All Your Gun Base Are Belong To Us

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 3 months ago

For the progressives among us, I know what you’re thinking, or at least what you want your fellow progressives to think.  It took on all the hallmarks of a major defeat, the gun bill fiasco did.  Your President, your progressives in the Senate, and the turncoat Republicans all conspired to push your agenda, and it crashed and burned.  You’re heartbroken and outraged at the same time.

You’ve tried to convince yourself that it wasn’t really the defeat it seemed.  The tactics are to blame.  “While an A rating from the NRA has long been a point of pride for politicians, MAIG is hoping its grades soon will carry the same weight to ensure votes and donations. The Mayors Against Illegal Guns Scorecard will incorporate the voting records, bill co-sponsorships, and public statements of members of Congress to determine a letter grade, NRA-style. MAIG will look at politicians’ stances on high-capacity magazines, background checks, and state authority to establish standards for concealed carry.”

So the evil NRA just outdid you at your own game.  Copy their tactics, you will.  It must be the tactics, for it couldn’t be that America doesn’t want your gun control.  Yet another tactic you’re investigating is to convince yourselves that the NRA isn’t really as powerful as they seem.  You will talk enough to make people comfortable with your plans.  But you can’t decide if you’ve got the clout.  Joe Manchin even admitted “ff the NRA didn’t score this, we would’ve had 15 more votes.”

And oh, there are the excuses.  Poor Michael Hirsh has perhaps the best one.  ” … it is practically a iron law of politics that the larger the interest group—in this case, the 90 percent of all Americans who want background checks—the less likely it will be able to mobilize against a smaller, more organized and passionate interest group, such as the National Rifle Association.”  Nine out of ten people can’t win anything against the one holdout.

But Michael concludes that with enough money, threats, and primaried Senators, you should be able to construct a Senate that is more conducive to your interests.  So we’re back to the NRA tactics again – because, you know, it couldn’t be that people aren’t interested in your proposed gun control measures.  Surely 90%+ of the people think like you do, sensible people, who just didn’t play a role against that evil behemoth, the NRA.  Everyone was bullied by those monsters from the NRA, Wayne and Chris.

I know, you don’t want to believe that the polls are badly misleading when they ask about those ethereal platitudes, as opposed to when the specifics are presented, complicating things for you.  You don’t want to believe it even when your own press tells you this.  So the 90%+ number must be right, and the evil NRA is to blame, or your own tactics, or lack of money, or something like that.  It cannot be that the people aren’t interested in your gun control measures.

So you hate the evil NRA, and harbor even worse thoughts for the gun manufacturers who makes these ever improving products of death, convince Americans that they need them, and hand over the propaganda points to the NRA.  They all must be stopped, you think.

True enough, Wayne and Chris get beaten up a bit in the media, but that’s okay.  We gun owners expect them to take it, and pay them well for it.  We don’t feel too sorry for them.  But there is something that you really don’t understand about all of this, and I feel a bit apprehensive in telling you this, rather like I am divulging our secrets.  But I just have to say these things.

The way it really works is different than you think.

The NRA is hearing from its constituency (that would be us), and the firearms manufacturers do our bidding.  We’re the boss.  A firearm hasn’t been fully vetted until it hits the American civilian market (the military forces its folks to use the bidder of choice), and the manufacturers respond to us.  They make what we want.  They earn our money, and if you think that we sit back and wait for the manufacturers to tell us what to think, just ask Smith and Wesson what happened as a result of their agreement with the Clinton administration.

We send Wayne out with his talking points.  We set Chris up to succeed in the printed media.  They’re our front men.  But we know things you don’t.  You see, we have the guns.  We know gun owners … we know them at work and church and in our neighborhood.  We talk to them.  We see them at the range, we discuss things, we learn from each other.  We know that this 90% number you’ve thrown around isn’t right.  It’s an outright lie.  These 9 out of 10 gun owners you’re talking about just don’t materialize in reality.  We know.  We’re around gun owners every day.

The hard realities of life are sometimes difficult to digest.  But the reality is that we own the NRA.  You’re directing your hatred at the wrong folks.  The firearms manufacturers make what we want.  We keep them financially strong.  The Senators aren’t really afraid of the NRA or Smith and Wesson or Ruger.  They are afraid that smart analysts will figure out what they’re really doing and the gun owning public will be well educated in the finer legal points of the proposed laws.

They may be spewing their hatred for the NRA, but it’s us they really hate.  We are the overlords.  We are gun owners, and you don’t control the gun base you thought you did.  All your base are belong to us.  Make your time.

  • Greg

    In December it was a sure thing, their time had come, in one fell swoop they were going to dismantle the second amendment by legislative force. The AWB was a sure thing, the mag capacity limits was a sure thing, the evil NRA would dissolve, it was a sure thing. So why is CSGV members screaming from the Senate gallery? The AWB could not even get the communists in the senate to vote for it, the the holy of holies the school gun free zone lie is falling apart. Teachers are starting to carry, armed police roam the halls. In four short months their world has come crashing down, no wonder their heads are exploding. Make no mistake though, they will crawl out from under the rubble to attack again.

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  • mikee

    Your point about who controls what firearm manufacturers will make is amply demonstrated by the success of the Taurus Judge.

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  • Will

    I say let these self-deluded fools and their minions & supporters stay their foolish course. This nation is overdue for a good house-cleaning. What these idiots apparently fail to realize is that the vast majority of the people are so fed-up, disgusted and furious with the criminality of those inside the beltway, that when the time comes, the retribution for all the crimes against the Constitution, the treason, the crimes against humanity… will be so bloody it will be medieval… it will be biblical. -As in brimstone!

  • Mt Top Patriot

    Good piece. Insightful observations.
    Thanks for writing it.

    Would humbly care to add an observation of my own.
    They are afraid of something else. Deep down in their guts.
    These tyrants crooks liars and thieves, lording their ways of corruption, and moral turpitude against us.

    They are afraid of us having arms, because, they are afraid of what we could do to them, for what they are doing to us.

    They should be afraid.
    I want them to be afraid.
    Very afraid.
    I want them to have to seek the same protections the Constitution and bill of rights affords us.
    It is as the great writer TL Davis put it so succinctly:

    “It is not ours to restore the power of the Constitution. It is ours to show them the wrath of America without the protections the Constitution offers them.”

    “Let them restore it to find refuge from us.”

    And I think too, all this is boils down to two things, naked tyranny in our time, and the birth of restoration of Liberty in the hearts of men, everything else, is a side show to this reality.

  • Doug

    It will take only one patriot to decide that tyranny should end – one within 1,000 yards of the putative tyrant.
    They should ask themselves but one question: ‘How many of those we are attempting to tyranize are within 1,000 yards?’

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