The statists are in full bore tyrant mode with state legislators proposing everything from warrant-less house checks on future to be registered “assault weapons” owners, to preventing free speech anonymity. But there is a sliver lining to it all. A couple actually.
Back in ’94 during the debate on the “assault weapons” ban, the left and the media (I repeat myself) framed the debate and it was centered on “sporting purposes” bullshit. The truth about the 2nd Amendment wasn’t widely repeated and our fellow citizens remained ignorant of it’s true intent. Now, thanks to Algore’s wondrous interwebtubies, that is not the case. People who had never before thought about it are being exposed to the original intent of not only the 2nd, but the whole Constitution. People are waking up and the legacy media have lost their propagandist monopoly on the debate.
Additionally, like in ’94, millions of people who were unarmed before are now arming themselves. As an example, I was at my range today with a student (first time gun owner) and after we were done I stayed behind to drool over what was left in the cases and shoot the shit with the staff. I watched a very diminutive lady in her late 50’s to early 60’s pick up two new pistols. She was smartly dressed and very classy, in no way the stereotypical frothing mad gun owner the media would prefer to betray. She was obviously a first time gun owner. Her, and the millions like her who have armed themselves since the latest round of statist power grabs started, are not going to go away. If the gun bans are defeated they are not going to sell their guns and go “Whew, that’s a relief.”
If we can avoid the coming thunderstorm and somehow manage to reverse the tyrannical aspirations of the socialist pricks, there will be a whole new segment of our society who have been exposed to the shooting world and no longer believe the lies foisted on them about their fellow citizens who own guns.