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Where Did I Put That Crystal Ball?

Where Did I Put That Crystal Ball?

This feature appears in the December ‘16 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.  

Welcome to the December issue of America’s 1st Freedom—the only magazine that every month, for the last 16-plus years, has kept you fully informed on the latest and most relevant issues dealing with your Second Amendment-protected right to keep and bear arms.

After several months of detailed pre-election coverage, you might be surprised by the lack of election coverage in this issue. The reason why is simple: Production for this issue had to be completed and the magazine sent to the printer well before the Nov. 8 election, but you’re getting your copy later in the month.

Consequently, when you read this you will already know whether we have a President Donald Trump or President Hillary Clinton. But without a functioning crystal ball, we’re flying blind at this end.And no matter who lives in the White House, backing down or letting up—even just a little—is simply something we cannot do. 

That doesn’t mean you won’t find the critical Second Amendment information you want and need in this issue, however. Some topics are timeless, though not any less important.

A good example can be found in “But A Whimper” on page 32—a feature story that I believe is one of the most important we have published in quite some time. Charles C.W. Cooke, a native of Great Britain, witnessed firsthand how the right to arms and the right to self-defense were incrementally attacked and were finally lost “across the pond.” A constant chipping away over a period of many decades gradually numbed gun owners to what was, little by little, happening to their freedom. In the end, Cooke writes, they lost their essential liberties “because the British were at the end of a long century of harsh restrictions, and had grown quietly accustomed to the infringement of their rights.”

If the story sounds familiar, that’s not surprising. The gun-control movement in the United States is planning a well-orchestrated sequel to Britain’s sad story, and we’re now in the middle stages of the production.If the story sounds familiar, that’s not surprising. The gun control movement in the United States is planning a well-orchestrated sequel to Britain’s sad story, and we’re now in the middle stages of the production. Chip away a little more here. Add another small restriction there. Pass just one more “reasonable” law. Embrace just one more “common-sense” proposal in the name of “gun safety.”

In the long run, whether we face four or eight years of President Clinton or President Trump, gun-ban advocates will continue to push the same old schemes in the hopes that we will become numb or finally just become too tired to fight back. And no matter who lives in the White House, backing down or letting up—even just a little—is simply something we cannot do.

To do so will be to hand a Great Britain-like future to our children and grandchildren—and that’s simply unacceptable.

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