NSSF: Democrats Would Give Up Their Country Rather Than Take Up Arms

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By Larry Keane

Halfway around the world, Ukrainians are exhibiting bravery and courage in the face of an invading Russian army.

Meanwhile here in America, the political party that supports disarming and restricting the Second Amendment rights of their country’s law-abiding citizens, and that pushes to defund law enforcement, would turn and flee if their country were invaded.

A majority of self-described Democrats, 52 percent, say they would leave the United States if America were being invaded rather than stay and fight.

Fight or Flight

The new Quinnipiac poll asked voters a hypothetical: Given what is happening in eastern Europe with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, “What would you do if you were in the same position as Ukrainians are now: stay and fight or leave the country?”

More than two-thirds of Republican voters, by a margin of 68-25, say they would stay and fight. A healthy majority of Independents would make a stand as well, 57-36. In a sad display, more than half of Democratic voters surveyed, 52-40, said they would flee.

Buoyed by the healthy margins of Republicans and Independents, altogether 55 percent of American voters said they’d fight rather than turn tail and run.

“When confronted with a terrible hypothetical that would put them in the shoes of the Ukrainians, Americans say they would stand and fight rather than seek safety in another country,” said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.

Democratic voters would not only hypothetically take flight, either. They and the gun control groups are – in reality – working to dismantle the Second Amendment and punish the industry that provides for the ability to exercise that right to purchase and possess firearms.

Real Time Refresher

The Founding Fathers preserved the right to keep and bear arms in law for good reason. Russia’s authoritarian leader Vladimir Putin ordered his army to invade neighboring Ukraine, believing taking control over more territory would be an easy task. Ukrainians had other ideas. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy emboldened his citizens.

“We will give weapons to anyone who wants to defend the country. Be ready to support Ukraine in the squares of our cities,” President Zelenskyy tweeted. “Don’t panic. We are strong. We are ready for everything. We will defeat everyone. Because we are Ukraine.”

They’ve valiantly held back advances by Russia and Ukrainian leaders empowered their citizens to take up arms and fight for their country. Other countries have donated and shipped more arms for Ukrainians to use, including the United States.

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Civilians who have never held a firearm arm before are quickly receiving training. Oleksandr Krasivskiy, a Ukrainian sales manager, said, “Here we receive more of the tactical training. How to move with the gun. How to operate it in building with the gun. What should we expect when we are in the combat situation. It’s totally new for me. I’ve never done this before and never interested before this whole situation started,” he said.

Women aren’t running either.

“Nine days ago I was teacher of makeup,” added Territorial Army Volunteer Svetlana Kalanova. “There’s no purpose for why they do this. I want to fight also because this is my country, this is my home. Everything is here.”

Operating her firearm has become second nature to her in short time.

Reinforcements On The Way

Much of America believes so strongly in the Second Amendment here at home that they’re helping Ukrainians defend their country with arms and munitions. NASCAR legend Richard Childress, along with AMMO Inc., donated 1 million rounds of 7.62mm ammunition to Ukraine, as did Vista Outdoor’s family of ammunition manufacturers of Remington, CCI, Speer and Federal Ammunition. Adams Arms announced they’re shipping rifles to help the effort. Several other members of the firearm and ammunition industry are assisting too.

“This is a wake-up call for America, and why we have to have our Second Amendment…To see the people in Ukraine fighting — it’s terrible to see the lives that are being lost over there,” Childress told Fox News.

Elections Have Consequences

“That will never happen here,” is a far too common thought. Ukrainians are experiencing it now with the invasion by Russia. Canadians are getting a taste as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked Canada’s Emergency Powers Act to trample on the rights of Canadians for 30 days and they’re facing a looming mandatory gun confiscation deadline.

The truth is gun control and their allied elected officials scheme every day to extinguish the Second Amendment. When legislative efforts to impose more gun restrictions fail, gun control goes a different route. Financial service providers, banks and corporate boardrooms are implementing gun control by discriminating against and inhibiting lawful businesses that provide a Constitutionally-protected right to own firearms. The firearm industry is fighting back on this new angle of attack through state and federal-level financial industry nondiscrimination legislation. However it’s voters who will ultimately tell gun control politicians what to do with their restrictions.

Support by voters for more gun control is the lowest levels in years, while lawful firearm purchases have hit record highs. Americans are seeing in real time just how fragile their rights can be if they aren’t willing to fight for them.

Larry Keane is Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs and General Counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry trade association.

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  • Hondo April 3, 2022, 11:14 pm

    Cowardly Democrats, do us all a favor and GTFO now, it’s for the children you know. lol

  • Stan d. Upnow March 27, 2022, 9:20 pm

    Of course most of the Progressive-Socialists would turn-tail and run. If they’re anti-gun it means they don’t own one and probably have never had any experience with one. So, the cowards would run, using that as an excuse. Meanwhile, many are needed in non-combatant roles, such as supply logistics, communications, intelligence gathering/analysis, etc. But, the scum won’t even stick around to aid in those capacities. Is that a big surprise?

  • Willie-O March 20, 2022, 5:42 pm

    So by the poll numbers, 40% of libtards would stay and fight. I guess it is theoretically possible that there are enough “older” members of the Dimocrap party to make that possible. These members are remembering a party that ceased to exist LONG ago. It’s time for them to realize and accept what’s happened to their party and make their exit. Meanwhile, I’m still skeptical that 40% would even hold a firearm, much less actually use it – unless of course it was to aid the invaders.

  • Anthony C. Rucker March 19, 2022, 8:06 pm

    Bullsh*t!

  • Russ March 19, 2022, 1:25 pm

    The democratic/liberal cowards that would run instead of fighting for their country are the same idiots that support criminals like George Floyd, antifa, and blm. They also are the same SHEEP that voted for Joe and the HO, and that stupidity got us the economic crap we are currently in. They truly are an ignorant cowardly stupid group better referred to as SHEEP. They would likely allow themselves to be put in camps by the invaders also. What fools.

  • Rich K. March 18, 2022, 7:15 pm

    Which just proves what I’ve been saying for years: liberals are not real Americans, and should just leave NOW. America should only be for those of us willing to fight and, if need be, die for her!

  • Roger March 18, 2022, 2:19 pm

    I’m a lifelong Republican, but not of the type that is so visible now – the loud mouthed, hateful, obstinate, self-serving McConnell et al. These people are so intent on their perverted restrictive concepts they would SACRIFICE DEMOCRACY rather than allow ANY of the Democrat’s proposals through – and some are good and well needed proposals.
    So if you believe the heading for this column you are a TOTALLY IGNORANT Neanderthal – a FOOL of the highest order of the current vampire breed of Republican!!

    • Stan d. Upnow March 27, 2022, 9:31 pm

      Shouldn’t you be commenting on some other site, like Everytown, or Huffpost, or Salon?
      And YOU are the totally ignorant Neanderthal if you think that ANY proposal from the Progressive-Socialists in DC, who are actively seeking to destroy this country, has any objective other than to subvert this Republic, fulfill their Marxist agenda, and perennially secure their grip on power. Moron!

  • Dallas March 18, 2022, 2:14 pm

    So we schedule a War of the Worlds type broadcast stating an “unknown entity/country” has invaded the US and are wreaking havoc in the blue parts of the country, so everyone who thinks they should leave should do so immediately. Make it nice and scary, just like Welles did, so the media picks it up and runs with it without checking, as usual…Maybe a few video clips on StuporTube to help the media out. A week or two, a little playacting, some cheap airfares, and voilà, peace and quiet for once.

    • Stan d. Upnow March 27, 2022, 9:37 pm

      Good idea! All you’d have to do is interrupt a replay of some stupid “reality” show with a special news alert. Then, screen some scenes from the movie, Mars Attacks. The idiots would leave so fast they’d forget to finish their lattes. lol

  • 2WarAbnVet March 18, 2022, 1:44 pm

    After several decades of anti-American indoctrination in our education system, i don’t know why anybody is surprised by this revelation.

    • D.J. March 21, 2022, 8:35 am

      Quite disheartening , isn’t it Sir ?

    • Stan d. Upnow March 27, 2022, 9:43 pm

      Listen, I was exposed to Leftist crap in school. If you can think for yourself and have basic values that your parents are supposed to have instilled in you, then you reject the indoctrination. But, there’s the problem–
      where are the parents?
      This is why the Commies who’ve infiltrated the educational system are fighting to block parents’ influence in their childs’ education.

  • Texas Dem March 18, 2022, 1:16 pm

    ahahahah Don’t believe everything you read in the press. Any press. Polls are notoriously inaccurate about many things. This is one of them.

    • Stan d. Upnow March 27, 2022, 9:49 pm

      What I don’t believe is Anything that spills out of the mouth of a damn Progressive-Socialist!
      For example: You claim that the poll cited in this article is inaccurate with zero proof of that. You truly are one of them. Likely a Commiefornia transplant infesting the great state of Texas.

  • Rusty Morton March 18, 2022, 12:28 pm

    If the democrats are going to be cowards and turncoats why don’t they get the hell out of the united states and never come back !

  • Kole March 18, 2022, 11:54 am

    Cool we’ll use all you cowards as bait if you try and run.

  • Lyle March 18, 2022, 11:28 am

    If that ever happened, and we kicked the crap out of the invaders, anyone who ran like the cowards they are, should be denied re-entrance and, IMO, be stripped of their citizenship! That being said, I might send my grandkids out of the country, if there were somewhere safe to send them.

  • e March 18, 2022, 11:05 am

    We need to think about this. There must be some way to get the 52% to leave now.

    • Big Al 45 March 18, 2022, 12:27 pm

      LOL!!! Funny!

    • Dan Hayes March 18, 2022, 6:34 pm

      I’ve thought about this…figure I’d write old Vlad a PM…a “you scratch our back, we’ll scratch yours” kinda thing. We all know that around 45% of that 52% is on the Left Coast & probably 99.9% of Hollywood is figured in there. The way I see it is, we offer Vlad, Big Gay Al Gores, Multi-Million Dollar Estate he built on the Pacific Coast (which according to Al should be under water by now, you don’t think he said that to get a better price on that Property do you?), in exchange for him Faking a West Coast Invasion! You know Chicken Shit Al will be on the 1st plane out & we’ll rid our country of all those annoying Actors!…and Agents…and LeBron James!

    • Stan d. Upnow March 27, 2022, 9:53 pm

      Sure, just open a Starbucks in Antarctica. Heard there are gay penguins there. They’ll feel right at home.

  • William Merry March 18, 2022, 10:57 am

    We will put them in the frontline, they will make good cover.

    • Big Al 45 March 18, 2022, 12:28 pm

      Isn’t that usually referred to as “Cannon Fodder’?

    • Stan d. Upnow March 27, 2022, 9:55 pm

      Better to just have them clear minefields.

  • Bob March 18, 2022, 10:04 am

    I’m a democrat and an Army vet. I own a lot of very accurate lethal guns and if any enemy of my great country foreign or DOMESTIC thinks I will turn and run if the shit hits the fan they’re nuts.

  • Bob March 18, 2022, 10:03 am

    I’m a democrat and an Army vet. I own a lot of very accurate lethal guns and if any enemy of my great country foreign or DOMESTIC thinks I will turn and run if the shit hits the fan they’re nuts. I am not the only democrat that will fight anyone who tries to overrun my country or destroy my elected government. The assholes that think they will have a civil war and have no losses better rethink they’re stupid bullshit.

    • David A Welsh March 18, 2022, 11:18 pm

      JFK would barf on the current dem party of baby butchery, corruption, and perversion. I left it decades ago.

      • Stan d. Upnow March 27, 2022, 9:58 pm

        Amen, brother!

    • Stan d. Upnow March 27, 2022, 10:05 pm

      So, it would be you and one other Progressive-Socialist? LOL And stop calling yourself a “Democrat.” The Democrat Party morphed into the Progressive-Socialist Party years ago.
      Seems like you have no problem with your present “elected” govt. hell-bent on destroying the country you claim to want to defend. Maybe some hypocrisy in that?

  • Pete Faz March 18, 2022, 9:57 am

    I imagine most of the Antifa and BLM cowards would be in that crowd , had they pulled their antics outside of liberal strong holds I am sure there would have been a different ending .

  • Abby Normal March 18, 2022, 9:49 am

    Just remember who posted what political signs on their front yards or cars. That will at least inform you who the gutless anti-American weasels are for when the shooting starts. And find a friend with a backhoe.

  • Fal Phil March 18, 2022, 8:45 am

    The Ukrainians would have been better off resisting the CIA/US State Dept-sponsored coup in 2014, rather than waiting until an invasion in 2022.

    If the USA gets invaded, it will be because of corrupt, incompetent government officials. I have said it before and I will say it again, the Founding Fathers screwed up by not putting lifetime limits on elected office or civil service in the constitution.

    But, keep in mind, any country that might consider such an invasion of the USA would also consider that it would be easier to lob nuclear-tipped missiles.

  • David Pierce March 18, 2022, 8:15 am

    Methodology of survey is probably faulty. I am both Democrat and Army vet, at 74. I think a lot of nonsensical bullshit gets published here.

    • JerryJones March 18, 2022, 9:03 am

      Tell Us WHY….you’re a Democrat. …. What is it that they do or represent that would cause YOU to proclaim allegiance and Vote for them……We’re waiting to hear from you …..

    • Wilko March 18, 2022, 9:47 am

      Here’s the difference: You are 74 and an army veteran – you are a democrat that Harry Truman would have recognized. The new “woke” generation of people calling themselves democrats are actually socialist/communists. They have been brainwashed by public education and mainstream media and bear no resemblance to a patriotic, American democrat.

    • Big Al 45 March 18, 2022, 12:35 pm

      Can you justify your statement with actual evidence?
      Give us some examples of the “Published” B.S.
      And remember, you can’t use comments by readers, technically that’s NOT Publishing
      by definition.
      And where is the ‘methodology “faulty”? Because YOU are a Democrat gun owner??
      Hardly a reason to declare the survey faulty.
      I wonder if you really understand survey methodology and variables.
      I think your comment lacks merit.

    • David A Welsh March 18, 2022, 11:22 pm

      Marine vet here who left the dems decades ago because of their advocacy of baby butchery. Now they have added corruption and perversion to their resume. Shame on you for taking an oath and then crapping on it.

    • Stan d. Upnow March 27, 2022, 10:18 pm

      What you just said is called Projection. Because You consider yourself to be a good citizen with good values, you think all the others that label themselves as “Democrat” are likewise. Very flawed thinking.

      And I very much question your opinion of yourself if you identify as, vote as, and particularly support the agenda of the Progressive-Socialists(formerly known as Democrats).

  • Rick March 18, 2022, 8:07 am

    It all makes sense. Democrat’s are so use to having the ” Someone give it to me” or ” Do it for me” mentality. They can’t do it on there own.

  • Wilko March 18, 2022, 7:49 am

    What a great concept! Democrats, unwilling to fight, leave the country… and we win the civil war without firing a shot!

  • Arch Stanton March 18, 2022, 7:23 am

    “Safety in another country”? Christ! WHERE? Are these people going to go down to Walmart and get a passport, just like that? And what mode of travel will you take? Y’all just going to pour over the MExican and Canadian border and feel loved and welcomed? Jesus Christ, people! This is your fucking HOME.

    • David A Welsh March 18, 2022, 11:23 pm

      It’s not their home. Only renters wreck their “homes.”

  • Let's go Brandon, FJB March 18, 2022, 6:50 am

    Si Vis Pacem Parabellum!

    • D.J. March 18, 2022, 1:01 pm

      Roger That , over !

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