The push for personal disarmament is going to go national in 2020, but already we can see the efforts of anti-gun activists and politicians across the country during the current legislative session. Bans on semi-automatic firearms and magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds, huge tax increases on ammunition, demands to examine your social media profiles and internet search history before you can purchase a gun, “universal” background check mandates, storage laws, “red flag” laws that can disarm individuals with nothing more than a wink and a nod to due process, and dozens of other bills aimed directly at your Second Amendment rights have been filed, debated and, in some cases, already signed into law in states across the country this year.
The advocates of disarmament believe that this is the best opportunity they’ve had in decades to not just nibble around the edges, but to take a big bite out of the Bill of Rights. It’s up to us to stop them. This fight stretches from the floors of Congress, to state capitol rotundas, to courtrooms across this nation. It’s taking place in city council chambers in Pittsburgh, where hundreds of gun owners recently turned out in opposition to unconstitutional and illegal local gun control proposals. It’s happening in school board meetings, like the one in Lee County, Va., where school board members voted to vet and train volunteer staff to be armed as a first line of defense for students, and also voted to sue the state’s attorney general after he declared it would be illegal for these teachers to carry a firearm in the schools.
It’s easy to get distracted by the latest Marxism for Dummies-style tweet from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or any number of other silly political stories. Today’s politics can be endlessly entertaining, but the truth is we don’t win when we’re entertained. We win when we’re engaged. And right now, we need to be engaged like never before, because the threat to our rights is greater than it has ever been.