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Wayne LaPierre has just released a new video message on NRATV titled, “NRA: Donald Trump’s Strongest Ally.” In it, the NRA Executive Vice President and CEO discusses how gun owners and patriots defied the media and their elitists friends to send Donald J. Trump to the White House. “This election was a grassroots rejection of the elite class that wants to rule America. And the only organization that has fought that fight without apology is the National Rifle Association of America,” LaPierre says. He also notes that “But the time for celebration is over. Our moment to make history begins now … Already, the forces that conspired to keep Donald Trump out of the White House are coming together to sabotage his administration.”

LaPierre then calls upon “the tens of millions of patriots all over this country who stood by our side in defense of Donald Trump—to stand by our side once more.” LaPierre states that “Our time is now,” and asks freedom loving Americans to stand with the NRA to help Donald J. Trump “put a pro-2nd Amendment majority on the Supreme Court,” among other things. “Together, we will truly make America great again,” LaPierre says.  Supporters are asked to share the video using #OurTimeisNow.

Yesterday, Tom Gresham spoke with NRANews Cam and Company host Cam Edwards about what drove gun owners to the polls this year to cast a vote for Donald Trump.  Gresham is the host of “Gun Talk,” the only nationally syndicated radio talk show about firearms, the shooting sports and gun rights. He talked about the reasons why Americans voted to make Donald Trump the next president, saying they were sick of being ignored, mocked and called names – all because they don’t not agree with the left. The “deplorables,” as Hillary Clinton called them, live in small towns, are gun owners, go to church and work hard to pay their bills. Gresham described several people he knows who had not voted in the past three elections, but they voted this time. With the collapse of gun control as an electable issue, Tom explained that there is no gun control movement. There is just Michael Bloomberg and his money. The below clip originally aired on Cam and Company on 12/12/16.

 

That is the title of a forum that was held at the Heritage Foundation yesterday.  With the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, author of the majority opinion in the landmark Second Amendment case, District of Columbia v. Heller, appears to be more in danger than ever.   Hillary Clinton has said more than once that the Court got it wrong and she will appoint a justice that will assist in overturning it.  Three distinguished individuals discussed whether gun control measures are effective at preventing violence or do they end up doing more harm than good as well as whether gun control restrictions constitutional.  The three panelists were:

John Lott
Author of The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies

Nelson Lund
Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

David Clarke, Jr.
Sheriff, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

The Washington Post has the story here.

Tom Gresham predicted near the end of his Sunday “After Show” podcast that if Hillary wins, you won’t be able to find an AR-15 on the shelf.  Look’s like this gun shop is trying to get a jump on the sales.

You can make sure that doesn’t happen though – vote on November 8th, and #GunVote.

In this election, not just the White House is at stake.  We must keep the House and the Senate to stop an assault on our rights.  NRA reminds us that Freedom Runs in Every Race.

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Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. has had enough of the so-called “Black Lives Matter” movement.  Clarke has called the movement “a political construct that has nothing to do with black lives.” Following a weekend in Milwaukee that saw Black Lives Matter extremists, along with anarchists, burn down businesses and attack innocent bystanders, Sheriff Clarke was interviewed on NRA News’ Frontlines, hosted by Lt. Col Oliver North. Speaking about Black Lives Matter, Clarke asserts, “It’s a dangerous, hateful, destructive ideology,” and that they are “purveyors of hate toward American police officers.” He also takes on the political correct portrayal of the extremist ideology as some type of new civil rights movement: “How did we fall this fast? From Rosa Parks to Mike Brown.” The Milwaukee County Sheriff also points out that Brown, along with Eric Garner and Freddie Gray, “are criminals who engaged in behavior that contributed to what happened to them.”

 

Just a little less than a year ago, the Chicago Tribune wrote this editorial:

The recent deadly shooting at an Oregon community college, like so many before it, isn’t likely to lead to new federal laws designed to curb dangerous people’s access to guns. While this understandably frustrates supporters of gun safety legislation, there is reason for them to be hopeful. The National Rifle Association’s days of being a political powerhouse may be numbered.

Why? The answer is in the numbers.

Support for, and opposition to, gun control is closely associated with several demographic characteristics, including race, level of education and whether one lives in a city. Nearly all are trending forcefully against the NRA.

The core of the NRA’s support comes from white, rural and relatively less educated voters. This demographic is currently influential in politics but clearly on the wane. While the decline of white, rural, less educated Americans is generally well known, less often recognized is what this means for gun legislation.

Yesterday, this editorial appeared in the Tribune:

The group has been racking up victories in conservative states that have adopted wholesale the movement creed that guns on campus, in bars, at church, in cars — guns everywhere — constitutes both a rational public policy and an extension of liberty.

Still, it’s more than likely that, for the NRA, it’s downhill from here. In fact, some of the organization’s strengths may prove to be its undoing.

Having abandoned even a pretense of bipartisanship, the NRA benefits from a conservative network of allies, including the religious right. But it has completely forfeited influence with Democrats, who have concluded that they have nothing to lose in becoming a party fully devoted to gun regulation. With the GOP publicly unraveling, congressional Democrats appear poised to grow stronger. That’s not good for the NRA.

It’s not like the NRA stopped supporting Democrats that support our Second Amendment rights.  But at the national level, pro-rights Democrats have pretty much gone the way of the Dodo Bird.  Look at what they did to Bernie Sanders (no “A” rated candidate) for having taken the common sense approach that firearm manufacturers should not be sued out of business when a criminal uses a firearm in a crime.  That’s kind of like suing Ford when a drunk driver kills someone while driving drunk in an F-150.  Ford had no control over that. Neither does Remington or Smith and Wesson have control over a criminal getting their hands on a firearm and using it to kill someone.

The Tribune has a point when it talks about changing demographics.  The NRA is making efforts to address that with folks like Colion Noir, Chris Cheng, Antonia Okafor and Gabby Franco as NRANews Commentators or in outreach ads.  Noir and Okafor are Black, Cheng is Asian and gay, and Franco is a Latino immigrant.  One can argue as to whether the out reach is successful but the organization did recognize it needed to put forward others than just the stereotypical “old white guy” and it continues to expand the list of folks appearing in those efforts.

It is not good for our rights when only one party supports them because at some point, the one that is with you will start taking your for granted.  But the NRA and it’s members are not going to support candidates who do not stand for our freedom.  What is needed is to bring those individuals from groups like blacks, Asians, Latinos, and others who do own firearms into the fold and get them understand why they need to be NRA members and support candidates who support their right to own firearms.  It is up to us who know those people to make those efforts, not just the folks at NRA HQ.