As I write a column that won’t make it to newsstands and mailboxes for months, it’s the first day of the federal government shutdown, brought to a head by House Republicans refusing to fund a budget that includes ObamaCare, itself just open for enrollment as of midnight. How long the impasse will last—hours, days or longer—is something you holding a printed page will know but I cannot.
Nor can I tell what our most imminent threat will be—perhaps a current drive that’s moved the ball further down the field, or perhaps something not altogether unforeseen, such as another “gun free zone” exploitation with the attendant demand to disarm you and me. Only one thing is certain: the attacks will continue to come from all directions.
Take the aforementioned “Affordable Health Care Act.” Henny Youngman would add “Please!”
“The consequences for gun owners—once ObamaCare is implemented—will be immense,” Gun Owners of America warned in a member alert. “Once the government starts using medical maladies (such as PTSD, ADHD, etc.) as reasons to put our names in the NICS system, will those names ever be removed? Just ask the more than 150,000 military veterans how it’s going for them!”
And then there’s the UN Arms Trade Treaty, recently signed on our “behalf” by Secretary of State John Kerry. True, an advise and consent resolution with concurrence by “two thirds of the Senators present” has not passed, nor does it look likely that one will, and true, Obama has been warned in a letter by Ranking Foreign Relations Committee member Bob Corker of Tennessee that he shouldn’t take any executive actions to implement the treaty before it’s ratified.
Hey, this is Obama we’re talking about. Just what will the Republican leadership have the nerve to do if he acts unilaterally anyway, relying on worm-tongued spokesmen and media cheerleaders to paint any fragmented opposition as the bad guys?
Speaking of executive actions, the White House has not been inactive. They’ve got a rulemaking change they’re pushing through the public comment cycle on gun trusts for NFA weapons, an import ban on military surplus weapons to save us all from gangbangers deploying with Garands, and a resurrected push on a rule change first proposed in 2005 to clarify the definition of the term “pistol,” among other plans in the works.
And it’s not just the White House. Various efforts at the state and local levels are keeping gun activists busy, as are legal challenges wending their way through the courts. Then there are distracting “private” assaults, such as those massively funded by Mike Bloomberg. There are manipulative, foundation-funded anti-gun “studies” that need countering and a media happy to misrepresent things every chance they get.
The antis are coming at us from all angles. There’s too much for one person to even keep up with, let alone effectively respond to, and we haven’t even addressed the effort necessary to start making our own advances.
I trust everyone reading this is an active and contributing member of at least one gun rights group?
By David Codrea