Like many of you, I used to read headlines regarding California and their gun laws with amusement. But I’d like to change your perspective because, like it or not, what passes in California this year stands a good chance of being Federal law in five years. And maybe sooner. Here’s why . . .
I used to think to myself when one of California’s gun-hating politicians took the stage, “Oh, those poor souls have bullet buttons and ten-round mags. Sucks to be them. Guess I’ll go back to cleaning my non-Cali legal rifle before I openly carry my not-Cali legal handgun.” Then one day at work, a client new to the state stopped by. As we talked, I discovered they were newcomers to South Dakota from Washington D.C., also known as the gun owner’s version of Mordor.
Why did they move? It’s the economy, stupid. States with bloated, crazy gun laws also tend to have bloated, crazy high costs of living. In an economy where purchasing power is eroded every year, families formerly nestled in the leftist states and cities of America are facing hard choices and long moves to put food on tbe table. Given that the states with the best performing economies also happen to have lower taxes, less intrusive government and thus lower costs of living, people are voting with their wallets (and their feet) and are pouring into “flyover country” in search of a better life.
All would be well and good with this, except these blue state expatriates also bring with them their political ideology, too. As time goes on and blue states with unfriendly business climates and astronomical tax rates collapse under their own weight, companies and their employees will start leaving in even bigger numbers for more business-friendly, conservative locales. And that means moving left-leaning voters into those conservative areas.
So go ahead. Mock the Californians, Chicagoans, New Yorkers , Hawaiians, New Jerseyians, and Marylanders. Because Bloomberg and Company will ultimately get the last laugh once they move in next to your ranch in red state America and immediately set about the business of taking away your guns, your money, and your rights…in that order.
Instead of indulging in schadenfreude, a better course of action is to support those states. We need to donate as much money to the state-level lobbying groups in the occupied terrirories as we can. And we need to cut out the “Californians/New Yorkers/etc. brought it on themselves” bullpucky. We also need to consider moving into and visiting leftist states.
Yes , this means giving up some legal recognition of your rights and the nice hardware, but realistically certain jobs can only be done in the urban centers in America. And not everyone has the financial or social means to pack up and move out of those places. Gun owners there need all the support they can get and what better way to do it then for us red staters to spread the good word about what life is like beyond their borders.
We also can’t expect voters in California and other places to fight for rights they don’t know they have. Someone who has spent their entire life in a state which bans concealed carry won’t know anything about it to campaign for it, unless one of us in the United States cross the American Iron Curtain to spread the word about the Second Amendment. We sure can’t rely on the media and government to do it for us.
I’ll leave with this quote from Martin Luther King’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’:
‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’