Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is probably the best-known member of “The Squad,” a group of far-left progressive socialists who have infected Congress in recent years. None of the members of the group are known for giving a damn what the Constitution says, just what they can milk out of the American people.
Over the last two years, the four members have been an annoyance.
Unfortunately, it seems their numbers may have grown after the election.
While congressional Democrats are prematurely declaring victory after the elections, some of the newest members of the House may split the party. A handful of progressives defeated some of the more moderate incumbent Democrats this week and are in line to join the group known as the “Squad.”
One such addition, the newly-elected Cori Bush of Missouri’s First District, led the group of Black Lives Matter protesters who broke into a St. Louis gated community in June.
The last possible new member, Mondaire Jones, beat out a 30 year veteran congresswoman in New York’s 17th District after running on a pro-abortion, pro-gun control and open borders platform.
If we assume all these new potential members become included–something we probably should simply because they’re going to vote the same, even if they don’t hang out–then the Squad will damn near double in size.
That’s not good.
Yet there is an opportunity in there for gun rights proponents.
It’s important to recognize that while the number of these radical progressives/socialists are growing in Congress, they still only represent a handful of people, like maybe 10 percent. Sure, it’s a vocal 10 percent, but only 10 percent.
Meanwhile, they’re alienating a lot of moderates and centrist independents who want nothing to do with their socialistic tendencies. These people represent a large chunk of the American population, enough to sway elections, but only if you can convince them it’s for the best.
Now is the time to start engaging in outreach with these people, especially on guns.
See, a lot of these people support things like universal background checks and red flag laws but don’t actually support some of the more extreme types of gun control the far left does. It’s important to start talking to them about things like how red flag laws don’t solve the problem and how universal background checks make things difficult for law-abiding citizens while doing absolutely nothing to interfere with criminals.
And by “outreach,” I don’t mean yelling at them about how the Second Amendment says “shall not be infringed.” Yes, it does, but do you really think that matters?
Seriously, how many times have you looked at someone who supported universal background checks, assault weapon bans, and red flag laws and said “shall not be infringed” and had them reply with, “Oh, crap! You’re right. I’ll completely change all my opinions on guns immediately” and not be sarcastic as hell?
No, we need to engage them and talk to them about why these measures are bad ideas. We need to reach out and convince them that gun rights are good for America and that they should support them.
Do that and you’ll start seeing our gun rights become much more secure…as well as the rest of our rights.