The new America is divided among those who get government checks and those who don’t, and now in hindsight, those who don’t never had a chance. 2nd Amendment concerns were dismissed by many gun owners and shooters because back in 2008 the entire American gun population went crazy. We were then laughed at by the mainstream media, as Obama did no “above the radar” attempts at taking away our guns. He did of course orchestrate behind the scenes attacks, both by appointing anti-American and anti-2nd Amendment Supreme Court Justices, and attempting to shut down our gun dealers and restrict personal gun ownership in the border states with Fast & Furious. If we go crazy again after this election, we are again going to lose the swing voters, and especially women voters in 2014 and more importantly, 2016.
Election day clearly spelled out that America has become an “us vs. them” society. The “them,” meaning those who are receiving government entitlements, now outnumber the “us” who do not, and they outvoted us. The election had almost nothing to do with guns, and our core voters apparently didn’t show up at the polls. Mitt Romney got two million less votes than McCain did in 2008. We lost the election before it started, because Mitt, as Rush Limbaugh recently pointed out, ran on a platform of hard work, what many of us believe is the only thing that will bring America back from the precipice of destruction on which we now stand.
Obama ran as Santa Claus again. This time Santa even had free birth control pills. How do you beat that? Thomas Jefferson once said, “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those willing to work and give to those who would not.” If you saw the polls at 11am in Miami-Dade county, when “those who work” were mostly at work, it is easy to see how our democracy ceased to exist on Tuesday. The election was bought and paid for by Santa Claus, with our own money, but everyone should understand that nobody in those long lines cared about taking away our guns, or pretty much anything besides not losing their government checks. America will not change. The powers that be will continue to demonize American capitalism and sell our future to China. And at some point our empty service based economy will most likely collapse, but that’s a story for another day, and it has little to do with guns for now.
We are here to talk about guns, and what will most likely be a frenzy for the next year or two in the gun and ammunition market, as people buy up everything they can afford, in fear of losing the ability to do so later. This is a foolish approach, and we should not be crying wolf over guns today. Doing so in 2008 cost us a great deal of votes, especially women votes. Here in 2012, if we are smart, we will all keep our heads and wait for Obama to create his own “I told you so” moment.
There is no imminent threat to gun ownership of any kind. At the heart of Obama’s threat to the 2nd Amendment is the Supreme Court. Obama has had the chance to replace two Supreme Court Justices during his first term. He appointed Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Both of them are anti-2nd Amendment moonbat zealots. In his second term he will most likely choose at least one more, and long after he has left office, long after all of Obama’s band-aid bailouts and tax increases have failed and faded, his legacy will be these justices. And they will, without any doubt whatsoever, have an anti-gun majority. We won a couple battles with the Heller and McDonald decisions, but the gun haters and power drunk government bureaucrats will find the next avenue from which to attack our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, of that you can be sure. But in the next round, after Obama’s judges have taken over the court, we will lose. That has been Obama’s plan from the start. If you didn’t vote in this election, this is your legacy. For those of us who did vote, as Dick Morris just wrote in a column, we were beaten from the start.
Therefore, again, there is no imminent threat to gun ownership, “assault weapons,” or anything else to do with firearms or 2nd Amendment freedom. If Obama is planning to re-instate the assault weapons ban, he will most likely wait until the second half of his term, hoping for a flip over in the House of Representatives. Today there is no political willingness to pass anything related to restricting guns in any way, and anyone who pays more than fair market utility value for an AR-15, AK-47, FAL, M1A, etc., is a fool. If you are active on discussion boards, especially local boards for your gun club, please take the time to assure the casual gun owners and shooters out there that Obama isn’t going to rush to take away their guns. Anyone who says so is just crying wolf again, or trying to make money off of you.
There will be “behind the scenes” attempts at attacks on gun ownership and self defense in this term from Obama. Obama himself promised this methodology in his last term. Most likely there will be attempts to restrict ammunition, and most likely he is going to try to go after inexpensive handguns, as he said in the debate. Part of keeping the permanent victim class in the inner cities is to make sure that the criminals have all the guns, and restricting cheap guns is the way to do that. If we handed out ten thousand free Cobra revolvers in Chicago with one cylinder of .38 Special each, the murder rate would decline to almost zero. Obama doesn’t want that, and neither do our increasingly militarized police forces. The permanent victims now have the right to own guns because of the work of the NRA in winning the Heller and McDonald cases, so Obama and the anti-gunners will now make sure that guns are priced out of reach.
The most important thing is for all of us to keep our heads and come to terms with the fact that the next four years is going to pass, and Obama is going to the President of the United States. But in 2016 there will be another election, and three years from now we will be mobilizing the pro-2nd Amendment voters to elect a Constitutional, gun loving candidate again. And again we will be reminding everyone that gun freedoms are not guaranteed forever by the 2nd Amendment, and that we need to elect politicians who will rule in the spirit of the Founding Fathers. Even if by that time we do have a Supreme Court that is dangerously anti-Constitutional and anti-American, it takes a legislative branch to create laws, and eliminate old bad laws, and it takes an executive branch to enforce those laws, often as they see fit. The executive branch police force on guns, the BATFE, recently ran a fraudulent operation to demonize gun dealers. Politicians are always going to be politicians. But in a year and a half we’ll be trying to defend the House of Representatives, and in three and a half years it’ll be primaries time for president again. Time moves forward, and so will we.
We can’t do that if all of the gun lovers out there cry wolf again and drive the gun market crazy for no reason. Young voters are watching, margin voters are watching, and most importantly, women voters are watching. There was a 20 point margin between male voters and women voters this election. In the light of free birth control pills it was easy for women to dismiss the 2nd Amendment argument, even if they were shooters, because everyone cried wolf in the last election. If you are a woman reading this, you probably have friends who made this exact balance sheet before voting, and then voted for Obama. Getting in their face now to tell them the horrors of what they did isn’t going to accomplish anything at this point. The future of our country has been sold for sixty bucks a month in birth control pills. But there is hope. You can fool all of the people some of time, not all of the time, and at some point, the history of the reproductive rights movement will see the light of day, and it isn’t a pretty history.
If you read the comments on our article asking people to Vote for Mitt, it is clear that the gun gold rush of 2008 had extremely negative impacts on perceptions for this 2012 election. Those who commented that Obama did nothing in his first term to hurt guns rights were fooled, but America is apparently composed of 52% fools, so you don’t have to look too far to find one, even among gun owners. You would have to have lived in a cave for two years to not have heard about Fast & Furious, but it takes a thinking person to understand the implications of that program. It also takes a thinking person to realize the importance of Supreme Court appointees when discussing the 2nd amendment of the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution. Don’t forget the attempted international arms treaty, which was revived literally the day after the election, no bullshit. American is short on thinking people these days, and long on fools. We don’t need to add to the total buy crying wolf on guns again.
Nobody can control price gougers, but the only way they will succeed is if people pay their prices. So far, things have been brisk here at GunsAmerica, but we haven’t seen any serious price gouging. In 2008 it didn’t happen right away either though. The mainstream media will put articles out over the coming weeks about gun shortages most likely, and that will get the ball rolling, but only if we let it. At present the market is full of ARs and plastic pistols, and ammunition is plentiful. The states govern most firearm law, and 30 of the states now have Republican pro-gun governors, many with Republican legislatures as well. Most likely, concealed carry and other pro-gun measures will improve in the short term, and there is no imminent threat to gun ownership whatsoever.
If you own stock in Ruger or Smith & Wesson, our two beloved public companies in the gun world, you probably won’t be a fan of us banging the drum for restraint, but the best thing for the future of our gun freedom is to look to 2016, and to practice restraint when it comes to crying wolf over Obama and guns. The “I told you so” will come, and when it does, remind people that they sold their vote for a government check, or for free birth control pills, or for an abortion they will most likely never need. They did, and they were foolish to do so. Hopefully we can recover from it.
The future of America transcends race, gender and class, and we are truly all in this together. A lot of people out there are hurting right now, and even those who have weathered the storm are mostly working twice as hard for half as much. We all wish things could be better for all of us, and we really are all in this together. The real America is color blind, gender blind and even sexual preference blind, and it has no interest in a permanent victim class propagated by government checks and complete disarmament of inner city minorities. We all want to be free and live a good life, able to protect ourselves from harm, and we want our neighbors to do the same. The Bill of Rights had to be added to the Constitution after the fact because the rights it contained were thought at the time to be self evident. Fortunately the Founding Fathers realized that someone would someday attempt to take them away, so they wrote them down. Number 2 on that list, right after the fundamental right to free speech, was the ability to protect all of the personal rights in the Constitution with arms. We took a big hit on Tuesday, and though America appears to be on a downward spiral, we may yet persevere.