There are storm clouds on the horizon for Second Amendment advocates, now that Barack Obama has essentially slapped a big “sucker” sign on the backs of every gun owner who voted for him in the belief that he would not push a gun control agenda.
By no small surprise, we’re not hearing much from these folks on the gun rights forums lately.
Yet the sky is not all gloomy. In Texas, hundreds of school teachers are reportedly taking firearms courses to qualify for concealed carry licenses. That should send a signal to Mr. Obama that he may be a little damp if not all wet about the National Rifle Association being out of step with the mainstream regarding a proposal to put armed security or allow teacher and administrators to have firearms in schools.
As this column reported over the weekend, one incoming Washington lawmaker has the same idea.
To avoid making any headlines, Evergreen State gun owners should heed the advice of King County Sheriff John Urquhart, who cautions against firing guns into the air on New Year’s Eve. Bullets are subject to gravity and when they come down, they occasionally hit things, or people. This is not some anti-gun ploy. It’s a matter of safety.
Make a New Year’s resolution to teach someone to shoot. Make another to contact your local lawmaker and your congressional representative. Let them know who you are and that you expect to hear from them about any legislation relating to your Second Amendment rights.
Make your voice heard. Washington Ceasefire is planning a march “against gun violence” in downtown Seattle on Jan. 13. Nobody says gun owners can’t organize the same kind of event.
Be responsible with firearms. The past year has given us some examples of people who weren’t.
Stay safe and shoot straight.