The midterm elections are over and I have a bad taste in my mouth. The reason?
Comments like this:
“Liberty needed a big win and she got one last night.” -NRA Chief Lobbyist Chris W. Cox
I don’t agree. See, as long as I’ve been covering the battle over gun rights in this country there has been one maxim that has rung true and will probably forever ring true: Any victory is a temporary victory, so in a sense it’s no victory at all.
To put it another way, merely holding the line on the battlefield doesn’t mean one has defeated the enemy. And that’s exactly what we did on Tuesday, we just held the line. We didn’t win anything. We didn’t defeat the enemy. The war ain’t over.
Sure, one can argue that we gained a little ground in one state or another and on the federal level, but overall there was no watershed moment, no Stalingrad, and quite frankly the Second Amendment isn’t any safer today than it was on Monday.
Critics would challenge my argument and suggest that because we have a few more pro-gun Senators in Congress that our rights are more secure.
To those critics I’d say, ask the citizens in Washington State if having a GOP-dominated Senate matters all that much now that a universal background check mandate is going to be on the books. Or ask New Yorkers how they feel now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the architect of the most draconian and misguided gun law passed since the Clinton-Era “assault weapons” ban, the SAFE Act, is back in office.
See, these losses cannot and should not be downplayed, because the reality is that lady liberty gets shat [sic] upon every time one of those anti-gunners takes office or one of those pro-gun control bills passes. And that ought to be the message we’re sending out. We ought to set the bar higher and have zero tolerance for hoplophobia in our elected officials. Anything short of this mindset and we’re not living up to the core ethos that our founders and framers enshrined in our Constitution. After all, “shall not be infringed” was not an accident.
So, no, I’m not celebrating the “victories” of the 2014 midterms. I can’t. The road ahead is too long and arduous to take solace, regardless of the brevity, in maintaining an unacceptable status quo. We’re engaged in an all or nothing war, and I want it all.