What Can We Do To Preserve Our 2nd Amendment?

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Second AmendmentOur Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms have been coming under severe attack over the last several years. Ever since President Obama took office, he’s been seeking every opportunity he could to infringe upon those rights. Gun and ammo sales have gone through the roof, as people have sought to make sure that they bought guns before Obama managed to make it illegal.

The truly surprising thing about all this is that Obama didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to repeal the 2nd Amendment during his first two years of office, while he had control over both houses of Congress. Had he tried to then, he might have been able to succeed; after all, he managed to push Obamacare through, without a single Republican vote.

Gun control advocates give all sorts of emotional reasons why guns should be taken out of the hands of ordinary citizens and left in the hands of only the police and military.

They point to statistics from countries which have strict gun control laws, and applaud them for their low murder rates. But they are selective in their choosing of facts when they do that, making sure that they use facts which can be bent to supporting their situation.

One of their favorite facts is that there is more gun-related violence in the United States than anywhere else in the world. Of course, to do so, they have to ignore terrorist actions in the Middle East, as well as calling Muslim terrorist actions in the United States, normal crime, like “workplace violence.”

Based on that, they are right to say that the United States is third in murders around the world. But at the same time, if you remove Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans and Washington from the statistics, we drop to fourth from the bottom. The interesting thing is, those four cities have been controlled by Democrat politics for decades and they have some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the country.

Many of those who are opposed to the 2nd Amendment are simply afraid of guns. My wife used to be that way. She’d literally close her eyes if a gun appeared on the TV set. She didn’t know anything about them, except that they made a lot of noise and people used them to kill other people. Her dislike was fueled by her ignorance.

Now my wife has a concealed carry license, goes to the shooting range with me and has her own pistol. She’s not about to become Annie Oakley, but her views have changed. Why? Because she’s smart enough to learn and overcome her fear.

While the masses who are in favor of gun control join in because of fear; the political class is different. They are interested in gun control because of control. They recognize that they will never gain complete control over the United States as long as there is an armed citizenry; so they want to get rid of guns. Historically, when that happens, the next step is getting rid of millions of people.

Considering the rhetoric coming out of the left and how they automatically classify conservatives as violent, stupid terrorists, it’s clear who those millions of people will be. They won’t be illegal aliens that commit crimes, drug pushers or Muslims who support terrorists. No, it will be you and I; those that oppose the progressive liberal left and the direction they are taking this country.

So, What Can We Do?

2nd-AmendmentThe first thing we need to do is to shed the idea that we can’t do anything. Too many people have accepted the idea that we are unable to do anything. We have a voice and it’s time we started using it.

If you look at the direction that the country has gone in the last few years, it’s clear that two groups–LGBT and Muslims — have made the biggest gains in furthering their agenda. Both are receiving a huge amount of support, while only representing a very miniscule part of the population.

How is that so? They are successful because they’ve learned how to use our country’s political system to their benefit. They paint themselves as being discriminated against, and spend millions painting that picture.

Now, I realize that conservatives are much less likely to give their money to some cause that actually helps people, rather than political movements, but that is working against us. The other side is pouring a huge amount of money into pushing their agenda, while we, the backbone of America, spend very little on supporting our point of view. So, the message of those fringe groups ends up sounding like the message of mainstream America.

Ask any liberal politician and they’ll tell you that they are supporting the viewpoint of the majority of the population. Why? Because that’s the only voice that’s making any noise. We, the “silent majority” have been silent too long; and now our silence is costing us.

So, How Do We Make Our Voice Heard?

1. Join Pro-Gun Organizations

It’s not that there aren’t any pro-gun organizations in the country, there are. The biggest is the National Rifle Association (NRA). While they have more members and spend more on political lobbying than any other organization, they aren’t the only ones. Others include:

  • National Association for Gun Rights
  • Firearms Coalition
  • Second Amendment Foundation
  • Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
  • The Second Amendment Sisters
  • Armed and Secure
  • Gun Voter

Joining these organizations means that when their lobbyists go talk to Congress, they can say, “I represent five million people.” That’s the type of introduction that gets attention. Our elected officials may be largely bought by big money, but they still need votes. When a lobbyist says big numbers, they tend to listen.

This makes joining these sorts of groups one of the most effective ways of getting your voice hears. Even if you aren’t keeping up with what’s going on in the political realm, having your name on those lists helps ensure that you’ll have the best possible representation for your point of view.

2. Call Your Congressman

Our nation is supposed to be a republic. That means that we have elected officials, who are supposed to vote the way that the citizens in their districts want them to vote. But for them to do that, they need to know our will. So, we need to let them know.

Typically, seems like there are more liberals who are quick to call their congressmen and spout off than there are conservatives. So, the word that gets to the congressmen is to vote liberal. While they may or not follow that, it still will affect their voting. Just knowing that the majority are in favor of or oppose a particular piece of legislation will be a factor in their thinking about it.

The problem here is that in order to make your voice heard, you need to keep aware of what gun legislation is being debated and voted upon. If you don’t, the opportunity will pass you by. So, you need to keep at least a partial eye on politics, which probably isn’t your favorite subject.

Here again, the pro-gun organizations can help. Most of these organizations send out e-mails and announcements to their members when legislation is up for vote. That gives you the opportunity to contact your Senators and Congressmen, and tell them where you stand on that issue. It only takes a moment to make that phone call or send an e-mail, and you’ve made your voice heard.

If enough of us would regularly do this, it would make a huge difference. Sadly, few do. That is ultimately contributing to the erosion of our rights.

3. Carry Responsibly

Thomas JeffersonIt is important to exercise the rights that we do have and to do so in a way that everyone can easily recognize as responsible. There’s absolutely no rationale behind arguing for more rights, if we’re not using the rights that we already have. So, if your state allows open carry, then carry.

Personally, I would have to put some limitations on that. Carrying loaded AR-15 into the supermarket might be within your legal rights, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a good idea. The problem is that there are too many people who will be afraid to see you or I carrying a gun like that. They don’t know the law and they don’t know guns, hence their fear.

The real problem is that these actions give ammunition to the anti-gun crowd. They point to those who carry in that manner as being “irresponsible” even though you and I know better. Some will be won by those arguments.

Please note, I’m not saying don’t carry a pistol in the supermarket; all I’m recommending is to not carry a long gun there. A pistol is totally appropriate in a store, if it is legal in your state. On the other hand, a long gun is more appropriate for use outdoors, rather than indoors.

I fully support open carry demonstrations, such as those conducted by groups who carry outdoors in public places, fully obeying the law. This is exercising one’s right and doing so in a way to help acclimate the general population to the idea of law-abiding citizens carrying weapons in the open.

I would also suggest getting a concealed carry permit for the state in which you live. Most states are now “will issue” states; meaning that unless there is a reason not to issue a license, they will. So, as long as you’re not under indictment or a criminal felon, you shouldn’t have any problem getting a concealed carry license. Then again, if you get it, carry it.

There’s more to carrying responsible than just obeying the law. If you are going to carry a firearm, then you need to practice with it, so that you will be proficient in its use. Should the time ever come when you need to unholster your weapon, then you want to make sure that you can hit the target.

4. Learn to Articulate the Arguments in Favor of the 2nd Amendment

There are actually three camps on this issue. There are those who are pro-gun and those who are anti-gun. But there’s also a huge group of people who are undecided. We need to reach these people, as they can be the ones who tip the scale in our favor.

You have to remember that these people are getting all the negative talking points about guns thrown at them constantly. But they aren’t getting the positive s side of gun ownership. They’re not hearing the statistics that show how gun ownership and concealed carry licenses help to lower the crime rate. They aren’t hearing about crimes that are actually stopped by responsible law-abiding citizens.

That’s where you and I come in. If you’re going to carry, especially carry openly, you need to be ready to be questioned. When that happens, you need to be ready to give well thought out, well articulated reasons for why you carry, backed up by the appropriate statistics.

I’m not talking about debating with liberals; that doesn’t do any good (unless you have an audience). I’m talking about the person who has a legitimate question or doubt, not the one who just wants to call you names. Those people’s questions deserve an answer and they deserve a good one. You could be the person who swings their opinion in favor of the Second Amendment.

5. Make it Hard to Enforce any New Gun Control Laws

I want to be careful on this one. First of all, let me say what I’m not saying. I’m not saying that it’s okay to sell guns to others who might be criminals. Nor am I saying that you should break the law in any way. We don’t want to be any part of criminals getting their hands on guns.

Okay, so the gun control crowd wants to require registration; which will invariably be followed up by confiscation. So, we want to make that impossible to accomplish. How can we do that?

First of all, there already is a record of most firearm sales in this country. Those with a Federal Firearms License (FFL) are required to keep meticulous records of every firearm they receive and that they sell. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF or BATF) audits those records on an annual basis, to verify that they are complete and accurate.

I’ve seen some pretty strong evidence to show that ATF agents copy records when they do these audits. So, there’s a good chance that there is some federal database, even if it is illegal. That database could be the foundation of creating a nationwide firearm registration.

Buy Private

The first way to keep your gun ownership off those records is to buy all your firearms in private, local sales. Even if the seller requires a receipt, that won’t prove that you own the gun. So, you can own guns that the government can’t trace to you.

Sell Private

Selling guns privately that you no long want (is that possible?) is another way of confounding the system. When you sell a firearm, there is no requirement that you keep records of the sale. However, I would recommend making a call to the NCIC database and check on the identity of the person who is buying it from you. This is the same criminal database that FFL dealers use and it is open to public use. By doing this, you are helping to ensure that you are not getting guns into criminals’ hands.

Build Your Own

If you build your own guns, there is no legal requirement to have a serial number on it or to have it registered in any way. However, you cannot sell it or move it across state lines.

There are two different ways of building your own guns. The first is to buy what is known as an 80% lower. This is an AR-15 lower receiver that is only 80% machined. You have to finish the other 20% of the machining work yourself, in order to build the gun. As long as you buy it 80% complete and do all the work yourself, this is legal.

You can also buy 80% lowers for some other military styled firearms, guns that predate the AR-15. These are not as common, but there are a few available. It is also a bit harder to find the parts to finish them out; but once again, they are available. There is also an 80% frame available now for a 1911 pistol.

The second way to build your own firearms is to build black powder “historic” firearms. Technically, there is no requirement to put a serial number on any “historic firearm” regardless of whether it works or not. So, as long as it qualifies as historic, you can build one and not worry about some part showing up at your doorstep with a serial number stamped in it.

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Hide Some Guns

If you’re going to go through all this trouble, it’s a good idea to hide some of your firearms as well. That way, if the government does institute door-to-door searches, hopefully they’ll leave after finding your obvious guns, leaving you the hidden ones.

This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

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Bill White is the author of Conquering the Coming Collapse, and a former Army officer, manufacturing engineer and business manager. More recently, he left the business world to work as a cross-cultural missionary on the Mexico border. Bill has been a survivalist since the 1970s, when the nation was in the latter days of the Cold War. He had determined to head into the Colorado Rockies, should Washington ever decide to push the button. While those days have passed, the knowledge Bill gained during that time hasn’t. He now works to educate others on the risks that exist in our society and how to prepare to meet them. You can send Bill a message at editor [at] survivopedia.com.
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  1. What they don't want people to know.... gun confiscation ALWAYS comes before a HOLOCAUST!!!! Stalin-Russia 20 million killed, ming? china 20 million killed. hitler, 13 million jews killed, so what is going to happen if they take our guns? same thing that ALWAYS happens. MILLIONS will die!! this is why we have the second amendment, so we can defend ourselves from a government GONE BAD!!!! WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!


  3. I am in the camp of maintaining our second amendment rights as guns don't kill people..people kill people and guns are their tools. There are many ways that people have come up with to hurt others and that won't stop just because guns are taken away from law abiding citizens.

  4. Mahatma Muhjesbude says:

    The author contradicts his own ''solution' point of selling 'privately' when he suggests that you do a background check on the 'private' buyer to whom you are supposed to be selling a gun 'privately'! This is the 'mind control' predicament that far too many people, even ostensibly patriotic pro-2nd/A citizens, succumb to. By believing that there is a correlation between guns and criminal behavior you are actually aiding and abetting the Anti-Constitutional Gun Control agenda. In the same paragraph Bill advocates the preservation of 'private firearm transactions' between persons yet wants the 'private parties' to replicate the illegal government tyranny of imposing their agenda based morality manipulations to control us by doing your own 'background check' on your neighbor?! By the way Bill, technically some experts would advise that you are committing a crime by doing that violates the 1886 Gun Registration Act, and if you do that to the wrong Constitutionally inclined person, you might wind up in an expensive lawsuit battle.

    But of course this is exactly what the Gun Control Nazis want. They want to brainwash the citizens into turning on their friends, family, and fellow citizens. 'They' set this insidious national disarmament scheme up like that a long time ago, and laughing at you people all the way to the Fema Camps where most of us will eventually wind up because sooner or later 'They'll' make MOST of us criminals--who by illegal lawmaking will no longer be able to possess a gun!

    Indeed, all NCIC background checks and FFL sales are two keystrokes away from being carefully scrutinized by any agent who wants to know at any time they feel like it. And this is clear and present GUN REGISTRATIONS. How do they get away with it? Because we let them.

    The plan started surreptitiously under the Marxist philosophical regime of Roosevelt, then Johnson furthered it functionally with the 1968 Gun Control Act--which supposedly made ONLY people committing felonies forever doomed to non rehabilitation forfeiture of their inalienable rights, even after they paid for their mistakes in life--but now intentionally 'evolved' through back door Fascist policies into making ubiquitous non-felony domestic violence incidents subject to immediate gun forfeitures and prohibition, and even people 'administratively' diagnosed with some mental or emotional problems not associated with any immediate criminal behavior but which 'Might' pose a problem in the future! Already they are concluding a program to make it 'unlawful' for any combat Vet with serious PTSD to possess a gun!
    How many of you out there think you'll be immune to banning your possession of guns as they ramp up the criteria for 'mental illness' gun prohibition? National psychological statistics estimate one out of every 3 persons has potential for this problem when you factor in psychological aberrations caused by drugs, including prescriptions, alcohol, stress, alcoholism, and underdeveloped emotional content. And don't think they're never going to consider your I.Q. in the total disarmament schema? Stupid people can never be allowed to own a gun, even if they Don't have a criminal bone in their bodies

    For reality effectiveness in turning back the population disarmament tyranny, Everybody MUST first free their intellect from that specious socialist programming notion that gun control laws are needed to stop 'criminals' from getting guns or any other dangerous crime facilitating 'tools'. It's been proven well beyond any doubt to be a fallacy. In fact, it is a socially deleterious fallacy. Which endangers the general public. There are far better ways out there to curb the 'criminal gun violence' than prohibition. The agenda based government just doesn't want to implement them. They like the idea much better of making laws to eventually make everybody a criminal in some way shape or form, to which they can then apply the (unconstitutional) 68' GCA forfeiture rule, and sooner or later effectively disarm the populate so that there can never be any physical resistance to the next round of totalitarian business at hand. And by now, we should all know what that is because they aren't even hiding it anymore!

    Then there also cannot be any compromising appeasement that so many self described Pro 2nd/A pundits propose. (Including the NRA) With the government, this only weakens our rights and strengthens their back door below radar resolve.

    The first pervasive political move 'WE, the People' should embrace is to begin attacking the source of their tyranny. We must motivate ourselves to demand that our representatives begin repeal processes on laws that are making us all criminals subject to forceful disarmament.

    Read that illustration of the 2nd/A in the article again, and again. After the part "...Shall Not Be Infringed", there is NOTHING after those words that expresses or implies anything like "...'Except' for criminals, domestic fighting, emotional or mental disorders, addictions, etc. etc. etc...'

    It SAYS: '...Shall Not Be Infringed..." PERIOD! The Framers knew only too well how the British were getting ready to impose gun confiscation after also creating an environment where most of the citizens would be banned from possession!

    "Never confuse the delusions and distortions of agenda manipulated morality with the honesty and truth of cold hard Reality" --P.J. Klipangle

  5. TPSnodgrass says:

    For the under educated knaves, who still insist that the term "well regulated militia" means an organized National Guard or other governmental "force", that is flat out false and intentionally misleading.
    The term "well regulated" was used as a MEASURE or indication of a man or woman. The term "he's a well regulated man", means that he(or she) is in full control of his/her temperament, maturity and "well-bred". Unlike a politican like Anthony Wiener, who is the poster child for poor impulse control and lack of emotional maturity, "well regulated" does not apply at all to Anthony, based on his past and unfortunately most recent behavior. Since we have a current member of SCOTUS that truly espouses interpreting other countries and cultural laws in HIS SCOTUS decisions, we must then use that definition from our well documented history of what "well regulated? actually is, and what it means without convenient revisionist misinterpretations.

  6. Chuckinbama says:

    Instead of calling NCIC, the couple of times I have sold privately, I required they have a valid driver's license to prove ID and a valid Concealed Carry Permit. If they have the permit, the NCIC has already been done. If they cannot provide both of these, it better be someone I've known for a looong time.

  7. Michel J Sharp says:

    I agree with 90% of article however, you should know that the congress has NO authority to repeal the Constitution nor any part therein. (RLTW)

  8. Sandra Hendrson says:

    It's estimated that there are over 100 million gun owners in the U.S., yet the NRA only has about 5 million members. If the NRA had 12-15 million members, we wouldn't hear a peep about gun control from politicians in Washington! NRA's strength doesn't come from their money or lawyers, it comes from the number of member. When they talk to a politician, the only thing he/she wants to know is "how's membership?"

    The other thing is that polls show that only about 30 percent of gun owners are registered to vote...pathetic, UTTERLY PATHETIC! If you're not registered to vote, YOU DON'T GET TO COMPLAIN!

  9. Your comment on obtaining a concealed carry permit defeats a portion of the second amendment in that it is an infringement on your right to bear arms. Work to eliminate the regulations of your state for such permit.

    • Mahatma Muhjesbude says:

      You're correct, Rusty. And keep telling people that because we've all been brainwashed by Administrative Fiat Mandates enforced by Police State soldier
      to make it seem like their illegal municipal and state anti-Constitutional laws are legitimate. Not all states, that is. There are still some states left(I think?) that don't require carry permits, concealed or otherwise.

      We also have really have to work to actually REPEAL the 1934 NFA, the Fascist agenda based '68 GCA, The 1986 Machine Gun Act which actually was on a Bill that almost nobody knows exists that supposedly prohibits gun registration of private citizens! Which is a joke.

  10. George Lewison says:

    These article are WAAAAY too long! Less is MORE!

    • Mahatma Muhjesbude says:

      Close, TP my friend, and certainly descriptively appropriate to today's agenda based ruling class government and society, but back in the Jeffersonian experiment, 'Well regulated' Militia--in the context of the times actually initially meant a reserve army comprised of ALL the people who would become the 'organized regulated' military which would turn into an American Military, under the proper training and COMMAND of a Patriotic civilian leadership in the absence of a Full time established Army--as we have now. Which they simply couldn't afford or manage in those nascent emerging days of our Country and government because the whole theme of the Revolution was about NOT having taxes for much of anything back then, certainly not a full time Army or Navy, Like England and France had.

      And of course definitions of terms often had entirely different or expanded meanings back then. Unlike today, where it means constrained by laws, 'Regulated' was a term used in the day to mean a group of organized people for some lawful purpose. As in the 'Regulators' posse type group in the old West.

      The primary rationale of the Framers' liberty equation in America was that if you guaranteed everybody's natural inalienable right to possess firearms or any other weapons, you would always have enough people with these weapons to defend the general liberty and freedom of the country.

      The expression "...life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' should have included "life, firearms, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness", which would be more functionally Realistic.

      Because without the means (weapons) to protect and defend liberty and justice, flawed agenda based proprietorship of our unconscious species would never allow it.

      The issues that might have become a problem were with the notion of Militias defending our liberty against ALL enemies of the country, Foreign AND Domestic. Or more specifically Who would actually lead the national Militia if needed?
      Obviously the Framers thought it through to the max at the time and reasoned that it would be chaos to have untold numbers of splinter groups claiming regional 'power' only because they had their own 'Well Regulated' Militia/Army. (which is actually happening in parts of this country today)

      So, They made the American POTUS the ultimate 'REGULATOR' of the Well Regulated Militia, if it needed to be organized for war with an enemy.

      As this starts to get complicated, and there is much analysis on this if you do the research, because what if the nation's 'enemy' is the government themselves? Now what? Must the entire civilian Militia now stand down and surrender their weapons at the order's of the Potus Militia Regulator?one important phrase dominates and ends all discussion based on the whole 'right to bear arms' subordinate clause.

      Because these simple words say it All. The part in the 2nd/ about Well Regulated Milita was simply an ancillary 'sidebar' rationale to the main guaranteed basic right of ALL Free American Citizens REGARDLESS of whether they need to be called upon as Army participants in a time of war.

      It says, the '....the right of the PEOPLE to keep and bear Shall NOT be Infringed.'

      In other words, if the Framers meant that people could not have possession of guns unless they were prepared to formed up to become militia members to fight enemies, they would have said "...only because we need them in case we needed a militia." And left out the part about the 'peoples uninfringable right to keep and bear arms' seperate and apart from Militias.

      But since they did not leave that out, the Gun Nazis can't use that bullshit logic that since the people pay for a real standing full time massively equipped Military/Army/Navy now, that the 2nd/A and its Militia is obsolete.

      Sorry, Moron Leftist enemies of We, the People. Militia or not, The individual personal right to bear arms is Guaranteed by the Constitution regardless of any other co-incidental factor.

      Including the Constitutional necessity to supercede the Potus and his regime if they, themselves ever try to violate the 2nd/A for ANY Reason.

      Which, of course, as you so succinctly stated TP, even the suck ass SCOTUS as turncoated on the Constitution and allows fiat administrative illegal mandates to prevail as they are in the determined process of doing RIGHT NOW! And Revisionist Reprobates have interpolated and altered history to he point of transforming it into a work of religionist fiction.

    • Mahatma Muhjesbude says:

      George, 'LESS' understanding and protection of the Constitutional liberties is 'MORE' in your midget mentality reading comprehension capacity, perhaps?



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