend, and not just against mass shootings. This should be pushed hard – and the opposition of anti-Second Amendment extremists to those measures should be emphasized.

What is also essential is to not get caught in a bubble. A mass shooting at a school like those in Uvalde, Newtown, or Parkland are traumatic events. The loss of children is a deep shock. People want something done to make sure it doesn’t happen again, and in the heightened state of shock and when emotions run high, anti-Second Amendment extremists try to stampede them into acting.

The fact is, the wrong approach at this time could turn Second Amendment support into a dealbreaker for the same suburban parents who were once willing to put the Second Amendment debate aside due to concerns about school curricula. It is hard to have to tolerate the lies and to be the bigger person, but sometimes, that is what it takes to defend the Second Amendment.

Finally, Second Amendment supporters need to work to ensure that anti-Second Amendment extremists are defeated via the ballot box at the federal, state, and local levels.


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.Harold Hutchison

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StLPro2A

Agendas to politicians are like hot dogs to kids…..get ’em while they’re hot!!! “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.” – Ian Fleming This is not an “enemy in the wire” scenario. There is no wire, ala the Southern Border. For decades, the enemy has been sitting in the Command Post. Politicians are accomplishing that which armies failed at or feared to attempt, the destruction and radical transformation of America into another third rate Socialist shit hole. Our veterans and active service personnel signed a blank check for an amount “up to and including their very… Read more »

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Chuck

Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Canada are often brought up, but one thing about all these countries is that they’ve never had a recognized “Right To Defend Themselves,” that’s protected by an Amendment in their Constitution. That’s the exceptionally intrinsic in the American experience. Very little history (and now none at all) is taught in schools about all of the factors that lead to the Revolution. They hilight Taxation without Representation, the Tea Tax, the Boston Massacre and Paul Revere’s ride (which others really made), but very little is said about the British Confiscation of Arms or the Laws… Read more »

Russn8r

BS. The key to NRA’s post-Columbine strategy was testifying for “Gun Free” School Zones, a betrayal never renounced. Your strategy: Push LESS gun control, claim victory if grabbers kill it for not being enough. Real compromise, not that I advocate it, is WE get something, let’em kill OUR poison pills. NRA never tries to preempt GFSZs at the state level when we have the numbers. Instead, acts like a union rep, pushes “resource officers” like the Broward-Uvalde Cowards, as if Bankrupt USA can afford $1T/yr to put 1 in every room & the FedGov-police state isn’t already dangerously big. Against… Read more »

Russn8r

Downvoters are Oathbreakers who love “gun free” zones, want to hire a million “resources officers” instead of arming teachers & staff.

Oldman

How can you possibly know what a downvoter loves, likes, hates or finds reprehensible? I think you have caused yourself many woes by making blanket statements like this.

Russn8r

I know you live to defend Oathbreakers, big boy.

Russn8r

How many times did you upvote yourself there, “Oldman”? 8? Rebuilding your sock-posse I see.

Oldman

I didn’t know that I had one. I thought your main issue was WB, having one or two or three. Say goodnight, Snark.

Russn8r

Goodnight, Superman.

Wild Bill

Yeah, first it was Tex’s posse. Then someone else’s. Then me. Now, you. I wonder who he will guess next for this mythological troop of folks.

Russn8r

Like you’re not all lover boys. If it was so imaginary, what happened to the 30-downvote sock-team?

Wild Bill

It is still in your imagination.

Russn8r

Nah. Nice psy-try this morning though. Or are you really that gullible?

Xaun Loc

Golly gee.
One look at the AmmoLand headline “”Don’t Confuse Tactics With Capitulation” and I instantly knew this would be another screed by Harold The Capitulator

Stag

This is exactly what I thought as well.

Ed

It’s time to stand firm and not let your backbone sag like jello. This article shows nothing but a yellow streak.

TexDad

More finger wagging nonsense. You don’t feel the least bit odd about yourself when talking down to people and issuing imperatives to them on what to think and how to act? No to mention how you’re wrong. The right to keep and bear arms is not up for grabs, and we’re not going to act like it could be to gain brownie points.

Go away, Harold. The right to keep and bear arms will be better off without you.

Russn8r

The “finger wag” is Harold’s favorite part of his annual lobbyist check up.

Russn8r

His favorite thing the rest of the year.

JSNMGC

“Tactics” resulted in NRA support of the Hughes Amendment.

Orion

again, the NRA never supported the Hughes Amendment. not even close. perhaps you can cite some relevant info on where you learned this BS?

Orion

and no, im not talking about the Firearms Protection Act which except for Hughes, was a good deal for us all.

JSNMGC

FOPA is the act that was amended with the Hughes Amendment. The NRA encouraged legislators to pass FOPA with the Hughes Amendment. I’ve already provided you with the support, but here it is again (from Jeff Knox): “FOPA had been NRA’s number one priority since my father got McClure and Volkmer to introduce it in 1979. They finally got a chance to pass it (though watered down from the original) in 1986 and they were pushing hard for it. At the last minute, Hughes tagged on his machinegun freeze amendment, and Charlie Rangel slammed it through on a bogus voice… Read more »

Orion

jeff knox has been a whiny butt for YEARS! ever since his daddy lost. LMAO!

Russn8r

Whereas Lucky (La)Pierre’s butt’s always clean thanks to your talented tongue.

JSNMGC

“jeff knox has been a whiny butt for YEARS! ever since his daddy lost. LMAO!” ~ Orion

Do you disagree with Jeff’s assertion that the NRA urged Republicans to support FOPA with the Hughes Amendment?

Finnky

Love that last line from Jeff Knox. Strongly agree with it and writing my reps to ask them to point out to their democrat collegues that 1) One core principle of leadership is to not issue orders that will not be followed. Few will obey any of the terms in any of these laws, in process becoming criminals and losing majority of whatever respect they currently have for the law or for federal government. 2) Many of these are extreme enough to inspire extremists and others to take violent actions in protest. 3) Current proposals eviscerate the Bill-of-Rights, which is… Read more »

Russn8r

Your dishonest shilling is relentless, I’ll give you that. Did you learn your trade under Wayne’s desk?

Orion

me? YOU’RE the one who likes to shine his…. shoes.

Russn8r

LOL, nice try. You’re clearly Lucky (La)Pierre’s “bag” boy. Whenever his name appears you pop up to sing his praises.

Wild Bill

OMG. Same old dullard insults, different issue, different recipient!

Russn8r

OMG. Same boring deflection, different page. (!)

Once again, you’re licking up to the LaPew toady.

You’ll suck up to anyone to trash those who oppose your Oathbreaker posse.

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Wild Bill

Unworthy of response.

Russn8r

Translation: Unable to respond.

Stag

Funny how I knew from just the headline that this would be a Harold article and Orion would show up to defend it. Butters and Fudds are cancer.

Ope

More of Harold’s strategy and tactics bullshit. Blah blah blah

Orion

the anti’s have much more money behind them so we must fight smart, to wade in blindly will not end well.

Russn8r

Translation: Reach around the aisle and “compromise”.

Henry Bowman

There we go again, Harold the big head talking down to the plebs of Ammoland. Wake up!! These tyrants don’t give a damn about the Constitution, the Courts, or most particularly, public safety. But don’t take my word for it, HAIROLD, Let’s hear what Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) recently said the following about this latest push: “You will not stop us from passing [gun control]. If the filibuster obstructs us, we will abolish it. If the Supreme Court objects, we will expand. We will not rest until we’ve taken weapons of war out of our communities.” So all your ‘strategery’… Read more »

GomeznSA

Henry – if it ever becomes necessary to initiate Box #4 we WILL need a large supply of Box #5 – the Pine Box. After all, they have already threatened us with street coppers, SWAT, SEALs, Rangers, attack helicopters, armored vehicles, F15s and even nukes. It will NOT end well for any of us. I’ve been saying that #5 will be a bad thing for anyone and there will be no ‘winners’ just survivors.

jack mac

What you write likely will be true, Gomez. The freedom demanding survivers must continue to destroy those who oppose them if even by only tooth, nail, and sharp sticks until the sun explodes.

Henry Bowman

True, but it is IMHO far worse to live with a jack boot on your neck, as George Orwell put it “imagine a boot stomping on the face of humanity forever” – than to die having fought to be free. No sane individual wants war, but sometimes it’s extremely necessary, even inevitable/unavoidable. Not all soldiers in the US military would agree to kill their countrymen and cohesion in the military would shatter into a million pieces if they were ordered to kill civilians. We are facing a nascent communist government, one that was never properly elected. We see treason writ… Read more »

Buckshot

To be the bigger person? HA! That’s what’s gotten gun owners/enthusiasts/2A supporters in the mess we’re already in. I’m pretty tired of getting dumped on and losing rights due to the actions of a few maniacs. No more should be the battle cry. Enough with the compromises that aren’t really compromises.

Arny

Compromises have only hurt the rights of citizens but also the wallets (NICS). Imagine the MONEY they rake in YEARLY. And people wonder how the Govt gets bigger. lol

GomeznSA

Arny – there really hasn’t ever been a true ‘compromise’ regarding gun rights issues in which both sides give a little and get a little. We have never gotten anything and the antis have always gotten some of what they want, just not everything like they are screeching for yet again. They WILL ‘settle’ for whatever further infringements they can dupe the sheeple into ‘accepting’ this time, ‘for the children’ of course.

Wass

In this instance, as Harold suggests, if Republican leadership agrees to negotiate about school security, it’s a good thing. But how will they stave off the Dens drive to include gun restrictions, remains to be seen. In my view, if Biden and the Dems make guns an issue, in the coming election season (of course, to distract from inflation, immigration, failure in Afghanistan etc.), it will be a strategic mistake for them. How do I know? Because history shows it always is. The wide American people do indeed support the Second Amendment, elites and Dems, notwithstanding. The spread of constitutional… Read more »

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Henry Bowman

Don’t worry, RINO Mitch McConnell will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. He’s getting all his fellow RINOs lined up to sell us out.

Orion

if McConnell’s proposals dont satisfy the dems desires(and it wont), he can simply show their hypocrisy and that’s a win for us with no shots fired. of course, that’s not what YOU want. smh.

JSNMGC

There is a high probability that we will get more gun control out of this mess via the “smart tactics” for which you are advocating.

More red flag laws.

Raise the age to buy a semiautomatic rifle.

Fix NICS.

They may not get universal background checks even though some Republican politicians would cave on that as well.

Orion

the feds cant raise the age, SCOTUS has already decided that one. individual states tho is another matter…. and some already have.

Finnky

Wasn’t SCOTUS ruling on a state law? Being a scotus ruling, it applies to all jurisdictions within the nation. States may have erected such bans, but any honest court should toss them out as soon as case is brought.

Finnky

I’d be OK with fixing NICS.

It truly should provide definitive result instantly. System needs to be able to quickly provide justification for any denial, and needs ability for individuals to easily correct erroneous errors.

As for what they propose #FJB.

Russn8r

NICS is unconstitutional, prior restraint & de facto gun owner registration. Needs to be abolished, not perfected.

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Henry Bowman

Yes, we need to fix NICS, because nearly 100% of all denials are false hits. We need a different system, there have been ideas & proposals of how it can be done without needing a central database of prohibited persons. NICS doesn’t work because it requires a constant flow of new inputs to work as intended. The sort of system that protects people’s rights should be a system where anyone can find out if John Z. Doe is prohibited like a felon or mentally impaired (crazy), and not have to go to an enforcement agency or the Fibbies to confirm… Read more »

Henry Bowman

No, McConnell is a RINO surrender monkey and he will absolutely NOT expose their hypocrisy. This is partly because the Democraps don’t need outside help; they demonstrate their hypocrisy all by themselves! ‘Cocaine Mitch’ is also a moral coward and will rarely do the right thing; he needs others to stand with him before he’s emboldened enough to go on the offensive. He’s the Senate’s version of Paul Ryan or John Boener, also RINO cuckservatives.

GomeznSA

Henry – not all of them, he needs just enough and he might very well get that many. Post turtle does have an all around view from high up on his perch but can’t really what is at his feet. IOW he is out of touch with reality.
BTW it is rino – they don’t deserve the respect that all caps denotes. Just my opinion of course…………..

Henry Bowman

I consider all caps to be an order of magnitude worse than lower case… kinda like other acronyms such as POS, FUBAR, BOHICA. But I appreciate the sentiment.