It’s the time of year when Americans are inclined to make resolutions they may or may not keep. Some will opt to try and lose weight. Others may want to quit smoking, cut back on drinking, start an exercise program, go back to school, or find more rewarding employment. Those can all be worthy goals for gun owners to aspire to, but they neglect the preservation and restoration of the right to keep and bear arms, surely a concern of all who are not oblivious to the efforts of those working to undermine and eviscerate it.
In years past, I’ve come up with gun rights resolutions, each designed to highlight and further some aspect of RKBA, things like joining a gun rights group, taking a new person shooting, or getting a politician to unequivocally define their position on the right to keep and bear arms. See the complete list of those early suggestions here, as they’re all still applicable.
With some of the new developments we’re facing, defined in my wrap-up of what I consider to be the top gun rights stories of 2014, here are a few additional resolutions to add to the list:
Oppose Michael Bloomberg’s well-financed organized efforts in other states. He’s not confining where his tentacles spread, and we can’t either. What he started in Washington State is spreading to Nevada. After that, he’ll focus on the next target. Just because you don’t live there doesn’t mean the outcome won’t affect you.
Realize that “amnesty” for illegal immigrants resulting in millions of new anti-gun Democrat voters represents a direct legislative and judicial threat to the right to keep and bear arms — a threat those enabling it are counting on for the long game. Wishful thinking aside, all credible data confirms this, something those who discount the danger never refute with anything objective that can be audited. Demand gun rights organizations acknowledge this and include it as a factor in their political ratings.
Look to the defiant gun owners refusing to register their property in Connecticut, or to others refusing to comply with Bloomberg’s I-594 initiative and numerous other examples of principled and moral civil disobedience, a time-honored American tradition. Consider what your role in this growing phenomenon will be, along with the attendant risks, and then make a decision and follow your informed conscience.
As always, any list I could come up with will not be all-inclusive. Readers are urged to come up with new ideas or variations on old ones, and invited to share them. If you think about it, none of these are exclusive of the others, so there is nothing to stop you from making and keeping multiple resolutions. With all of the options available, and with how little it would take to keep most of them, gun owners really have no legitimate excuse for not getting involved and making a positive difference.