It is extremely hard to say this, but we all have to go and vote for Mitt Romney next Tuesday. As you may know if you are a follower of the GunsAmerica Magazine & Blog, we came out early in support of Ron Paul in the primaries, and strongly against Mitt. None of that has changed. He is still a sniveling politician who sticks his finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing, then announces that the wind was his idea. But despite the fact that Mitt has never been a friend of the 2nd Amendment, we plan to vote next week and we strongly urge you to vote as well, even if it turns your stomach, for Mitt Romney. President Obama has created nothing short of electoral blackmail after his comments about renewing the Assault Weapons Ban in the last debate. If you value your AR-15 and your 2nd Amendment rights, you have to get out and vote for Mitt. We all have to get out and vote, and get our friends to vote, no excuses.
It all boils down to pandering. At the moment, Mitt Romney is pandering to the “gun lobby,” which is for the most part our beloved NRA, and us. And though I do understand why the NRA could not come out in favor of Ron Paul early in the race, it is still diffulct to just give up. It would taken the courage of conviction that few Americans possess anymore for Senator Paul to have gotten the nomination, and in the end he of course did not. In fact, by the time the Republican convention rolled around, Ron Paul was not even invited to speak, and his delegates and supporters were marginalized and ignored. Ron Paul is still a politician, bent like the rest of them on controlling others, but his manner of feeding the public only what they can handle in the way of truth was working, and had he gotten the nomination I believe he would have a double digit lead over the incumbent today.
So why vote? For those of us who did support Ron Paul in the primaries, many of us area asking that question. If America is headed down a hopeless spiral, being led to slaughter by a government run by bankers, and recklessly out of control, what is the point? Both of these candidates stand for big government, and worse, for Big Brother style of government. Neither of them truly believe in the foundation of the 2nd Amendment, or that government was created By the People and For the People. If Mitt gets in we will have a new regime and a new publicity campaign trying to get mainstream America to believe that the 2nd Amendment is about hunting, and not about guarding against tyranny, as it was intended by the Founding Fathers. The answer is that there is an old saying, as true today as it was when wars were fought with swords and spears, quoted loosely by Donald Rumsfeld back in 2011.
“You go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time.”
Our time for choices is gone. Mitt is the choice, and for the moment, Mitt Romney needs our votes to win this election. If we get out and vote, he will remember who got him there, we hope, and back our play to hopefully restore some of the 2nd Amendment freedoms we have lost over the last 50 or so years. The reverse is a potential disaster. Obama never got the chance in his first term to pass groundbreaking gun legislation like Bill Clinton did back with the Brady Bill in 1993, but Clinton didn’t have to deal with a dismal economy and an overwhelmingly large new population of gun owners, driven largely by fear of the President himself. Clinton passed his Assault Weapons Ban in his second term, and Obama has already stated in the debates that he would like to reinstate that ban in his own second term. This is despite a decade of evidence that the first ban did nothing to alleviate crime. Obama wants to continue down the ruinous path of disarming inner city Americans, and his own Fast and Furious project that attempted the criminalize law abiding gun dealers and gun owners along our border with Mexico was just a hint that he means what he says when he panders to his base.
Why did we feel that GunsAmerica should send a note about this in our Blog Digest this week? We have been following the efforts of the NRA and the National Shooting Sports Foundation in their attempts to get everyone out to vote. So far, they are failing miserably. I searched the hash tag #gunvote on Twitter today and there are only a handful of mentions over the last week, a week before the election. For all the money and effort that NSSF has spent on this very creative and modern idea, nobody seems to be responding and getting the word out.
Please tell your friends, both in person, and on Facebook , Twitter, Linked In, whatever, that you plan to vote, and that gun owners need to get out and vote for Mitt Romney. Especially in you are in the swing states, and many of your “friends” are city people who may know that you are a shooter, but have never seen the courage of your convictions, please have that courage now and let them know. They are being blasted with a “me too” media mentality that says that erudite, educated people have to vote for Obama. They don’t. They shouldn’t. He is a train wreck in every way. And you may be the only obstacle in their lazy brains to get them to not blindly accept what they media has been selling them.
It is nearly impossible to be a “big fan” of Mitt Romney. Mitt said on many occasions during his term as governor that the disgusting Massachusetts gun laws were just, and that he didn’t want to change them. Our national gun laws are not quite as disgusting as Massachusetts, and I hope Mitt wins and proves us all wrong by trying to change a few. Most likely the most we can hope for is four years of no new and unexpected threats to gun ownership and 2nd Amendment freedom, and maybe some veiled support for national carry legislation, We’ll see. W. had four years of a Republican congress and did nothing to clarify and guarantee our 2nd Amendment rights for future generations. If Mitt is any better it will be a miracle. But we need all do need to get out and vote next week to make sure he gets a chance to redeem himself. Please vote, and get your friends to vote. A second Obama term will be almost definitely an absolute 2nd Amendment disaster.