By Theresa Inacker
People desperate to make a first time gun purchase are learning that it is not so easy. They are realizing that the anti-rights cadre, like Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety, have been spewing dangerous lies, which might very well have deadly consequences.
There is a sense of insecurity bubbling up in people. Many have come to the realization that government does not have all the answers, nor can it protect you. In fact, it has been held by our Supreme Court that the police do not have a constitutional duty to protect you (see Castle Rock v. Gonzales). This certainly deflates the idea floated by some that only the police should have guns. ￼
In the current state of emergency, the likelihood of civil unrest increases as supplies and medical care are in higher demand. Police departments around the country are no longer enforcing￼ the law, and prisoners are being released into neighborhoods.
Good people are worried about protecting themselves and their families, as well as the much needed food and supplies they’ve been scraping together. They are realizing they are defenseless and completely vulnerable. It must be a dreadful feeling.
Gun rights supporters and advocates are those of us who take responsibility for our own security. We need to welcome these new gun owners and those who now want to be to the side of those of us who keep and bear arms. We need to help them with the application and permitting process. We need to show them that the Second Amendment rights community is the most diverse civil rights community that exists.
￼But we must also teach them this: ￼With these rights come responsibility. ￼￼Everyone should learn about gun safety, safe handling and the nuances of gun laws in his or her state.
Yet responsibility goes a step further.
Never again should you vote for an anti-rights politician.
Never again should you support a candidate who says “I support the Second Amendment but...”.
Never again should you support the banning of commonly used tools like modern sporting rifles and standard capacity magazines. ￼
You must only support candidates who stand firmly for the Second Amendment on principle. ￼￼￼￼There is no room for equivocation.
Remember, welcome the newbies. This is our chance to show them how they’ve been led astray.
Theresa Inacker, an attorney and Second Amendment advocate, is a member of the US Supreme Court bar, the New Jersey Delegate to The DC Project, and serves as the Communications Director for the Coalition of New Jersey Firearm Owners.