Your 2nd Amendment Rights Depend on Your Support

Political prankster Mark Dice is a master of using humor to prove a point, but the video he uploaded on February 3rd may not make you laugh so much as make your blood run cold. Hanging around a San Diego college campus, Dice played the part of a petition activist, encouraging passers-by to sign their support for the repeal of the 2nd Amendment. Throughout the video, Dice raises the stakes simply to see how ridiculous he can get and still have people sign the petition. Watch the video to be amazed at the ignorance of the populace, but let’s just say that more than a few students were willing to throw their support behind jailing registered gun owners, placing them in detention camps, or even killing them.

Ok, so maybe you can get some people to sign anything, particularly on an easy target like a liberal college campus. Still, the video illuminates a major problem with the gun debate in this country. Quite simply, one side is woefully uninformed. Put yourself in their shoes. If you don’t know anyone who owns a gun and the only time you hear about guns is after a school shooting, how would that transform your thoughts? That’s why the fight over the 2nd Amendment is so difficult to win. Most people simply aren’t up on the facts. Here are some things you can do to support your own constitutional rights.

Let Your Voice Be Heard

For 2nd Amendment defenders, simply showing up to vote isn’t enough. Unless you let your federal and local representatives know what you think proactively, you could wind up voting between choices you never asked for. Let your state governor know why you support tighter enforcement of existing gun laws and not new, redundant, dangerous ones. I believe that improvement in the areas of mental healthcare can do much more for the “culture of gun violence” than meaningless ammunition restrictions or absurdly ineffective gun-free zones.

Join the NRA

The left has done their part in demonizing this great institution, but hopefully you can look past this vilification and see that no one has done more for our 2nd Amendment rights. Even if you don’t take part in any organizational activities, your membership and dues alone sends a message that you stand with the many millions of law-abiding American gun owners. Washington lobbying takes money, and no other organization willing to fight for gun rights has the reach and power of the NRA.

Set a Good Example

You don’t have to be “that guy” everywhere you go, constantly telling everyone who will listen about your guns, your rights, the danger of an unarmed populace, and so on. At best, you’re preaching to the converted. At worst, you confirm non-supporters’ expectations that gun owners are a bunch of kooks. Instead, practice gun ownership responsibility and let your actions speak louder than your words. Take safety classes. Keep your guns locked away if you have children in the home. Brush up on relevant facts and statistics so that when the conversation naturally comes around to gun control, you can contribute in a calm, authoritative way. The better we present ourselves on a daily basis, the better we’ll be able to combat the relentless onslaught of the media.