There’s a reason gun owners make up one of the largest, most effective voter blocs in American politics. We take our freedom seriously because we feel the impact of election wins and losses in our daily lives. But with concealed carry on the march and gun sales at all time highs, have you noticed a growing number of the politically complacent in our ranks? They apparently forget how long it took to dissolve the Gun Control Act of 1968; how closely the Clinton assault weapons ban came to being permanent; and how closely the Supreme Court came to ruling that the Second Amendment doesn’t really mean what it says.
Gun owners who sit out the 2012 election surely endanger all we’ve accomplished. If we don’t “cling to our guns,” to quote President Obama, but rather reelect him and bolster him with an assortment of anti-gun cronies in Congress, we’re looking at a worst-case scenario. Power would be in the hands of those who wouldn’t know the difference between an AR-15 and a sharp stick, yet want to know and control what’s in your gun safe. If they win, you lose, and these are the top nine ways you can expect your rights to be trampled.
<h2>Clinton-Like Power Abuses</h2>The ’90s were a bad time to be a gun owner, and not just because the music was terrible and dressing like a homeless drug addict was considered fashionable. Pride in firearm ownership and the freedom to do so was on the retreat. Gun rights were attacked both in the legislature and by an out-of-control executive branch. Bill Clinton’s BATFE earned a reputation for overstepping its bounds in regard to policing firearms retailers (FFLs). Under the guise of crime prevention, Clinton used the BATFE to stalk, harass and fine FFL holders for petty clerical errors. This had little effect on crime, but that was never the goal -- Clinton wanted to make life as difficult as possible for gun dealers, and he succeeded, as some did indeed close up shop. Insiders believe that a lame-duck Obama term would involve a similar ploy.
How do you think we can lose in 2012? Is there any way we win if Obama gets elected?