“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.” – 1 Corinthians 13:11

Well, here we go. As I write this, Ted Cruz has suspended his campaign, and word is that John Kasich will soon do the same. The stage is set for a general presidential election which will offer us this single choice: President Donald Trump or President Hillary Clinton. One of them will be the next president.

I don’t like either one of them, but no matter how I feel about it I also know that there is no viable third way, and I do not have the luxury of pouting in the corner because my guy didn’t make the cut. It is time to be an adult and make an adult decision.

Hillary Clinton has made clear her intentions towards the 2nd Amendment. She has publicly stated that she believes the Supreme Court got it wrong in DC vs. Heller, and she intends to empanel justices who would reverse that ruling. Understand that the essence of Heller is simply the statement that you have an individual right to own a firearm, rather than that right being reserved for a collective, organized, state-run militia. Understand that if Heller were reversed, states and localities would begin to pass laws which would increasingly restrict your right to own a firearm (never mind to carry it), and that a Clinton-appointed Supreme Court would support them. Understand that any Supreme Court justices she appoints will likely remain on the bench for at least 30 years. The damage to the 2nd Amendment would be tremendous, and many of us would not live long enough to even see the beginning of any sort of reversal.

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“The Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment. And I am going to make that case every chance I get.”

I have also seen some who have pooh-poohed this fear, saying that she will never be able to damage gun rights to any great extent, that the President isn’t that powerful, and we shouldn’t get that worked up about it. I wish that were true, and in the type of Republic that the Founders envisioned, it would be. No single branch of the supposed “co-equal” branches of government would be able to wield that sort of power. But if you believe that’s the sort of government we have today, I have a bridge in Manhattan for sale, and I’ll give you a great price on it.

The sad truth is that the Legislative branch of the government has largely abdicated their authority to the Executive, and as such, with the backing of the Judicial branch (which the Executive appoints)…the Executive can do pretty much whatever they want. That’s the reality we have to deal with. And Hillary Clinton has told us right up front exactly what she wants when it comes to gun rights. She wants them gone.

So the real choice in November is simple. You can vote for Trump, or you can vote against the 2nd Amendment. That’s it. Any pro-gun rights voter who abstains from this election, or who votes for a third party candidate, or who writes in their ideal candidate is very simply helping Hillary Clinton win and voting for the demise of the 2nd Amendment. That is the reality of the political landscape. Talk principles and “lesser of two evils is still evil” all you want, but do anything but vote for the “R” candidate and you are voting against the 2nd Amendment. There’s your greater evil right there.

There is no third way.

Children stomp their feet and threaten to take their vote and go home if they don’t get their way. Adults are often faced with making difficult or unpalatable choices in order to do the responsible thing. I’m an adult, and I’m voting for the 2nd Amendment.

— Dave Cole

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