Last Wednesday, Colorado Governor John “Hick” Hickenlooper signed a partisan Democrat bill that outlawed nearly every pistol and rifle. All Glock pistols, the most popular brand, are now banned. Any magazine that can be “readily modified” to hold more than 15 rounds is now illegal. Perhaps the shop-lifter who sponsored the bill does not know, but almost all magazines are readily modified to hold extra rounds. Since no other state has such a law and Colorado is quite small, manufacturers may not make special 15 round magazines that cannot be modified. Further, existing weapons cannot be transferred, lent, gifted, or inherited. Colorado citizens will now really resemble Old-West denizens because the only sidearm now allowed will resemble John Wayne’s Colt .45 revolver.
V.P. Biden equates anyone who thinks gun-control is pointless and an affront to the values of the Constitution to a “black helicopter” conspiracy theorist. Democrats call gun-rights advocates “gun nuts” and “heartless.” The Old Media is fully engaged in marginalizing the image of gun owners and gun-rights advocates, and all the major TV carriers ban gun advertisements. In short, Democrats and their OM fellow travelers hate guns owners and want to disarm regular, honest people.
The US House will serve as a firewall against national gun-bans this year, and Coloradans who were caught off-guard by a Governor who had recently rejected gun-bans, are organizing politically. The NRA is suing New York for its six round magazine law, so perhaps Colorado is next on their list. The latest Democrat anti-gun-rights Napoleonic charge may well be repelled by common sense and political organization, but the Democrats have made clear that this issue is always a hidden priority. Democrats hate guns and want to disarm responsible citizens. What should be done to contain their totalitarian instincts permanently?
Gun owners are regular people who fully reflect the diversity of the US populace. Hunters, target shooters, homeowners, gun owners are spread across all parts of the US. Guns are also safe; owning a gun is safer than owning a swimming pool. The OM likes to demagogue that people with guns are more likely to commit suicide or be shot themselves. Maybe suicidal people and people who live in dangerous neighborhoods seek out pistols (i.e. Selection bias). In any event gun violence by honest people is rare, and deranged rampages are rarer still. Criminals are both the true source of gun violence and the ones who could not care less about a magazine-size misdemeanor on top of a murder charge.
Self-defense-rights advocates should seek to normalize the public image of gun owners. The left already knows that gun owners are actually pedestrian and mild. That is why far-left activists are attempting to silence gun-owner publications. That is why far-left bureaucrats attempt to raid the homes of fathers who post pictures of their sons exercising good gun safety. The Left’s goal is to maintain the false image of gun owners as irresponsible racists.
Fight back. Post a picture of yourself safely holding a pistol that Hick or Mayor Bloomberg would outlaw. Share your skeet scores on Facebook. Leave an outdoor magazine in your office’s waiting room. Teach a friend who has never held a firearm the rules of safe gun handling, and then take him to the range. Let people know you own a weapon and ask them if they think you are a “nut.” Ask them how many mouth-breathing, drooling “gun-nuts” they actually know. The Democrats waged a long-term battle against gun ownership by building a straw-man gun owner who is racist and paranoid. The battle to secure the right to bear arms will never stop, and the battle’s foundation is exercising The Right responsibly and conspicuously.