Tuesday, November 4, 2014 is far more critical than many American gun owners realize. Electing genuinely pro-2nd Amendment lawmakers helps move good legislation forward, and stop bad bills in their tracks. But that’s just the beginning.
In Alabama, a “good” bill (“Amendment 3”) is a referendum that protects right to carry and will appear on the November 4 state ballot. Virtually all pro-gun-rights groups support it. But it will pass only if every gun owner in Alabama gets out and votes.
Meanwhile, in Washington State, billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s surrogate gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety, has dumped almost $2 Million into passing a horrible bill, I-594, essentially a massive gun registration scheme. Fellow anti-gun billionaires Bill Gates, Nick Hanauer and Steve Ballmer have kicked in another $3 Million. Thankfully, pro-2nd Amendment groups and even county sheriffs overwhelmingly oppose the bill, but again, unless every gun owner goes to the polls, nothing is guaranteed.
I am constantly amazed, and disgusted, when I hear about gun owners who don’t vote. In 2012, Barak Obama got 2 million fewer votes than he did in 2008, but because 3 million malcontents of varying persuasions threw a hissy-fit and stayed home, the most anti-gun president in history got his second term. Yep, you showed ‘em. Thanks a lot.
Not voting is more than a pointless and futile act; it plays right into the hands of our opponents. They’ve learned that full frontal assaults on our rights will cause even the laziest, most uninformed gun owners to get off their couches and get involved. So our enemies instead resort to chipping away at our rights in piecemeal fashion, hoping you won’t notice…or care.
Then there’s the Supreme Court…
In Illinois, even after a 5-4 decision in the McDonald case, leading to it eventually becoming the last state in the nation to legalize carrying a handgun, the anti-self-defense bureaucrats of Chicago continue to make life difficult for anyone daring to actually exercise their rights. Worse, there are so many venues where carry is prohibited that it is easier to remember the few places that you can carry in the state’s largest city.
Washington, D.C. is even worse. After the Court’s now famous Heller decision, and in spite of another decision subsequently knocking down the city’s ban on carrying a firearm, government officials threw up as many roadblocks as they could, including excessive training requirements, prohibitive fees for instructors to be certified, and just plain old fashioned stalling. According to the Washington Post:
“As of Wednesday, the day before a court-ordered deadline for the permitting process to begin, no instructors had been approved to teach the compulsory course.”
The Supreme Court rulings in both Heller and McDonald were narrow 5-4 decisions. Now consider what could happen to your rights if just one justice who ruled favorably in those cases gets replaced with an anti-2nd Amendment judge. Decades of progress could be lost, and future gains would be even more difficult to achieve.
Every election is important, but 2014 will be the last chance to stop Barak Obama from appointing one, perhaps two, Supreme Court Justices. The president’s choices are confirmed in the Senate, so if Democrats maintain control, Obama’s picks will likely be approved. And if any of you are naïve enough to think that his nominees will be friendly to gun owners, you’ve been inhaling something other than gun smoke.
There is simply no excuse. Vote.