I learned to shoot when I was 12 years old, bought my first gun when I was 21 but did not get into politics or even vote in Virginia till much later in life.
It was what my parents did and it seemed boring and not important. It waaaas boring until I realized how fragile our rights are, and that my vote could make a difference for me, my life, and my community. So, despite wasting many years not caring, I got involved, spent time learning about the issues and voting in every election that came.
The work is not done and will never be done, but there is joy in knowing you did your part and made a difference. As a gun owner, it is your responsibility to get involved in the conversation about your rights. The rights to own a firearm you have today may not be your rights tomorrow.
Bring the Fight Home
The fight for these rights is happening at every level, local, state, and federal. Imagine the new gun you bought just yesterday is now illegal to own or carry in your state? Think about that rifle you have, maybe an AR15 you got for hunting or protection, it may become illegal across the US. Ask yourself what you would do if that pistol you bought 20 years ago for concealed carry became illegal to use in your county or city.
Your rights as a US citizen are being modified to fit the narrative of the politicians in power. The US Constitution and Bill of Rights were written, not to give us these rights, but to protect them. The Second Amendment right to bear arms is continually up for discussion but in some places, it’s our First Amendment and our Sixth Amendment right that are on the block.