The video above features the President of CCDL, Scott Wilson, talking about how the Connecticut Citizens Defense League began, what they’ve accomplished and what they are doing going forward. The CCDL began the way almost every other state-level gun rights group began. While the media loves to rail against the NRA, they forget that within each state is an organization just like the CCDL getting the word out, working the halls of politics, getting the troops ready and making sure the gun rights politicians are elected into office. Just like the NRA’s representatives . . .
Scott Wilson gets daily phone messages from anti-gun folks threatening his life. If you’re one of the many all over the USA who stood in line to testify in a hearing, only to be denied a voice and called “baby killer” by anti-gun groups, you earned your stripes for liberty and I thank you. Nobody ever said fighting for your Second Amendment rights would be easy but it’s necessary.
While Mom’s Who Have Nothing Better To Do Than Join Fashionable Causes can say they will never give up, they aren’t nearly as invested in the cause as the many gun rights groups and their members across the US. While the video is for the CCDL, we should salute each and every such group in each state. While the NRA is a national organization, there are 100 such smaller groups backing them up — a level of effort they will never stop — except as we see on these pages everyday as they try to take away your voice and the 1st Amendment< (http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/351509/tester-and-murphy-propose-repealing-first-amendment-charles-c-w-cooke).
We shall never give up. And since we are vested in the cause, we’ll be here while many of the anti-gun groups will eventually fold and move on to the next fashionable cause du jour. The shame is we have some 300,000 gun owners with permits here in CT, only 9,000 of them are part of the CCDL. While many donate, few join and get involved. Imagine if all 50 million+ gun owners in the US join the NRA. It’s a lot harder to de-legitimize that large a group. Look at how the blue hairs in the AARP have gotten all their entitlements (35.7 million registered AARP members as of 2010). When they show up, people listen.
Everyone is so worried about being on some list these days. Between the IRS, NSA and every other alphabet soup agency, face it, you’re already on a list. So, get involved and do some good.
You have a beef with the NRA? Fine how about SAF. No love for the SAF? There’s the GOA. Look inside your own state, there are plenty of organizations like the CCDL. At the grass root level, one BBQ at a time, one monthly meeting where we pass around the hat, that’s how we’re funding legal action here in CT.
Banging out messages on forums doesn’t cut it any more. While forums and places like TTAG give us a voice that the media won’t, it is not enough. Now is no time to have short arms and deep pockets. Gun owners can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines. We saw before the blood was cleaned from the floor at the Washington Navy Yard, the MAIG bus and the Newtown Action Alliance (which seem to have unlimited funds and time) had flown to DC to lobby, yet again, to take away your gun rights.
John Kerry has signed the UN Arms Trade Treaty despite it having zero chance of passing. Its incrementalism. Remember, the way the Civilian Disarmament Machine works is by taking away a little of your rights now and then a little more later until you look up and they’re gone. From indoctrination in schools by use of zero tolerance policies and rewriting history text books — this is how your gun rights end – not with a bang but a whimper.
In Colorado, we’ve seen what’s possible when gun rights advocates band together. Many readers here – some who don’t even live in Colorado – donated to the recall cause. We can’t stay quite, we can’t afford to not be involved, we can’t allow the Civilian Disarmament voices to be the only ones heard. We all know they get special access we never will, but our voice is true while theirs is simply emotional without facts. As we get closer to December 14, the one-year anniversary of Sandy Hook, the Newtown Action Alliance will once again use the dead to further their cause of ending civilian gun ownership. We can’t let their emotions trump our rights. What are you waiting for?