|This year's New Millennium Alamo (NMA),
the upcoming election, will probably be the most crucial for pro-gun
voters in the history of America. Fortunately, we can still vote on
this stuff. The ABCs on the following pages can't. Read every word
of J.L. Spinks' Global Ban on Guns?, James Jay Baker's American
Viewpoint, in addition to the perspectives of Paul Peake on
Australia, Kent Armstrong on Britain, and Mike Chamberland on
Canada. Don't be guilty of taking your constitutional 2nd Amendment
rights for granted, especially in this type of political/media
environment. These articles will make you think about what could
happen if American gun owners don't continue to fight for what our
As important as anything else is to be as unified as we can this
year. There's strength and power in numbers, and the dissenting
factions and related whiners now have to get their oars in the water
with the rest of us and pull - hard. That means if you're still
holding a grudge against the NRA, including the cop killer bullets
and machine gun issues, get over it, and send in your lifetime
membership check NOW - it's never been more important. If you enjoy
guns, and still have faith that the American system works for the
majority, every one of you this fall has to vote against any
anti-gun incumbent or candidate, regardless of their political
affiliation or stance on other issues.
Being gun proactive this year also means supporting your local
and national shooting associations, conservation organizations, and
maybe most importantly, volunteering your time to help today's kids
learn and appreciate how much fun the safe handling of firearms can
be. If every one of us votes, and spends at least $200 this year on
supporting firearms associations/organizations, conservation groups,
local hunting and shooting clubs, and firearms heritage museums,
we're going to be in good shape by the time we bring out the party
favors at the end of 2000.
Independence and freedom have always carried a stiff price tag.
Our best defense has always been a strong offense. Are we overpaying
for freedom these days? Is all the violence, crime and destruction
(some of it firearms related) worth it? Can we afford this anymore?
And more importantly, if we didn't have our freedoms and
independence, what would they be worth to us? No one seems to mind
or complain about America winning WWI or WWII. And we didn't do it
with gun control or major press badmouthing and second guessing.
I've always said that without guns in America, the 4th of July would
be another country's holiday.
We all know that more gun laws are not the answer - enforcement
is. Regardless if the laws restrict, prohibit, or ban the number of
guns you can buy, the amount of ammo you can own, magazine capacity,
configuration, barrel length, or concealed carry, they simply won't
have any affect on criminals or criminal activity. All that is
accomplished is to further restrict the law abiding citizen. How
many thugs do you know that will safely install a trigger lock on
their stolen gun(s)?
Isn't it sad and ironic that when a drunk driver kills somebody,
we all know it's the driver's fault. No one seems to care that GM,
Ford, & Chrysler could put in a breathalyzer ignition device,
their equivalent of a trigger lock, to possibly prevent this
automotive bloodshed. Whenever the Internet gets hacked into, and
some credit card cyberspace ripoff occurs, does anybody ever point
the finger at the computer? Of course not. But when a crime occurs
using a gun, it's the gun's fault, not the criminal activity behind
it. The difference is that when something bad happens with a gun,
the results can usually be measured in blood and by the amount of
prime time media hype and political grandstanding. Maybe it's time
to take a lead from M.A.D.D., and form G.O.A.C. (Gun Owners Against
Crime). Think of the funding!
Once we all accept the fact that both guns and gun related
violence are not going to go away in this country, perhaps we should
concentrate on how guns can be more safely integrated into our
society, with the law abiding citizen becoming a crucial part of the
crime stopping solution, instead of trying to make us
"safer" by taking our gun rights away.