With their hearts they turned to each other’s heart for refuge / In the troubled years that came before the deluge — Jackson Browne, “Before the Deluge “
While the battle over gun control in this country has always burned hot, it’s about to reach surface-of-the-sun-level proportions. The 2016 presidential election is huge! The next POTUS will not only use the bully pulpit to set the tone as to how the Executive Branch views the Second Amendment but he or she will also change the composition of the Supreme Court by presumably selecting the Justice to replace the recently deceased Antonin Scalia.
If it’s Trump who declares victory come November, well, gun owners will breathe a collective sigh of relief as The Don has told the gun community, “I won’t let you down” and promised to appoint a relatively conservative and pro-gun Supreme Court Justice, which means the balance of the court will remain a 5-4 majority in favor of gun rights. If it’s Hillary who wins this fall, then we’re in trouble. Deep trouble.
At the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, this point was not lost on the organization’s leadership. Chris Cox, the NRA-ILA executive director, made it abundantly clear that the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been.
“It’s that simple and that clear — the next president chooses the fifth justice, so the Second Amendment is on the ballot in November,” declared Cox. “The end of our freedom really is that close and Hillary Clinton knows it. If she wins the presidency, she will use every tool at her disposal to destroy what we believe in.”
What Cox fears, what the vast majority of gun owners fear, is that with a left-leaning, Hillary Clinton appointee on the bench the landmark Heller decision — which affirmed that the Second Amendment is an individual right, not connected to militia service — will be on the chopping block. As Hillary has said with respect to Heller, “The Supreme Court got it wrong on the Second Amendment.”
If Heller is overturned or changed by a 5-4 anti-gun majority, that would mark the beginning of the end of the Second Amendment. Cox broke it down in his speech.
“Here’s what will happen if she’s elected. She’ll put a radical, anti-gun activist in Scalia’s seat as soon as she can. The gun-control groups will take a Second Amendment case to the Supreme Court, where five justices will overturn what millions of Americans have fought and died to defend — the basic human right of self-defense,” explained Cox.
“And as soon as the ruling clears, states like California, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will ban the manufacture and ownership of entire classes of firearms overnight,” he continued.
“Every gun store in those states will be out of business. Every gun range, shuttered. Hundreds of thousands of people in the firearms business will lose their jobs. And as bad as that sounds, it’s just the beginning. It ends with no right to own a gun in your own home, anywhere in America, period,” concluded Cox.
While one may dismiss Cox’s assessment as being overly cynical, it’s actually not out of the realm of possibility. In her stump speeches around the country, Clinton never acknowledges that the 2A is at its core a right to (a) defend against government tyranny and (b) protect one’s natural right to self-defense. From her perspective, the Second Amendment is a European-style privilege concerned with protecting sportsmen, hobbyists, and collectors.
As she said in a speech in Dunmore last month, “I know how important gun ownership, and particularly hunting, is here in northeastern Pennsylvania,” noting that “responsible gun owners” have to support her anti-gun agenda by acknowledging, “’This has nothing to do with my guns, my hunting, my sport shooting, my collecting.'”
By insinuating the 2A is about hunting deer and shooting clays and collecting heirlooms — and not about self-defense and keeping tyrannical governments in check — Clinton is paving the way for a paradigmatic shift in the way the courts and the public view the Second Amendment. Instead of seeing it as a right necessary for the security of a free state, Clinton intends for us to view gun ownership as a hobby with no other deeper purpose than its recreational associations. Basically, just like they do in most of Europe and Australia — where guns are largely banned and concealed carry rights are nonexistent.
So, as Mr. Cox said in his speech, the time to come together and fight is now!
“You’re here, anyway. Because you feel the fierce urgency American patriots have always felt: either we put the burden of saving this country on our backs right here, right now — or we lose it forever,” exclaimed Cox.
“Folks, it’s time to fight like the third monkey on the ramp to Noah’s Ark. And if you’re ready to do that, you’re in good company,” he added.
All I can say is that if the Hillary deluge comes, hopefully, gun owners don’t end up like that third monkey. We all know what happened to that third monkey.