We already know that Joe Biden ran on the most anti-gun platform of any presidential candidate in American history, but if gun owners had any doubt about the sincerity of the next president’s desire to attack the right to keep and bear arms, Biden’s tweet on Friday pledging to “defeat the NRA” should put those doubts to rest.
The National Rifle Association responded to Biden’s message in a tweet of its own on Sunday, urging members and gun owners to stay engaged in the political fights ahead.
On Friday, Biden pledged to DEFEAT THE NRA.
Biden wants to ban our semi-auto rifles, tax our guns/mags & more. He knows the only thing standing in his way to DISMANTLE THE 2ND AMENDMENT is NRA.
Gun owners must stay vigilant & be engaged in elections and the legislative process.
— NRA (@NRA) January 10, 2021
The NRA isn’t the only Second Amendment organization reacting to Biden’s threat. Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, says that Biden may have called out the NRA by name, but the upcoming political assault on the right to keep and bear arms is going to be directed against every American gun owner.
“Joe Biden has labored relentlessly for decades to reduce the Second Amendment to rubble,” Gottlieb stated. “He may attack one group by name, but his goal is to crush the rights of every gun owner in our country.
“By attacking the Second Amendment Rights of 100 million Americans,” Gottlieb continued, “Biden is not bringing us together but dividing us further. If people take to the streets in protest, if violence occurs it will be his fault and he should be impeached for violating our constitutional rights and inciting violence. Maybe it is time to ban him from Twitter and Facebook!”
Gottlieb says that SAF is kicking off a major advertising effort aimed at recruiting tens of thousands of gun owners into its 2nd Amendment First Responder program; a grassroots effort that empowers gun owners to use their voice in the political process. The 60-second commercial will air on several national networks, including Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, The Weather Channel, One America News Network, CNBC, and HLN, and urges gun owners and Second Amendment supporters to get involved by texting PROTECT 2A to 474747.
“Joe Biden isn’t fooling anybody,” Gottlieb observed. “He spent 47 years on Capitol Hill trying to turn the right to keep and bear arms into a regulated privilege. Now that he’s headed to the White House, he thinks he will be able to complete his mission. We’re working to swell the ranks of our 2nd Amendment First Responder project to stop him.
We’re in an all-hands-on-deck situation right now, and I’d echo the calls from the NRA and the SAF to get involved now. I’d also encourage all gun owners to join a state-level 2A org as well that will be able to keep you updated on good and bad bills dropping in your statehouse.
No matter how depressed, discouraged, or downtrodden you feel about the prospect of being able to defeat gun control legislation right now, the simple fact is that politics never stops. Disengaging from the political process only hurts our own cause. Even during the War of Independence and the Civil War we had elections and legislative sessions, so I feel confident in stating that the political process is going to continue during this period of unrest and uncertainty.
We need to be in the arena and not on the sidelines as state legislatures return to session and Democrats in control of Congress plan on their priorities for the coming months, and gun owners need to be unified in their opposition to any bill that seeks to address public safety by restricting the constitutionally protected rights of the People.
Since this post is getting quite a bit of traction, I’m going to add links to some of the bigger 2A groups to make it easier for you to join and get involved.
Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, where, in full disclosure, I am an unpaid member of the board of directors.