If it seems like it has been a while since I wrote anything…I guess it has been. But to be perfectly honest, I’ve been having a hard time finding anything to get excited about when it comes to gun rights these days.
I suppose I could be “glass half-full” about it. Though there are some anti-gun threats in some of the states, there isn’t any realistic threat to gun rights at the federal level right now. That is certainly a great improvement over what went on over the last eight years, and could have happened had last year’s election turned out differently. And while groups like Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action continue to flail away at gun rights, public opinion polls and gun sales stats emphasize just how out of step they are with most of America, and their efforts reliably fail at a national level.
If you like the status quo, I guess there isn’t a whole lot to gripe about.
But if you find the status quo unsatisfactory (as I do), then the glass is most definitely half-empty. Here we sit, seven months into an administration which arguably has in their hands more power to push back anti-gun legislation and regulation than any administration in over a decade, and they have accomplished next to nothing. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38), the Hearing Protection Act (H.R. 367), and their companion bills in the Senate, have sat and languished in committee since January. And besides these two prominent pieces of legislation, others which have been introduced to reduce or eliminate “gun-free” zones or to roll back restrictions on interstate firearms purchase have gone completely quiet. Meanwhile, politicians who campaigned on promises of positive action on gun rights simply propose half-measures on reciprocity designed to benefit themselves, and squabble about what new version of Obamacare they’re going to pass.
So gun rights sit stagnant in the doldrums of summer. Nothing moves…like a mass of summertime hot air…centered over Washington, D.C.
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