Defending Second Amendment Ideals In A World That Is Not Ideal

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United States – -( In an ideal world, we would not need to advocate for our Second Amendment rights. Everyone would accept that gun bans and other gun control measures largely don’t work. We’d have laws that might punish people more harshly for using firearms when committing a crime, but that, along with a few other restrictions – very limited restrictions – would be generally accepted by the population. Defending our rights wouldn’t be hard work, because the vast majority of people would accept them and shut down calls for gun bans.

Sadly, we do not exist in an ideal world. Take New York’s reaction to New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen – and California’s, to a lesser extent. In an ideal world, we’d have seen anti-Second Amendment extremists take the hint after NYSRPA v. Bruen. Heck, they’d have taken the hint after Heller. But they didn’t; therefore, we must defend our ideals.

So, how do we defend our ideals in a non-ideal world? One of the biggest things we can do is work to defeat anti-Second Amendment extremists via the ballot box at the federal, state, and local levels this November and make similar preparations for 2024, 2026, and 2028. But there is more than just the elections; it will take a lot of hard work.

We are at the mercy of events sometimes. Mass shootings, particularly at schools, are often exploited by anti-Second Amendment extremists. Second Amendment supporters will need to be better at having some pre-planning for the inevitable media frenzies that come with the horrific events. Failing to plan is planning to fail, and good planning includes having backup plans and contingency plans for these events, with the understanding that those plans may not survive the first reports.

In an ideal world, that wouldn’t be necessary. In an ideal world, these shootings wouldn’t be happening in the first place. We’re clearly not in that ideal world – just look at Uvalde, Buffalo, and Highland Springs. That has to be addressed, and we need to insist upon the proper measures to prevent these shootings.

Remember how I said defending our ideals is hard work? That last case is just one example. Anti-Second Amendment extremists are already offering their solutions – some very extreme – to mass shootings. In many of these mass shootings, the warning signs were there, and nobody acted.

“Reg flag” laws have way too many problems on the due process front. They are rightfully opposed by every pro-Second Amendment group. But have we presented alternatives? Even with Caniglia v. Strom and Bruen, we need them. Because we are not in an ideal world, there is a need to address things like mental illness, particularly the type that manifests itself of culminates in a horrific act.

It’s not going to be easy, but when has the fight for our rights been easy in this far-from-ideal world? Second Amendment supporters simply have to accept that reality, and work to make it better.

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,, and other national websites.Harold Hutchison

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What we need to understand is that none of this is about “PUBLIC SAFETY”. PUBLIC SAFETY is the deception to force CITIZEN DISARMAMENT! The “Liberal World Order”, of which we just heard about. Klaus Schwab – Soros – The American democrat party – many leaders around the world that were groomed by Schwab and the WEF do not care about what the “Fathers of our Country” wrote into the Bill of Rights way back when. THERE IS NO ROOM FOR ARMED CITIZENS IN THEIR AGENDA! (Especially EFFECTIVELY ARMED AMERICANS!) To say that – “Everyone would accept that gun bans and… Read more »

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Roland T. Gunner

Awe jeez; just like Bob Campbell’s articles, I knew from the title who wrote it and that I did not want to read it.


The ideal of the Second Amendment is for people to be ready and able to actively confront a world that is very far from ideal. In the current climate, that is a pipe dream, sadly, and Americans are mostly just sheep ready to be herded wherever their government tells them to go, including to thorough shearing and slaughter. There is no provision in the Second Amendment for American citizens, the recognized, defending militia, to be pleading and negotiating with tyrants to please not take away our precious right to defend ourselves and our nation against tyrants and criminals, although that… Read more »


Before I even clicked the link in the Ammoland newsletter I asked myself if it was going to be a Harold Heckuba production. I was not surprised to be right and the article took the position I expected. Harold you poor deluded fool.

Last edited 26 days ago by Buckshot

One more time again for the slow learners. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms, although mentioned in The Second Amendment, is older than that amendment, the Constitution of the United States of America to which it is attached, and the Federal Government established by that document. As such, it does not come from any of those, nor is it dependent upon them. US v Cruikshank (1876) Therefore, non stop bleating from Harold notwithstanding, we have a Right to Keep and Bear Arms (RKBA). We do not have any Second Amendment rights. If Michael Moore waved his magic wand… Read more »

Wild Bill

Perfectly stated and supported. Not subject to revision!

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Defending civilian gun rights in the US will always be a struggle, if, for no other reason, opponents believe that the Second Amendment was a mistake, as articulated by late supreme court justice, John Paul Stevens. More importantly, the emphasis on opposing civilian gun ownership, by the Left (and to a lesser extant by some of the general public) serves a key purpose: While libs and leftists almost unanimously oppose strong policing, stop, question and frisk. long imprisonment for felons, building more prisons, capital punishment, or anything but the mollycoddling of perps, by supporting gun control, they can PRETEND to… Read more »


the people with armed security like the criminals to keep us occupied while they do what they want with impunity


In an ideal world, Harold would offer up a plan instead of telling us we need one.
Harold would work hard, instead of telling us we need to.

Henry Bowman

The village !d!ot speaks again. Like Negotiating Rights Away, you too, Little Quisling Harold, need to just go away! Your koolaid isn’t welcome here!


1/3 Cap’n Condescending, 1/3 Cap’n Obvious, 1/3 Cap’n Clueless

“How do we defend ideals in a non-ideal world? Defeat anti-2A extremists in Nov”

HH prags grabbers like OZ in primaries so our choice is squishes & traitors in Nov

all pro-2A groups oppose Reg Flag”

BS. NSSF: NO POSITION on “Safer Communities” Act. NRA backed Trump’s Red Flag push

“In a non-ideal world we need to address mental illness”

Ignores: Can’t trust with guns? Then can’t trust with matches-gas-cars-knives-fists-poison i.e. with liberty

We need to ban your hero LaPew’s “gun free” zones that facilitate killings

Last edited 27 days ago by Russn8r

ERPO’s are rightfully opposed by every pro-2A rights group ? Wrong. The former NRA was pushing for passage of red flag laws for many years. Thief and scumbag Lapierre was constantly trying to get Trump to get it passed into law. NRA BOD member and full time moron Tom King actually came on Ammoland to thank Lapierre for his tyrannical position on ERPO’s. Go away Harold.


That’s nice, TEX. Your hero Abbott tested the water for Red Flag & banning private sales.

“Abbott suggested red-flag laws after 10 killed in a 2018 school shooting”, but backed off under pressure from real conservatives.

“Red Flag is opposed by Jack Wilson and Stephen Willeford, who confronted gunmen in shootings. “If somebody wants a gun,” Wilson said, “they can get it whenever they want, red flag laws or not.”

“Abbott expressed concerns about laws that allow private gun sales without background checks.” “One stranger can sell a gun to another stranger & that’s a danger,” said Abbott.”

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“If somebody wants a gun,” Wilson said, “they can get it whenever they want, red flag laws or not.”


guns are easy enough to make indecent in japan proved that, the 3d printed stuff is more like a project with your grand kids or a boy scout merit badge project


Yep. Nice “for example”! Thanks. Saving that page. Hope he puts these on Rumble too. I’m surprised they still allow them on GoogleTube

Roland T. Gunner

“Red Flag is opposed by Jack Wilson…”? I’m surprised, he really doesn’t say much.


He said what he wanted to, when he said it.


Trump loved red flag laws, Fix NICS, Universal Background Checks, raising the age to buy a rifle, and banning things someone may have used to murder people (we don’t really know because Trump wouldn’t tell us). He needed no encouragement from the NRA and, in fact, bragged that he wasn’t afraid of the NRA and told legislators they shouldn’t be afraid of them either in passing legislation opposed by the NRA.

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