[Rushtalk] We Are Losing Congress Unless Gun Owners Become Gun Activists

Carl Spitzer {C Juno} cwsiv at juno.com
Sun Apr 22 14:56:32 MDT 2018


We Are Losing Congress Unless Gun Owners Become Gun Activists

Ammoland Inc. Posted on January 12, 2018 by Jeff Knox
Opinion

Nancy Pelosi Chuck SchumerNancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer. the leaders of
resistance against the American dream.

Buckeye, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- I hate being forced to break the gun
rights battle down on party lines. All Republicans aren't supporters of
the Constitution and the right to arms, nor are all Democrats enemies of
our rights, but the fact is, Republicans, as a party, have embraced the
idea of God-given rights that include the fundamental natural right of
self-defense, and Democrats, as a party, have embraced a view of rights
that are granted by an expanding State, where protection is left to
police, or for those so entitled, armed security details.

Even if an individual politician stands with gun owners, if the
politician's party doesn't, then having that politician in office can be
damaging to rights. Even if they have the integrity to defy their party
leadership on gun votes, every additional Democrat in Congress puts
Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi that much closer to being Majority Leader
and Speaker.

Picture this: Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as Senate Majority Leader with Dianne
Feinstein (D-CA) as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. How do
you think that would play out for your rights?

In the House the scenario is just as dire with Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as
Speaker, and Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) leading
an anti-rights, rogues gallery in the House Judiciary Committee.



At a minimum, having a Democrat majority in either House guarantees an
absolute halt on any forward momentum on human rights issues.

The House runs under “simple majority” rules, meaning that not only
would Pelosi control the agenda and what comes to the floor, but as long
as she can wrangle one vote more than Republicans do, she can pass
legislation. A Democrat majority in the Senate would mean that Chuck
Schumer could – and undoubtedly would – put an immediate stop to all of
President Trump's judicial appointments, especially any appointment to
the Supreme Court.


        And while Schumer and his Democrats have used long-standing
        filibuster rules to effectively block almost everything
        Republicans have tried to pass through the Senate over the past
        year, they have also demonstrated a willingness to throw those
        rules out the window if it suits their objectives – as they did
        with the so-called “nuclear option” doing away with the
        filibuster for judicial appointments. So there is nothing but
        tradition standing between Chuck Schumer and simple majority
        rule in the Senate. And Schumer and company have made it clear
        that tradition is of little importance to them.
        


Right now, many Americans are frustrated with Congress for their failure
to get things done. Most of that frustration is falling on Republicans
who campaigned on promises to repeal Obamacare, close the borders,
reform immigration, and reduce taxes and regulations, along with
promises to restore gun rights. Most of those objectives have been
effectively blocked by Senate Democrats – with collusion from some
Republicans – but Republicans have failed to make a strong, visible
effort, and they've failed to clearly pin the obstructionism on the
Democrats. Rather than push the legislation that they promised to their
constituents, and forcing the Democrats to actively fight it,
Republicans have tended to look at vote counts and conclude that they
can't win, so they don't even try.


        The legislative result might be the same, but the perception of
        the public is that Republicans aren't doing what they promised.
        


Republicans should have a huge advantage in the Senate elections,
because there are many more Democrat-held seats up this cycle than
Republican-held seats, and many of those seats are in states where Trump
won majorities. I examined that more closely a few weeks ago in this
article. But with the resignations of several Senate Republicans like
Jeff Flake of Arizona and Steve Corker of Tennessee, the advantage is
waning. And while most Republicans are not lamenting the departure of
these senators, they will certainly lament the resulting imbalance if
Democrats win a majority.

Human RightsWho Needs The Second Amendment?

On the House side, Republicans are in a more precarious position as many
have announced that they will not be seeking reelection. Many of these
retiring representatives happen to come from districts that Hillary
Clinton won last year, so there is much speculation that these are rats
fleeing a sinking ship.


        If these politicians are bailing because they fear defeat at the
        polls based solely on Clinton's numbers, they are being foolish.
        


Perhaps reelection will be harder for some, thanks to the way the media
and Democrats have energized their base with their endless moaning and
gnashing of teeth over President Trump (not infrequently encouraged by
the Presidents own antics), but presidential election numbers are a poor
indicator of voter inclinations for congressional races, especially
after a race as negative as the last one.


        A much bigger factor will be what voters think when they start
        noticing more money in their paychecks next month, thanks to the
        Republican tax reform.
        

For those who care about the right to arms, the time to start getting
involved in politics is right now – not in November, or October, or
July.

Right now you can begin learning about candidates, volunteering for
campaigns, and getting involved in your local party structure. Campaigns
and the parties are always struggling to find more volunteers, and by
getting involved now, you will get a better footing, be recognized by
candidates and leaders, and position yourself to not only make a
difference in elections, but also to have a politician's ear once they
are in office.

Get together with a shooting buddy, and make it a team project. Start
with your state or county party, and get involved with your local club.
Check with your Secretary of State to see if there are open Precinct
Committeeman positions open in your area, and fill the vacancies.

Vist NRA Political Victory Fund website and volunteer:
https://www.nrapvf.org/volunteer/

Volunteer to man a candidate's or party table at area gun shows. That
usually comes with free admission, and a great excuse to go to every
show. It can also position you as a politician's go-to guy on gun
issues. Most of them don't really understand our issue as anything other
than a political point, so even the ones already on our side often need
to be educated.



As Tip O'Neil used to say, “All politics is local,” and getting involved
in local politics really does make a difference. Don't wait for Election
Day to do something. Get involved right now, and make a real difference,
because if we lose Congress, we lose rights.



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