We constantly hear about how the gun-grabbers are so well-organized and funded. How celebrities and business donate to the cause of disarmament. Why aren’t we on the same level? I want to delve deeper into what needs to be done to fix it. Grassroots organization is the first step. We need to actually get off our collective butts and make some noise. But we also need to organize. The NRA in all of its glory is fragmented.
On one hand, you have Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox stating that they support gun violence restraining orders. On the other, you have alerts sent from the NRA-ILA stating that the membership need to fight the passage of bills that would institute gun violence restraining orders. They support regulating bump stocks like machine guns and then say that support further regulation isn’t supporting an outright ban. It’s utter chaos.
What does this have to do with organization and funding? We, the people of the gun, have relied on the NRA to be our voice and our backbone. Our standard operating procedure was to donate to the NRA and have them fight our battles.
Well, as the events in Florida have proven, not a finger was lifted in the arena of public support. At no point did the NRA marshal its immense resources and organize a pro-Second Amendment rally in Tallahassee. Neither have they worked towards doing anything similar in Washington DC.
We can’t solely rely on the NRA anymore to be our voice. We must do it ourselves. Part of that is organizing. And we must hold our own accountable. Our Second Amendment rights are critically important to the American firearms industry. Companies across our nation derive their profits from our civil liberties. We are one of the largest markets for their products in the world.
Numerous firearms companies profess their support for the Second Amdendment. They create entire marketing campaigns around it. So, what does this have to do with holding our own accountable? If we have an industry that claims to be supportive of the Second Amendment, then why aren’t they contributing to the cause of actually defending and expanding our firearms freedom?
There are a number companies that have gone farther than mere marketing. Magpul told Colorado that if the state’s magazine capacity limit passed, they’d move. And they did. Kahr Arms threatened the state of New York that they were going to Pennsylvania due to passage of the SAFE Act. They did. Beretta told Maryland that they would pull up stakes and move to Tennessee. It happened. These companies are great examples.
Let’s see if Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Colt, GLOCK, SIG SAUER, and others are willing to take similar steps. I’m asking the industry as a whole to openly support pro-Second Amendment rallies across the country. I understand that not all businesses in the industry have deep pockets. But Benjamin Franklin said it best:
“We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
The firearms industry and the gun-owning public are — our should be — joined at the hip in this fight for the Second Amendment. As history has shown (take Colt for an example); relying solely on government contracts to keep a business afloat doesn’t work. What keeps the industry going is the civilian market. It’s the generational passing of the torch, the tradition of hunting, recreation and armed self defense that keep gun makers in business.
So I ask, will the industry adopt the tactics that the enemies of firearm freedom have used so effectively? Will they divert profits to fund liberty? Will they chip in for bus fares and airline tickets? Will the industry step up to the plate and take action?
We are on the precipice of history. Our rights are under assault from all sides, from the local governments to the national level, we are under siege.
If we don’t rally together, we shall all surely fall into the abyss of civilian disarmament. The Second Amendment is what gives teeth to the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments. It’s what gives us, the citizenry, the ability to protect our words, beliefs, and liberty with the force of arms if, God forbid, it comes to that. It’s time to show how important those freedoms are to us.