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What Gun Owners Can Learn from Tea Party Activists

I think one of the most relevant lessons for gun owners from tea party efforts to fight Obamacare is that we need to be everywhere. Lawmakers and their staffers shouldn’t be able to go one single day without hearing from at least a handful of Second Amendment supporters. I realize that Obamacare ultimately passed, but not without considerable political losses. That’s not something the Democrats can afford to take again in 2014, and they know it. Obama might not know it, but the other members of his party know it.

Regardless, it’s heartening to hear stories about lawmakers being swarmed by pro-Second Amendment questions at their town hall meetings.

U.S. Rep. Charles W. Dent got a double-barrelled reception on his first visit to Hamburg, where he was peppered with questions on gun control during a town hall meeting Wednesday.

“How are you going to vote on the gun control bill?” a woman demanded. …

The audience, primarily senior citizens, took aim at President Barack Obama’s call for a ban on assault-style weapons, characterizing the president as a dictator intent upon disarming the American public.

“Are you going along with legislation that violates my God-given right to bear arms?” asked James Bewley of Windsor Township. “I believe the federal government is overstepping its bounds.”

Keep it up.

2 Responses to “What Gun Owners Can Learn from Tea Party Activists”

  1. Harold says:

    Heh. He’s obviously a gun grabber, but he’s being told in no uncertain terms that’s unacceptable. To repeat a favorite quote from Milton Friedman:

    I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or if they try, they will shortly be out of office.

  2. Jeremiah says:

    Agreed- I am now involved with gun rights, Tea Party, and Republicans to get them all working together. Yes, this means fixing the Republican’s somewhat. It can be done, and perhaps can get rid of some of the weak-kneed variety.

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