Over on AR15.com, one of the largest gun forums, discussions about all things ballistic are a dime a dozen. As are arguments. One of the hottest concerns is whether Floridians should back Rick Scott in his race for a U.S. Senate seat. After all, he’s the one who signed SB 7026 into law, betraying Florida gun owners in the name of political expediency.
As a result, come October 1, bump stocks and other firearm accessories will be outlawed and possession of them will be a third degree felony. The sad fact is, many gun owners will be just fine with that because, as AR15.com member ReefRaider put it, the law doesn’t affect him.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why we lose our rights to the unceasing efforts of the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex. Many gun owners are only concerned with laws and regulation if they’re directly affected. They don’t care about others’ civil rights, as long as theirs aren’t impacted.
They don’t care that removing the right of firearm ownership for a certain age group reduces our numbers and hinders long-term growth.
As gun owners like ReefRaider see it:
“Dont (sic) read the previous sentence wrong. My personal safety is not confined by BS laws. If it came down to it I would stand with those who’s (sic) rights those laws have affected. Nullifying my vote isn’t going to help them at all.”
Gun owners like ReefRaider don’t care because they’re over the age of 21. There are also gun owners who don’t care that otherwise law-abiding citizens may now become felons for owning an item that used to be a legal accessory.
Even here, in the TTAG comment section, I’ve seen some people claim bump stock bans are somehow a win for gun rights.
Replace “bump stocks” with AR-15s or 30-round magazines in the above comment and you’ll find other gun owners who think the same way. For the Roys in the world and the Fudds who don’t care about your AR or your GLOCK or your “high capacity” magazine, it’s no skin off their nose. They can keep their plugged duck gun and non-threatening deer rifle. No one’s ever going to come after those guns…right?
NEWSFLASH: Gun grabbers won’t stop until every civilian-owned firearm is outlawed. They want total civilian disarmament and a government monopoly on gun ownership.
I have personally spoken against gun control on numerous occasions, in the very halls where our lawmakers violate our civil rights all in the name of public safety.
The thing that always amazes me is how small in number we are when it comes to speaking up for our rights. The gun grabbers are always there in full force, in their red or orange shirts, working to limit our freedoms. They organize, rally, march, and yell for more control and more restrictions on our civil rights. They sacrifice their time and their income to advance the cause of civilian disarmament.
Yet, on our side, we have people who express happiness when a fellow citizen is stripped of some of his or her rights. We have people ‘on our side’ who say they’ll stand with others if need be, but don’t bother to show up at pro-freedom rallies or legislative sessions. Are we really going to let the opposition do better?
I leave you with the words of Ben Franklin, who had it right on the money: