The right to keep and bear arms is the staple to a free society where liberty prevails and of which America was founded on. If we don’t keep those thoughts in mind, we’ll end up like every other nation on the face of the planet that is or was under some sort of Authoritarian rule.
We have failed to ensure that the constitutional Republic that the founders gave to us always remains intact. We have failed to protect the right to keep and bear arms. We have failed to push back anti-gunners from legislating against our rightful ownership of arms. We have failed at educating the public as to why we carry a weapon for self defense. We have failed to do a lot and it’s about time we turn things around and start taking action.
The burden of proof that bearing arms is necessary to protecting individual liberty rests completely in our hands. We know that most of what it said about bearing arms is false, but we do almost nothing to combat that mentality. We sit back in our computer chairs and complain on gun forums and gun sites where a lot of us already agree. This is doing absolutely nothing to promote our cause. This is in no way helping us. This cannot continue while expecting that politicians will do the right thing and protect our liberties. If history is any gauge to the previous statement, we can assume that sooner than later, they’ll be kicking down doors to steal our guns.
The anti-gun crowd has built up an enormous concrete wall which will be a challenge to overcome, but it’s about time we start taking sledgehammers to it and crack that foundation. They assume, without even any facts, that we’re all crazy; that we want to go around our towns and demonize people, and that we would love to just openly shoot citizens. All of this is typical rhetoric, but it’s powerful propaganda that has greatly influenced many.
We, as gun owners, need to start doing more to reach out to our neighbors, our friends, our family members, and our fellow citizens in and around our local communities to allow them to better understand why it is important for all individuals to be able to defend them self, their family, and their property. If our goal is to push forward the right to keep and bear arms, we need to be willing to put in the time and work it takes to overcome the large amount of hysteria felt towards gun owners. I think it’s about time we make our positions clear and start to become effective. We need to start writing to our elected officials, sending in letters to the editor at our local newspapers, write blogs, hold rallies to promote our cause, pass out leaflets as often as possible and do more community outreaching. I think something that could be extremely effective is to donate our labor to clean up local parks, help out at homeless shelters, work at food banks and to just continue to push forward that gun owners are civil and caring people. Something else that can unite gun owners is to have meet and greets where gun advocates gather together over food and drinks to get acquainted with fellow activist in our regions. As simple as getting together for food and drinks may be, it’ll show our strength and extreme civility to others who may have had a false pretense built up about firearms and gun owners.
At the end of the day, all of this is our fault and it’s now time for gun owners to mark that line in the sand that they are NO LONGER willing to let anyone cross.