Stand-Down

We are at a turning point in the gun rights movement. In broad terms, this is a shift from defense to offense. It is predicated on a surge in gun sales, a surge concealed carry permits; as well as a focus on the tactical side of the debate.

Another major focus has been the rise of domestic terrorism, so-called “lone-wolf” attacks. These attacks are nearly impossible to detect, have no regard for laws by definition, and involve all manner of weapons (not specifically firearms). These attacks also showed the incredible cynicism of the anti-gun movement. Specifically, the media and anti-gun advocates jumped on the active shooter alert at Ohio State University, only to run from the story when it became obvious that the suspect was a lone-wolf, radicalized Muslim who attacked his victims with a knife. This was shown last year when Moms Demand Action referred to the victims of the Paris attacks as victims of “gun violence” while ignoring those killed in explosions and by the vehicle used to start the attack.

But as discussed in both the Tactical Review series and in Dirt and Blood last year, terror attacks are incredibly complex in terms of motive, weapon, and overall tactics. Anything can be a weapon, and both the Paris attacks and the Ohio State attacks proved that. The gun control argument simply cannot operate in that environment, as the argument is predicated entirely on undying faith in the law’s non-existent ability to prevent outright and virtually nothing else. It is predicated on perpetual defense, and never going on offense (no matter how many times the movement’s main advocates claim they support self-defense).

Additionally, we are seeing increasing support for concealed carry from law enforcement. From staunch advocate Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke (who almost certainly has the ear of President-Elect Trump and was one of Mr. Trump’s biggest supporters), pages like Deputy Matt of TheBangSwitch, and of course events like the 2013 PoliceOne survey of law enforcement (and more recent details from a survey taken this year. This was another pillar of the anti-gun movement, claiming that police supported tighter gun control laws. That is clearly no longer the case.

Perhaps the most direct evidence we have is the statistical evidence that the gun rights movement is beginning to seize on. Violent crime hit its lowest levels in decades back in 2014. Despite this, the public is (up until very recently), largely unaware of this, which is exploited by anti-gunners desperate to engage on an emotional level.

But beyond all of this; the statistically-proven surge in gun sales, the expansion of gun rights across the nation, the tactical applications of expanding firearms rights (i.e. defense against lone wolf attacks, etc), and the major drop in violent crime (despite all of the above), there is another thing driving the strength of the gun rights movement. That is the overall pro-liberty movement, and the emphasis on self-reliance that it is predicated on. We discussed back in Lethal Ignorance the impact that the utter lack of self-reliance skills the American public seems to have. The liberty movement (and the survivalist offshoot), is predicated on self-reliance, empowerment, and a realistic interpretation of the world. Put more simply, both movements exist to allow people to have sole control of their lives, to have the tools and skills necessary to gain that control, and a realistic way of interpreting the world (evil exists vs. evil can be swatted down with a sheet of paper).

A movement based on giving people control over their own lives, up to and including the ability to defend their life (arguably the most important of all) is a powerful movement indeed.

it is because of all of the above reasons that the pro-gun movement (and the liberty movement generally) enter 2017 with an absurd amount of momentum. The recent attacks in Switzerland, Turkey, and Germany underscore the lack of response the anti-gun movement has to the emerging threat domestic terrorism, as well.

In short, as the pro gun movement shifts to a more tactical, statistical, and logical argument (beyond simply “it’s a right,” even though it most certainly is), the anti-gun movement is left with a message of dependence and defenselessness. In this age, that simply isn’t an acceptable stance, and the constant promises of bloodshed if their agenda is ignored continue to be proven as hyperbolic at best.

A few years ago, the pro-gun movement was supposed to be ruined. Now we stand on the edge of a renaisance.

Enjoy the holiday, and happy new year. 

And as always:

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Grab Bag: December 2016

Second to last broadcast. Tonight, a quick rundown of action in the House, a quick update to Dirt and Blood, and a brief look at the anti-gun reaction.

1.) House of Representatives. We closed last night discussing the excellent shape the gun rights movement is in as we close 2016. Now, in addition to President-Elect Trump’s Second Amendment Coalition (which we discussed last week), House Republicans have formed their own Second Amendment Caucus, headed up by Thomas Massie (R-KY), and including the likes of Justin Amash (R-MI). The Caucus is looking to serve as a sort of foundation for all pro-gun legislation that originates from the lower chamber. (And there is looking like there could be a torrent of pro-gun legislation from either chamber.)

2.) Anti-gun reaction. Breitbart.com has a great piece out encapsulating anti-gun reaction to Trump’s election, California’s Gavin Newsom called Trump’s victory a “step backward” for gun control. Newsom said that an expansion of gun rights would “put lives at risk” and would be a step backward for states that have “proven smart gun laws work.” What gun laws work, and what evidence there actually is that they work was lacking.

3.) Texas. Texas is looking at going Constitutional Carry. From the passage of Open Carry, it was clear that Open Carry Texas, and many pro-gun legislators in Texas, had much larger plans.

While an op-ed in TheBlaze focuses on the Texas case, its headline can apply almost certainly to the rest of 2017’s gun legislation. Prepare for gun control hysteria.

Open Carry.
Campus Carry.
Constitutional Carry.

The big fights for 2017.

Next week, some closing thoughts, and then we adjourn until January 14.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Dusk

Welcome back. It’s the end of 2016. We have two more Runs for 2016, then we meet again on January 14th, complete with a new President.

This week, we set the stage for 2017. Campus carry in 3 states, and the continuing decrease of homicides.

1.) Campus Carry. Ohio’s got campus carry….sort of. Florida is working on it, and Georgia is going to give it another round in the next session. Sure enough, alongside Constitutional Carry, Campus Carry is continuing to be one of the main focal points of the debate going into 2017.

The bill in Ohio is largely a paper tiger, giving local jurisdictions the ability to “opt-in” to allowing the practice (which just about nobody is going to do. The Students for Concealed Carry chapter is already working on a bill for next session to force public colleges to allow for campus carry.

Georgia’s bill was vetoed in this session alongside the Religious Freedom Bill. There was some side-stream discussion that the death of Gov. Deal’s Opportunity School District at the ballot box is due in part to those vetoes. Georgia campus carry already is being written, and should be ready in time for the start of the session in January. Florida is also working on a similar reboot effort

2.) Nationwide Reciprocity. You would think that legislation at the Federal level to force all states to honor CCW permits would be given a ton of support. But while the possibility of nationwide reciprocity even has it’s own legislation, there is a debate as to whether or not the Federal government should be given any authority at all over a state’s CCW permitting process at all.

3.) Homicides decline. The Washington Examiner has a report out showing that homicides have hit record lows, in the face of constant claims of an “epidemic of gun violence” that apparently isn’t there. This, going into 2017, makes attempts to get gun control in the aftermath of a shooting even less solid of a prospect (leaving aside the cynical effort with which the Ohio State University stabbings were swept to the side when the weapon turned out to be a knife and not a gun.) But while the fulcrum of the anti-gun movement falls apart, the fulcrum of the pro-gun movement, the tactical aspects of self-defense, can only get stronger. As we have discussed before, the anti-gun movement has no answer to lone-wolf attacks like OSU, and certainly not attacks that we saw elsewhere this year.

With a pro-gun Congress, and a President pro-gun enough to have the head of SilencerCo as an adviser, the future of gun rights in America looks quite good for at least the next four years.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.