Tomorrow, the battle begins.
The posturing, skirmishing, and cat calling will change over to open battle by the time my head hits the pillow tomorrow night. President Obama will be announcing his wish list, furnished by Vice-President Biden, for gun control tomorrow. Make no mistake about it, this is going to be his gotta-have-it-for-the-sake-of-the-children list of wants. We must stop him and his ilk cold, for our sake and for the sake of all the Americans who will come after us.
If you haven’t called, written, and/or visited your senators and representatives and told them that no compromise with the anti-gun crowd is acceptable, now is the time. If you already have, now is the time to do it again.
If you’re not a member of a gun rights group such as the National Rifle Association, Second Amendment Foundation, or Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, now is the time.
If you’re not talking to your friends, even the ones you think are dependably pro-gun, and encouraging them to get involved, now is the time.
Be prepared. Being open about your gun ownership and being a good advocate for your rights is going to open you up to ridicule from those in your life who don’t believe in your ability to exercise those rights in a responsible manner. You will be lumped in with the scum that use guns to murder. You will be insulted about your self-esteem and be accused of using guns to satisfy a complex or hide a shame.
Now is not the time to feed that beast.
Now is not the time to make it easy to pigeon-hole or stereotype you.
Now is not the time to feed the anti-rights crowd examples that they can point to in order to scare those outside of our ‘gun culture’.
Now is not the time to make threats, veiled or not, against anyone.
Now is not the time to talk of revolution, or hurting law enforcement, or political violence.
Now is not that time.
Our battle is coming. There is no other group of people I would rather go into it with than the responsible, passionate gun owners whom I know and whom I have met through this space. I look forward to this fight, and I hope that you do as well. We are strong, we are not isolated, and we will be victorious.
Now is the time. Now is our time. Let’s make it count.