The gun control advocates have been very patient and intentional in their pursuit of disarming us. They have used long term planning and tactics, hijacking our educational and court systems, and enticing the media with increased ratings through fear. To use a phrase from my Marine Corps days, it’s time to adapt and overcome. I plan to use this column to help develop a long term vision for combating those that would take away our second amendment right to bear arms. I hope you join me for the journey, not only join me, but collaborate to develop a viable long term plan to retain our freedoms. I hope this will be an active and engaged community, because I am sure not smart enough to figure this out on my own.
Seriously, we have to start thinking generationally. The enemy inside our gates has been at this a long time, so we must combat it with the same intentionality. In the short term though there are options. First and foremost it is time to start hitting the gun free zones in their most important nether regions, their wallets. Obviously, states have mandated gun free zones, such as schools, or bars, but some individual companies elected to also not allow patrons the right of self-protection. For whatever reason, these companies have decided to take responsibility for the safety of their customers. Follow my logic here, a company has implied that they assume the responsibility of protecting their customer by removing the ability for the customer to protect themselves. There are many misguided reasons why they have so chosen, such as insurance breaks, or they are liberal left, or religious right, the reason matters little to me. They are in business to make money, so that is where we must attack. Our voice must be united and strong. The message must be loud and clear, if you assume to take our ability to protect ourselves an attack occurs in your business we will hold you liable for not providing adequate protection.
We have to share this message everywhere, on every social media platform. Even those people that do not believe in protecting themselves would be likely to sue if they or a family member have been attacked in a gun free zone. The next shooting that occurs in a business that does not allow concealable weapons needs to be sued by all those involved. A lawsuit has to occur, and has to be won to set a precedent so that other shop owners understand the responsibility they bear if they elect to disarm their legal patrons. I know that the defense is that we have the ability to choose not to shop at those locations, and that may be a defensible position for a small store, but not so much if it is an entire mall, or a large department store, restaurant chain, or movie theater. For those locations it may be that it would generate undue burden to expect the customer to go elsewhere, or a myriad of other potential issues. I am not a lawyer, but I am willing to help fund such a lawsuit. We, the gun community, must be willing to assist those that would fight to set precedent and further our goals.
I am excited about where we are headed. The gun control groups have never been more brazen, but our community is also becoming more outspoken and I am happy to play a small role in it, however that may work out. You all are some great people, and I look forward to getting to know you all more. Peace out.