In the 1990’s it appeared that the Second Amendment was on the ropes. With school shootings emerging onto the scene and with the morally-compromised left willing to gruesomely capitalize on fear and grief, the stage was set for Americans willing to accept government usurpation of our God-given right to self-defense.
The left clamored and begged, “Try it our way!”
We did… and it didn’t work.
By some estimations, after the enacting of the federal assault weapons ban, gun crime went up. Most estimations show that gun crime, after 10 years of draconian gun restrictions, stayed relatively level with no reliably-measurable difference in crime reduction.
10 years and a significant cost to taxpayers in creation and enforcement of the legislation had yielded nothing in return. We tried it their way and in doing so, relinquished our Second Amendment rights. What did we have to show for it? Nothing.
So, it’s hardly any surprise to discover that Americans are sour on the idea of gun control. Time and time again, the federal government has tried to enact federal laws that would burden law-abiding Americans, but this time, we’re onto them.
According to a recent Rasmussen poll, the vast majority of Americans do not want increased federal laws that deal with gun ownership.
The report found that only 34% of likely voters polled believe laws regarding the ownership of guns should be the responsibility of the federal government. This is a marked drop from a high of 38% in December.
36% of those polled believe gun ownership is a state government responsibility and 18% said local governments should have the final say. A staggering 12% of voters answered “not sure”.
With 12% of voters not sure of where to throw their support, I’d say that’s a pretty good reason to continue to speak up about our right to carry, how we carry responsibly and what we aim to accomplish as law-abiding gun owners.
12% are in-play and have not yet bought-into the left’s “the sky is falling” narrative surrounding our Second Amendment. That means that patriots must be willing to articulate the undeniable fact that guns in the right hands helps keep society safe.
We should learn our lesson; while we rested in the early 1990’s, the left was mobilizing. We cannot afford to be content in our belief that our Second Amendment rights are safe this year. We must work to enhance our freedoms and ensure our liberties.
It’s time to not only repel federal gun control legislation, but help pass pro-Second Amendment legislation like universal reciprocity of concealed carry for all fifty states.