Face it: the squeaky wheels of gun control –the whining teens, their socialist instructors, their mainstream media cheerleaders and their deep-pocketed enablers — are getting all the grease. That’s how post-Parkland hysteria led to the degradation of gun rights in Florida and elsewhere: they drowned out gun rights supporters’ silent majority . . .
Yes, across the web and society as a whole, gun owners are waving their proverbial fists at government. At the pro-gun control mass media. At the NRA. What I don’t see: gun owners attending rallies at their state capitols, beating down the doors of their elected officials, attending Republican Party meetings.
Bottom line: America’s gun culture is strong, but it’s silent.
Many simply put their faith in the NRA and call it good. Even setting aside the NRA’s open support for bump stock bans and the violation of due process by gun violence restraining orders. They have been showing the enemies of freedom their bellies by rolling over and offering capitulation. Blind support in the NRA is the wrong answer.
The NRA has corruption in its ranks just like the Republican Party and Government as a whole. But just like we need to vote out the corruption in government; we must do the same with the NRA. We need folks like Tim Knight and Adam Kraut on the Board of Directors.
The NRA has about 300,000 members in [what was formerly known as] The Gunshine State. Florida is also home to 1.8 million active CCW permits. There are six times more people who carry guns in Florida than NRA members.
While I’m sure the majority of Florida gun owners believe that the NRA is on their side, they view the gun rights group the way small children view parents: as people who’ll protect them without them having to do anything to help, save casting their ballot on election day. If that.
I’ve spent a good portion of my time risking my law enforcement career to fight for fellow Floridians’ gun rights.
When I’m at the capitol I run into Marion Hammer of the NRA, Eric Friday of Florida Carry and, occasionally, someone from one of Florida’s libertarian groups.
I don’t see anyone meeting with their elected representatives or Senators. I don’t see them scheduling face-to-face meetings with the Speaker of the House, the Senate President, the Majority Whip or the Governor. I don’t see gun owners speaking at committee meetings when pro- and anti-gun bills are being considered.
Meanwhile, 7,000 gun owners visited the Tampa Gun Show on Saturday to buy more stuff to horde.
Fellow gun owners, stop being sunshine patriots. Stand up and fight for your rights and those of your fellow man and woman. Don’t make boisterous statements like “from my cold dead hands” without actually fighting.
Stop relying on others and do what’s needed before you get to the ballot box (never mind any other boxes). Search out your elected officials. Meet with them, make your voice heard. If I had an army of fellow gun owners making the same “trouble” that I do, we wouldn’t be playing defense. And losing.
Reach down and find the strength of our Founding Fathers. Men and yes women who pledged their wealth, property, lives and most importantly their sacred honor to fight and defend our rights.