Between The Blaze, ARFCOM and various gun enthusiast and gun rights forums Connecticut gun owners have been beaten down by their own for “not doing enough” and “falling down to the man for registering” (not knowing, our guns are de facto registered with a DPS-3 or DPS-3-C at purchase and this new registration is simply a registration of a registration). There’s been no shortage of criticism towards CT gun owners by their own kind. The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) has been actively getting people involved. With all the media coverage going on you’d think that ALL gun owners would know what is going on. Well you would be wrong. [See video above.] To those who say Constitution State gun owners aren’t fighting a few points to consider . . .
1. Connecticut gun owners are pounding the pavement and getting the word out. They are organized and fully committed to replacing anti-gun politicians.
2. For everyone who believes it is so easy, you should try it sometime
3. Not everyone is as informed as you believe they are. Even with TTAG with its millions of page views, it still represents a small percentage of the overall gun owners who are informed and involved. I’ve met people at gun shops and even gas stations who do not know about the new CT laws.
I have a CCDL sticker on my SUV and have often found a group of people around my truck, not knowing if they want to kill me or talk to me, more often it is the latter — “Who are the CCDL” I am asked — I was once given a free Subway foot long by the manager after he saw my CCDL shirt and I explained the cause. Not everyone is informed not everyone hangs out on gun forums all day long. The few must actively inform everyone else.
Next time people criticize gun owners in CA, NY, NJ, CT or D.C. for not registering or not putting up some type of civil disobedience, perhaps they should ask of themselves — what have you done for gun rights today? As many like to quote “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” All of these fights are our fights. You do not have to live in Colorado to donate to the recalls campaign — you can fight by donating to various local groups like Calguns.
The anti-gun crowd has no borders (see all the places Bloomberg money goes; Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey have been to the NYC mansion for fund raising). Why does fighting for gun rights stop at the border of your state? Even here on TTAG I have been told to “clean up my own damn mess.” We cannot be divided on this fight. Obama’s term may soon end, but Hillary is next up on deck. Do you want the same anti-gun policy going forward? Because the left will demand it and she will give it to them.
2014 is here — will you vote? will you get involved in something other than a forum? Will you do more than just go to a rally with a funny sign? While donating to the NRA is all fine and dandy, unless you vote in the primaries and/or work the campaigns of pro-gun rights politicians, it will not be enough.
CT is fighting — you can help us fight, you can help others fight or you can fight in your own backyard — this is an election year, the only mistake you can make is not to fight. How will you fight this year in a way that has real meaning? I am sure the AI will beat me up, but to what end, what goal, what value? Happily give me shit (I am already numb from the various forums), but then ask how will that forward the cause of gun rights we all want?