Originally published in the June 2018 Official Journals of the National Rifle Association
Our enemy has revealed its true self, and there is no doubt about its ultimate goal: They want to repeal the Second Amendment.
Let that sink in and feel it in your heart. Repeal the Second Amendment.
Think about your America, your country, your family, your values and your freedom.
Repeal the Second Amendment.
“Repeal of the Second Amendment” is how anti-gun activists and marchers “should seek more effective and more lasting reform,” wrote former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. “They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.”
Demand a repeal. He said it straight out.
This comes as no surprise to America’s law-abiding gun owners or nra members. We pay attention. We know their agenda.
Just last fall, New York Times columnist Bret Stephens also called for the repeal of the Second Amendment. Some people thought that was a first. But I’ve been warning gun owners for decades that anti-gunners' ultimate goal has been, and remains, the complete destruction and elimination of all of our Second Amendment freedom.
Back in 1993, when the Clinton administration passed the failed Brady Bill waiting period, anti-gun lobbyist Richard Aborn mocked the nra's warning that the measure was just the nose of the camel under the tent of freedom, saying the rest of the camel of gun control was soon to follow.
The year prior, in 1992, then-NBC President Michael Gartner wrote in USA Today, “There is no reason for anyone in the country, for anyone except a police officer or a military person, to own, to have, to use, a handgun. The only way to control handgun use in this country is to prohibit the guns. And the only way to do that is to change the Constitution.”
In 1994, USA Today ran an opinion piece declaring, “There is no individual right to bear arms in the Bill of Rights.”
The New York Post ran another op-ed in 1994, claiming that “law-abiding Americans have no unconditional right to firearms access.” This came a decade before the San Francisco Barrister ran an opinion piece by anti-gun activist Dennis Henigan, in which he falsely declared that “the idea that the Bill of Rights guarantees each individual a right to own a gun … is a constitutional illusion.”
In 2000, the Austin American-Statesman opined flatly, “There is no Constitutional guarantee for private ownership of firearms.”
In the aftermath of Justice Stevens’ call for repeal, publications from Esquire to Vanity Fair to publications with liberal columnists across the country were eager to jump on the bandwagon. Larry King got on board. MSNBC's Joy Reid joined in. A Miami Herald op-ed said eliminating the Second Amendment is “not a crazy idea.”
Karen Carter Peterson, the chairwoman of the Louisiana Democratic Party and vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, tweeted out her full support to “Repeal the Second Amendment.”
The spate of this spring’s gun control marches were loaded with all kinds of signs and chants calling for everything from destroying the NRA to obliterating the Second Amendment entirely. Even so, many liberal pundits and activists have attempted to deny their true agenda to repeal our freedom.
Do not be fooled by any of the lying activists and politicians who say they support the Second Amendment—only to then support and vote for every kind of gun control law they can conjure.
Banning an entire class of firearms owned by millions of law-abiding Americans is not support for the Second Amendment. Neither are all the calls for banning law-abiding young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 from purchasing a firearm, nor are calls to ban ammunition and magazines, and neither are calls to impose onerous taxes on the firearms and gear America’s 100 million gun owners lawfully purchase and enjoy in the exercise of their personal freedom.
All of those proposed regulations to restrict our individual freedom add up to the one final step they want most of all—total destruction and elimination of the Second Amendment in their utopian society where individual freedom exists no more.
NRA members recognize that very real threat to our freedom. We know the stakes of the coming election, when every ounce of our Second Amendment liberty is on the line. Every election counts and every NRA member and gun owner nationwide must be counted. That is how we once again, as we have in so many elections, save our country and the freedoms upon which it was founded.
The stakes could not be higher. The Second Amendment is truly on the line. Freedom is gravely at risk. For all of our freedoms, we must and we will, stand together. Stand and fight to preserve our rights and our nation!