It was just a few short months ago that newspaper headlines were screaming about the need to gut the right to keep and bear arms. Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote that, in his opinion, the Second Amendment should be repealed outright. Anti-gun activists declared that it was time for a ban on commonly owned semi-automatic rifles, shotguns and handguns. Lawmakers from coast to coast introduced legislation making it a crime to continue to possess guns and magazines legally purchased from federally licensed firearm retailers.
You don’t see many of those same calls as we get ready for Election Day this year. But you can be sure that if they take power in Congress and in state capitals, the same politicians that have been claiming to “support the Second Amendment” while seeking “common-sense gun safety regulations” will be pushing the outright bans they really desire. It’s already happening in places where anti-gun activists feel like they can win—states like California and New Jersey, as well as towns like Deerfield, Ill.
These gun control activists know that if they keep talking about what they really want, they won’t stand a chance at the ballot box. For now they’re trying to “moderate” their message. Don’t be fooled. Vote like your rights are at stake in this election, because they absolutely are. The future of the Second Amendment is up to us, and it’s time to defend our right to keep and bear arms one vote at a time.